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OK guys I am going to upgrade from my 95 SC PSD to accomodate the family. I know this question has been asked a million times but I will throw it out there again. I want to be comfy in my new/used ride. 7.3, 6.0 or should I go to Cummins 5.9 ? The 6.0 has the horrible rap. 7.3 is great but wondering about the rest of the truck.... and then the 5.9 Cummins...oh lets not forget Duramax. Looking in the $20K market. Give some input (nicely). Also might want to run WVO down the road. Thanks! Can't believe I got to smog that thing here in Cali.
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$20K will get you a very nice 7.3 with under 100K.

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I know I am going to get beaten up for this, but the cummins is the better engine. The problem is the rest of the truck. The 7.3 is a good working engine, but somewhat limited in power. The late 6.0 isn't bad, but it will be hard to find one in your range.
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OK guys I am going to upgrade from my 95 SC PSD to accomodate the family. I know this question has been asked a million times but I will throw it out there again. I want to be comfy in my new/used ride. 7.3, 6.0 or should I go to Cummins 5.9 ? The 6.0 has the horrible rap. 7.3 is great but wondering about the rest of the truck.... and then the 5.9 Cummins...oh lets not forget Duramax. Looking in the $20K market. Give some input (nicely). Also might want to run WVO down the road. Thanks! Can't believe I got to smog that thing here in Cali.
I heard Duramax gets the best fuel mileage.
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That dmax is also the most expensive usually.

The crew cab is superior on the ford. That's the biggest reason I bought mine.

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i say get a 03' 7.3l psd.... Get it fully loaded with every available option and you will still be in your price range. It can also be low mileage if you look long enough

If you go with a 6.0 you can't get it fully loaded in your price range, and it will probably be relatively high miles.

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6.0's around here are a dime a dozen. but thats proabbly due to their reputation. if you get a cummins, just get the motor, liek someone else said, but that wont get you a crew cab! DMax's are nice but expensive, dont buy an LB7, Stick with LBZ, or LLY and save money for a couple fixes/mods for the LLY. you might be hard pressed to find an LBZ for that price... nice trucks!

IMHO, if your wanting to do WVO stick with the 7.3. its is hands down the best to convert. hit the biofuels section for more info to find out why. it has to do with the HEUI system. i know the 6.0 has it, but the 6.0's injectors are drama queens.

my vote, 7.3 or DMax. i know nothing about veggin a DMax though.

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I have a 02 7.3 and love it lots of room buddy has a 03 Dodge yea more power but less room

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well my choice truck would be an 05-07 f250 Crew with a cummins swap but for $20k it might be hard to get! I would go 7.3L since as said before you could get a nice low mileage truck for the money you have. I have also seen 6.0's all over and going for cheap... check out ebay they are everywhere! good luck with the search.

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Ive always been a dodge man and i love the cummins but if your looking for a family truck for around 20k it will prolly be hard to find a cummins for that except for high miles or obs truck and that means a quad cab at the biggest. the duramax is nice and roomy but again pricey. I bought my powerstroke and love it the motor is strong and its full of room as im sure your aware of. every person i know, except for an older man that babies his truck, that has a 6.0 has had problems with it. In the end its what makes you happy and i think the 7.3 rules all (for 20k that is) IMO, but in my honest opinion go up to 35k and get a mega cab cummins lol good luck bud


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