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Finally bought a truck!
After lots of searching, researching etc. I bought one. It's an '03, I know it's not the best year to buy, but it already had an egr delete and 4" exhaust, fairly low milage for the year and a good price.
I noticed tonight the headlights seem to surge in intensity. Hmm... Am I looking at an alternator already? Maybe just changing the voltage regulator in the alternator? There is not a voltmeter on the instrument cluster so I'm clueless.
Is it normal for this thing to wander around the road when driving at hiway speed? I finally drove it on the hiway and it was all over the lane, kept me busy. Passing a semi with the wind was a real hinney pucker!
How accurate is the milage indicator? It was showing 11.5 mpg on the hiway! I figured it would be higher, is this normal? I'm working on how much fuel to actual miles, but it's going to be a while as it will only be driven a couple miles a week. Supposidly was not chipped, is there anyway to verify if chipped or not?
I do know it does not like to start when the engine is warm. Usually on the 4th crank it starts. Is that normal? I'm sorta used to turning the key and the engine starts.
Other than a few head scratchers, I really like the truck. Wish I would have bought a diesel earlier. The power is amazing, I think I could pull my house off the foundation. Better than my Chevy 1500!
It has a really nice turbo whine and exhaust sound. The turbo seems to boost almost constantly, and a lot until at cruising speed. Normal? I don't accelerate hard at all. Many, many years ago I had a Thunderbird turbo coupe and the turbo rarely kicked in unless accelerating heavily, this one goes all the time.
Any tips appreciated,
'03 F-250 4X4 CC Lariat, 4" Silverline, egr delete, anything else beats me