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Old 11-09-2013, 06:34 PM
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Hello from a newb w/lots of ??s

Hello PSD forum family!

My name is Max and I'm virtually a complete newb to diesels in general (we won't talk about my love affair with old Mercedes diesels). I've convinced myself that I want, no, NEED a nice Ford PSD pickup. I'm more than impressed by many of you and your trucks that I've seen on this forum, but the flood of information is almost overwhelming.

I'm looking to buy in next 6 - 12 months, but want to make an well-educated decision on what is is I'm buying and why.

What I am looking for:
Reliability - I want a vehicle known for being reliable over the long haul.
Longevity - I'd like to buy a lower-mileage piece (say 150K miles or <) and keep it as long as it will have me.
Ease of maintenance - I can do brakes, shocks, oil, etc. I don't have the skill to rebuild an engine.
A five-seater - to haul kids and their gear.
To spend < $20,000. (This number could move north some for a newer vehicle though)
Good fuel economy or capable of good fuel econ given it's a full sized vehicle.
A vehicle in very good condition mechanically and physically.

What I'm not looking for:
Something super customized, specialized or mod'ed to the nines.
Something to go off-roading.
Something to pull a stock trailer.
Convert to bio-diesel or such.
Something to spend $5K - $10K to get running

In my mind, an older, '94-'97 F250 or F350 CrewCab would be my best bet. My reasoning is that the 7.3 seems to have a reputation for both reliability and longevity and aesthetically, I like the older body designs. I'm big into "Form follows function" though, so won't get hung up too much on appearance. I'm willing to entertain reasoned suggestions to the contrary, even if you tell me to stick to gassers!

Can you recommend a specific place to start my PSD education? And I mean baby steps, please! I found a page devoted to acronyms and I'm trying to commit them to memory as fast as I can, but learning the mechanics and how all the pieces and parts work and fit together is daunting.


Humble thanks in advance.
Max.
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