Good Ford Diesel???

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  1. cudachris

    cudachris New Member

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    What year/engine(again years) should I be looking for a used diesel ford. It will be for 4x4 all weather, no towing. in the mountains and snow alot.
     
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    what is your budget?

    The 7.3L was the last decent Ford Diesel. The trannys in the later models was bad. The 7.3L was also notorious for crapping out turbos.

    Depending on your budget, you may be better off getting a duramax/cummins vehicle.
     
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    Around 15 k, fresh outta college
     
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    Unless you NEED the towing/hauling capacity of a 3/4 ton then you will get more bang for your buck out of a compact or half-ton.

    why are you looking at a f250 diesel?
     
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    quoted for truth. asses your TRUE needs first.
     
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    Looking at Dodges and Fords. Gonna be needing a work truck, haul small trailers, etc. Looking for the overall package of a diesel. The size, diesel (better big engine gas mileage, greater dependable longevity, biodiesel, etc).
     
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    late 94 to early 03 7.3 Power strokes are good, but getting harder and harder to find in good shape. I have a 94 F350 International 7.3 turbo diesel, the thing is a tank and simple to work on. I only drive it in the winter and for getting into the mountains in the fall for hunting.
    It's a little more truck then I need but the price was right.

    That being said if I buy another diesel truck it will be a Duramax.
     
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    where are you at in Flag? I went to NAU up there.
     
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    You went to Naughty America University :eek3::eek3d:
     
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    I thought the 6.0 was supposedly a better package? Shows what I know.
     
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    Ford ditched it in short order. I mean it's pretty damn obvious there's a problem when Ford only offered it for 5 model years. They also witheld payment for the last batch of motors. VERY shitty motor.
     
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    Why were so many people sackriding it for awhile? Was it because of it's power potential?
     
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    the only people I knew that sackride the PowerJoke are ford sackriders.

    Honestly, the GM/Dodge engines have been much better for years.

    As far as truck-purposed gas engines are concerned, GM is tops. Nothing beats a SBC. Nothing.

    As for diesels, it's a tough call. On one hand the Cummins is truely a great motor. However, on the other hand, the Duramax produces more power, is signifigantly quieter, and GM mates it to the Allison 1000 6-speed transmission which is just amazing. I choose GM for diesel, as well. But if you go Dodge, I can't hold it against you, because the cummins is great, too.

    The ford loses on all fronts. It's noisy. It's not as powerful. It's not as reliable.

    The 6.0L was a turkey on all fronts, afaik. Stock or modified the GM/Dodge products seemed to out-perform and out-live the Ford.
     
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    IHAVECRABS Diversity is our strength. LOLOL

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    get a 94-03 7.3L and youll never regret it
     
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    until it shits out the turbo and tranny. Which should take about 3 days.
     
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    2nd gen dodge 2500 4x4 cummins.

    FTMFW
     
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    exactly what i was thinking
     
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    Good Ford Diesel

    Pick 2.
     
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    My 1994 prepower stroke works great :noes:
     
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    a lot of people have injector trouble with the 6.0's but if you get one but they're warrantied until 100k. Also, some people blow their heads, so i highly reccomend getting head studs if you get a 6.0. Other than that its a great motor.
    I've had mine for 130k with no issues, other than injectors at 120k but that was expected. I used to own a duramax but i wanted a solid front axle. the 7.3 is very reliable and quick. I absolutely love my 6.0 though. I'd never buy a gasser again
     
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    :rofl: If I have to go buy new head studs to keep my brand new engine from blowing, its not a good engine.
     
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    Well your titled to your opinion
    I personally believe a fixing a flaw with an 800 dollar mod that allows anybody to push 60 psi with stock internals, and make their engine bulletproof, a pretty tiny factor in the big picture of a 15,000 dollar engine that can easily push 500+ to the wheels with a chip and full exhaust. 7.3s are nice but take much more work and money to be pushing those numbers

    don't get me wrong, if you have a ton of money and time i would recommend a 7.3 but most people don't want to modify their trucks that much
     
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    on a 15000 engine, i would expect those studs to be good enough to begin with.
     
  24. mw818

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    yeah, i definitely agree with that
     
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    the engine is only like $6k.
     

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