f250 diesel

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by chuckers, Sep 12, 2004.

  1. chuckers

    chuckers LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 657

    how much would you guys give for a '97 f250... never pulled a trailer or plow except a 5th wheel. diesel stroker... with 89,000 miles. manuel trans also.
  2. Randy J

    Randy J LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,124

    No way to answer that question without a lot more information. Things you should check out on the truck include - the dual mass flywheel - has it been replaced with a regular flywheel? If not, you can most likely plan on doing that. Have the glowplugs and glowplug relay been replaced? If not, it'll probably need them. Check the fuel pump, they're prone to leaking. The water pumps are VERY expensive if it has to be replaced. And there have been some problems with injectors. If maintained properly, and these issues don't frighten you, they make good trucks.
  3. selnoil

    selnoil LawnSite Member
    Messages: 162

    I'm not really how to answer for you but I have a 96' f250 with the powerstroke (auto trans)with 134,000 miles. its towed its whole life and plowed for the last 3 years. It runs awesome and still has tons of power!!!!!

    89,000 its hardly broken in yet!!
  4. gvandora

    gvandora LawnSite Member
    Messages: 143

    What is this dual mass fly wheel you're talking about?
  5. Randy J

    Randy J LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,124

    I'm not all that up on the dual-mass flywheel myself, but I had a '97 Powerstroke for a while, and in researching before buying it, I discovered that they had come with a "dual-mass" flywheel that was giving considerable problems. Most people replaced them with a "single-mass" flywheel. Honestly I don't even remember what the problems were, just remember that they were a problem.
  6. PrecisionL&L

    PrecisionL&L LawnSite Member
    Messages: 16

    I just bought a 97 F250 PSD with an automatic in it last winter had 57,000 miles on it and paid 10,500 for it. To date the only problem that I have had with it was one of the power steering lines blew out on it, other than that it has been a great truck.
  7. Stuttering Stan

    Stuttering Stan LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,504

    I drive a 2000 F250 psd and have had no problems pulling a 16' open traailer
  8. kc2006

    kc2006 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,443

    I have a 96 f250 psd 4x4 xlt loaded and it was a company vehicle and they had records that it was taken care of with 238,000 i paid 5900 but its very clean. My brother in law almost bought a 97 with 38,000 on it with a bunch of aftermarket stuff on it for 17,000 so i'd say 12-15g maybe? :bday:
  9. Meadowbrook

    Meadowbrook LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 467

    Offhand, I'd say maybe $16k. One thing you have to worry about with those body style trucks is the clutch. Make sure to ask whether or not there has been an added plate welded to the firewall for the clutch. I've heard horror stories about downshifting with a load in or behind the truck and the clutch pedal goes through the firewall. Scary stuff! :dizzy: Just my $0.02

  10. Smalltimer1

    Smalltimer1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,223

    That's the first I've ever heard of that. The only troubles I've heard of with those trucks is the CPS sometimes will get a little flaky. Also, check the SCA (coolant additive) in the engine before you buy. If it has none, run for high ground. Cavitation is bad in these engines if they do not have SCA additive in the radiator. The ZF-5 is a pretty stout unit. Shouldn't have much trouble from it.

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