Good strong 9 year old truck, as advertised.
I bought this Ford F 250 truck only because I knew the features that I wanted in this model truck: 7.3 liter Powerstroke turbo diesel, automatic, 4WD, crew cab, new tires, short bed, power windows and door locks, low 96,000 miles, not beat up but neat and clean, never wrecked. Honestly, I did not expect to buy the first truck that I bid on. I started out "practicing" bidding on this truck, and got caught up in it. The seller arranged to have someone drive the truck to my door, 1100 or so miles, at a reasonable price, about half the usual truck hauler rate. Except for one unfortunate incident I would have rated the truck with all FIVE's. About a week after I got the truck (February 2010) one cold morning it would not turn over, it jusk clicked. After several attempts it started right up. "A fluke," said I, but the problem grew progressively worse, despite my charging the batteries overnight, cleaning and tightening the cable ends. The next day it would not start at all, even though it had started and run only a few minutes earlier. I tried all the tricks that I knew. Finally, I got a mechanic to start it (he whacked the starter with a hammer.) He drove it to his garage. The batteries tested low-weak under load, so I bought two new heavy duty batteries ($237) and while in the shop I had the starter checked and ultmately rebuilt, total with labor was about $500 so far. The next day it would not start! Back to the mechanic. I replaced the rebuilt starter with a new and better one. In all I have spent about $600. I called the seller. He readily agreed to pay for half the repairs. He swore he had no problems starting it when he owned it. The starter shop said the starter had been incorrectly assembled when new, which ultimately caused it to fail. I think this is fair because I now have a new starter and two new heavy duty batteries for a net cost of $250-$300, plus three or four days of agravation in messing with it! As a real estate broker I showed farms in this truck last weekend; my customer remarked at how nice a truck I have. I laughed and told him I bought the truck on E-bay, he said he thought it was new! The mechanic who performed the work thought it was maybe 3-4 years, not 9 years, old. At this time I have no serious problems, but there is dull thump when the brakes are applied under almost all sets of circumstances. The thump sounds like something has been rapped with a rubber hammer. It stops well. My final objection is that while the zipper case supposedly with operator's instructions are in the glove box, the most important booklet with specifications, diesel information, etc. was not in the case. A new operator's manual costs about $50 from Ford. I carefully checked my mileage last week with about 100 miles general around town driving plus 150 miles intersate driving at 70 m.p.h. it got exactly 16.61 miles per gallon. This is a big truck but it gets the same fuel mileage as my wife's 2006 Volvo. A new truck like this would cost near $50,000 today; and Ford no longer makes the sought-after 7.3 liter Powerstroke diesel engine.Read full review
ford built trucks are hardworking trucks i like it
nice truck ,rides good, hard working truck, ford makes tuff trucks,reliable truck,not to bad on gas yes i would recommend this truck this truck,had no problems with this truck,could get better gas millage,but it is a truck so dont expect a lot for gas millage, get it to use and work it hard, it can take a heavy load,rides pretty good for a 3/4 ton truck
2001 ford f-250
I bought this pick up because I upgraded my camper and my f 150 simply wasnt enough truck. I have had 7.3 litre diesels in the past and find them to be a workhorse that is fuel friendly. much more reliable than newer models in my opinion. Ford stopped production of the 7.3 L powerstroke in 2003 and they are very sought out and very hard to find. this truck has a decent ride for a 3/4 ton truck and the super crew is one of the most spacious cabs on the market. there is alot of reasons the f 250 and 350 trucks with the 7.3 L hold there value so much better than other makes and models reliability being the most important. things i dont like about the truck are no heated seats in the lariat for 2001 plastic bed rails came stock on the truck and there no other options other than oem. the over head display never works in these trucks and the radios are not of the highest quality. On the other hand parts are easy to find for this truck and seam to be reasonably inexpensive. I am very happy with the truck and plan on driving it for years to come.Read full review
2001 F250 Powerstroke
2001 Ford F250 4X4 4dr Crew Cab 7.3 Pwr Stroke Auto. This is the best pickup around. More pulling power than the average person will ever need with very respectable mileage. What I liked first was the styling on the outside. The interior is very nice too. At 6'2" and 275# I can set the front seat where I want it and then get into the backseat and have more room than I have in the front. Plenty of room for the grandkids with car seats too. The ride is nice for a 3/4 ton vehicle. The performance is wonderful. The 7.3 is a workhorse plain and simple and gets decent mileage. Over 18mpg with cruise and AC on at 65mph. I worked as a paramedic for many years and the powerstrokes took a beating. They would get started up cold and get the throttle put to the floor right away. Also they were often run up to the governor when accelerating and at top end. These engines performed great. Only routine maintenance was usually done to these engines and some were kept on the road for 300,000 miles! My 2001 has 180,000 miles on it and doesn't shake, shimmy, use oil. No wind noise, no rust. Starts great and runs great. For me this is the best pickup on the market.Read full review
2001 Ford F 250
Seller provided excellent communiation and represented the vehicle accurately. I was very impressed with the truck and reception when I went to pick it up, over five hours from my home. I plan on using the truck as a tow vehicle for my boat. It is a F 250, extended cab, short box, 7.3l diesel, xlt. It needs nothing and is set up properly for towing. For an eight year old truck, I seriouly doubt if you'll fine one better mechanically. I made a short 30 mile trip today, just a week after picking it up and couldn't be more pleased. It runs and drivers great. A true ebay value and pleasant excerience.