Join Date: May 2006
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Few questions here,
I just found a 1997 powerstroke in a f-250 its got the auto, 4X4, ex cab, 150,000 miles, he claims he has ALL maint records, since day one he is original owner, it has 8ft bed, cloth seats, carpet floor, power everything, 100% stock as far as I can tell except for an electronic brake controller wich is in there from pulling a 20-25ft camper, he claims it was all highway miles, it was a business truck they did some tree sience or something like that ??? traveled the general region and studied trees, so along with the camper there was a few pieces of lab equipt that went along .
The visual condition is 95% perfect, there is a half dollar sized dent in the front bumper, and very small burn in back seat, under carrage is dry no stains or wet spots anywhere. Also he says the trans was rebuilt about a year ago.
Here is the deal this will be my first diesel purchase, the ranger I currently drive is just killing me on fuel, 2.3 liter, 4x4, 200,000mi stock geared, 29” boggs adds up to a terrible 11MPG, and that’s with no load.. and obviously worse and dangerous with a load (2quads, sometimes a car), so here it is
Now for the questions:
He is wanting $10,500 I think I can get it for $9500 is this worth it? (I understand its hard to tell without being there but hey)
the last diesel I drove was also a 97 it was also auto but seemed to hit kinda hard going into 2nd and while cruising at 40-70mph if I let off gas and got back into it it kinda sorta thumped… dealer said that’s normal on a truck that has sat he says it just needs a good 100mile cruise, sounded fishy so I turned it down… but is this really normal?
Being my first diesel purchace what else should I look for? Remember I have never turned a wrench ona diesel so all the help you have is great.
What kinda fuel mileage should I expect (sorry not sure on the gear but lets say 3.73) as this is my major reason for the purchase I drive approx 50-150 miles a day depending on school day or not. Can I get 18MPG from it?
And one more ?.... with 150k miles is this getting high for this particular motor?
Sorry for the babbling but I need your help thanks!