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pattytastik
02-15-2012, 04:51 PM
http://philadelphia.craigslist.org/cto/2852971530.html

It almost looks too good to be true. I contacted the seller and apparently it has no rust issues and no know mechanical problems... It would be nice to have the mpg advantage of a diesel (and strength of a f350).

KS_Grasscutter
02-15-2012, 06:01 PM
Sad to think of that as a 20 year old truck. I would be worried about a truck that old with that few of miles. Its not good on a truck to do a lot of sitting. Btdt, twice. Otherwise I wouldn't be scared of it at that price. The original 7.3s aren't as good as the 7.3 powerstrokes, but I'd take it over a 6.0 or a 6.4 any day.
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Pietro
02-15-2012, 06:07 PM
The odometer only goes up to 99999. I bet ya they rolled over. So its really 178K. Also, those IDI diesels dont have turbos, so they cant even get out of their own way.

pattytastik
02-15-2012, 06:24 PM
That's a great point about the odometer. What do u mean about the non turbos not being able to get out of there own way? I'm not very familiar with diesels
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93Chevy
02-15-2012, 06:52 PM
That's a great point about the odometer. What do u mean about the non turbos not being able to get out of there own way? I'm not very familiar with diesels
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It means accelerating in a non-turbo diesel is more painful than watching a turtle race.

If a diesel a turbo, then it's going to be faster. More airflow = more power.

tnmtn
02-15-2012, 07:45 PM
That looks like a great truck. not fast but will get the job done. I have a '94 with the same engine and like it. I tow often with mine. is it auto or 5 speed?

pattytastik
02-15-2012, 07:47 PM
That looks like a great truck. not fast but will get the job done. I have a '94 with the same engine and like it. I tow often with mine. is it auto or 5 speed?

It's auto. I think I might stay away from it because the odometer either rolled over a couple of times, or It sat for a while. Both of those reasons would make me less interested in the truck

unkownfl
02-15-2012, 08:12 PM
There isn't that much of a difference in acceleration between the trucks until you get on the highway about 65mph. You can tell by looking at the odometer if it has rolled. It peels off a little white strip on the tenths of mile on the odometer. Those are very good diesels and will last well over 300k before a rebuild most of the time. The injector pump needs replaced about every 60-70k miles now but its really simple. If you never had a diesel before this is the one to learn on if you work on your own stuff. It's basically as close to a gas engine as you can get.

tnmtn
02-15-2012, 08:20 PM
mine has had 275,000 miles and still going strong. take a good look at the oil and if possible send in a sample for testing. if it comes back fine it is a nice truck. also check the radiator for any kind of oil sheen. if the engines good you will get yours monies worth from the truck.

ecurbthims
02-15-2012, 09:18 PM
having owned a fleet of thirty of those trucks,with every one easily attaining 750,000 km [close to 500,000 miles ] before the rest of the truck was too far gone ,and replacing a total of 3 fuel pumps fleetwide ,I have to say if your only concerns are the mileage ,then it will be your loss .The 7.3 powerstrokes I replaced them with had a hard time making 200,000 km without spending a small fortune on injectors etc on each and every one of them .

93Chevy
02-15-2012, 09:26 PM
Long live the good old diesel engines. Do yourself a favor and look at the truck with somebody you trust who knows a good deal about trucks. Chances are that engine will outlast the body.

StihlMechanic
02-16-2012, 06:07 AM
The 7.3 IDI was and is a far more reliable engine than the powerstroke 7.3. Not fast? Maybe, mine has the power of a TBI 350 gas engine but the low end power of a gas big block. Mine has 225k and runs like new. $3500 is a steal IMO.