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Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Central Michigan
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Well...... I work with Cummins engines every day, and there is a reason why I drive a SD. I'm not bashing your truck by any means but I've read a good saying on here before. "Dodge trucks - worlds most expensive Cummins engine crates"
My brother had an 04 5.9. He loved it for a short period. He fought the "death wobble" for months. Replaced two track bars, a set of ball joints, then it caught fire in the dash and burned to the ground on the side of the highway.
These trucks are heavy and hard on front end parts and I'm talking about all of the big 3. I'm gathering parts to do my ball joints with just 70k on the clock.
The 7.3 will get close, but not the same mileage as a 5.9. And my personal opinion I can't stand the drone from an inline 6 under a load. Makes my ears hurt. The 7.3 on the other hand sounds like an animal and my window is normally cracked so I can hear it.
My wifes biggest complaint about our truck is it's cold weather reactions. The 7.3 sounds like it's about to launch internals until it gets up to temp. She knows to plug it in on the cold days and baby it until it gets warm which is an inconvenience to her. I on the other hand have to problem with it. Just the nature of the beast.
I can go into more detail as other friends have owned dodge trucks. Just not impressed with them.
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- 2003 7.3l F-250 4x4 CCSB -102,000 miles and tickin
DIY intake - 4" Straight pipe - HPX - CAT ELC - 203° t stat - billet t stat housing - coolant filter - dual alt radiator hose - 12V Air compressor - 5 gallon air tank - Air line quick connects - AIR HORNS!
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