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Old 03-30-2013, 12:33 AM
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fFirst Time Diesel Owner. Advice? Thanks!

Hello there guys (and gals.) I have recently become interested in purchasing a diesel vehicle. From what I have looked at a 90's model 7.3L seems like a nice place to start. Im just looking for the hypothetical "push" I need to get a Powerstroke. The things I'm looking for in a truck would obviously be a combo of power and fuel economy. The amount im looking to spend is around $3,500. What are the advantages and disadvantages of Powerstroke? And I know this is a Ford forum, but what are advantages and disadvantages of Duramax and Cummins engines? My cousin (same age as myself so we hang out alot) owns a 99 24v Cummins. If I'm gonna get a diesel truck it'll most likely come up that we should do a pull competition. Would my 90s 7.3L have any chance on his?

Note: I'm 16, this will be my first vehicle. I live in BFE Ohio on a farm so my truck will be put to good use out here.

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You can make great power on a powerstroke, you can make good power on an idi, only draw back on our trucks is the heui injection and computer control, a tune will have you up on power a bit, but mechanical is easier, so cummins is an awesome motor, wrapped in a crap shell, duramax has its issues too, the ifs goes in sometimes on the 4x4's
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You can make great power on a powerstroke, you can make good power on an idi, only draw back on our trucks is the heui injection and computer control, a tune will have you up on power a bit, but mechanical is easier, so cummins is an awesome motor, wrapped in a crap shell, duramax has its issues too, the ifs goes in sometimes on the 4x4's
What year do you recommend for me? All PSDs are computer controlled?
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Any year 7.3 should be agood truck. Stock for stock a cummins will flat out pull a powerstroke on the bottom end but rolling down the highway All about the same. I've owned cummins and drive duramax at work obs stroke will cost far less to work on when it comes to the overall pickup axles Trans brakes etc.


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Don't abuse your vehicle in a stupid contest.
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Obs powerstroke 7.3 is only 94.5-97, if its auto and a 7.3 in 94 it will be an idi, and yes all powerstrokes have a lot of electronic controls, aside from the fuel pump
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I would look for a regular cab 4x4 f-350 5 speed truck. Regular cab because they tend to be cheaper in this configuration and you get a long bed( lots of cargo room). The zf-5 speed is more reliable than the e40d. And being an F-350 you would get the dana 60 front end which is 10000x better than the twin beam dana 50 garbage in the f-250's.
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But the fact it it is a 1 ton means you pay more too, I put the d60 in my 250, easiest swap ever IMHO, did it 3 times on the same truck, but a 250 is typically cheaper because of the axle, and worth just as much, but if its about $2000 cheaper and the axle goes for $1000 then mite as well pocket the extra grand you saved
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If you don't have specific reasons that you'll need to be hauling heavy loads, driving long distances, and doing one or both frequently.... Then I'd suggest reconsidering a gasser. Would specifically suggest a truck that has fords 300 straight six 4.9L. This motor was arguably the best gas motor ever made. Absent specific and frequent need for the diesel, it is going to be near impossible to make up for the added costs of owning and using a diesel as compared to a good gasser.

If you do go with diesel and are trying to buy one in the $3500 range, then I'd highly recommend saving until you also have a repair/parts savings to have on hand after buying your truck. These diesel trucks are great, but everything is more expensive it seems.

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