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Old 03-25-2010, 07:06 AM   #1
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Bought!! F250 7.3L Diesel - Pics Inside

First - I know this truck is slight overkill, but I had a bad experience or two on some steep grades with the 1/2 ton Tahoe and I do want my wife to be able to drive with the AS in tow, so the search was on for a 3/4 ton pickup for less than $12k ALL in. Better to be a bit on the overkill side than right on the edge.

Wanted diesel, crew cab (we have kids), leather and 4x4. Miles didn't matter as its a DIESEL right?

Obviously the search was DAUNTING. These trucks are $40-$60k new today. I probably spent $500 traveling to different locations in the SE, once staying in a hotel, and having all of them (3 total that were deemed worthy of a second opinion) examined by a diesel mechanic. In the end it was worth it.

I looked at Dodge Cummins, Chevy DuraMax and Ford Powerstroke (7.3 only - there are myriad reasons as we all know). I admit I was partial to the Ford at the outset and ended up with one. I did come to appreciate the Duramax along the way though and would have happily bought one but they made alot less of them in the early 00's than the Ford and thus were not readily available.

The Cummins was sweet but overpriced. I could NOT find ONE Cummins with the qualifications I wanted under $15k ANYWHERE.

So I ended up with this F250 SuperDuty 4x4 Crew Cab with a NICE Lariat interior. It has 223,000 miles. I even got some maintenance records!! The previous owner had a SUPERCHIPS performance chip installed as well as a large diameter exhaust and a cold air intake. He CLAIMS it can get up to 19MPG on the highway unloaded. We'll see. I will say, however, that the performance of the thing is amazing relative to the 7.3's I tested without one.

There are a few scrapes and dings but overall it is a SWEET truck. Thanks for all the help and advice! Pulling the AS to Gulf Shores in 2 weeks!



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Old 03-25-2010, 07:52 AM   #2
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good buy, you should watch all vedios at www.powerstrokehelp.com , it will give you insite on maintaince. jeff
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Old 03-25-2010, 08:05 AM   #3
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This is a nice truck too! You may find that you can achieve 19mpg on the highway empty if it has the 3.73 gears in it.
I've said this before with Ford Powerstroke trucks, there's no replacement for displacement!
Ford has never been able to match the performance and reliability with all the smaller configurations in the past years.
With your 25 footer hitched up, be prepared to pass others on ascending grades
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Old 03-25-2010, 09:28 AM   #4
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Personal opinion (like other things) everyone's got one. GOOD CHOICE! We have a F350SW/ Crew/LB /3:55.We love this thing. IT gets 14 city and 20 highway (not towing).It weighs in at almost 8k lbs full of fuel and ready to tow. Thats impressive mileage considering its our daily driver.(we don't own a car) I like you looked for several years to find it. I have not been sorry.
The only things so far have been Brakes and a water pump at 80k.I do all my own maintenance.Change oil and filters every 10k,air filter about every 30k or as needed, just like the big trucks. I use Shell Rotella T 15/40.just like the big trucks.
Becareful with the throttle,that engine will smoke the tires rite off that truck and you will not even know it. I would bet you could exceeded the PO's mileage if you are careful. Remember it makes Torque first and then comes up to speed ,take your time and let it work. Also, I will catch some for this but Warmups and Cool Downs are important for this engine.I warm up about 5 minutes and cool about 2 or so.
DONT PAY ANY ATTENTION TO THE OLD MAN BEHIND THE CURTAIN,he only has driven diesels for 50 yrs. '
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Great job finding the right truck at the right price. Your trips will be a pleasure; no more downshifting on every little hill.

You may want to contact your Ford dealer to be sure all the recalls have been addressed - I think there were some tranny issues.

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Good Choice. The 7.3 motor is one of the best. Lots of problems with the later 6.0 and 6.4. I have a 2001 Super Cab long bed F350 FWD with the 7.3, and not one single engine issue at 55K. Did have a transmission that went out at 40K, just after warranty. But Ford and the dealer and I did a 3 way split for a new one, which I thought was fair. My suggestion would service the transmission oil and filter regularly.

Just went to a showing of the new 2011 Ford 6.7 diesel last night. Wow, where is my checkbook?
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Who is making Ford's new engine?
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Ford is making the new engine. They built a new plant in Mexico. All new design. I had been told it was very quiet, but I was a little doubtful since my 7.3 wakes up the neighborhood when I start it up in the morning. Every dog in the hood knows when I get home too. However, standing right next to with the hood up, you could hardly hear it at idle. 390 hp and 735 lbs of torque. The engineering rep driving it around state to state towing a 10K big box trailer was averaging 17 mpg overall. 22 mpg unloaded. His area includes OR, WA, IA, MT, and NV. Just google it or got to ford.com. Lots of info. I hope to have one before the balloon festival rallye in NM this year.
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I hear that new Ford Diesel is just SICK! Alas I will not be able to afford one until 2020! My 2002 7.3 PSD just *might* be broken in by then!

Thanks for all the positive feedback.

And whoever noted that it develops torque first and speed second is DEAD ON. It was quite an eyeopener when I realized that, once at 65 MPH, the engine was pulling well less than 2k rpms and was very quiet...definitely lots of power to spare at cruising speeds.

This thing is just so much fun! My wife is considering selling the Tahoe and making this thing her daily driver.

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Old 03-28-2010, 10:31 AM   #10
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Just drove from Gainesville, GA to Brentwood, TN and tooled around town for the weekend. Left home with the tank chock full of Diesel.

Filled up the tank this morning - 15.06 Gallons. Had 294 miles on the trip meter.

That's dead on 19.5 MPG.
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Old 03-28-2010, 11:33 AM   #11
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Great trucks!

I bought my 2001 F250 7.3 Crew Lariat after a lot of research, when I needed something to pull my newly acquired '72 Ambassador, about 5 years ago.

It has been an amazing truck! Both towing, and just daily. Without the trailer, I can get 22 HWY if I keep it @65 or 1900 RPM. With the trailer, about 15 MPG, never any hesitation. Around town, about 15 too. Power, Economy, and Comfort, a great combination.

Unfortunately, due to the economy, I had to sell the trailer, and now I'm about to put the truck up for sale. I'll miss it. Almost as much as my Airstream.

All the best with your new truck. Its a good one.

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