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Trade cummins for a 7.3? Opinions wanted
I have a 2001 24v cummins with 121k on it. Its slightly modded (chip, exhaust, intake) nothing special. Its been a pretty good truck (for the year i've owned it) except for this winter, it was a nightmare. Had to replace the boost sensor, vp44 injection pump, and the chip in the same month. Also i think the power steering pump, or hydroboost is starting to go, and every time i park it somewhere overnight, there are 3 more puddles of something leaking. The cancer in the fenders is starting to appear too. Im getting pretty fed up with all of this and I know that things break and trucks require repairs, but I dont know if Im being lazy and cheap or if anyone else in my place would be getting tired of this too.
Now I've been thinking about it and part of me wants to try something new and get a 7.3. From what i've read, 7.3's are one of the most reliable diesels when it comes to ford, and i've also read that ford trucks feel more solid and are better engineered then their dodge counterparts.
I'm not the guy looking to make huge power with my truck. Most likely itll just be a chip, intake, and exhaust, maybe some other small things. Mainly I just want my truck to be able to get me from a to b, do the work I need it to, and be somewhat quick when I want it to be. Any advice would be awesome, or opinions or experience that anyone has. It would be greatly appreciated. Sorry for the long post!