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Old 06-11-2009, 12:07 AM
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Should I buy a 6.0 over a 7.3

I have some experience with diesels, so I know what I'm getting into.

I've come across some 6.0s and some 7.3s all similarly equipped for relatively the same price.

So, my question is, other than being newer (which helps my insurance lol), why should I get a 6.0 over a 7.3?
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Old 06-11-2009, 04:44 AM
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6.0 Easier to find, nicer ammenities :0)
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6.0's are faster and more fun to drive, but have their share of gremlins. If you prefer reliabilty over high performance, you can't go wrong with the 7.3. If you want high performance over reliabilty get a 6.0. If you want reliabilty and high performance get a 6.0 and do the egr delete and head studs, then hope for the best.
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why should I get a 6.0 over a 7.3?
You shouldn't, unless you want EGR and oil cooler problems, and probably head stud issues, too

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the basic truck is much improved with the 6.0 especially the 05 and newer ones. 6.0 just performs better.
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You shouldn't, unless you want EGR and oil cooler problems, and probably head stud issues, too
Now you're just scaring the guy, making it sound like every 6.0 has those issues. NOT every one has those issues, just some, and if you consider the amount of issues compared to GM and Dodge, then you're really comparing apples to oranges. FORD outsells both of them in the diesel market... COMBINED, therefore, more trucks on hte road, and there will be a number of them with problems, but I think comparably the 6.0 i equal to the others. That's my opinion

I love my truck, but I've never driven or owned a 7.3. From what I've read here, some people hate them too
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Now you're just scaring the guy, making it sound like every 6.0 has those issues. NOT every one has those issues, just some, and if you consider the amount of issues compared to GM and Dodge, then you're really comparing apples to oranges. FORD outsells both of them in the diesel market... COMBINED, therefore, more trucks on hte road, and there will be a number of them with problems, but I think comparably the 6.0 i equal to the others. That's my opinion

I love my truck, but I've never driven or owned a 7.3. From what I've read here, some people hate them too
well said. People fail to realize that there are more Ford trucks sold than all of the rest combined each year so of course as a percentage you would expect to see more problems.
I know people with high mileage 6.0's and never a problem cept injectors but none of them have tuners, programmers or deviate from stock except for maybe missing kitties and egr valves and cooler.
In all fairness the 7.3 is just as good even if a bit sluggish except for the trannys in them. The E4OD is just not as goosd as the toeqshift
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I love my 7.3 and Im biased towards 7.3's but I would take a 6.0 with egr delete and studs for sure. I just got the innovative tunes on my buddies 07 last night and it made my truck feel like it had a chevy 350 under the hood.
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Now you're just scaring the guy, making it sound like every 6.0 has those issues.
You are right. I guess I'm just still a little sore about my EGR failing at 25k miles

That said, if Ford sold both I'd special order a 7.3 with a Torqueshift tranny.
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You are right. I guess I'm just still a little sore about my EGR failing at 25k miles

That said, if Ford sold both I'd special order a 7.3 with a Torqueshift tranny.
Thjere is a lot to be said for that combination. I've read that the heads on the 7.3 while not flowing near as well as the 6.0 do give the engine a better towing heavy load ability. I'm not sure that is a valad claim though
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