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Old 03-18-2013, 03:40 PM
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7.3 or 6.0?

I've been out of the powerstroke loop for awhile now. I had a 1997 7.3 and loved it! looking for a used truck now and am just wondering if the 6.0 really is going to give me headaches or not. Not sure where I should steer. Im looking to go no newer than an '04-'05 era. Any help or opinions would be greatly appreciated.

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6.0 l is a great motor but usually studs, egr delete etc are needed to make it dependable.
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you will have more headaches with a 6.0 then the 7.3
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Old 03-18-2013, 04:53 PM
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I was in a similar boat last fall shopping for used super duty pickups. If you go with a 6.0L you will do studs if it hasn't been bulletproofed yet. If you purchase a 7.3L with the 4R100 automatic, you more than likely will be purchasing a new transmission in its lifetime if you tow heavy or add any power (my father in law has gone through 2 so far).

I chose the 6.0L because of the newer technology in the suspension, engine, charger, and transmission. Plus, it already had studs installed and egr delete. You can pick them up cheap for their reputation and throw a few thousand into the engine and still come out with a deal.
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Old 03-18-2013, 05:05 PM
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6.0 l is a great motor but usually studs, egr delete etc are needed to make it dependable.
Not true at all. The 6.0 is fine in stock form as long as you monitor it. None of the 6.0's problems are ones you can't see coming from a mile away (FICM, EGR Cooler etc).

IMHO, I'd go with a 6.0 OP. Go for the 05 though. Much better looking and much better riding and handling
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Not true at all. The 6.0 is fine in stock form as long as you monitor it. None of the 6.0's problems are ones you can't see coming from a mile away (FICM, EGR Cooler etc).

IMHO, I'd go with a 6.0 OP. Go for the 05 though. Much better looking and much better riding and handling
I'd second that. I know of several people that have made it over the 350,000 mark never doing all the bulletproofing deals on their 6.0s. I'm running a 7.3 yes, but would love an 05-07 6.0!!!
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