Name's Logan, I'm 34 years old, and I'm from Troy, IL (near St. Louis). I've been wanting a diesel for about 10 years now and my gasser '97 Silverado finally pooped the bed and ate the intake gasket. I could fix it...don't really want to...and like I said I've been wanting a diesel. The honey-do list on the house is pretty massive and my mom just bought a house that needs a lot of fixes/renovation/upkeep and I can't very well fit my tools or the materials I need in the back of a Hyundai Veloster or a Mazda Tribute...so with the blessing of the wife I went hunting on Craigslist.
I found a 2003 Powerstroke XL super cab longbed with the 7.3L in it with 162K on the clock for around 11K. It's an odd duck...manual windows, locks, and mirrors, vinyl floor, but the nice cloth 60/40 cloth seat and 4-wheel-drive with the manual transfer case shifter. The dealership pressure-washed the floorboard out before I got there and apparently screwed up one of the sensors that detect when the door is open...so the cab and cargo light stay on for a long time and the little light that warns you when the door is open always stays on
but I fricken LOVE this truck.
Like I said I've wanted a diesel for a long time now and have always owned Chevy trucks myself. I also have a friend who is a big Dodge Cummins fan. Seems like Cummins trucks are lined with gold on the frame for the prices people want for them with 8 million miles on them and I've never been a big fan of the Duramax's reliability (design an oil pan that keeps you from being able to drain like 1/4 of a quart out of the truck on an oil change!?) The 7.3L trucks seem to go for a fortune too but the price on this one was just right. No leaks underneath, front end is tight, and there's no 5th wheel or gooseneck in it so it never pulled anything big.
Anyway, the Fords have a solid engine with the 7.3L and the transmissions seem to hold up well so I decided to go with a blue oval. I know it's an F250 3/4 ton so it's heavier than a half ton but the truck just seems...put together better than the other trucks I've been around. The interior components don't squeak and rattle and seem of a higher quality. Maybe I'm just biased because I finally got my first diesel. Whatever the truth I am a happy owner. Got a few bumps and bruises to take care of here and there (someone went screw-happy on the dash and I need to replace some of the plastic or start mounting crap from a JC Whitney catalog all over my dashboard) and I'd like a new 2din head unit and a nicer front grille and headlights...so I look forward to digging through your forums.
Anyway...sorry for the novella here but I'm very excited and the wife went to bed with the admonishment that I am not to waste diesel fuel driving around while she's asleep...so you guys got this post instead. I'm in the man-cave/garage having a stogie and posting from my garage laptop...so I may step out again here in a bit to look at the truck and sit in it in between reading old posts.
Edit: After a little bit of searching, some QD electrical cleaner and some PB Blaster sprayed behind the latches solved the "door-ajar" problem.