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Ford f450 questions

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by recycledsole, Dec 1, 2012.

  1. recycledsole

    recycledsole LawnSite Gold Member
    from MD
    Messages: 3,273

    Hey guys,
    i am considering upgrading to a ford f450 drw 6.0L diesel. can anyone tell me what to look for when buying it used? it has a dump bed. it is a 1997 model. around 67K miles. he is asking $8000, but i think i could talk him down atleast $1000

    what kind of gas mileage does it get? from what i see diesel is a little more expensive per gallon, but might run longer.
    any information on f450s would be appreciated.

    at the moment i have a toyota tundra and is real limited when doing hauling of any kind, like leaves, debris, etc... its a great truck, but i will have to get a trailer or upgrade.
    thank you very much
  2. TruSomethingOrOther

    TruSomethingOrOther LawnSite Member
    Messages: 171

    The 6.0 motors are a good motor if they have been fixed. They were designed with far fewer head bolts than what they need. The fix is cheap.

    I have the 6.4 F450 drw quad cab and love it. Diesel motors last 3 ~ 4 times what a gas motor will and has way more balls. Gas mileage however might be an issue. I get 8 to 9 miles a gallon hauling a 16 foot enclosed trailer around.

    Maintenance is also more expensive when needed. 100 dollar oil changes, but every 5 thousand miles. Will post more later. Am at a theatre.
  3. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,776


    Are you sure you don't mean a 2007?

  4. KrayzKajun

    KrayzKajun LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,737

    If its a 97' then it will have the almighty 7.3.
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  5. LindblomRJ

    LindblomRJ LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,570

    If it is a 97 is will be the 7.3 if it is, you have a great engine and setup.
  6. recycledsole

    recycledsole LawnSite Gold Member
    from MD
    Messages: 3,273

    ok thanks gentlemen. i am not sure the owner has not responded to my email yet. i will let you all know when he responds.
    i thought my tundra would get 18 or 20mpg but its getting around 12 average with no trailer.
    thank you very much
  7. DLM155

    DLM155 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 53

    97 should be the 7.3. Its no powerhouse but it works, expect no better than 15mpg when towing, you may squeak 18 unloaded. Diesel is a solid .75cents hire per gallon here than gasoline, but thats recent. Usually its a full dollar higher. Fuel mileage is so close it wont matter when you get into the expense of the larger brakes, 12qt oil changes and 6 E load range tires.

    A 1/2t truck to a 1-1/4t truck is a big step up, do you really need that much truck?
  8. southern79

    southern79 LawnSite Member
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  9. southern79

    southern79 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 91

    I love my 1997 F450. I can't say it gets 15 mpg with a 4.88 rear, but it gets the job done. Will hold about 3 tons legally. Real work horse.
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  10. southern79

    southern79 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 91

    Oh yea, two front Uniroyal tires installed $386.00. Still need to do the back 4.
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