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Old 11-15-2010, 07:53 PM
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Change My Mind!!

I have always thought that when the time came in the near future to purchase my first diesel it would be a 7.3, but after finally getting the chance to test drive a bone stock 7.3 I just didn't like it near as much as I had hoped. The brakes were iffy, it seemed down on power, and the steering was not near tight as I had hoped.

On that same day we drove a 3rd gen cummins and unfortunately really liked it!! A big part of that may have been it was considerably newer but also the power was much much better!! The biggest thing about the cummins we didnt like was the interior is very cheap looking.

Please convince me to stick with Ford, as we are a Ford family, I just need you guys to slap some sense into me, haha!!
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Old 11-15-2010, 07:58 PM
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Drive a Duramax it doomed me!
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Old 11-15-2010, 07:59 PM
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Apples and oranges. Every truck is different. My 7.3 will make that cummins pull like a Kia.


Make sure the compression is good on the 7.3, as well as turbo, trans, and tune it. Fix the brakes and steering. THEN compare.


You didn't list the year or mileage on the 7.3 or the dodge.
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Old 11-15-2010, 08:20 PM
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Miles were both at about 125,000 and the powerstroke was an '00 and the cummins was an '05.

I will be using the truck as a daily driver and on the weekends pulling a 28' racecar trailer filled with the car, tools, and parts. So power is important but mpg and dependability is much more important!!
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Old 11-15-2010, 08:33 PM
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Miles were both at about 125,000 and the powerstroke was an '00 and the cummins was an '05.

I will be using the truck as a daily driver and on the weekends pulling a 28' racecar trailer filled with the car, tools, and parts. So power is important but mpg and dependability is much more important!!
The 7.3 are really dependable..... I'd stick with a 7.3!

You also have to think that the 7.3 has lead an easier life if its only got 125k for it being a 2000.
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Old 11-15-2010, 08:39 PM
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The 7.3 are really dependable..... I'd stick with a 7.3!

You also have to think that the 7.3 has lead an easier life if its only got 125k for it being a 2000.
That's true, although I'm not really all that interested in either truck right now just because there are a few other things I need to take care of financially before I make the plunge into the diesel world. I am hoping to just get a good idea what it is that I want when the time comes. That way I can also educate myself on the truck beforehand as well.
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Old 11-15-2010, 08:43 PM
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the years of the truck have very little comparisson. anything newer will have more power and more emissions. i have a 2000 7.3 with a 6spd and love it. would not trade it for a cummins. i had a 2001 dodge half ton and hated the interior. i spend more time on the inside of my truck then the outside and i love the ford interior. and tranny vs tranny i think ford makes a better tranny. and you cant go wrong with a 7.3 depenability. and if you feel there is not as much power as you had hoped, chip it, get exhaust and and intake.
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Old 11-15-2010, 08:45 PM
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The Cummins was an '05. Hard to compare it to a '00...
But as for mileage, dependability, and towing:
-The 7.3l will have about the same, probably a little more MPG than the Cummins
-The 7.3l will be as dependable if not more than the Cummins
-The 7.3l will tow a bit better than the Cummins.

You also have to factor in the truck that is wrapped around that engine. The ford will be WAY more dependable than that turd dodge calls a truck.
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A stock 7.3 has SOOO much hidden potential! I was amazed at how much mine woke up with just a chip!
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Drive a duramax...That will help your decision
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