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opinions on older f250

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by touhey33, Apr 30, 2005.

  1. touhey33

    touhey33 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 778

    I currently have a 2001 F150 with 75,000 miles, however I want a heavier duty truck, and a truck that I will just use for work, unlike my F150. I could probably sell my truck for 9000-11000 dollars, and only want to spend up to 5,000 on a work truck. Anyway, what are your opinions of the older ford f250 pick up say 1992-1996 or so.
  2. Smalltimer1

    Smalltimer1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,223

    The 92-96 are very tough trucks. The light duty models can be had for cheap because there's just so darn many of them. The non-Power Stroke diesels probably can be had for under $5000, with mileage being the variable on the price. Power Strokes and 460's usually bring $7000+.

    Things to watch out for:

    1. Rust over the rear wheel wells.
    2. Transmissions--especially behind diesels.
    3. SCA level in diesel radiators.
    4. M50D manual transmissions in Light Duty F-250's (junk).

    If I were you, I'd look for a '92-94 F-250/F-350 7.3L IDI or IDI Turbo Diesel with the ZF-5 manual and 4.10 gears. Those can be had for $4000-up and get around 15-17mpg.
  3. ff279

    ff279 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 36

    My fire department has a 1994 Ford F-250 diesel, works great, over 100,000 miles, still going strong, used almost everyday since we got it and no mech. problems, even used for plowing when the 1999 is in for service!!! Also there is no rust, of course we wash it after every run!

    Hope this helps.....Ryan :waving:
  4. A+ Lawncare

    A+ Lawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 503

    whats a plow truck used for @ an fire department?

    Caller: hello 911, please help!!
    Dispatcher: hello 911, whats wrong
    Caller: we've got an deadly snow storm
  5. clydesdale

    clydesdale LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 403

    i had an 88 f-250 with the 5.8 and it averaged 10 miles per gallon. You wouldnt catch me with an older gas ford. I am a die hard ford guy, but go with a powerstroke and spend a couple of bucks more. Gas is expensive these days and those 5.8 motors were known to last, but known to drink
  6. ff279

    ff279 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 36

    Well for plowing snow in the winter........ ;) :D
  7. ff279

    ff279 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 36

    They really do make good trucks..but personally im a Chevy guy!
  8. Jason Rose

    Jason Rose LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,858

    HA! I have an '88 F-250 with a 460, fuel injected! Runs about 5 to 6 mpg!!! I have had to replace just about every part under the hood on this truck in the past few years and it still runs bad. And by parts I also mean the ENGINE AND THE TRANSMISSION!

    If I didn't have half a fortune wrapped up in the truck I'd be happy to buy a newer one.

    I guess my advice... don't buy an '88... first year they had fuel injection and tons of problems with them. otherwise I have to agree with others that the early '90s ford f-250/350s were really indestructable.
  9. greywynd

    greywynd LawnSite Member
    Messages: 132

    My 'work truck' is an '89 f350 with the 7.3litre non-turbo diesel. It's also got the c6 automatic (no overdrive). I was warned to avoid the early diesels with overdrive automatics, they dies pretty quick when working them. As far as my truck goes, lots of strength, just don't get in a hurry. Mechanically all I've done is routine maintenance (brakes, tires and exhaust) and one fuel pump. Truck has about 240,000 kms (135,000 miles?). Hoping to give it a fresh coat of paint this summer. Oh, it's a 2wd dually, not 4wd, don't know which you are looking for.
  10. nocutting

    nocutting LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 530

    Hi, I got a F250 last year outa the local pennysaver for $900.00, no rust, super heavy duty ladder rack[ tube steel/ over cab] & a workin AM/FM . It easily carries a full pallet of wall stone, gets 12-15 miles gal w/ the 350-v-8, no complaints other than havein to paint it $500.00 bucks at Maacco....Food for thought....a 1500 chevy can carry the weight of a Ford F250, but a F150 is only good to carry your lunch and tool box?...again its only my opinion :)

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