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Old 02-14-2012, 02:27 PM
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stay 7.3 or buy a 6.4?

Well guys, I have the funds to buy a 6.4l with out much financing, maybe none. or do I just fix some of the items on my 7.3? I have 240k on my 7.3, it needs some bushings and dyna mat and tow mirrors if I would keep it. Or was looking at a 6.4 with 110k-140k on it. let's hear your opinions?
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Old 02-14-2012, 03:43 PM
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do you have money for egr delete and upgrades to make the 6.4 reliable?
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Old 02-14-2012, 04:06 PM
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Is this a real question?


I'd keep the 7.3... but that's just me, and the mileage on yours is simular to what is on mine... 220k, 195k, 250k, L to R in my sig pic...

In my opinion, if the body of the truck is in nice enough shape, and it's not got a list of needed repairs as long as your arm, keep it... but I'm a big fan of K.I.S.S. (Keep It Simple Stupid) and the 7.3 is a reliable, proven, reasonably simple, reasonably easy to work on, and there's tons of them out there.

From what I'm hearing, I'm gonna keep my 7.3's for as long as possible, and in about 8-10 years when the '11's and '12's are on the market for low dollars, then that's what I'm gonna be going to... the 6.7's seem to be turning out to be quite a motor, but I'm with-holding my conclusions for a few years yet.
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It is hard to deny a boosted 4 hi launch in a 6.4 that has an intake, exhaust and tuner.

Plus you get all the amenities of a newer truck.

If I had the money to buy one and then delete everything on it to make it reliable/go fast, i would. Only if I found the perfect one though. Something like that I don't think anyone should just "settle" on what becomes available.
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Old 02-14-2012, 04:26 PM
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They sound expensive to maintain. I would fix your rig up or upgrade to a newer lower mileage 7.3. That's just me. I almost pulled the trigger on a couple of 6.0's before I bought my 02 and don't regret it yet. Not ONE problem in my first year, not ONE. These things are simple and proven. Tuned and some minor mods, VERY reliable and tow great. Good Luck on your decision.
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Hell yeah, 10 years newer all around is nice
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Keep the 7.3, if not you will regret it. That is as long as you have taken care of it, if not look for another 7.3 from and older gentleman that is bone stock, low mileage. They are simple, easy to work on and parts are cheap, compareitivly speaking.
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I've been in the same boat for a couple of months now. Honestly though with diesel starting to go back up and those 6.4s getting worse mpgs I couldn't find a good enough deal to talk myself into it. The 6.4 has a ton of high marks for it, a few bad ones, but the kicker is I haven't seen any with 500k miles or more. I bought my 7.3l because I knew it could do that and more, can the 6.4? Just a couple of things to think about it!
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I would keep my 7.3 on the simple fact that it's paid for...and I even like how the 6.4 trucks run and drive...very comfortable. Then again, so is my 7.3. For an 11 year old pickup truck, I can't complain, at all.

It's up to you though, the 6.4 is a good motor, good common rail injection system, solid underpinnings and a turbo system that's hard to beat. (Somebody needs to find a way to put one on a 7.3 lol). Big thing on the 6.4 for reliability and good fuel mileage is deleting the emissions equipment. From what I've heard, unless your making retarded amounts of power, headstuds are a non issue (they're freaking huge...), but if you did ever want to do studs, don't even need to remove the cab...or heads

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Screw them both. Get a 6.0l.... Longest lasting, most durable, high horsepower.... oh hell, who am I kidding...
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