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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 05-08-2012, 08:42 PM Thread Starter
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Going from F150 to F250 or F350

Hey, looking for a little advice on my truck situation. Currently I have a 2004 F150 scab 4 x 4. I do not love this truck and I bought it spur of the momment as I was in a bit of a "I need to buy a truck today" situation. I was looking for a 3/4 or 1 ton but found the F150 for a sweet price and bought it. So I have the F150 for sale and have some interested people stopping by this week to hopefully buy it.
So I have been looking at truck again I want a diesel, and I need to stay under $7000. From everything I read the 6.0 diesels seem problamatic. I found an 06 F350 6.0 with a bad head gasket, I called Ford and they quoted $3000!!!!!
So I've been looking at 2000-2002 with the 7.3 instead. Any issues I should watch for?
Thanks for letting me ramble on.............

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 05-09-2012, 08:48 AM
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The 7.3L is a overall a safer bet. Water pumps and if I remember, cam position sensors are one of the better known issues with the 7.3, beyond that, it's random. Try to get an Oasis report on the truck and see if the owner has service records. The Transmissions were not as robust as the newer 5spd in the 6.0L but will hang in there as long as you do not overheat them. Most overheated 4spds are from drivers backing up heavy trailers and jockeying them back and forth such as putting a camper into a camp site. For some reason they heat up fast in reverse.
Oh and oil pans: the 7.3L had quite a problem with corrosion so check that, they are a pain in the nuts to replace.

If you are in the mood for a 6.0L check out this ad, looks like a bargain to me with a brand new warranted 6.0L in it!

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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 05-09-2012, 09:38 AM Thread Starter
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Thks for the info. Forgot to mention that it must be 4 x 4. I have some experience with the 7.3 as I was previously a fleet manager with approx 10 E350-450 in my fleet. They seem to take the abuse of 50 random drivers using them. I would prefer a manual but auto will do fine. I'll check oil pans on any potential buys.

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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-12-2012, 06:16 AM
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Just in case you are interested I have an F450 for sale on Kijiji - send me a pm if you are.
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