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Old 04-03-2005, 03:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Best Year of Powerstroke to buy?

hey everyone...i am halfway through my tour in Iraq now, and looking to buy a 95-97 F250 4x4 with PSD and preferrably SWB with a manual...super cab 4x4. well, i was talking to a friend, and he was telling me to AVOID the 95-96 PS's, as they are not as good...i had heard this before but forgot why. i looked around, and have been searching for hours now, but can only find a change in the glow plug system. as a diesel mechanic, i ain't skeeered, lol. so, is there any other reason...thanks in advance!

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Re: Best Year of Powerstroke to buy?

I have a 96 F350 and a 97 F350 and the 97 has 15 more hp but do not notice any difference in power. Thee is plenty of room in these cabs to work on engine. A buddy of mine just bought a 2005 F250 with 6.0 powerstroke and you cant see anything let alone work on em
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For the most part the 97's are considered the best. There were upgrades done to the engine/trans/pcm that were considered to be good. But in all reality, they are all good IMHO. Dont count a 95 or 96 out if it looks clean, the 94's were only available in a manual transmission so that is something to consider when searching.
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WOO HOO! thanks for the tip on the '94 'Strokes! i WANT a manual, so that is AWESOME news...i really didn't think anything much was wrong with the pre-'97 PSD's. thank you all for your swift replies!

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hey man, i hate to argue with ya...but i went lookin on autotrader.com to see if i could find some nice '94's, and i found this... Auto Trader 1994 Ford F250 PSD AUTOMATIC

like i say, not trying to stir the stuff, but just thought this would be good info for everyone else to know...thanks again for the reply though!

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Re: Best Year of Powerstroke to buy?

That is not a Powerstroke, 94 is a fickle year, you could get the old 7.3 IDI N/A, and the 7.3 IDI turbo and the latter half of the year the 7.3L PSD was introduced. The PSD will ONLY have the manual in it, if it has otherwise it is not a PSD.
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yea, i knew about the multiple diesels in 94...it was the transition year. that is why i never really even considered it a Powerstroke year, i always looked 95-97. anyhow, thanks for clearing that up

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Re: Best Year of Powerstroke to buy?

You stated you want a SWB. I guess you mean short wheel base. Only 97's came with SWB. Maybe 96's I dunno. And above is right, 94.5 psd only came with a manual trany. Look at the 8th digit in the vin to know for sure. "f" means the powerstroke. "k" means its the idi turbo. And "m" means its a na idi diesel. Good luck lookin!
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96's had a short wheel base, but I think that they are few and far between. I wasn't able to tell if he was referencing a short wheel base, or ment put single rear wheel [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/shrug.gif[/img]
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Re: Best Year of Powerstroke to buy?

When I saw that he was looking for a SWB, I assumed he meant Short Wide Bed. Those, as far as I know, were available in either 96 or 97, but not 95.
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F250 4x4 with PSD and preferrably SWB with a manual...super cab 4x4

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Manual Tranny is the only way they came anyway. No auto trannys in the SWB SC's. SC's with a LWB you could get the auto tranny but not in the SWB's.

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All PSDs are good but the blocks were beefed up beginning in 97 and the programming was expanded. I have a 5spd w/4:10s and it will pull a house down. But 95-97 will all be good. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/biggrin.gif[/img]
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Manual Tranny is the only way they came anyway. No auto trannys in the SWB SC's. SC's with a LWB you could get the auto tranny but not in the SWB's.

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Huh?

Forum member Scott has a '97 SC shortbed, auto. Not converted far as I know. (and a fast SOB to boot too)

My wife's '97 CC SWB is an auto too.
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