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I just went through the same thing.
My daily driver was a 03 supercab shortbox 4x4 f250 with the 7.3. Stock except the previous owner had a programmer on it, im unsure of what was all changed, but things like the top speed were altered (I could go much faster then the factory cut off)Awesome truck, the reliability of it, unspeakable, really really damn good truck. The flaws, supercab and I needed a crew cab, and 340,000kms on the odo.
So I bought a 2009 f350 lariat crew cab shortbox 4x4 with 150,000kms on it for a pretty smoking deal. First things I have done is spartan tuned it, deleted the dpf and hollowed the cat. I have a s&b cold air intake to install yet, and still debating on the egr delete.
The 09 is definately nicer to drive, it rides nicer, turns sharper, and stock it had better characteristics on the highway. I didnt find it as nice to drive around in the city though, regarding where the engine made its power compared to the 7.3. Seemed like my 7.3 truck you would step on the pedal and the truck was gone instantly, where the 6.4 took its time a little.
After I deleted and tuned it has changed the 6.4 completely, and Im only running the 210 tow tune as my daily driver tune.
Hindsight, I wish I would have bought a crewcab 7.3 truck as the truck has been a great truck, and i wouldnt have replaced it with a newer version until it was really miled out, or super rusted out. I still have my 03 as im having a tough time getting rid of a truck that has been so good to me, but the time is coming soon.
In your case, I would probably take the plunge to a 6.4 truck, but keep in mind there are things ya will probably have to do to it, to get it close to the reliability of the 7.3 truck. The perks of that, is you have one hell of a comfortable riding truck, that is like a rocket on the streets.
Im not really regretting my 6.4 purchase yet, seems like it will be a decent truck, and the previous owner didnt have issues with it at all either.
Hope that somewhat helps.