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Old 03-25-2012, 12:25 PM
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ZF5 vs. E4OD

In a month or two, I'm going to be looking to replace my 6.9 with a 7.3 PS. Not that the IDI isn't an okay truck, but it's got small issues and I can't spend all my time working on them. And, I can't afford driving almost 100 miles a day during the construction season with a C6. So, I've decided to fix what's left and get what I can for the IDI and save up some money.

I have two friends, one with the E4OD and the other with the ZF5. They are both decent drivers and consistently get 20 mpg or better on the highway and haven't had any problems with their trucks yet. In the experts' opinions, which would be a better choice for a young driver? I can drive stick okay, but wouldn't mind the practice. I'll also be plowing in the winter and in a year or two I hope to get a tractor and do some landscaping.
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Old 03-25-2012, 12:28 PM
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I have an e4od but to be honest I'd rather have a zf5


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Old 03-25-2012, 12:38 PM
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i wouldnt want a stick in my truck, i need a hand free to keep my drinks from flying out of the cup holders in these, but the 5 speed has 5 gears, and 1st is really good when towing and needing to start off, the e4od is just easier, but also more parts to break and more expensive
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Old 03-25-2012, 12:56 PM
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If your considering plowing forget about the zf. Plowing without an auto sucks no if ands or buts.
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Old 03-25-2012, 02:13 PM
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i would go zf5 it tows better and its not as expensive to rebuild and an auto
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If you are going to tow anything heavy, I would say get the ZF5. If it is something to drive I would say get the automatic.
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Old 03-25-2012, 06:46 PM
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Zf5 all the way, I lost od in my ats auto. 5000 for a rebuild. I got everything to swap in a zf5 including a rebuilt zf, transfer case, drivelines, prdals computers wiring and colom plus a brand new Southbend clutch/ flywheel all for 3k. And if it ever goes bad, you can find them all day long for $500!
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Old 03-25-2012, 08:26 PM
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If you are doing plowing then go auto.

Zf5 is pretty sweet though besides the plowing.
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Old 03-25-2012, 08:36 PM
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Zf5 Super low gears but better driving experiance i have 2 zf5s
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Old 03-25-2012, 09:57 PM
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ZF all the way. More gears, better for towing, better fuel economy, they last for ever, you can throw more power at them for cheaper, shall I go on?
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