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Old 05-09-2010, 05:44 AM
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Major Problems?

Are there any common major problems with the 7.3 that could leave it in the shop for more than a day? My boss is not wanting a diesel to haul horse trailers to shows because she thinks they wouldnt be as reliable and much more expensive to repair than her old 85 GMC dually with a 454. Im trying to convence her to get one but i need help telling her how reliable the 7.3 is, other than the fact that it lasts forever.
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Old 05-09-2010, 06:12 AM
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Your best to leave it alone. Every vehicle breaks down eventually and for you and your boss's sake it's best that the old beast is the one that breaks down! Any vehicle can be in a shop more then a day, would you want to be blamed when that diesel breaks down even if it's 2 years from now? She's happy with a clunker you should keep to yourself in my opinion! Hope that helps
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Old 05-09-2010, 06:30 AM
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She's happy with a clunker you should keep to yourself in my opinion!
its actually not a clunker. it runs just like a brand new one would, and would outpull my 03 duracrap and gets the same mileage - 16city 20hwy. im trying to find her a new truck so she can get to shows with a newer truck
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a carbed 454 that gets 16/20 mpgs?????
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Old 05-09-2010, 06:39 AM
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If it runs like a new one I wouldn't change it out either
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Old 05-09-2010, 07:46 AM
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a carbed 454 that gets 16/20 mpgs?????
yes. they had the carb cleaned and they got a 12mpg increase.
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Old 05-09-2010, 07:46 AM
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If it runs like a new one I wouldn't change it out either
its 25 years old. she wants a new one
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the problem with ANY used vehicle, is that you ultimately don't know how the vehicle was treated. the good thing is if you keep what you have, you know how it's been treated/taken care of. if you decide on a Ford Diesel, i would suggest the 7.3L, very few if any design problems, the replacement parts would have the fix.
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Old 05-09-2010, 08:21 AM
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I too am for you staying out of the decision....

If she thinks that she's right (that of course flys in the face of what professional long-haul truckers/towers have always known, that diesels are MORE reliable and, in the end, economical ) and you sway her, When (and not if) there's a problem. You're and idiot she shouldn't have listened to
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Old 05-09-2010, 08:18 PM
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yes. they had the carb cleaned and they got a 12mpg increase.
WTF did they clean it with?
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