I recently had some life changing events....(ex took my truck, I am on deployment, etc...). I am a Chevy/GM guy, however, for me to afford a truck now, I have to look at older model trucks. I have found some great prices on some used F-250 and Ram 2500 trucks.
The F-250's are 1999 and 2000 both with 7.3PSD and manual transmission. Both have approx 120,000 miles.
Both Ram 2500 trucks are 2001 with 5.9 Cummins and automatic transmission. They have 110,000 miles and 125,000 miles.
I had a friend look at them at the dealer and all look good for being over 10 years old. They look well taken care of overall.
I am looking for advice on them. I heard the 7.3PSD is a good engine, but how about with a manual transmission. How about the Ram??
Thanks for the info in advance. I am not a troll if I do not answer. Internet is slow underway and I only have a couple hours a day with a computer.
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Sorry to hear about your breakup, as someone that spent close to half of my life at Sea I feel your pain.
If it was me, I would go for the 7.3 with the Manual. Those Trucks are pretty hard to beat and 120,000 miles are nothing. A good friend of mine has well over 300,000 on his and it's still going strong.
The Cummins is a great engine but IIRC the Auto Trans was the weak link.
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Nothing wrong with either truck, the 47RE was fine as long as you plan on keeping it stock power wise. If you want to add a tunner for some more juice you may want to stay away from it. I work with a guy that has a 01 that has a tunner and he has not had any problems with the trans, but he changes the fluid every yaer also.
Bear in mind that a 10-year old truck will begin having other issues soon.
Things like door locks, wiper motors, hoses, etc may start to fail.
You might also give consideration to the long term reliability of the trunk in that respect.
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Coming from a family that has both Dodge and Ford trucks, I would lean toward the Ford chassis. We have had more electrical problems and more broken dash parts in the Dodge trucks ('98,'02 and '03). I had a lot of electrical problems with my '80s Fords (when they were 15-20 years old), but the interiors and electrics on my '99 and '03 Super Duty trucks have been trouble free. Ball joints are another story on Fords, but that's just nuts and bolts to fix. Dodge has the same problem.
If it wasn't for the rust, I would still have my '99 250 PSD and would be over 250k miles by now. I sold it with 215k in spring of 2011.
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Former Ford IDI and 7.3 PSD guy, hope to get back into a diesel someday.