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Old 01-22-2013, 07:56 PM
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First FORD ever! 2001 7.3 78000 miles (pics)

Hello all from Oregon (the great pacific northwest)

Been driving GMC's over 30 years, and this is not only my first Ford, but first diesel. I knew I wanted a low mileage 7.3 from all I have read over the years in the thinking about going to diesel. Well.. Friday we found the truck, and today it's ours!! It drives like a new truck.

We pull a 15k 5th wheel as our 2nd home. I can't wait to see how this things tows, over our (traded in) GMC 454 gaser.

I know NOTHING about diesels, and this truck has a banks brake system on it. I'm sure my first question is going to be.. "what it for"? There is an on off switch on the dash for it, and some gauges. Please feel free to give this newbie any insite, or helpful ideas.

Tomorrow I'm going to change the oil and I read the Shell Rotella T 15W40 is the best to use.. (I have no idea what the dealership, or other owner had put in it. If some one knows a better oil.

EDIT.. they gave us a 36k 3 yr everything warranty for $2495.. I thought it was a good idea so bought it with the truck.






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Old 01-22-2013, 08:55 PM
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Congrats on the truck. Lots of good info here.
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Old 01-22-2013, 09:43 PM
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Congrats on the truck. Lots of good info here.
Thank you, thank you.. My eyes hurt I have read so much.. but gotta get the know!!
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congrats on your new truck it looks great. take care of that 7.3 and it will take care of you for a long time.
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First FORD ever! 2001 7.3 78000 miles (pics)

Congrats. I've noticed that Oregon has the nicest, lowest mileage, lowest priced 7.3s I have found. And I look a lot!!!! Sadly, I live in Florida. 😤


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Old 01-23-2013, 06:18 AM
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Thank you Stroker 8, 444 ci and clatterindiesel (Big Danny McBride fan here)

I got a unicorn and feel very lucky. I'm a dually person. (need my training wheels still) I knew I wanted the 7.3 dually 4 door when I made the switch to diesel, so when I found this truck under $20,000 with only 78,000 miles.. I was all over it.

First thing I noticed on the way home was the computer reading I was getting 15.9 mpg average (the truck was in Portland, lots of stopping and going traffic).. My GMC gas 454 at best was 10 mpg. Pulling my 5th wheel 7mpg.
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Old 01-23-2013, 08:42 AM
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Thanks SuperCrutyPS.. I will be in need of local shops in the area trustworthy to take this too. Oil changes (and maybe changing tranny fluid) is all I am going to do on this for the next 36k miles. I bought an warranty on it that will last that long. In that time, I would have learned much more about diesels.
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1st, second is looks like you have some upgrades...might have a gt38R turbo based on the intake tube, its a cali truck based on the glow plug contole, banks break's are cool but have herd some issues...
lots of info here and the search is how I found this site and learned alot.
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Nice truck!

What part of Oregon?
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