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I am looking at buying my first diesel truck I wanted to get some options on what you guys suggested I'm not going to spend 10s of thousands of dollars looking under 10,000 looking for a late 7.3 or late 6.0 what do you guys suggest. Thanks in advance


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Old 02-10-2018, 06:13 PM
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are you capable of working on it yourself ?

either way
i think 7.3 is the way to go here
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Depends on if you wanna go fast or not later.

7.3 will have less issues. Pretty much only see oil leaks, and valve cover gaskets and harnesses. Either one will have front end issues, 05-07 6.0 will ride the best. The 7.3 wont get you anywhere in a hurry unless you have fairly deep pockets.

6.0 motors have more issues, egr, oil coolers, head gaskets, lifters, and oil leaks. Tune only will be faster than a smallis set of injectors and a turbo upgrade on a 7.3, and 05-07 are gonna ride the best and turn the best due to the coil spring front end.

250 vs 350 are gonna be close to the same, dont let that be a deciding factor, unles you want a dually, then its 350 only unless you find a 450 that had a bed grafted onto it. But those ride like ****.
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are you capable of working on it yourself ?

either way
i think 7.3 is the way to go here


Yes I can work on it myself


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Depends on if you wanna go fast or not later.

7.3 will have less issues. Pretty much only see oil leaks, and valve cover gaskets and harnesses. Either one will have front end issues, 05-07 6.0 will ride the best. The 7.3 wont get you anywhere in a hurry unless you have fairly deep pockets.

6.0 motors have more issues, egr, oil coolers, head gaskets, lifters, and oil leaks. Tune only will be faster than a smallis set of injectors and a turbo upgrade on a 7.3, and 05-07 are gonna ride the best and turn the best due to the coil spring front end.

250 vs 350 are gonna be close to the same, dont let that be a deciding factor, unles you want a dually, then its 350 only unless you find a 450 that had a bed grafted onto it. But those ride like ****.


Okay thanks for the suggestion I'm not looking to go fast just want something that will tow and I can do mods as I go. I'm pretty good with engines I just rebuilt a 302 5.0 f150 so I am going to sell that and get some a little newer and bigger.


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6.0's are money pits, and problematic. Ficm's, injectors, high pressure oil leaks, lifters/cams, etc. Be prepared to spend probably $3-5k on a 6.0 after you buy one. Regardless of what you buy though, make sure you get to see/hear it cold start, and check for blowby.
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Thanks for the comment I am leaning towards the 7.3 does anyone know the fuel mileage for the 7.3 vs 6.0


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Same roughly
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Good call--

Get a code/obd2 reader software or module immediately after purchase. You will learn faster about how they work and be able to correctly communicate with others about issues.
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Well, like literally everyone here, you MUST start off with a 7.3... then when you move up through out the years you can say 'nothing like my 7.3, shouldn't have sold it'
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Get a code/obd2 reader software or module immediately after purchase. You will learn faster about how they work and be able to correctly communicate with others about issues.


My dad has a small shop and inspection station so I have access to a scanner and lift extra


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Well, like literally everyone here, you MUST start off with a 7.3... then when you move up through out the years you can say 'nothing like my 7.3, shouldn't have sold it'
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Well, like literally everyone here, you MUST start off with a 7.3... then when you move up through out the years you can say 'nothing like my 7.3, shouldn't have sold it'


Hey you can't go wrong with the old 7.3 right


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Good call--

Get a code/obd2 reader software or module immediately after purchase. You will learn faster about how they work and be able to correctly communicate with others about issues.


Scan it before you buy it..
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My dad has a small shop and inspection station so I have access to a scanner and lift extra


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My 7.3 was great, but I love the double the rear wheel horsepower and torque that my 6.7 makes now with being a lot lighter
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Scan it before you buy it..


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Well, like literally everyone here, you MUST start off with a 7.3... then when you move up through out the years you can say 'nothing like my 7.3, shouldn't have sold it'
Still kicking myself everytime I see a nice 7.3!
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Is there any suggestions on whether I should look for a extended cab long bed or a 4dr long or short pros and cons or is it more personal preference


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If you can afford a crew cab, get it. You'll regret not having the extra room
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Great thanks for all the comments


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One last question is there a certain year 7.3 that is better than the others?


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IMO;
1997 for the OBS
2000 for the SD
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1997 for the OBS

2000 for the SD


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I'm sure 01 and newer get hated on for being PMR but I wouldn't let that you turn down a clean one. I have one and it's been beat to piss and still continues to be
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PMR isn't an issue unless you're making big power. imo I've had every iteration of the 7.3 from 89 to 01 and they're all work horses. 94.5 to 97 and 99 to 03 are all solid trucks and differences between the trucks within a generation is minimal from my experience and research.
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Okay thanks for the comment I really appreciate all the input


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You will definitely want a crew cab. I kick myself everyday for not wanting one when I bought the truck about 12 years ago. The back seat is really only good for small children and throwing some junk back there, plus trying to load it is a pain because the suicide door does not swing all the way back to the bed like newer trucks.

As far as years, if you are planning to get into the 500 to to 500+ rwhp range, then a year 2000 would be the best due to forged rods and quirks from the E99/L99 worked out.
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GEM modules are what keep me hating the SD and 05+
work truck is an 01 7.3 and we have an 05 6.0 money pit here in the driveway.

for the $$ the 6.0 ate a 7.3 would be faster then you need,
not sure how someone can say you need deep pockets to make a powerful 7.3 while comparing it to a 6.0 where you need deep pockets to keep it stock
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Get the crewcab. I have both a supercab and crewcab. The supercab is noisy and the doors move. All the paint is worn off where the weather stripping contacts the inside of the door. It happens on crewcabs as well but not nearly as bad. My supercab has the door seal mod and is still noisier and has more air draft than my crewcab that doesn't have the door seal mod.

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2000 and prior have stronger rods in the engine. 2002-03 have nicer interior. Since the newest 7.3 is already approaching 16 years old I would take the first one you like regardless of model year.
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Okay so I am looking at a 1997 f250 hd 4dr short bed it has 356 thousand miles on the body 150k on the rebuilt engine and 1000 on the rebuilt trans. What do y'all think of it


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