Hello all. I am considering buying a 7.3 liter Excursion and have been reading this forum quite a bit lately while doing my research. I need some help with convincing my wife that this would be a wise purchase (and in my own mind too). I drove pickup trucks for about my first 15 years of driving experience, and I really miss having a 4X4 and something that can haul/tow stuff. I just joined the community, and this is my first post. Also, I'm a diesel newbie, so please go easy on me.
I currently drive a 2007 Chrysler minivan with the 3.8 liter V6, which we purchased shortly after having our first kid. It works great as a people hauler (and for trips to Home Depot with the car seats removed), and gets about 16.5 town/21 highway mpg. However, I would like something that I could use to confidently pull my 6.5X12 utility trailer, and probably eventually a camper of some sort. My current van is getting up there in miles, and I will replace it within the next 6 months with something used, on a budget of $20,000 or under.
The 7.3L Excursions that I'm finding within my price range generally have just over 100,000 miles. I know that a 7.3 PSD with that many miles has a lot of life left in it, but what can I reasonably expect will need to be replaced (engine components or otherwise) right away?
My wife is a bit reluctant with the idea of such "high mileage," especially considering the hefty purchase price. I feel pretty good about it after doing quite a bit of research, but I just don't know enough about diesel Excursions to know for sure if I want to go this route. As a side note, I hate vehicle shopping, so getting a vehicle that I won't have to replace for a while would be a really welcomed change.
Thanks in advance for any words of wisdom that you may have to share before I take the plunge.