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Old 04-05-2013, 10:00 AM
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Dumb luck or just bullet proof?

My boss has a 2000 7.3 4x4, no mods and automatic. It just rolled 320K. He never, NEVER lets the truck warm up to operating temp. He jumps in hits the key nails the throttle and gone. He changes the oil around 5-7K and lets the local oil change monkey's do it. It did finally decide to lay down about two months ago and he had to get the transmission rebuilt. I asked him how many times he had changed the trans fliud and he said "when they rebuilt it" He had 320K on the factory trans fluid and filter.

Ford built a hell of a diesel truck, this is why I bought my 2001 F-350-cause it had the 7.3.
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Old 04-05-2013, 02:08 PM
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Sounds like a lot of luck in that one. On my second trans and currently at 158k. Hoping to make it to 200k without any troubles.
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Old 04-05-2013, 06:23 PM
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He has a 2010 King Ranch F350 as well and has had the radiator replaced under warranty and drives it the same. Only time will tell on that one.
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Old 04-05-2013, 07:47 PM
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The newer trucks are built well but I feel as though they wont stand up to the test of time as older models do. So many more things are in newer models that have potential to fail. Just bought the wife a new Explorer last year and its an electronic nightmare. God help me if anything starts acting up.
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Old 04-06-2013, 06:36 AM
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My boss has a 2000 7.3 4x4, no mods and automatic. It just rolled 320K. He never, NEVER lets the truck warm up to operating temp. He jumps in hits the key nails the throttle and gone. He changes the oil around 5-7K and lets the local oil change monkey's do it. It did finally decide to lay down about two months ago and he had to get the transmission rebuilt. I asked him how many times he had changed the trans fliud and he said "when they rebuilt it" He had 320K on the factory trans fluid and filter.

Ford built a hell of a diesel truck, this is why I bought my 2001 F-350-cause it had the 7.3.
nothing outta the norm there. Seems to be the same with people i know, that have these rigs. Do absolutely NOTHING to them, and they run like champs. Here, were try'n to "make it last" , and seems to bite us bad..
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Old 04-06-2013, 07:02 AM
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It's definitely better for the engine to be warmed up under load than to have excessive amounts of cold idle time
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I am a nazi about maintenance, fluids, etc - but I have yet to do the injectors or GP's in my '01. The GP's are definitely due though, she'll start when its cold, but its everything she's got. I'm planning on doing the Injectors when I do them just to get it out of the way.

My '00 just had the GP's, injectors, and the trans replaced right before I bought it at 275K.

I am not easy on either and I know the '00 had a rough life before (but was maintained meticulously) - its been an oil field truck its entire life. I am a HUGE proponent of vehicle maintenance. Oil changes on time every time (I never go over 5K, and do them at 3K if possible - when I'm in the field its not always an option). Take care of these trucks and they'll take care of you. I'm also convinced with the mileage on both of mine, if they're driven they do better. I try not to let either sit for too long.
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