Let's go Brandon
- Jul 4, 2009
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- Edmond, Ok
Good luck with the hunt. If you are of a mind to sell that Chevy 3/4 ton, please keep me in mind.Hi all,
I thinking of an F-250 diesel truck and I'm looking for OSA wisdom.
I currently have an older Ford Escape, and an older Chevy C2500 3/4 ton pickup.
The Escape (AWD) is great as a daily driver and does awesome! (summer/winter, doesn't matter) The Escape (daily driver) gets good mileage and I can get 80% of the stuff I need in the back. Occasionally I use the factory roof rack.
The 3/4 ton truck get used maybe 4-5 times a year - only when it's needed for heavy loads/ pulling the trailer/etc. The truck gets 12 mpg empty or loaded, so I only drive it when needed. The downside is that since it doesn't get used often - the mice will build nests and eat wires. (I've repaired the same set of wiring 3 times!) So I started loading the engine compartment with mouse poision, and periodically check it for refilling purposes. That seems to help.
The wife has been hinting that I should sell both vehicles, and just buy 1 pickup to replace both - so we can reduce the number of vehicles, insurance, and maintenance hassles.
I'm a Ford guy, so I'm playing with the idea of an F-250, diesel, 4x4, crew-cab. ....Short-bed preferred, but not a deal breaker.
This will be my first diesel, and geez - there's a steep learning curve for which one to get (or stay away from). 7.3/6.0/6.4/etc....
Reliable, durability, and ease of maintenance is paramount. (I can do wrenching when needed)
Low-mileage/high-mileage, older/newer models, pros/cons?
I'm currently leaning towards an older (1999-2003) 7.3 power-stroke for the sole purpose that they never die.
But a 6.0 deleted diesel makes stupid power, and can get decent mileage!
I'm completely new to Ford diesel trucks.
So - I'm looking to the wisdom of OSA diesel gear-heads.
Please type slowly and use small words - otherwise you'll loose me.
If you had to buy a Ford diesel truck (1999 or newer) knowing ALL of its strengths and weaknesses (engine/trans/etc) - and plan to keep it for 15 years - what would you get? and why? Where's the best-value balance?
Oh - and has the crazy truck prices leveled out at all? Or is this still a sellers market?