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Old 06-05-2013, 05:05 PM
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What should I buy?

Okay, I currently have a 2002 F250 V10, with 275K miles on it and I am looking to get a F250 diesel with 150K miles or less. I have $19,000 to spend on the truck and would like to get something that will not be eating at my wallet with repairs right off of the bat.

I don't need a truck that is lifted or has a lot of special work done to it, since it will be only be a work truck. Decent mileage is key and I'd like it to be a 4x4 since I have been known to get it stuck while working every now and again. It also needs to be a crew cab.

Anyway, I am not sure if I should be looking at the '01 - '04 7.2L or 6.0L or a different year altogether. I have seen a few '06 - '08 trucks that fall into my description/price range, while some people price their '02s like they are made out of gold, so I am not sure what would be considered a good buy for that price range.

So here is the question. If you had $19K & needed a work truck with these restrictions, what would you be looking for?

Thanks for the help!!
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Okay, I currently have a 2002 F250 V10, with 275K miles on it and I am looking to get a F250 diesel with 150K miles or less. I have $19,000 to spend on the truck and would like to get something that will not be eating at my wallet with repairs right off of the bat.

I don't need a truck that is lifted or has a lot of special work done to it, since it will be only be a work truck. Decent mileage is key and I'd like it to be a 4x4 since I have been known to get it stuck while working every now and again. It also needs to be a crew cab.

Anyway, I am not sure if I should be looking at the '01 - '04 7.2L or 6.0L or a different year altogether. I have seen a few '06 - '08 trucks that fall into my description/price range, while some people price their '02s like they are made out of gold, so I am not sure what would be considered a good buy for that price range.

So here is the question. If you had $19K & needed a work truck with these restrictions, what would you be looking for?

Thanks for the help!!
Depends on what body style you like. i would say, look for a 1997 OBS F350 CC 4x4. You should be able to get one for under 12k with good mileage. The engine is tops, the trans is here weak link imo but, if you get lucky and find one that has had the trans replaced, you might be in great shape.
Bonus, you have lots of cash left over for Mods if you choose.
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Old 06-05-2013, 05:23 PM
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Depends on what body style you like. i would say, look for a 1997 OBS F350 CC 4x4. You should be able to get one for under 12k with good mileage. The engine is tops, the trans is here weak link imo but, if you get lucky and find one that has had the trans replaced, you might be in great shape.
Bonus, you have lots of cash left over for Mods if you choose.
Thank you for the reply Nohsp4u.

I like the '00 & newer style. Plus I don't want to do any mods, upgrades or work to it for a while. I just want it to work. I'm tired of working on my truck, I want it to work for me for a while. I will do the egr delete & cooler if I get the 6.0, but that's all I'm willing to do.

Also, I have $19k for the truck & that's what I want to spend on it.
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Sounds like your in need of a 7.3, but good luck finding one with low miles. I went 6.0 and got the EGR done immediately at 72k miles.
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Through what year model is the egr delete necessary? I see that you have an '06. Does it need to be done on models that late?
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EVERY 6.0 it is almost mandatory. That system is really hard on a lot of engine components. Even the engine coolant benefits from removing that excessive heat exchanger know as the dreaded EGR cooler.

That heat causes the silicates in the gold coolant to gum up causing engine oil cooler damage too.
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