Ebay Find of the Day: 2000 Ford F-250
Ebay is full of interesting vehicles, but few trucks are as attention grabbing as this 16-year-old Ford F-250. This Island Blue pickup is a one-owner ride with just over 18,000 miles on the clock. It might be 16 years old, but it looks showroom fresh with nary a sign of wear or abuse.
Making the truck even more special, this 2000 model F-250 is equipped with a five-speed manual transmission backing the legendary 7.3-liter Power Stroke V-8 turbodiesel. It’s basically the Holy Grail powertrain of heavy duty Fords. Oh, and it’s 4WD.
Aftermarket mud flaps and just a hint of surface rust on the trailer hitch receiver are the only tarnish on the truck’s mint, showroom condition. Beyond that, the truck still wears its original Firestone Steeltex A/T tires and five-spoke wheels, two-tone paint, side steps, spray-on bedliner, and the extendable trailer mirrors.
Inside, the tan interior is immaculate, complete with carpeted floor mats, leather seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, wood trim, and the original AM/FM/CD/Cassette radio. This rig came from the Ford factory with the Lariat trim, making it a range-topping model in its day. Its Extended Cab and front bench seat configuration means it has room for six in a pinch or four comfortably. The rear bench seat folds upwards, creating a flat load space for cargo. Access to the rear is given via the rear-hinged “suicide” doors.
Of course, there’s that 7.3-liter Power Stroke. It generates 235 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque while making the most distinctive diesel clatter known to man. The four-speed manual transmission with overdrive gives the truest sensation of diving a big-rig this side of a Peterbilt. The only thing that could make this powertrain better is an old-school, dog-leg transfer case for the 4WD. Then again, the electronic switch gives the dash a new-school feel.
Bidding is currently at $8,200 with 16 people vying for ownership. There’s four days left on the auction, so the price will surely rise a considerable amount. A quick search on KBB.com shows the truck’s private party value at $14,448, so expect bidding to hit at least $15,000 before time runs out. Be sure to check out the original Ebay listing here.
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Ford Demonstrates Roll Stability Control on 2017 Super Duty
Ford is working hard to prepare the 2017 Super Duty for production. That includes ensuring it can safely handle any load placed on its hitch or within its cargo bed. For this test, Ford built a jig that simulates the weight and size of a slide-in camper. With the heavy steel structure in place, testing engineers hit the slalom course to fine tune the Super Duty’s Roll Stability Control software.
The system uses 10 sensors that monitor the vehicle’s stability up to 10 times per second. If instability is detected from a panic maneuver or just approaching a curve with too much speed, the system activates individual brakes to help contain the truck’s unwanted and unsafe movements.
These tests are taking place at Ford’s Arizona Proving Grounds on a skidpad. The testing mule is equipped with roll-prevention bars that keep the truck upright, even if the driver loses control.
Ford has not announced the Super Duty’s towing and payload specifications, but we’d bet both specs will increase. Towing, especially with the F-350, should now compete with the 30,000-pound towing capacity on the Ram 3500 HD. It’s with immensely heavy loads like these that electronic aids like Roll Stability Control make driving a less stressful event.