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Best Diesel Deals on Craigslist: Houston

The Space City region is big on Fords…Especially Excursions, of all things

Oct 21, 2020
The "Best Diesel Deals on Craigslist" series began in March 2020 with a story about a 1994 Ford E-350 that served in former President Bill Clinton's motor pool. With this rundown on Houston, Texas, we now have 14 stories covering our search for diesels being privately sold via Craigslist from coast to coast.
It's important to note that diesel-powered pickup trucks, while plentiful almost everywhere, are not the primary target of our searches. In an effort to have some fun with this project, we're looking for uncommon, unique, or even quirky diesel vehicles, equipment, parts, etc. However, there certainly are instances where the late-model pickups we're all familiar with receive their just desserts.
The diesel search for the Houston—which includes Pasadena, Sugar Land, Humble, and other areas inside and just beyond the city's famous "610 Loop"—is a diesel-pickup hotbed, chock-full of older and newer trucks, with Ford being the most popular brand (and there are more Excursions listed here than we've seen in any other city).
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H-town is a special place for MotorTrend's truck group, as Diesel Power has maintained strong relationships with owners and technicians at shops throughout the area (crews at PSP Diesel, Power Stroke Enginuities, and STP Diesel). Like Dallas up north, our "diesel" search criteria netted more than 400 excellent candidates to consider. Here are the four rigs of interest, plus a cool generator that's powered by an oil burner (again, selections are not always relegated to being trucks).
As always, we want to know details if you follow up on one of these examples. Be sure to let us know about cool diesel deals that you come across on Craigslist, too. Send info and a link to: dieselpower@motortrend.com.

2016 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD

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This rig is a Diesel Power special if there ever was one. Built by Truck Source Diesel in San Antonio, there's a compound-turbocharged 6.6L Duramax engine under the hood, and with all of the additional performance hardware noted in the ad, the engine pounds out 660 hp and 1,100 lb-ft of torque. We're pretty certain it's a surefire street screamer, and worth every dime of the $53,000 firm price.

2009 Ford F-350

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When a seller puts it this way "Brand new parts with lots of receipts. No issues. Good truck," it might behoove you to touch bases and see if this 6.4L Power Stroke-driven rig is really worth your $25,000. Katy is the area where it's located.

2007.5 Dodge Ram 3500

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As a mid-year model, this Mega Cab is an outlaw of sorts, due to its heavily modified 6.7L Cummins engine (early 2007 trucks with 5.9L powerplants do not require DPF filters, EGR valves, and other restrictive emissions hardware). However, that doesn't mean this rig isn't cool, and despite a lien on its title and more than 200,000 miles, it looks like a good buy at $14,000. In addition to a BorgWarner S467.7 turbocharger, 200-percent-over injectors (and injection-pump/lift-pump upgrades), a Banks Monster Ram intake horn, and EFILive ECM tuning, the drivetrain is completed with a built 68RFE six-speed automatic transmission. If Cummins performance is your thing, we think this rock-and-roller is worth gambling on. Especially if that price can be negotiated lower. Check the cattle bumper up front.
 

2002 Ford Excursion

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As noted earlier in this report, there are a lot of these big utility vehicles for sale in Houston. Designating one as the best of the lot is difficult, but we're really attracted to this one (priced at $15,800 in Cypress) because it's four-wheel drive, and powered by a never-say-die 7.3L Power Stroke engine (which the seller says may have been rebuilt). The truck is also sickeningly clean—inside and out (note the 2007 Harley-Davidson front clip and 2016 Super Duty rear bumper).
 

2012 Onan

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And here's the difference maker in our collection of Houston-area diesels. With hurricanes being common in the region, having something like this Cummins I-3-powered 7,500-watt energy source is a good idea. This model is typically used for motorhomes and RVs. However, in the big picture, it doesn't know what it's supplying juice to, so get all the power for $3,400 (in Hitchcock) and wire it into the electrical system at the house.

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