Trade 97 Ram 2500 for 01 F250 7.3?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by KevinACrider, Jun 12, 2008.

  1. KevinACrider

    KevinACrider LawnSite Member
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    Right now I've got a V8 360 Dodge Ram 2500 (1997) crew cab, 47k original miles but I came across this truck:

    http://harrisburg.craigslist.org/car/714585274.html

    Looks very nice. I called them up, truck has 111k miles and the 7.3 Powerstroke. Are those engines good? What kind of gas mileage will I get pulling 3000 lbs everyday?
     
  2. Gravel Rat

    Gravel Rat LawnSite Fanatic
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    Keep your Dodge why bother trading it for a truck with higher mileage.

    That Ford probably has been driven hard.
     
  3. KevinACrider

    KevinACrider LawnSite Member
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    Because I want better gas mileage. I can put more miles on that diesel than I could put on my gasser.
     
  4. supercuts

    supercuts LawnSite Silver Member
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    yes it will get better mileage not to mention, even with the higher mileage its still worth more than your dodge which is also 4 years older. the rims are ugly. the 7.3 powerstrokeis the best engine made by ford.
     
  5. TXNSLighting

    TXNSLighting LawnSite Fanatic
    from DFW, TX
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    yeh looks like a potential younger kid had the truck... but yeh 7.3 powerstroke is hands down a fantastic diesel. should average bout 18+mpg on the highway, bout 15 in town. 13 towin. atleast thats what my 7.3's averaged. id buy it. i have a 96 7.3 with 220k still runnin perfect, and gets almost 20 mpg highway, (its a reg cab long bed 4x2)
     
  6. mybowtie

    mybowtie LawnSite Senior Member
    from NY
    Posts: 683

    X3 on the 7.3, Think its a no brainer.............:usflag:
     
  7. bowhunter74

    bowhunter74 LawnSite Member
    from mo
    Posts: 114

    I get 11.5 mpg on my 7.3 period, everyone says they get big numbers but I don't know how unless they have chiped it and went with an exhaust. My friend has a few 7.3's and that's what he gets also.
     
  8. BrandonV

    BrandonV LawnSite Platinum Member
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    the rear end ratio makes a huge difference, we had a 1992 (this is pre turbo) the darn truck would get 22-24 mpg hwy religiously, wasn't quick at all but that's the price you pay.
     
  9. TXNSLighting

    TXNSLighting LawnSite Fanatic
    from DFW, TX
    Posts: 6,462

    you got some 4.10's!
     
  10. bowhunter74

    bowhunter74 LawnSite Member
    from mo
    Posts: 114

    Nope, 3.73's
     

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