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2004 6.0 or 2003 7.3

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I have not posted any thing in a long time. I still have my '96 F-350 Powerstroke, but I am looking at getting a newer one. I have found a 2004 F-550 crewcab with a new 6.0 that was just replaced 3k miles ago.The truck has 100 k on it.I have also found a 2003 F-350 w/ 58k original miles on a 7.3. I am aware some of the problems with the 6.0 engines. Both are crewcabs 4x4 Lariats. I like both trucks. Just looking for a little more info from people that have these engines to get thier feedback on what they think.
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I would definatly get the 7.3 less miles and less problems also less power but i love my 7.3 and i was testing a 2003 king ranch but did not get it because of all the problems

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Thanks for the input. I am trying to gather as many thoughts from you guys as I can. Maybe somebody has something I have not thought about that will help me with my choice.
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if the price is right i would jump on that 7.3
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The 2004 550 has 19 inch wheels and a plow for 24k. The 2003 350 is a 58k miles super clean truck for 21k
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When they rebuilt the 04 did they install aftermarket studs and where the heads sent to a machine shop?

I would lean towards the 7.3. Simply because I didn't know what was done on the rebuild.

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What are you intending to use the truck for? that could be a huge deciding factor. I have to ask because you are looking at two completely different setups one being a 550 and the other a 350.

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I would go with the 7.3
because you don't know what has been done to the 6.0 when it was rebuilt
But drive them both and go with what ever one you feel the most comfortable in.
there both a ford so you can't go wrong
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When they rebuilt the 04 did they install aftermarket studs and where the heads sent to a machine shop?
The motor is a new crate one from Ford.

What are you intending to use the truck for? that could be a huge deciding factor. I have to ask because you are looking at two completely different setups one being a 550 and the other a 350.

I will be towing about 12,000 pounds and plowing snow as well as long vacation trips w/ the family.


I would go with the 7.3
because you don't know what has been done to the 6.0 when it was rebuilt
But drive them both and go with what ever one you feel the most comfortable in.
there both a ford so you can't go wrong

The motor and trans are new replacements
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The 350 would be adequate for that use but I would not be afraid of the 6.0 either. However the 350 will probably get better mileage due to gearing

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