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Old 10-24-2011, 02:31 PM
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so im looking at a 2000 7.3 4x4 f250 and im wondering what kind of trucks these guys are and how well they hold up compared to the other. i do have a 05 cummins right now and im trying to get some insight on the differences and what i could expect as far as power difference and reliability.. thanks for the input guys
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Well, I have no experience with the cummins, but I had an 05 Hemi 2500 and hated it. Constantly was fixing front end crap, blew the tranny at 68k, master cylinder at 75k, and chewed through tires pretty quick, all while getting 10-12mpg.

I hated it, and I will never own another dodge. (owned 3, btw)

That said, I love my Ford, the 7.3L is a very strong engine, easy to work on, and will last forever if it's been properly maintained. I get a consistent 16-18+mpg, and it pulls mike nothing is there. Love it.


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Old 10-24-2011, 03:23 PM
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thanks for the input. i love the engine never had an issue with it but as far as the front end problems new ball joints are deff in my near future but the tires dont seem to be an issue too bad as of yet. the power stroke runs strong but comparing it to my standard while it being a auto is like comparing apples to oranges in my book.
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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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Thought of this after I hit "post reply"

A big thing Cummins has going for them is you can make big power without touching the bottom end. And with fairly simple upgrades such as turbo, injection pump and injectors you can get over 5-600 hp. You'll be looking at huge money on a 7.3 to get these numbers and reliablility will be an issue.

It really just depends on what you want to do with your truck. The 7.3 pulls like a freight train. I pull 7k + on a regular basis. Get to 75 on the highway, hit cruise and enjoy the ride.
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hey man idc at all for bashing im here askin for opinion to get everyones thoughts on it i know its a stroker forum so i can expect it but i do like to have both sides of the fight. i really dont like the dodge truck but i love the cummins. if i had the money to swap em out i would in a heart beat but the power stroke is my next best choice in this lol..thanks for the input
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A big thing Cummins has going for them is you can make big power without touching the bottom end. And with fairly simple upgrades such as turbo, injection pump and injectors you can get over 5-600 hp. You'll be looking at huge money on a 7.3 to get these numbers and reliablility will be an issue.

It really just depends on what you want to do with your truck. The 7.3 pulls like a freight train. I pull 7k + on a regular basis. Get to 75 on the highway, hit cruise and enjoy the ride.
Is yours auto or manual? I was told not to pull in o/d w/ my auto.
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I loved my 2000 but I came from a newer vehicle also and I didnt enjoy that so much, your driving a 5.9 and so far you dont seem to have a problem the 5.9 is going to be better than the 7.3 in the power and mileage department, they both have not so good transmissions, fords ride way better I mean pros and cons I would have given the cummins a chance but I hate the ride in them and dodge products suck anyway
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yeah i hate the way it rides like a brick and im lookin at a carli 2.0 but thats deff alot of money for upgrades that serve such a small purpose as ride improvement.. choices choices lol
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hey man idc at all for bashing im here askin for opinion to get everyones thoughts on it i know its a stroker forum so i can expect it but i do like to have both sides of the fight. i really dont like the dodge truck but i love the cummins. if i had the money to swap em out i would in a heart beat but the power stroke is my next best choice in this lol..thanks for the input
My original post says that I'm not bashing. Read farther and I actually praise the Cummins engine and give a personal example of why I don't care for the Dodge brand of truck

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Is yours auto or manual? I was told not to pull in o/d w/ my auto.
Mine's an auto. I run in OD on the highway and turn the OD off if I'm loaded heavy and running on state roads around 60. In fact I pulled 18K running 75. I used my foot to minimize downshifting on hills. The truck will let you know if it doesn't want to be in OD and will shift frequently. If you have a trans temp gauge you'll have an even better idea on what the trans likes.

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yeah i hate the way it rides like a brick and im lookin at a carli 2.0 but thats deff alot of money for upgrades that serve such a small purpose as ride improvement.. choices choices lol
It really is suprising how the ride quality is on a truck of this size. I will say a GM rides the best IMO. But for a solid axle leaf sprung truck, the F-series (diesel) rides pretty good.
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