I have had my 98.5 dodge diesel for several years. It is a 2wd, I need a 4wd and I came across a 97 ford 250 extended cab 4wd. I pull a dump trailer about 3 or 4 times a month and am tired of getting stuck. I have been told the early 7.3 were not good pullers. This came from my friend who has a 2000 7.3. I am not a hot rodder drive like grandpaw. The dodge has 3.55 gears and gets 18mpg thats combined driving, 60hy 40 cty. The ford is a nice looking truck for a 97 and has a winch, new tires, and a lot of stuff he said he did to it. It also has 237000 miles on it. That seem to be a lot. He says it has a 5 speed and 4.11 gears and it gets 20mpg on the hwy. That is hard to believe. I'm looking for opinions.