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Old July 31st, 2010, 10:15 AM   #1
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Default Here we go again...PSD or IDI? NOT just another debate about which is better

I'm starting college this year but saving money to buy a new truck next summer. If I go with an F250 or F350 (still looking at broncos, older suburbans, etc...) it's gotta be diesel. I don't know If I want to go cheap and get an IDI with some rust (found 1 rust free one within 300 miles in the last 2 years) and slowly fix up/restore it, or If I should hold out and spend the money on a rust free PSD.

I like the IDI because they're cheaper to repair and much more basic, but ones in nice condition are hard to come by. And going to a western or southern state to get one is not an option (I can do Wisconsin, Minnesota, northern Ohio, etc..). The PSD's are easy to find in rust free or nearly rust free condition, but I'm worried about spending $7500 on a PSD then having to worry about repair costs when injectors or another expensive part need replacing. Also, do you think in this case I should buy from a dealer or stick with private sellers and just have the vehicle inspected.

Just as a side note I will not be using it for heavy work or towing, it will be babied. I'm kind of leaning towards a fixer-upper (cosmetically) IDI...but there can always be a lot more rust than what's visible.

Just to give you an idea, here is what I've been finding lately:
http://williamsautoofstcloud.com/?p=1395
http://williamsautoofstcloud.com/?p=1461
http://appleton.craigslist.org/cto/1863856669.html <------ IDI
http://greenbay.craigslist.org/cto/1864095426.html

Do you any of you think all of those trucks are worth the asking price? Based on what you can read from the ad....

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Old July 31st, 2010, 12:22 PM   #2
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if your going to "baby" it, and never do any work with it, why does it need to be a diesel? Get a gasser, save money on the purchase, fuel, and repairs. You get a diesel because of the work they can do.
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Old July 31st, 2010, 12:32 PM   #3
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Old July 31st, 2010, 01:11 PM   #4
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the v10 is pretty nice. alot cheaper to buy and maintain. just a thought.

if you really want to get something clean. shop kentucky, tenn, missouri, southern ohio could work too. my last tj was from southern ohio and had zero rust.

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Old July 31st, 2010, 01:23 PM   #5
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I like my 94 IDI turbo. Injection pump is turned way up (super easy to do) and it pulls like a mad dog. Downfall: rust
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Old July 31st, 2010, 03:18 PM   #6
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if your going to "baby" it, and never do any work with it, why does it need to be a diesel? Get a gasser, save money on the purchase, fuel, and repairs. You get a diesel because of the work they can do.
x2 - If you are not going to any heavy duty work with it, save your money. I purchased a Diesel because of the amount of weight that I tow when we go camping. (35' 5th wheel toy hauler w/ my CJ inside)

Your going to spend more money on the inital purchase, more money maintaining it and probably more money at the pump.
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IDI all the way, You already seem to know all the positives. You may not know or even care but the classic IDI's have somewhat of a cult following and are celebrated every july across the united states. Google IDI weekend and you will know what I mean.

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If your not gunna use a diesel don't get a diesel. Diesels are for people who use there trucks not drive around town 24/7
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