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What diesel to buy

So the plan is to buy a diesel in the spring or early summer. Myself I have had a few ford trucks, but all gas. So with my 20,000 price range Im looking at getting a crew cab, short or long bed, 7.3 But my question is should I consider other diesels as well? Im in the market for a diesel but I have a friend that might be able to get me a deal on a non powerstroke diesel, through work. What are the benefits/negatives of powerstroke, cummins, and duramax?
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They are all great trucks. It really depends on your needs and wants. Cummins is hands down the best motor. I personally wouldnt buy a diesel without it having a turbo. ther eis much more to it then that tho.

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All have great engines. Some have more problems that others.

I would let the biggest factor be the truck. Ford, IMO, has the best truck. The engine is just a plus.

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depends upon what you want to do with the truck...?

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Dodge
-Best engine. Cummins 5.9! Sounds like a big rig
-Worst truck. Falls apart as soon as you drive it off the lot. You'll get annoyed after a while due to the cab is basically a resonator for the damn motor

Ford
-Best truck IMO
-The 7.3 is an almost bulletproof motor. 6.0's are decent but require head studs if you decide to mod it any

Chevy
-Good lookin' truck, but 4x4 independent front suspension will put you on the side of the road if you hotrod with it.
-Strong motors. Duramax's are some of the faster diesels you'll see when modded. Too quiet for my likings though.

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chevy dont have much more of a truck than dodge imo

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Yea, I would probably just be doing basic mods for now: intake, exhaust, gauges, chip.
Im looking for a reliable truck since Im in college and won't have allot of money to take her to the shop. So a fast fun 4x4 that I can haul my dirt bike with and do some towing in the summer time on bigger ridding trips.
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7.3L would be the best bet if your lookin for a ford, its a reliable engine that can tow for miles. Second would be the dodge cummins, very reliable motor, probably one of the best. Last I'd pick the duramax, not a fan of the GMC/Chev trucks, the trucks sit way to low for their size.
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-Good lookin' truck, but 4x4 independent front suspension will put you on the side of the road if you hotrod with it.
haha, funny you mention that.. One of my buddies drove 700 miles to visit last month (In a chipped Duramax) and had to stay a few extra days.... results of a front end failure... couldnt handle that 4 wheel launch.
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yea im thinking a 1999 to 2002 crew cab 7.3 powerstroke would be my first pick, I just have to find one in the next few months
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