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1997 Ford F-250 XLT Lariat



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1997 Ford

F-250 XLT Lariat



Engine Size
7.3L Turbo Diesel
124,502 (Actual)
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Until you've actually done some towing with a diesel, you don't really know what you're missing. Fortunately, this 1997 Ford F-250 XLT Lariat makes it affordable to find out, and we're guessing that you'll never want to give up all that torque coming out of the 7.3 liter turbo diesel engine. There's a reason why all the big rigs run diesel and it isn't because everyone likes the sound.

This big white pickup is unassuming, but that's OK in a machine designed to work for a living. White paint also means there's no place for problems to hide, and you'll note that it's just beautifully preserved and extremely clean. Thanks to a lifetime in the warm, dry south, it has never suffered through winter weather and as a tow vehicle, it really never got bashed up at the job site. These are easy trucks to modify, but this one looks quite stock externally, with the only modifications being the bug deflector, tubular step bumpers, and color-matched ARE camper top. The long bed means it can carry just about anything and the raised stance comes from the heavy-duty ¾-ton suspension that never complains no matter how much weight it's pulling. Nice chrome and stainless trim shows that this truck lived a good life on the highway and the handsome Ford design has aged well; hard to believe this truck is now more than 20 years old!

The XLT Lariat package included Ford's high-end interior with comfortable cloth bucket seats, a fold-down center console, and a lot of options. Obviously designed to while away the miles, it includes such niceties as A/C, cruise control, power windows and locks, a tilt steering column, and a decent AM/FM/cassette stereo for entertainment. The upholstery and carpets are in fantastic shape, particularly for their age, and it's easy to think of this as a 3-year-old truck given its condition. Again, modifications are minimal, limited to the boost, exhaust gas temperature, and transmission temperature gauges mounted on the A-pillar, all critical details in a diesel designed to haul. Heavy-duty floor mats protect the carpets and if you're a Ford guy, climbing behind the wheel will feel like coming home again.

Ford's 7.3 liter turbo diesel V8 is bulletproof reliable and makes the kind of torque that can move buildings. This one shows 124,502 original miles, and for a diesel, that's just getting broken-in. The engine bay is well-maintained and everything works, so you can climb in and get to work right away. It's not cranky or fussy the way you might have heard diesel engines can be, and from behind the wheel, it's almost impossible to tell it's a diesel. The 4-speed automatic overdrive transmission is well-suited to the engine's power curve, and with all that torque at low RPM, you can actually use the overdrive so it just loafs along on the highway. You'll find 3.55 gears out back so it can pull when it needs to, and with twin gas tanks, your bladder will be full long before the tanks are empty. It's ultra-clean underneath, properly maintained, and ready to go with recent 235/85/16 radials on factory aluminum wheels.

These are incredibly difficult to find and it might be the nicest diesel pickup for under $20 grand in the universe. A very affordable way to own a potent hauler that can work as hard as you can. Call today!

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  • Seatbelts
  • Driver Airbag
  • Power Windows
  • Power Steering
  • Power Locks
  • Power Brakes
  • Fuel Injection
  • Front Disc Brakes
  • Cruise Control
  • Anti-Lock Brakes
  • Tilt Wheel
  • Heat
  • Cloth Interior
  • Air Conditioning
  • Defrost
  • Cassette Player
  • AM/FM Radio
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  • Owner's Manual
  • Original Window Sticker
  • Maintenance Records
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Exterior Color
Interior Color
Rear End
3.55 Limited Slip
Front Brakes
Power Disc
Rear Brakes
Power Drum
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