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Old 02-16-2010, 07:02 AM
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Miles before a rebuild needed on a Powerstroke on average ?

As you can see I'm new to this whole diesel scene.

On average how many miles can a Powerstroke go before it needs rebuilt ?

How durable are Powerstrokes ?

What years are the best years for the 7.3 ?

What's better the auto or manual trans ?
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As you can see I'm new to this whole diesel scene.

On average how many miles can a Powerstroke go before it needs rebuilt ?

How durable are Powerstrokes ?

What years are the best years for the 7.3 ?

What's better the auto or manual trans ?


where to begin...

its hard to say on average. we here like to mod a lot and have some very heavy users. so i believe the numbers are low on this site. i have seen 600k miles on some that are still runnning strong. and i saw an article on one the other day that i beleive had 1.4 million on the origional motor. ill see fi i cna find it. but i think with no, or only mild mods your good for 400k to 600k or more if its cared for properly. i have 287k and it runs like a top. there is another guy here who posted recently with 450k and its running great.

PSD's are very durable (un-biased opinion here). can't go wrong with one. can only go wrong with maintenance.

best years can start a debate, truth is there really arent any specifically. a better question is what are you going to use it for, and are you going to mod it? answer that and we can better answer this question.

manual vs auto... manual is general consenus when you consider stock. the auto's in these trucks are often referred to as slush boxes. a couple aftermarket upgrade or a BTS transmission and its indestructable. the only manual issue is the dual mass flywheel which i know nothing about. hopefulyl someoen else can chime in. but from what i see, most people dont run into that problem. but its an easy fix i believe.

what are you looking to do with your truck?
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Old 02-16-2010, 10:57 AM
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I was going to use the truck to pull my 1967 Dodge Coronet RT to the track and the usual pickup truck duties. Probably never more than 10k. I do need something that can pull loads up mountains with cuz I have a brother in eastern PA.

I was going to go with a dodge with a cummins but they don't have a crew cab in the body styles and years that I like. I've seen a lot of them with 500k to 1000k on original unrebuilt motors....... just wondering if Powerstrokes could match that ?
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It's all about the maintenance. Oil change and fuel filters are a must to keep up on. I just turned 190k and figure I have another 300k easy to go before I might look for a rebuild-able core. The videos on powerstrokehelp.com say he got almost 800k with maintenance and HARD use.

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youll be fine with any PSD. i would however suggest an intercooler if your pulling in the mountains. late 99 to 03 have them, im not sure about early 99. you can always add one to the 94.5 to 97 as well. i also suggest upgrading the stock tranny cooler if ou get an auto. that about it. just change your fluids and stay on top of maintenance and you shouldn't expirience any major problems.

i personally would go with the late 99 to 03, it has an intercooler, bit more power and and an electric fuel system. just MHO...

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Old 02-16-2010, 11:52 AM
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Is there much of a horsepower and torque difference between the 94.5-97 and the 99-03 motors ?

I like the 94.5-97 year trucks ...... now the only down side is they are not intercooled right ?
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You can always retro-fit the intercooler if you want....kind depends on what body style you like. Seems to me HP is 215 HP early to 235 for the late SD engine. Keep in mind that late 2001 (I think) through to the final run of the 7.3s have powdered metal connecting rods (PMRs) and if you should "catch the HP bug" the PMRs are not the ideal rods to have. Seem now with good programing and supporting mods the PMRs are good for 400 Hp or so....where as the older rods are reliable up 525 or there abouts...

If you have a choice get the ZF5 manual bullet proof tranny...you will need a single mass flywheel and stronger clutch but still significantly less expensive the a "built E4OD"


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The ZF5 is in what years ?

Thanks guys !

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i believe the ZF5 is in 94.5 through 97, someone will be able to verify. other than the intercooler, the fuel pump in mechanical as opposed ot the electrical on the SD's. so when your pump dies i would suggest going electric.
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Mine is a 94.5, and it has a ZF5. Like they said theese tranny's are bulletproff. And like you said earlier I also prefer the OBS. And mine just rolledover 300k and runs like a beast. I pull my 4x4 150 on 40" Superswampers with my psd all the time and it handles it fine.
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