new F350 2006 or used 99 ? who buys new?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by Ramairfreak98ss, Jun 20, 2006.

  1. Ramairfreak98ss

    Ramairfreak98ss LawnSite Silver Member
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    I REALLY want a new 06 silverado diesel 2500hd or f350. A friend of mine has a friend selling a 99 F350 with the 7.3L Powerstroke and i THINK 4 sp auto not the newer 5 speed. Its extended cab, 4wd, rear wheel antilock, shortbed, Leer hi rise cap, shortbed, larger bfg all terrain 285/75/16 tires, it ONLY has 53k on it, and garaged most of the time, was used twice to pull a trailer and has a 97 fisher plow kit he plows his muffler shop out with when it snows in NJ.

    Also has a 12.5k hitch.
    He wants 20k for it. Im assuming this is probably good, but is the 7.3 really better than the 03+ 6.0L powerstrokes with the problems?

    Im looking to pull my 4k+ empty 24' enclosed trailer 90% of the time with it, is it bad staying with a normal 4 speed and not waiting to buy newer wit ha 5speed or the 6sp allison in the GMC/Chevy trucks with the duramax?

    I have not driven an 05+ f350 diesel OR an older one so dont know how to compare the two, anyone have opinions.
  2. stroker51

    stroker51 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 819

    Some will say that the 6.0 PSD's are great, and some have a lot of problems with them. The only thing you will have to worry about with the 99 is the tranny, a lot of heavy pulling probably won't be good for it. Some never have problems, many more do. The other problem you will face will be that a Cam Position Sensor will go bad. It is easy to fix, like a $100 part, but when it goes, the truck will not run. 53K mile truck for $20,000 though, that sounds like a great deal to me, especially with a plow!
  3. PerennialSuccess

    PerennialSuccess LawnSite Member
    Messages: 53

    7.3 is a really good motor. Sure 6.0's have great power, but they don't really compare when you count reliability. Buy the used one, let someone else take the depreciation on a new one...
  4. jt5019

    jt5019 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,432

    One thing to remember..if you get a brand new truck and use it for landscaping when you get that first scratch on it(and you will) it might put a tear in your eye. :usflag:
  5. olderthandirt

    olderthandirt LawnSite Platinum Member
    from here
    Messages: 4,899

    No way would I pay 20k for a 8 yr old truck. 7.3 was a a good motor and I had that same yr and style truck except mine was a long bed dually. It cost new 33K for comparision
  6. Mike33

    Mike33 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,649

    7.3 way to go, i had 00 was great truck. Bought 03 350 with 6.0 total junk. I had to put a chip in it so i could pull out with a load. Also replaced 6 injectors and turbo. All was warranty but still agervation. Then i had to pay 700.00 for exaust pipe off of turbo that wasent under warranty. Ford could not fix my initial proplem they said it was a software problem and gave me about 4 downloads when they came out. They didnt work but my chip did and the mechanic at the garage told me to get it.
  7. Ramairfreak98ss

    Ramairfreak98ss LawnSite Silver Member
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    is it true some of the 6.0s have problems not in reliability but they are way underpowered? some guys say theyll pull a house and others get out of one and say even the 600lb duramax would pull twice as much.

    Ill have to drive two new ones before i buy a new/used i guess. Ive been in a 06 lbz 650ft/lb duramax in 4wd at the track already with the AC on in Ohio lol, he ran a 15.1x at like 90mph or something, it was sick for a bone stock truck.
  8. efaubert1

    efaubert1 LawnSite Member
    from Indiana
    Messages: 109

    The price is a little high on the 99 for an individual, but the reliability, replacement part availability, and ease of working on the 7.3 far exceeds the 6.0 in my opinion. As for the Durajap, go ahead and buy one. They seem ok. But when it's time for you to put a new fuel filter in schedule about 4 hours of your day to do it. You have to take out a headlight and a bunch of other crap.
  9. Markf

    Markf LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 406

    We bought used a 2000 F350 7.3 , XLT, auto, regular cab, long bed in 2004 with 63k. It has performed flawlessly. However, it came with a Boss 8ft V plow for $20,500. I hope this helps you.
  10. Ramairfreak98ss

    Ramairfreak98ss LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,210

    thanks mark..
    Im probably looking closer to 15k for this, but yet ive seen some darn 2000s on ebay with 180k miles sell for 14,700 lol, i know the diesel holds value but common, unless its your relative babying the truck for that many miles, why spend that to risk the past owner not maintaining the goods?

    here are some pictures of it, i dont want a shorbed, but i really need a larger truck.

    Id hate to not look into this but the owner is already gonna list it on ebay within a month, i doubt i can come up with at least 5k down by then and try to finance the rest with buying the new house in july :cry:

    Im working my 91 5.0 to the balls, 90+ out it starts getting hot pulling the enclosed trailer around, its over 5000lbs, stating and stoping and not much strait line cruising.

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