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99 F250 7.3 Diesel- Good deal?

Discussion in 'Ford Trucks' started by musclecarboy, Aug 20, 2007.

  1. musclecarboy

    musclecarboy 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,303

    Just seen an ad on craigslist. EXT cab, 4x4, 270k kms (167k miles).
    $10k. Wants to sell ASAP.

    I know this seems very general but would a truck this age be a good plow rig?

    Thanks.
     
  2. mike psd

    mike psd PlowSite.com Addict
    from pa
    Messages: 1,028

    i'm pretty happy with my truck how shes plowed last winter plenty of power . price seems fair for the mileage and age . don't buy sight unscene whatever you do .
     
  3. musclecarboy

    musclecarboy 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,303

    Is it a drawback to plow with an older truck? Will an old engine get tired and thigs will fail easier?
    Thanks
     
  4. mike psd

    mike psd PlowSite.com Addict
    from pa
    Messages: 1,028

    let me tell you as long as the frame is soild no major leaks or trans issue . that engine isn't even broke in ! now if find one from like 350K then i'd say maybe rebuild time . but that engine is just getting good now . get some more info for us if going in on it . pics would be nice
     
  5. nevrnf

    nevrnf Senior Member
    Messages: 456

    Things to look at are the oil pan and the trans. Ford diesel's have major issues with rusting oil pans. On the SD it requires removal of the engine to replace.$$$. The trans in the early SD had issues with the Torque convertor going bad. Easy to identify as a terrible rattling like marbles in a can at idle. Goes away when you drive and the convertor locks up. Also you need to make sure the truck is cold when you go to look at it. Might have glow plug issues if it starts hard. Injectors can also get damaged and cause a missfire when cold.
    If you are mechanicaly competent it is repairable as a DIY but parts can be costly.
     
  6. musclecarboy

    musclecarboy 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,303

    Cool....thanks guys. After my family only buying gas vehicles, I just get worried with high miles I guess. Thanks though.
    Another question, I've been looking on EbayMotors and there's TONS of dealers from texas selling diesel trucks. Would it be OK to buy from these dealers? Also, why does almost every truck have a MASSIVE front bumper??? I'll look like a fool pulling up with one of those things in Canada.
     
  7. mike psd

    mike psd PlowSite.com Addict
    from pa
    Messages: 1,028

    LOL thats part of texas law hahahaha j/k
     
  8. musclecarboy

    musclecarboy 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,303

    LOL....i was just so surprised to see almost every truck with a big azz bumper. They all have a 5th wheel hitch in the bed. Is this something to shy away from?
     
  9. mike psd

    mike psd PlowSite.com Addict
    from pa
    Messages: 1,028

    even tho most souther truck are going to be better shape because of short winter and no salt . i think personal your much better off sticking somewhat local maybe like 200-150 miles or so . the 5th wheel depends could be for a weekender camper or the serious hauler moving heavy loader ect. . i don't think it would matter as long truck is good running shape
     
  10. snowman2025

    snowman2025 Senior Member
    Messages: 152

    just my two cents, but i just TRADED my white 350 psd 4 door XL package with 260,000 miles on it and the dealer gave me $9500 for it....and i used that one for plowing and made a great plow truck.