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Old 12-22-2007, 02:46 PM
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Buying a 99 f-350

hello i am looking for a truck that can tow a lot over and over again. Im looking at a 99 f350 7.3 powerstroke and i was wondering if you think it is a good choice. I plan on towing 13k-14k gvw from Maine to Florida a few times a month. and was wondering how long the engines/transmissions last? if the truck can handle this as much as i need it to? how reliable are they. what is the maintenance schedule like? what are common problems with the f350s? and any other advice that you think will help
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I tow alot with mine all over the place. I have 231k on the orginal motor, runs great. The trany is my second one, first one was stock rebuild each lasted 100k, so i went ahead and built this one to be my last, and it tows like a muel. IT wouldnt be surpising to see many of these motors with 400-500k, It has never left me stranded. I would carry a spare CPS with you. I change the oild every 3-4k
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The big thing is to keep on the routine maintenance, and make sure it isn't junk to start out with. The 7.3 is a great motor and should make you very happy.
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A little reading here to help you make your decision. I'm not an expert and not trying to sound like one, just some things I've learned from my own expierience. As silverF250 said, routine maintenance is the key, especially for the transmission if it's an automatic. Regular oil and filter changes are also vital to the longevity of the 7.3. Ask for service records but good luck as a lot of folks don't keep them. Find a reputable Ford dealer and have them do a pre purchase inspection, trust me, it's worth the money. Parts for these trucks are not cheap. These trucks are known for eating brake rotors if towed hard and the brakes are not maintained. Good quality brake rotors and pads will run you over $600.00 for just the parts. Fuel injectors get into thousands of dollars if replacing all eight. Make sure they do a full diagnostic check including a compression test and a visual inspection of the turbo charger. The intake and filter housing design on the 99's are not the best Ford ever designed. The filter tends to lift up in the housing and let dirt bypass the filter. If there's a K&N filter installed, be especially suspicious as they are one of the worst for letting dirt through. If the turbo wheel has erosion, that's why and it's a good bet dirt has been ingested into the engine, that's the reason for the compression test. Make sure they go over the truck with a fine tooth comb. I bought my truck out of state and had a dealer I knew nothing about do the inspection. I might as well have burned the money because the truck had a lot of obvious problems I discovered once it was mine. Also ask the owner if it has ever had a performance chip installed. There's nothing wrong with the chip if the truck has not been abused. If they say no, double check by looking at the PCM. It's on the driver's side of the cab, just to the right of the parking brake. If the end of the box has tape on it or an empty rectangular hole in it, it's a good bet it's been chipped. At least you'll know if they are being honest with you. If you do get one of these trucks and are going to tow, chip it, you'll love it! DP Tuners has a lot of programs for towing, economy and downright foolishness. The truck pulls great and can handle your weights easily.

There were two varients of the truck in 99, refered to as early and late 99. Build dates prior to 12/07/98 are early models, on and after 12/07/98 are late 99's. One of the links will tell you the difference between the two. There's nothing wrong with the early model truck, I own one and love it.

What to look for when buying a USED 99-03 PSD

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Differences between early99 and late99-03 trucks

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Old 12-23-2007, 07:07 AM
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thank you for your help also how often should the timing belt/chain be changed? 60k?100k?
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No belt or chain.
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really? then how does the timing work right?
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man it would be so smart on your part!! they will last along time if you just maintain them!!! stay up on the maintance and you will have a truck forever!!!
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i bought a truck muck like the one you are describing. The 7.3 is AWESOME!!!!!!!i would not trade this truck for anything. also.. get it chiped a good chip will make all the difference in the world. i tow crap for work all the time and it has no problem pulling 10k GVWR around all these mountains. if you get it looked at and it is in good shape i say get it. mine has 215,000 on it and as long as you maintain it it should last forever (500,000K or so)
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I have a 99 crew cab duallie with a Powerstroke (150,000 miles). I tow a 24ft by 8.5ft trailor with my stockcar and a whole bunch of tools. If it's a vehicle in my flee,t the hammer WILL be down. I wouldn't trade my truck for any other truck period. I also do routine maintenance without sacrifice,best oil,grease,brakes,tires,coolant,batteries ect. I race to much and generally late to a track that is far away. Slow and steady aint for me. These trucks are built tough no questions asked. Don't let some chevy or dodge guy brain wash you and tell you different. To me, if it's a 1 ton truck with a diesel, it better be tough. I am completly satisfied with my truck! -Trevor
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