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I'm looking at getting my first diesel been reading a ton n looking at lots of trucks.. i have came across a 2008 6.4 diesel with 73,000km extended cab its like brand new looks great for $23 thousand and also just came across a 2003 7.3 extended cab with 180,000km for 12,500 i have read lots on the 6.4 about there good and not good some people like them some not.. just wanted some opinions on this thanks
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Personally I learned a lot about my first diesel by starting off with an older model. I started out with an older high mile 7.3 IDI. It was cheap, i could work on it, parts were affordable, and i didn't need a lift. The 6.4 is not cheap, and some repair work will require a lift. So in my opinion don't just look at purchase price.


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I agree with the above. I love my 6.4, but it definitely isn't a cheap vehicle. I think I have spent about $8k after purchase on it (not that I had to because it isn't maintenance related, just bulletproofing for 600ish HP).

If you want to learn and have fun rather than create a RACETRUCK I say 7.3. If you want to spend some extra dough and have a beastly vehicle, 6.4 all the way! The creature comforts are definitely a plus in the 6.4 and the ride is much nicer....


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The 7.3 and the 6.4 are two really different beasts. The 7.3 is reliable but it is slow! The 6.4 is very quick but it had its share of problems. Both trucks will have problems but it comes down to what you really want.


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The 7.3 [...] is slow!
Not entirely true..... There are some insane 7.3s out there. Just takes more work to get there than the 6.4 does.

Diesel power magazine just had an article on Brian Boysel's 11 second '97 F250 7.3 Powerstroke. And Last year they has an article on Chris Vanderford's '99 F250 7.3 Powerstroke that runs a 12.8 (and he only has $21k invested! Including the purchase price)...


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i think i want the 6.4 just beacuse of the low km and how you can spend 2grand and have 500 hp into it and that it rides so much nicer.. just the part about all the repairs and probelms is whats scares me some trucks are good then others have lots of probelms depends on how lucky you get i guess...
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