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Old 02-23-2008, 10:37 AM   #15
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Steve, I'd go with the 99 model. If you can agree on a fair market price, I would assume you can continue to have the current owner service it for you?
Maintenance is everything with any vehicle, and diesel powered of this variety need a little more attention to the coolant and oil changes which have already been expressed. The creature comforts of an XLT make it all the better. You will be fine without 4WD, wish mine was 2WD for a better ride.
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Old 02-23-2008, 11:22 AM   #16
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We had a couple F-250s with the 7.3 and found the transmission to be the weak link, so a newer transmission might be meaningful. The motors were great, though - 200K well-maintained miles is just getting broken in.

A few years ago we towed our 31' Sovereign from St. Louis to Colorado and back with our 2001 7.3L F-250 with 60,000 well-maintained miles at the time. Literally one mile from our house, a tiny spring broke inside the transmission and took the whole transmission down with it. At least the truck had the courtesy to wait until we got home to break down!

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Old 02-23-2008, 12:24 PM   #17
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Vote is strong for the well maintained '99 F250 7.3

I always appreciate your advice. It's just amazing the breadth of your knowledge!!

Davis, that is also interesting to learn about the coolant maintenance. Curious how that would lead to cylinder pitting. Not heard of it.

And I would keep maintenance with the shop owner- seller, he's a good friend.

Many thanks for your replies. I'm always learning -- particularly on the diesel...

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Old 02-23-2008, 12:47 PM   #18
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here is a great site for info on the powerstrokes, especially the 7.3...

dieselmann's Page

charles ledger the ford master mechanic who owns this site,

also answers questions on a yahoo user group for the powerstrokes...

PowerStroke : '99+6.0/6.4/7.3 Diesel S-Duty,Van &Excsn

his answers are brief, to the point and amazingly correct.

he's covered the antifreeze/scoring issue on the above site (first link) and many other important issues on the powerstrokes.

he keeps a complete list of the tsb and service issues and other goodies up there.

i've learned lots from his stuff and he's correctly diagnosed my rig multiple times, online and for free.

check it out!

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Old 02-23-2008, 08:25 PM   #19
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Thanks for the links. I have gone there and joined the Yahoo grp.

There is always a bunch to learn when you go pokin' 'round.

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Old 02-23-2008, 09:18 PM   #20
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Hi Steve,
You can also go to which is a Ford diesel website and if you want to learn more about the coolant additive do a search for coolant additive or cavitation and you will be suprised . This is something that is overlooked by many owners and may or may not know about it.Good Luck. Davis

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