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'99 & up 7.3L Power Stroke Engine and Drivetrain Discussion of the '99 & up 7.3L Power Stroke diesel engine and drivetrain in the 1999-Up Super Duty trucks and Excursions. No gas engine discussion allowed except on transmissions and drivetrain that pertain to all models. Please confine discussion of topics in this forum to those items that are specific to the 7.3L Power Stroke engine.

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I've been shopping around for my first diesel for a while now. Just waiting to find the right truck kinda thing. Rust is a huge issue for super duties where I'm from. I've found a clean 99.5 with 299xxx on the 7.3 with a 5 speed for $4500. There's also a fair share of decent idi diesels around my neck of the woods. My question is, is 299,xxx too many damn miles? Or should I wait for something better or just go for the idi. I know its a 7.3 powerstroke but I'm still nervous about it. Any input would be great.
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It depends on how well it was taken care of. That said I would opt for lower mileage vehicle. I have about 125K on my 2002 with very little rust. You might consider going out of state. Lots of great powerstrokes out there.

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If you could plan a trip to CO you would find many great 7.3 Powerstrokes with minimal rust.

I suppose it depends on what your plans are. The trouble with the truck you mentioned is that it very likely will require new parts and those costly parts will outlive the rusty body/frame.

Diesels are typically more expensive to maintain than gassers. For the $5K price range you would probably get a better condition rig with a gas engine. Having to replace injectors alone will set you back $2K+.

If your heart is set on a diesel then be sure to ask the current owner for all parts and service receipts. If you can post truck details here along with receipts then we can give you an idea of upcoming expenses. It has been my own experience that a sellers promise that certain parts have been replaced is NOT the same thing as a receipt proving it.

Good luck in your search.

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