Getting a new (used) truck this summer, need feedback!

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  1. fst89lx

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    I am going to be getting a new (used but new to me) truck this summer. I am undecided between a f-150 5.4v8 or a f-250/350 diesel.

    It'll be used to haul snowmobiles and possibly a boat. I am looking to spend a MAXIMUM of 25k on this vehicle. After searching autotrader.com, it appears that I can get a pretty good 2003 f150 for that kind of money, or a 2002 diesel.

    I have a friend who has a '99 f150 with the 5.4, good truck nice power etc. He knows someone with a '02 f250 diesel and he loves his truck too.

    Apparantly the kids diesel gets ~18mpg loaded or unloaded (unless its loaded to the max of course) F-150 with 5.4 is close to the same but when loaded it eats quite a bit of gas. Diesel will last a LOT longer, and has a TON more power.

    As you can tell, leaning hard towards the diesel. I have heard from some people that the big problem with the 7.3 Liter engines is that they are so damn heavy that they wear out the front suspensions of the trucks... Is there any truth to this? Are there any other problems with the 7.3 engine or 2002 f250 model trucks?

    The noise or smell of a diesel does not bother me at all so I wouldn't consider that as a negative.

    Thanks!
     
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    there's a video of an 01 F150 in a front-end crash-test floating around and it is NOT a pretty sight. I'd not want to own one after seeing that.
     
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    How about a Dodge Ram?? Cummins Diesel is nice
     
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    dodge resale value is crap, but since you are looking used, if you want to keep it a long time then it may work to your advantage that way.
     
  5. If you're hauling stuff and you're not scared of it, go with the diesel. Like you said, the advantages outweigh the disadvantages. I've got nearly 200k on my 6.5 turbo diesel, and with the exception of replacing the fuel injector pump about 50k ago, which is a common problem with that motor, it runs like a champ. I originally bought it when diesel prices were considerably lower than gasoline, but now they're not, so it kinda sucks.
     
  6. Wolvrin704

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    I'd go with the F250 diesel. The F150 would be nice but I think the 250 would suit your needs better overall.
     
  7. Zimmy76

    Zimmy76 I like my beer like I like my violence, domestic

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    I posted it, and it's creepy knowing that I own an 01

    here's the link
    http://forums.offtopic.com/showthread.php?t=1588604

    I can say that I own a 01 F150 super crew cab with the 5.4L V8, and if I had an extra 5-10K I would have gotten an F250 diesel. As it is, if I wasn't so upside on this truck I'd get rid of it for an F250/F350 diesel. I offroad and will be towing a trail toy behind the F150 and while it will do it, it will be a pain to go long distances i.e. 10+ hours to go to moab.

    With an F250 I wouldn't have to worry about that, plus I could have gone with a gooseneck trailer instead of the tow behind trailer I have now. A friend will also have a jeep and with the F250 I could have towed his as well, the 01 might be able to do it, but we wouldn't break 60mph.

    Another thing is a friend and I have thrown the idea around of buying used tractors and fixing them up. Since I have an F150 we basically have to stay to a small to medium tractor since I can only tow 8700lbs or 9100lbs with the F150.

    IMO you should look for an F250/F350 with the diesel, I've been looking on autotrader and it seems like F350's go cheaper then F250's. At least thats the way it is around here for the older ones like 93-99ish
     
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    Are there any problems to be aware of with a 02-03 f250/350 diesel (engine/chassis/body etc?)?

    Ford is really the only mfg. I am looking at so no dodge for me.
     
  9. Well, The issue with the Diesel is that the maintenece is pretty costly. I knew someone that had one, and they had Wal-mart do the oil changes which were like $50.00 each time. I have an 02 F-150 and love it. I have the 4.2 with a 5 speed and it fells comperable to my friends loaded truck with a 5.4. Plus it gets better milage than the V-8 too.
     

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