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Old 01-22-2013, 01:39 PM
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picking up an 01 7.3 this weekend, is very possible. im stuck between this crew cab short bed 7.3 with 148, or a 01 5.4 extended cab with 50k! theyre both in immaculate shape, the only reason i favor the 5.4 is it doesnt have auto hubs, they are manual. just wondering about the reliability of the auto hubs, and if the truck itself is worth 16k? (the diesel, the gas is 14) also, since it is a nice rig, what are some 7.3 specific things to look for, also, i will be looking to mod it as well, (tuner exhaust, intake) so any opinions on that would be nice as well. just looking for some input on which way to go, and ill make sure to get pics up. thanks everyone.
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Old 01-22-2013, 03:32 PM
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Go diesel. Theyre appreciating and you'll probably be happier with it vs the 5.4 (nothing special about a 5.4 gas engine). The 7.3 is bulletproof stock and will last forever. Throw your question into the Google bar above for pages upon pages of info.
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Old 01-22-2013, 03:55 PM
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Yeah I'm no stranger to the diesels I had 2 cummins and 2 Duramax trucks. Im really no stranger to 7.3s maintenance wise. I've changed oil and done a radiator lol, but I'd just like to know what would be any pitfalls of the 7.3.. I'm aware of its reliability, just looking for any common issues. I think it's a sweet truck, and I'd also like to know what some of the good upgrades are for em, like parts and tunes wise to wake em up a bit. The 5.4 is a stout truck they have there though, in perfect shape with low mileage too. I'm leaning toward the 7.3 though.
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Old 01-22-2013, 04:15 PM
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as far as hubs go, for 100 you can put a set of mile marker manual hubs on. that sounds like a good price for the 7.3.
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Old 01-22-2013, 06:06 PM
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16k for a 148,000 mile 7.3? What shape is the rest of the rig in? Seems a bit high to me.

7.3 is far from bullet proof stock. At that age the water pump will be about to expire, the ball joints, front hubs, u-joints, trans are all at or nearing the usual replacement time. How is the oil pan? They're very prone to rusting out, and eventually through.

The 7.3 won't respond to mods like your Duramax will. Expect no more than 360rwhp with tunes, exhaust and intake. You'll probably need to do a valve body and larger trans cooler, and then you're going to be pushing that through a higher mile trans (assuming stock).

What are you going to use it for?
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Old 01-22-2013, 07:23 PM
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Yeah I figured that front end parts were in the near future, and that a water pump wouldn't be far along if it hadn't been done, general maintenance things on a full size diesel at 12 years old. The oil pan is solid, and the truck is immaculate, no rust scratches or even stains. It does seem high, however I am from the northeast, and though they rot out up here, trucks go for a friggin premium. But the trucks in great shape, 14k is the fair number sticking in my head
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[QUOTE=sniper_101;3695162]The 7.3 won't respond to mods like your Duramax will. Expect no more than 360rwhp with tunes, exhaust and intake.QUOTE]

330hp tops on stock injectors and turbo.

Really not much other than maintance items to look for, if it looks like it was taken care of I wouldn't worry to much. 14k seem like the right price on that from what I've seen.
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Old 01-23-2013, 02:14 AM
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I have never seen the point of buying a SD with a gasser...but that is just my opinion. The 7.3l would be the way I would go.
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Yeah I never saw the point of it either, but my buddy has kicked the dick off of his and it's still going strong, and this gasser impressed me, usually they're dogs, I burned the skins Off it at the drop of the pedal. But I'm pretty sure I'm gonna go 7.3. The opportunity to buy a regular cab came up last night with 37k! Might go that route lol. Seems like the 7.3 is a good bet to me.
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my buddy has kicked the dick off of his and it's still going strong
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