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post #21 of 37 Old 02-17-2017, 11:57 AM
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I would buy the 1999 Diesel. I still have my 1995 F250 Diesel, and don't plan on ever selling it.
I'd buy a diesel over gas any day, in a truck.
It's always nice to be a little over powered, than underpowered. I haul a 3H slant load, I have hauled 3 horses in it too, but not often.
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post #22 of 37 Old 02-17-2017, 03:01 PM
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around here if you find a 10 year old or more truck with no wheel well rust, cab corner rust out or rocker panel rust.. its like a diamond in the rough, wheel wells are superficial and do rust easy on some trucks, same with under door rockers, and expended cab corners ( without a door) most of them have readily available patch/ repair panels that do not cost much to buy and are not super hard to replace.. and color matching a small area for paint isn't super expensive either
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After the initial excitement, disappointment of trucks sold, and the "OMG what am I actually doing", I am sort-of starting to enjoy my search And slowly I start to get an idea what I really want and like, yay.


An unexpected "perk" (that is getting old very quickly) is the seller's reaction when they realize a woman wants to look at their truck I know we are in the South, but still...
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post #24 of 37 Old 03-06-2017, 06:11 PM
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An unexpected "perk" (that is getting old very quickly) is the seller's reaction when they realize a woman wants to look at their truck I know we are in the South, but still...
By me, in Central Florida there are as many if not more "ladies" driving those big trucks as men.
Fancy, not fancy, old and not so old...
And more often than not it is a woman behind the wheel of the truck towing the horse trailer.
Don't let anyone give you a hard time....
Be knowledgeable, demand the respect you deserve for doing your homework when you ask your questions and look at that truck...
Isn't it great to "bust someones bubble" of stereotyping?
Enjoy the search and reaching a new stage of your dream turning to reality!
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post #25 of 37 Old 03-06-2017, 08:51 PM Thread Starter
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Isn't it great to "bust someones bubble" of stereotyping?
Enjoy the search and reaching a new stage of your dream turning to reality!
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Oh yeah, I love doing that anyway I was even contemplating to doll up with a dress and killer heels next time
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post #26 of 37 Old 03-06-2017, 10:36 PM
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I'm also part of the F250 7.3 diesel fan club. I have a '97 with 300k on it. We just bought it this past summer. We put a good bit of work into it, but we expected that. It only gets driven a few times a month, and it doesn't seem to mind. For my 5'4" self, it's really fun to drive. I'm finally bigger than everyone else! Do be careful where you park, though. I learned the hard way not to park over a drain in the parking lot. I don't have running boards, and my seat was a good foot higher than normal. Normal is difficult enough!
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I need some opinions again

It has been quite educational to speak to a bunch of people, driving some pretty fun (some more awful than fun) trucks and poring over reviews... However, I still like to get some opinions

I stumbled over a cheap 01 GMC diesel... Looks in pretty good shape on pictures, but nevertheless, has 330k miles... According to its carfax it got religiously serviced with the first owner (up to 200k miles) and then only the changes in ownership are marked??? Can't really believe that it never got serviced for 5-6 years, but you never know...

Soo, since it's only a handful of miles away from me, I will still go and have a look/ test drive, but some ideas what extra I need to look at (or ask) can't hurt.

Any more tips?
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One thing I learned is to alway, always have the seller allow you to have the truck, or car, hoisted up so you can see the the frame. If a seller wont allow that, keep on trucking, so to speak.

Just because a car is sold in the south doesn't mean it has not been driven else where.
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One thing I learned is to alway, always have the seller allow you to have the truck, or car, hoisted up so you can see the the frame. If a seller wont allow that, keep on trucking, so to speak.

Just because a car is sold in the south doesn't mean it has not been driven else where.
True! And those 330k miles bring you quite far

I've also heard that the 00-03 gm diesels have injector problems (= expensive fix) - but they should have come up earlier in this one, or not?
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I stalk all car sites and blogs concerning what vehicle make I am looking for. Fountains for the good, bad, and ugly found on blogs and sites dealing with a particular make and model.

Check for any recalls too.

But I will stress, if buying through a dealer make them hoist the truck so you can look at the frame. If buying from a private party, make sure you can take it to a mechanic before purchasing so your mechanic can hoist it and you can see the underbody.
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