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Old 12-02-2012, 06:31 PM
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What to choose-2000 7.3 or 2006 6.0?

I am looking for a truck and need some advice. Here are the two trucks I am thinking about.

2006 F-250 6.0 58,000 miles

2000 F-250 7.3 113,000 miles

Both are crew cab short box 4x4. The 2000 is 5 hrs away so I have not seen it. They say its in good shape and never had any mechanical problems. Good interior and body with FX4 Off-Road option. The 2006 I have seen and driven. It's a 2 owner truck. Both owners were single ladies that pulled a horse trailer maybe a dozen times. No aftermarket parts on either.

Any suggestions between the two. I have owned a 2000 7.3 in the past and loved it. From what i have read on here the 06-07 6.0's had less problems than the earlier ones. If I decided on the 6.0 obviously I plan on EGR delete, coolant filter and gauges. I know 113,000 is really nothing on a 7.3. However everything else also has 13 years of wear and tear and I ran into my 2000 having problems with everything else as the miles got highter. It had 170,000 on it when I sold it. Any advice or suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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Chris
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i own a 99 7.3 with almost 170k and dont really have any problems except for the oil leak that sometimes comes along with them
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Ive owned both and I prefer my 06 over my 2000 any day of the week. I would say price difference might be your deciding factor and that is not a lot of miles for a 6.0, normally they like to be "driven" in which it sounds like this one was babied. Just remember the 7.3 is a 13-14 year old truck. Transmissions, glow plugs, power, seats, suspension, ride are all going to be better in the 06. Im not biased either liked my 7.3 just not as much
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I would spend some $ an have Get a diesel shop to run a diagnostic on the '06 and see if there are any coolant temp issues. And then I might buy it. But I've got 307k on my 7.3 right now, and that's a really solid argument too.
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I am I the same boat:
1999 7.3 with 139k miles
2006 6.0 with 125k miles
Both trucks one owner and completely stock, trucks are identical.
There is $1,000 price difference with the 6.0 being more
I am totally stuck on which one to buy.
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6.0 hands down.
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Get the 6.0.


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That's what I'm leaning towards, I figured I would go ahead and put the bulletproof egr and new oem cooler in it and should be good to go without worries. Also putting a coolant filter, should have around 1200-1300 in those mods.
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Don't get the 6.0. Its really an undesirable engine for plenty of reasons. Yeah, its fast, sounds cool and all, but its not a reliable diesel. They are a dime a dozen for a reason. You can however make them a somewhat solid engine but after you dump alot of money into parts and labor, but you still gotta deal with a crappy injection system. But not worth it to me. Ive owned 2, my father owns 1. 03, 04, and 05 which is mine now. The 05 runs stronger than the other 2, but it still has its quirks. Just remember, the 7.3 won't let you down. I really dont know anybody that has regret buying a 7.3, but I sure as hell cant say the same for 6.0 owners.
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Old 01-05-2013, 08:24 PM
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Im on my 3rd 7.3 and I could of had a 6.0 for what I gave for my most recent 7.3 but hands down no way was I buying one.
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