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Old 08-15-2012, 08:20 PM   #1
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Looking at F250 with 7.3 powerstroke- Advice

Looking at a 99 F250 XLT extended cab, 5 speed manual 2WD with the 7.3 Powerstroke diesel. 97k miles. Not too familiar with these. It has a chip...not sure which one. Also a Banks turbo back exhaust. Pics look very good. Any major pitfalls to look out for? What are the questions I need to ask here? Price is around 12k. Will be looking at it this Sunday. (8/19)

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Old 08-15-2012, 08:29 PM   #2
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Simply the best diesel engine ever put in a pickup. They are in high demand here even with 300K + miles on them. Several of my friends have assured me (FWIW) that get over 20 mpg regularly, even with a trailer.
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Old 08-16-2012, 08:08 AM   #3
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Simply the best diesel engine ever put in a pickup. They are in high demand here even with 300K + miles on them. Several of my friends have assured me (FWIW) that get over 20 mpg regularly, even with a trailer.
Yeah....the current owner told me he could get 26mpg Fwy if he took it really easy, 20-22 otherwise. Said about 16 around town. That's actually a better overall mileage than my 06 Xterra...
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Old 08-17-2012, 07:50 PM   #4
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Simply the best diesel engine ever put in a pickup. They are in high demand here even with 300K + miles on them. Several of my friends have assured me (FWIW) that get over 20 mpg regularly, even with a trailer.
that's the second best diesel in a pickup behind a 12v Cummins.
don't get me wrong, a low miles 7.3 in a late model body is super desirable.

pretty well established, two best diesel pickups are 12v Cummins and 7.3 with late model body.

low mileage examples are getting harder and harder to come by. typical selling price for super low mileage 12v Cummins and 7.3 are easily same as much newer models.

took me almost 3 years to find my 96 12v Cummins, extra cab, 5sp, 4x4 with 67k miles. Paid $13k and felt like I stole it.

popped on Craigslist .. called the seller and said I'll take it... on my way. jumped in my truck and drove for outside Telequah, about 65 miles away.

called the seller half-way there .. told him I'm almost there. He said someone had beat me there.... OHHHHHHH shit!!!!

pitched a bitch .. and told I said I'll take it earlier and was on my way before the other person. He agreed and said he would wait and I had first dibs.

drove up and truck looked like NEW (always garaged) ... Said I'll take it... he said don't you want to drive it? said OK,,, as I saw the other buyer going back and fort in front of the house.

test drove it and put down a sizable deposit.... 96 12 Cummins with 67k miles was mine!!!
came back next day with balance, went to tag office and got it transferred right then. Drove it home and got 27 mpg ... whoaaaa.. that's not normal, caught a tailwind home. normal mileage is 20-22 in town, slight higher on the road.

can you tell .. I LOVE my truck!!! best truck I've ever got .... about 5 years later, truck now has 107k miles.. dead reliable... oil/fuel filter is it ... did put a ceramic clutch in 3 years ago. 12v Cummins is lightly bumped to about 375HP. don't want any more HP.. be tearing up my tranny.

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Old 07-01-2013, 05:55 PM   #5
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Love mine....the computer won't activate the glowplugs any more, so I put an auxiliary relay and indicator light/switch in. This just means I have to push a button in cold weather, count to 5, then fir it up. 180K, no problems.
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Old 06-27-2013, 01:49 PM   #6
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Simply the best diesel engine ever put in a pickup. They are in high demand here even with 300K + miles on them. Several of my friends have assured me (FWIW) that get over 20 mpg regularly, even with a trailer.
depends on the gearing on the speed you drive. Mine (well my dad's), is an F-350 with 4.10 gears. It won't touch 20 if driven at any speed on the interstate above one which will get you killed by Peterbilts. More like 15 mpg with the stock tune on and 15.9 with the economy tune turned on. Empty. It's a dually but only 2wd. We use a DP-Tuner with the +80 HP economy tune for tooling around unloaded. It makes all the difference in performance and a little difference in economy.

A single rear wheel 250 non- 4x4 MIGHT best 20 at highway speeds on a perfect day.

When it comes to diesel trucks you hear a lot of fairy tales. I haven't found most of them to do anything incredibly spectacular with regards to mileage when running lightly loaded.

My uncles F-450 (4.88 gears) will only return 8 mpg. Yeah that's right...eight. That's with a heavy 5th and 100+ hp tractor and hay making machines and shit aboard. Don't think he ever hardly runs it empty.
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Old 08-15-2012, 08:33 PM   #7
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300k on my 97 F350. Banks kit and over sized tires. Excluding tires, brakes and normal maintenance stuff, repairs total two sets of glow plugs and one glow plug relay, two fuel lift pumps, water-pump, power steering box and an auto trans at 235k. Did have to replace a couple of cam sensors (warranty) long ago til Ford got that right. I'd rather have a 7.3 than any of the newer motors.

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Old 08-15-2012, 08:35 PM   #8
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That is great to hear!! Any known weaknesses/ areas to look at on the 7.3?? Price sound in the ball park??
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Old 08-15-2012, 08:37 PM   #9
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Im used to be a ford certified diesel tech, the only reason a 7.3L came in our shop was for services. I could almost guarantee that truck(in stock form) will last 500,000miles. Buy it and enjoy!:
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Old 08-15-2012, 10:23 PM   #10
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Normal stuff really, ask the seller not to start it up so that you can start it from cold, try to figure out if it's been taken care of- good oil and coolant is important for these things. You could check blowby by feeling for pressure out of the oil fill cap at idle. Really, at that mileage, it would have to be flogged pretty hard to show any flaws. I've got a 99 2wd powerstroke also, with 200k, it runs fine- no smoke, no blowby, almost no oil usage.
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Old 08-16-2012, 12:26 AM   #11
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Has one of the 7.3 for a few years. Dog of a motor behind the auto trans. It was a few years before the inter cooler and the power that motor made stock, sucked.
Auto trans always shifted too late winding out the motor till it was way out of the power band.
Took the beast down to Banks for the full package. The truck flew after that, in a doing 80MPH and step on it and it would push you back in your seat sort of way.

Transmission could not take the new power and the towing, so sold it after I put in the 4th transmission. The rest of the truck was falling apart anyway.
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Old 08-16-2012, 10:46 AM   #12
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you'll get 16 in the city and maybe 19 on the highway unloaded and babied to keep the turbo from spooling
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Old 08-18-2012, 07:12 PM   #13
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you'll get 16 in the city and maybe 19 on the highway unloaded and babied to keep the turbo from spooling
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Old 11-05-2012, 03:49 PM   #14
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you'll get 16 in the city and maybe 19 on the highway unloaded and babied to keep the turbo from spooling
This. So many blowhards embellish/take a high-mark sample about mileage. Yes, they are more efficient than gasser's, but the big power uses fuel... when you USE the power. Do ten full tank fill-ups with mileage calcs, then report back to us. Great truck, enjoy! The most common bane for diesel's is mistreatment, neglect, improper servicing, wrong oil used, misdiagnosed poorly done repairs, and last but not least, misfueling (gasoline accidentally put in, driven until it stops). Ask lot's of Q's, see the receipts. Check the clutch feel.. some operator's are slider's and rider's.
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Old 08-16-2012, 11:18 AM   #15
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382,000 on my '97; its a work truck and gets run pretty hard. Has been through one set of glow plugs, a fuel pressure regulator, one water pump, and six or seven camshaft position sensors. Still has the original injectors. Transmission #3 works pretty well after a shift kit was added. Still gets 15.5 MPG around town and recently got just over 18, unloaded on a 300 mile road trip.

I do wish it had the manual transmission though.
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