> I'm thinking of buying a '92 F250 with a stock 7.3L diesel
> (non-turbo) with ~196K miles on the engine and have a couple
> of ?:
> 1) I noticed a coouple of times during my test drive that
> stopped (stoplight, traffic, etc.) there was some
> white-colored smoke
> coming out of the exhaust.The smoke was intermittent and did
> not occur
> at any time other than at idle. Is this normal?
> 2) Given the mileage, is putting an aftermarket turbo on this
> (e.g. Banks or ATS) an option? I don't know that I really need
> a turbo
> (I plan to use the truck mostly for local hauling and towing
> my 23'
> 5th wheel trailer on short-to-medium length camping trips in
> Cascade Mountains and over to the Oregon Coast) but I might do
> it if
> it seemed worthwhile. Is this something that someone with
> intermediate-level mechanic skills can do?
> 3) I've always heard that diesel engines are very reliable and
> long-lived. How many miles should I expect this engine, given
> it's been reasonably well-maintained, to last? What are some
> signs" that I should look for when a diesel engine starts
> having major
> internal problems?
> The performance of the truck, except for the lack of a turbo,
> otherwise OK and it seems a good bargain for the price the
> asking. It has been reasonably well-maintained, including the
> installation of a rebuilt automatic transmission.
> TIA for your responses :-).
200K is a lot of miles and the engine condition now is vert dependant
of what quality of maintainance it has recived and service it has
seen. My gut feeling is to no buy it unless you get it dirt cheap
because if it needs repairs it will be VERY costly and a after market
turbo will hassen its demise given its age and mileage. If you realy
have yor heart set on a diesel I would suggest you keep looking and
spend more money for a lower milage unit and less likely long term
problems. I would fell better about it is if had maybe 100 to 150 K
but 200K is getting up there and diesel repairs are expensive. Finaily
I do not think you will be pleased with the tow perfomance of that non
turbo engine. A lot of mid sized gas motors will "wax" it in towing
performace and again boosting it at this stage could shorten its life
more. Look for a different truck and one with a turbo diesel to begin
with if you want better towing performance.
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