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2003 F-350 7.3l

Tell me all about the 03 7.3l! I am currently looking for a truck that will prvide for my needs. Looking for something with power, good MPG, Good towing power and just an all around reliable truck.

I found a 2003 7.3l with under 80k miles. How good are the the transmissions in these trucks? How good is the engine. Ive always heard of 7.3l lasting a long time with proper maint. Is there anything i have to worry about. What should i look at when i go and test drive. It has a 2" lift and guages and exhaust but other then that it stock.
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what are your plans for the truck? how much power do you plan to throw down with it?

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not a lot...just a little more to give it better MPG and pep. Like a tuner or something. Does the SCT work for these 7.3l?
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yeah you can get some custom tunes on the sct for the 7.3. i like it cause i can try everyones tunes till i find the best


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well thats good to know. What kind of mileage can i expect. The tires are 285s i think. What kind of power and torque numbers do these things put out stock?
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I've got an 03 7.3. So far 165k with no major issues. The transmission is the weak link, had mine rebuilt twice. Just dont run and Edge programmer and you'll be fine. Also get the rearend rebuilt before your warranty is up. Mine went out at 90k and the dealer said there was a recall on those for some reason. Other than that, nothing out of the usual for wear and tear. I'd go for it, great year model.

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umm the warranty would be up..its on 5 year...and its 2009.
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Tell me all about the 03 7.3l! I am currently looking for a truck that will prvide for my needs. Looking for something with power, good MPG, Good towing power and just an all around reliable truck.

I found a 2003 7.3l with under 80k miles. How good are the the transmissions in these trucks? How good is the engine. Ive always heard of 7.3l lasting a long time with proper maint. Is there anything i have to worry about. What should i look at when i go and test drive. It has a 2" lift and guages and exhaust but other then that it stock.
SNOWMAN! Just messin with you, so did you get away from the 5.9 and the 6.0?

7.3 is good strong engine. Not fast tho. Just strong and reliable IMO.

My experience with my 7.3L. I bought my 7.3 late in 01. It is an 02 model. She has 73 or 75k now, only had it in the shop for warranty work 1 time in 6+ years. Alternator(I think my stereo system helped the early death of the alternator). Other than that, no issues. (Oh, I think they did the CAM sensor or something like that since it was already there, CAM sensor was a recall item).

As far tranny and rear end, I personally have never had any issues, but I also do not tow a lot. The lift and tires keep a little strain on both I'm sure, but not like a several thousand pound trailer will.

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well im still in the running for a dodge. I really like the 6.0l but hate how expensive it is for parts etc if you are out of warranty where as its a little cheaper for the 7.3l and the 5.9l. I mean im sure if i get a 6.0 it will do everything i want and more but i just want some more peace of mind i guess. Im very unsure of the motor i guess.
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I talked to a buddy of mine and says that the 7.3l are real dogs. Good motors, workhorse but are slower then molasses. Is this true? Ive never driven a 7.3l in a pick-up. I have in a F-450 DUmper truck but its a given that it would be slow as its geared for loads and towing.
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