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Old 10-17-2012, 04:55 PM
thecuttingedgelawn thecuttingedgelawn is offline
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Depending on your circumstances, I would try to get a diesel if you could find one reasonable enough. The late 90's Fords are good, still are able to get the Turbo 7.3L after 1994 1/2 I believe and they are good trucks as my bro in law had one. Diesels go forever and they will never starve for power. One that has 100,000-130,000 miles on it used is just getting broken in and if you take care of it will go for another 200,000, your V6 wont do that especially if your pulling things. I have a 2000 F250 7.3L with a 6 spd manual and I pull lots of things including my landscape trailer, haul farm equipment, and whatnot, and it pulls anything I put behind it. Of course I started out with an 88 Dodge Dakota Sport with the 3.9 High Output V6. That worked for the time being, however if I had to do it over again I would've tried to get a F250 Diesel if I could. Mine just turned over 200,000 and runs just like it did when I bought it with 120,000 on it and the only thing I've replaced is the water pump and I did that myself. Plus if your concerned about mileage, Diesel is also the way to go. A V6 can get good mileage without towing anything, but soon as you starting towing things your mileage takes a huge hit...with a Diesel it pretty much stays the same unless your pulling ALOT, maybe only loose 2-4 mpg. I have done a few modifications to my truck so when I'm not pulling anything I get 22 mpg ( helps to have 373 gears instead of 410s and the 6 spd.) But when I start hauling stuff I still get 19 or so. I would say one of the only drawbacks to having a diesel is when it comes to repairs like major stuff, it is a fair amount more and they are a bit more to buy initially. However, my thought is by the time you make repairs and or account for possible overworking it, or spending money to upgrade things so that you don't overwork it, you could afford a diesel. I wouldn't constantly like the worry of when something is going to go on your V6 either...Diesel is kindof peace of mind for me. That's my 2 cents worth, not telling you what to do, just what I've experienced, hope that helps a bit.
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