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post #1 of 18 Old 10-17-2009, 09:50 AM Thread Starter
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Does a good truck exist?

I've been doing a lot of reading here. Does anyone have a truck that doesn't have some sort of weird issue? I've never heard of a truck's intercooler or hoses filling with water. What is a strong point with this truck? I want to buy a tough truck, but it seems like everybody here has some kind of crazy problem with their truck. Are there any GOOD trucks out there? Or are they all messed up?

Just looking for a little confidence booster here.
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If you could find a nice 7.3 powerstroke with low miles that would be a good truck. Those enignes are years 99-2003. Overall those engines have the least amount of problems. Mine has 230000 miles and not a problem major problem with anything.

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If you could find a nice 7.3 powerstroke with low miles that would be a good truck. Those enignes are years 99-2003. Overall those engines have the least amount of problems. Mine has 230000 miles and not a problem major problem with anything.
They are also years 94.5-97

Think about it this way, people come to this forum to find an anwser to their problem, thats why it seems like everyone has a problem. Imagine the millions of problem free trucks were their owners do not come online and talk about how strong their trucks are. The PowerStroke motor is one of the most reliable in anything you can buy.

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I consider my 96 F250 a D@mn great truck! Yes, Its broke at the moment, but its to be expected of any vehicle that is heavily modified. I push my truck hard...and deal with the consiquences as they come.....

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I know how great the 7.3's were and are. But the new trucks come with and can make so much more power. I'm looking to get one of the new 6.4's. So the 7.3 isn't an option tho I have a ton of respect for them. The guys that don't ave problems are there specific mods you have done or recommend to increase the reliability of the truck? A DPF delete is definitely going to be done. Anything else?
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if you want to read about problems head on over to the Dmax forums.

i used to have a 06 and hung out there for quite along time. if you added 70 hp to those things you were looking at a tranny rebuild. if you towed over 13000# in ambiant temps abouve 83 deg f you would be puking coolant. on all the dmaxes in 05 and 06 these were problems not a 1 out of 20 thing but on every single one of them. and gm wouldnt do anything about it. i could see engine 250 deg temps on mine towing a 9000# boat up a 4mile 10% grade. when i got a ford and found out people were running an additional 250 hp towing trailers at +15000# with no trans or over heating problems. i was utterly amazed.

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my 08 has been a great truck. its had a few problems, but nothing that leads me to think it'll ever fail me.

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I have a bunch of powerstrokes, including some 2004 6.0's, a combo that many would say was not the best year. Lowest mileage I have is 235,000. Other than the odd cooler, a couple of rads, a few injector problems, they have been pretty good. I have over 4 million miles of experience with powerstrokes and have not once had a driveline problem other than some universal replacements. My drivers run them like they stole them. Clean oil at at least half the recommended intervals, filter changes done early, fuel conditioners, overall good maintenance practices pays off on these engines. I have a few 08's and 09's that have seen there share of time in the dealerships bays.
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I look at the construction/excavating/paving companies around here, literally all run Fords, and from talking to a bunch of the repair guys, The trucks are usually pretty good, the 6.0 had a learning curve. They beat on the trucks hard, load the crap out of them, idle for extended periods, have 200k+ HARD miles on them and the still run, and I see alot of 7.3-6.0-6.4, full yr range all being used. I don't nearly as many Dodge/GM, I just recently bought an 06 Ram and I'm not a big fan of any part of it, engine included. Makes tons of power but constantly having to mess with it, and no way I found yet to custom tune a trans. I prefer my 00 ford to the 06 ram in general.

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Your talking to enthusiasts not just some people that own a truck. Its in our nature to nit pick and complain. I like to think my truck is a great truck. It has never let me down and I never regretted buying it.

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