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7.3L powerstroke RELIABILITY

Hey guys I'm new to the forum, I'm 20 years old and in college. I am really wanting to buy a 1994.5-1997 powerstroke, I have read a lot of good things about the truck but I wanted to ask you guys about how reliable they are and how much the general upkeep is. Obviously diesel costs more han gas but I'm not sure how long the trans and injectors last etc. But I do know you guys tend to get 400k out of the engines if I buy one it would hopefull have less than 100k on it so let me know what I'm gonna get myself into thanks.
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go for it i used to have a 96 and it was bullet proof i loved that truck but with how low the diesel prices are getting i would just jump up and find a 99 or 00 even then your gonna have a tough time gettin one under 100k dont be afraid to go to 150k even that would make it even easier to find one
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i just bought a 95 4x4 4 speed auto ext bed long box with 107,000 miles on it. it was a rare find and i jumped through hoops to get it. they're out there but you might have to go for at least 150,000. even then you're just breaking the thing in. ha. if you plan on throwing power upgrades at the motor and find one with an auto, plan on replacing/rebuilding/upgrading the stock tranny. the only thing i don't like about mine is the 4 speed. try and find a 5 speed. much better on gas and getting all the power to the pavement. currently doing research on putting a zf6 into mine.

happy hunting!
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you'll catch the bug if you get one. that's for sure. plan on putting money into it.
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I have a 99 with 365,000 miles on it. Runs great, transmission is a little rough, but what the heck I still bet 13-15 mpg. Careful if you are in California 2010 starts smpg testing on anything newer than 97 diesels.
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I guess I meant to type "smog" testing!
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Only takes a test drive to be hooked....Oh yeah my 96 just turned 420,000

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haha its nice to hear how much you guys like your diesels, i believe the 9th gen diesels are available in a 5 speed manual and thats what I am wanting to get because I am a manual fanatic are their any complaints about the manuals? Another question I have is what commonly goes wrong on these that cost quite a bit, i heard somewhere that if an injector goes its somewhere around 1300 to fix, im not sure if thats right but if someone could clarify that would be great.
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