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Unhappy 93 or 97 Ford F350? Which to buy?

I have the option to buy a (93 non-turbo 7.3 F350 crew cab 4x4) or a (97 turbo 7.3 F250 extended cab 4x4). Both long beds and have over 250,000 miles on them.
Is the nonturbo cheaper on parts and easier to work on?
Can I make it Fast yet reliable?
Should I just get the 97 turbo?
ARGH! Undecided. Please Help.
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What do you want to do with the truck?

IDI's generally are cheaper to fix than powerstrokes, and they are a LOT more simple, you dont have to mess with computers.

You can add a turbo and intercooler to the IDI, and turn up the pump. It will pull with a stock/lightly modded powerstroke, and still be fairly reliable.

It would all come down to price for me. If they are both the same I would go for the 97

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Parts for an IDI are harder to come by and with a 97 you are already turboed and performance upgrades are much easier to find, if I were you I would get the 97

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the 97 hands down is the one i would get
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Here is another vote for the '97. You'll be glad to have the extra power and the newer truck. If you're worried about making it "fast" it will take thousands more in parts on the NA 7.3 than the powerstroke.

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IDI parts are not hard to come by at all. I havent ever had a problem finding anything.

With the milage on both its all up to luck though. I know some IDI and PSD that have over 500,000 miles on them, but I know both that went with only 100,000 miles on them.

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A vote for the 93. I would rather have the crew cab myself, but thats just me.
You just have to ask yourself what YOU need. You can turbo the 93 to bring it up to the 97's power but that as far as you can go without spending big money and loosing reliability. But if you dont plan on modding the 93 is only 180hp and the 97 is 225hp. Good luck. let us know what you end up doing

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97 no question

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