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Old 04-05-2011, 03:31 PM
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California model pros and cons????

Today I went with my dad to look at a 2001 7.3 with 81,000 original miles on it. The truck is beautiful inside and out, but I noticed immediatley that it is a Cali truck, both from the emission sticker on the valve cover and hood as well as the glow plug relay module. I know how to idetify these models but that's about as far as my knowledge goes. Are there differances in peformance or performance mods you can use? Should a Cali truck be passed up if it is in such nice shape and miles or is the differance minimal? Also I own a 97 7.3 I have checked my emissions sticker and it says it conforms to U.S. and Canada emissions. And also conforms to California emission in vehicle with GVW 14,000 or more. That means my truck is a 49 state truck correct? Is there any other ways to tell in the OBS like there is in the SD's. Any help is appreciated. I want to get back to him about this truck ASAP so he can make a informed decision.
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Old 04-05-2011, 03:46 PM
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I drive an '01 California truck and it is as you described above. I do live in CA so I didn't think about it. My truck runs great, but I haven't driven a non-CA 7.3L to compare.

Since I don't live outside of CA, I can't say what I'd do. BUT 81,000 miles on a 10 year old truck? It was only driven an average of 8100 miles a year. It's almost as if it hasn't been broken in yet....IMO. For reference, my '01 has over 170K on the clock - Still going strong. I pull my 12K 5th wheel anywhere I wanna go.

Just my thoughts.
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My thoughts exactly. With 81,000 miles I'd be tempted to buy it for myself.
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Bumping this thread back up.
I just bought an 03 E350 7.3 from California. I haven't picked it up yet.
Do they get the same mpgs as other 48 state 7.3s?
Anything else I should know?
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It's basically the same truck except for the glow plug module. The up side is you know what glow plugs are working down side is it's more expensive than the relay and you need a CA PCM to control it. The OBS CA model had different injectors and a fuel regulator but the SD was the same. No reason to pass up the truck and you can always convert to a normal glow plug system if your stuff fails.
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my dads ,now my, 02 250 was bought and used in california with nearly 130k miles never needed anything but fluids and belts.
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I have 242,000 miles on my Cali model 2001. Stock injectors, HPOP, etc. Like stated above, the primary difference is the GPCM. Do not pass it up if it is in that good of condition.
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