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What is A Good Diesel Engine in A Ford?????????

Discussion in 'Off Topic Threads' started by Auctioneer, Sep 26, 2011.

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  1. Auctioneer

    Auctioneer Well-Known Member

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    I will be buying another truck at some point. Used. It will be a spare truck for the farm, snow plowing and for hauling a 30 foot flat bed trailer with a load. What would be a good diesel engine for a F-250 or F-350? Thanks
     
  2. g7777777

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    There isnt one

    Go GM or Dodge

    Gene
     
  3. short shucker

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    Anything newer than a 7.3 is a waste of time and money.

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  4. joe90t

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    I Agree With Shortshucker 100% If you Can Find A 7.3 You Will Not regret It. Mine Has Over 200,000 miles On It And does NOT Use ANY Oil At All. New Glow Plugs And wiring And It Is Like NEW.I Have a Friend That has An Old 7.3 with over 500,000 Miles On It. Body Looks Like *ell But, That ol' 7.3 Just keeps On Ticking. JOE W.
     
  5. birdtracker

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    89-93 Cummins. That is all you need. Birdtracker
     
  6. John Galt

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    Dang, I didn't know they put a Cummins in a Ford. Learn something new every day, I guess.
     
  7. BAD 303

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    The 7.3 was an animal and pretty bullet proof. Some on here forget we all bailed out the the other companies. Buy Ford at all costs.
     
  8. trapshootin hippie

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  9. grntitan

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    Get a truck with the Cummins. There is a reason they are used in commercial trucks(semis). Although I'm now anti GM, my 2nd choice would be a Duramax with the Allison tranny. JMHO
     
  10. warren

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    I have a 2000 Ford with a Int. 7.3 that has 182000 on it and as with the others here it just keeps on ticking. Why did Ford ever quit using it anyway?????

    warren
     
  11. WesleyB

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    I agree with all the guys with 7.3 but getting hard to find with low milage. Mine has 380,000 miles and still pulls great. Cant beat in on milage either.
    12mph loaded and 20 HWY. Clean fuel and regular oil changes. I think the new ford motors are not proven yet. The Chevy and Cummins are well proven today .. IMHO
     
  12. TOOLMAKER 251

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    Wesley, Ford did prove something a few weeks ago at the Bonneville salt flats. Their new diesel set a world speed record in a F250 on pump fuel. Beat the Duramax's record by a dozen MPH. If Ford trucks with diesel engines were so bad, then why in hell do they out sell both GM and Dodge combined year after year since they started putting diesels in pickup trucks?
     
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    They quit using the 7.3L PowerStroke due to emssions. The 6.0L was a problem child mostly due to the fuel system and poor maintence. The 6.4L was ok good power but poor fuel economy. The 6.7L has been getting great reviews and is a power house. We work on all makes and models and see just about the same amount of work from all three of manufactures.

    DB3006
     
  14. BDodd

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    I'm another 7.3 Power Stroke believer. I had the water pump replaced at 100,000 miles to stop a very minor leak and that has been the only "repair" AND there were 4 newer engines in the shop for earlier and significant problems. Unbeatable when tugging a 30' 5th wheel in the western mountains......breakemall.
     
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    2001 7.3 here as well, 185,000 and not a problem. Bullet Proof for sure!
     
  16. Colorado shooter 25

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    Got over 250,000 on my 99 7.3 crewcab short bed and only thing major i had to do to it was a new alternator. original plugs and injectors and has been chiped most of its life. id have no problem getting up and driving accross the country with the way it sets now. Cody S.
     
  17. sliverbulletexpress

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    My son just got a 2005 F250 with the 7.3 turbo diesel, lucked out and found one with 70,000 miles on it. It does have some power.

    You guys who have had them, what is your oil change interval and what kind of oil do you use? Also do the turbos give much trouble on these?
     
  18. dward

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    I believe that 2003 was the last year you could get the 7.3. After that it was the 6.0 through I believe 2007. I have a 2000 Excursion with a 7.3 and have been running Rotella Synthetic since I got the rig with 30,000 miles in 02. I change the oil every 10,000 miles and it doesn't burn a drop. I had an analysis done for a while to make sure I was ok and it was. Living in MN it makes winter starting a lot easier..........and I like the idea of running the synthetic.

    I've read that the 2000 and some of the 2001 7.3s had forged rods and are considered stronger than later engines. I've got 265,000 miles on mine and my only concern is keeping the rust away. I've heard the new 6.7s are great too, but as you can no longer get the Excursion I'll try to keep mine purring.
     
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    I believe that 2003 was the last year you could get the 7.3. After that it was the 6.0 through I believe 2007. I have a 2000 Excursion with a 7.3 and have been running Rotella Synthetic since I got the rig with 30,000 miles in 02. I change the oil every 10,000 miles and it doesn't burn a drop. I had an analysis done for a while to make sure I was ok and it was. Living in MN it makes winter starting a lot easier..........and I like the idea of running the synthetic.

    I've read that the 2000 and some of the 2001 7.3s had forged rods and are considered stronger than later engines. I've got 265,000 miles on mine and my only concern is keeping the rust away. I've heard the new 6.7s are great too, but as you can no longer get the Excursion I'll try to keep mine purring.
     
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    I believe that 2003 was the last year you could get the 7.3. After that it was the 6.0 through I believe 2007. I have a 2000 Excursion with a 7.3 and have been running Rotella Synthetic since I got the rig with 30,000 miles in 02. I change the oil every 10,000 miles and it doesn't burn a drop. I had an analysis done for a while to make sure I was ok and it was. Living in MN it makes winter starting a lot easier..........and I like the idea of running the synthetic.

    I've read that the 2000 and some of the 2001 7.3s had forged rods and are considered stronger than later engines. I've got 265,000 miles on mine and my only concern is keeping the rust away. I've heard the new 6.7s are great too, but as you can no longer get the Excursion I'll try to keep mine purring.
     
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