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Old 08-04-2015, 11:42 AM   #1
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Was looking into purchasing a 1997 Ford F-250 with a 7.3L and was wondering if there was any drawbacks with using this to tow a 1983 23" trailer.

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Old 08-04-2015, 12:49 PM   #2
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No that is a good engine and most die hard diesel fanatics will say it was the best Ford diesel ever built. It depends on mileage and how well it has been maintained. Find out miliage on it and how it was maintained and what it was used for. Has it been monkeyed with to get more performance out of it etc.


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Old 08-04-2015, 12:50 PM   #3
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They'll last 3-400,000 miles with regular oil changes. The steering can be a bit sloppy.
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Old 08-04-2015, 01:00 PM   #4
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The 7.3 was actually built by International. The same International that makes the semi trucks and other heavy equipment. According to International the 7.3 was designed to run for 500,000 miles with no internal engine maintenance or repair. Obviously that doesn't include stuff like steering, suspension, AC, PS, water pump, etc. Just follow factory scheduled maint and they should last at least that long. There are many with much more than 500,000 miles on them.
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Old 08-04-2015, 02:03 PM   #5
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Better yet ... so my 99 has ~360,000 or more miles remaining. I'll probably croak before it does.
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Old 08-04-2015, 03:40 PM   #6
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I've read lots of great things about that motor. Folks that own them seem to love them.

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Old 08-04-2015, 05:36 PM   #7
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There's a very good saying......

The older a running diesel is, the better diesel it is, especially if it's loud and clattery.

My 83 5.8L Isuzu turbo diesel with mechanical injection, no computers, no sensors, no EGR, runs like a Swiss digital and runs better the longer you run it. I wouldn't trade it for a more powerful new breed of diesel.

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Old 08-04-2015, 05:43 PM   #8
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I have a 2000 diesel Excursion purchased new now with 230k miles. I agree it is a great motor but I have done lots to the vehicle to keep it in top condition.
It is a lot of truck to tow a vintage 23 foot trailer. Are you using it just for tow or will it be a daily driver. You will notice the size and the big turning radius if you take it into downtown.
Whether or not to buy it depends on the condition of the truck. If it is like most 18 year old trucks, it will take a lot to put in top condition. Another poster complained about sloppy front ends. Most are worn out, particularly those with 4x4. The heavy diesel gobbles ball joints and other front end components. I am on my third set of ball joints and everything but the gears and axle on the front end has been replaced. It does drive like new.
If it a cream puff truck with a good service history and you are willing to live with the size consider it but it won't be a bargain. If it is the typical beater truck buy something newer and smaller.
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I towed a 31 footer with the same truck. I found it rode much too hard for my liking and comfort. Went to an Excursion and loved it for 6 years afterwards.
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Add me to the list of 7.3L PowerStroke lovers! We have a 1995 F250 Extended Cab Long Bed.

If you can find one with low miles (a very hard thing to do), jump on it! Try to find out the maintenance history. The best thing you can do with one of those is do regular oil changes. It is a great engine. I'd be glad to discuss them with you. PM if interested.

I have added a bypass oil filter to mine, not for extended oil change intervals but for really clean oil. Also added a 45K BTU transmission oil cooler from Tru-Cool. Other than that, my truck is bone stock. I drive it rather conservatively. It currently has 111K miles on it. I expect it to last us a LONG time.

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Old 08-04-2015, 07:24 PM   #11
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The 7.3 Powerstroke is one of the greatest motors of all time.

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