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Old 12-09-2006
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What do you tow that you need a F-250/350 diesel? It would be nice to have, but maybe just would be overkill. I would like to have a large truck too, but when I really think about it getting a decent newer model F250 with a few bells and whistles really goes over the $30K mark really quickly. Even the used late model ones hold their value well and aren't cheap. I guess this is only my situation so I certainlu can't tell you what to do or tell you what you want...lol! I have a trailer that I use to haul large or dirty stuff with my Ranger and it's alot cheaper and fuel efficient than buying, insuring, and daily driving a big truck.

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Ben I think you have a good plan. Having a nice big truck like that to tow a trailer and camper is nice to have. F 250 will be sweet. Then I say go with either a Bronco II or Jeep. A B2 is such a pleasure to wheel. They turn on a dime and there are plenty ways to improve them. Very easy to work on. A perfect trail rig. Jeeps I dont think I need to talk up jeeps I think you know why they are good for wheeling. If you really love rangers that much go with a Gen 1 or 2 Ranger they are good trail rigs and can be built up very nicely.
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Cars.com is a pretty good site, not as many options to choose from but they usually have more interesting vehicles than most other sites...
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What do you tow that you need a F-250/350 diesel? It would be nice to have, but maybe just would be overkill. I would like to have a large truck too, but when I really think about it getting a decent newer model F250 with a few bells and whistles really goes over the $30K mark really quickly. Even the used late model ones hold their value well and aren't cheap. I guess this is only my situation so I certainlu can't tell you what to do or tell you what you want...lol! I have a trailer that I use to haul large or dirty stuff with my Ranger and it's alot cheaper and fuel efficient than buying, insuring, and daily driving a big truck.
I know what you mean for a long time when I was younger I thought it would be cool to have a big truck just to have a big truck but I actually need one now.

I have never said I need a diesel. My brother's company is getting rid of one of their company trucks(94 250 diesel) and offered it to me for "nothing to next to nothing"(whatever that means). I do need something that can tow a car trailer with a trail truck or mustang on it. I also have a pop up camper which is only like 4,000 lbs.

What I have said all along is I don't want my tow vehicle and trail truck to be the same vehicle. Which is what I was doing for the past year until I wrecked my ranger. It always made me nervous to tow the camper to Wharton and then go wheeling and hope I didn't break something, even though i am sure I could have got somebody to get both the trail truck and camper home.

The other thing I am thinking is I want to get another trail truck one day and I don't want that to be the tow vehicle, so it only makes sense to buy something big enough to tow a trail truck on a trailer. Bottom line my ranger is totaled and I need to buy something to at least tow the camper, and I want to get another trail truck and I don't want that to have to tow the camper so I need a big truck that can tow at least 6,000 lbs worth of trail truck and trailer.

Having a trail truck double as a tow vehicle is like having a trail truck double as your daily driver, if it breaks on the trails your screwed. Its not so much that I worry about it breaking and not beable to get them both home its that I worry about it breaking and not being to use the camper the next weekend. I just really want/need 2 vehicles 1. a reliable tow vehicle 2. a fun little trail toy.

Yeah I agree I would not think about buying a brand new F250 or even a 150 because they are just way too much money. I have found many used(2002-2004) F250 EXT cab 4x4 auto 5.4L V8 for less the $20K with less then 30K miles. I think that's pretty reasonable and defiantly something I can afford. I mean really I think the sticker on my 03 ranger was something like $20K.
Also this would not be my daily driver. I have 2 mustangs and a Ford Focus. The Focus has 120K miles on it or close to it so I don't know how much longer its going to be around. The one mustang is a 98 V6 and get killer mileage, the other is a 97 cobra and believe it or not gets good mileage if I keep foot out of it, I think it averages 20-25 and higher on long distances.
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Also for the difference in the price of a used like F150 vs a used F250 I might as well buy the 250. The 250 has greater towing ability and I would have to get a 150 with 5.4L anyway to get the job done. So if I am ending up with the same engine anyway the 150 can't get that much better mileage.
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diesel's are badass Ben,put a banks kit on it and you'll be able to run wit some mustangs while pullin ****
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I love my 99 7.3L Turbo Diesel and i drive the ranger now and again when i miss it but playing with mustangs and imports is a ton of fun hehe.
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diesel's are badass Ben,put a banks kit on it and you'll be able to run wit some mustangs while pullin ****
I have not totally rulled it out but they are more money then i want to spend. Sure if the right one comes along for the right price.
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yea! go bigger youll be happy maybe something with an ole 454 in it haha JK...have you really found anything you like thats bigger yet?for a have decent price
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yea! go bigger youll be happy maybe something with an ole 454 in it haha JK...have you really found anything you like thats bigger yet?for a have decent price
nothing serious yet but yeah I have seen a few reasonable deals

http://www.autotrader.com/fyc/vdp.js...ce=&cardist=94

http://www.autotrader.com/fyc/vdp.js...ce=&cardist=63

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plus the IDI N/A diesels sound great with no muffler :-D
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Well id go Number 2..then 3 then 1..red..dunno about red really but the second one thats a nice lookin rig..not bad pricing either!
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Well id go Number 2..then 3 then 1..red..dunno about red really but the second one thats a nice lookin rig..not bad pricing either!
Yeah, and those were basically random. Like I said I haven't found anything serious yet. I think I am aiming for $20K with 20K miles, F250, auto, 4x4, 5.4L V8, ext cab, either bed, in the 2002-2004 range. There seems to be plenty of them out there. I think the rise in the price of gas in the past couple years have put more F250's in the used lots. If I really needed the towing power i would go for the diesel but I don't need all that power and they hold their value to well.

An honestly I might not get serious about buying the F250 until like Feb- march. But if a nice trail truck come along before then I am going to ****** that up.

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