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Hi, I'm new here (and new to Fords).

this looks like a great site--appears to be the best FORD site I've checked out so far!

Considering a 96 250XLT powerstroke, 5sp manual, 4x4 ext cab, 250K
not certain of the rear end gears..but want high, I'm towing
(if its not right, can I change the rear end to a 4+?)

(sorry if not using right words, not that knowledgable, but trying to learn)

was looking for a 96-97 Dodge Diesel...researched it heavily

now considering a Ford

Can someone point me to where I can find the Pros and Cons of diff years
(they all got 'em),

suggest a "best year" for the above specs (I'm TOWING 4-8K)

I need older, higher miles...not a lotta dough right now

Many many questions

thanks, Jenni
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someone i used to work and a former neighbor of mine both had a '97 Ford Diesel 7.3 PSD. the vehicle handled their loads just fine. one had a horse trailer and the other a 5th wheel. they both had to rebuild the tranny. costed them about 4k. any year is just as good as any other. just keep an eye on the tranny with aftermarket tranny cooler and gauges.

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welcome aboard, good luck in yur truck hunt

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Welcome to Powerstroke.org

Good luck in your truck search Jenni... you'll find lots of great information here.

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to the site Jenni glad you joined us have fun & ENJOY
  • Good luck on your search for your PSD

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Thanks for the welcome!

And the tip on the trannys...

Now to explore the site...cheers, Jenni
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Thanks for the welcome!

And the tip on the trannys...

Now to explore the site...cheers, Jenni
Welcome to the Forum, Jenni!

The Automatics are a week point on the older trucks. You will be fine with the 5 spd. They can put up with plenty of abuse. The truck you mentioned most likely has 3.55 rears, but may have 4.10's. The 3.55's work well for all around driving and towing. If you will tow more than not, the 4.10's would be better. I have pulled 5 tons with my 3.55's and could not complain. With a few upgrades, like exhaust and a chip, you will be able to tow with confidence. If you have any more questions, shoot!

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What to look for when buying a used 94-98 PSD

There you go young lady, this is a write up by one of our members (Maintain) on what to look for in buying a truck in the year your looking for. Hope it helps you out Jenni, And welcome to Powerstroke, jump in and have fun.

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