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If I knew then what I know now about the 6.0, I would still likely have gotten a 7.3, but I wouldn't have been as standoffish of the 6.0. They can be bullet proofed fairly easily, and there's a good chance that the one you buy will already have most/all of the main stuff done. I still dig the 7.3 though.
Color can be changed down the road if you get it in a color you don't like. So long as it doesn't make you puke when you see it, you can live with it until paint time. My requirements were 7.3, CCSB, 4x4, Lariat, manual trans, <200,000K, and <$15,000. My price when I started looking was $5K, then $10K, then $15K. I was finding a lot of beaters for <$10K. I picked mine up for $12K, and I haven't regretted it. It can use a paint job, and needs new leather up front, but it's otherwise solid.
I would urge against black. Unless the PO was a stickler for waxing, it would likely be in the condition of mine. Decent on the sides, faded to heck on the hood and top.
2002 F250 CCSB 4x4
PHP Phoenix, John Woods VB, NUC bypass, 6637
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