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7.3 vs bulletproofed 6.0

I will soon be making my first diesel purchase. I have read a lot about the common issues with th 6.0 and how the 7.3 is superior for reliability. I am wondering how the reliability compares on a 6.0 that has had the bulletproof package (egr, oil cooler, head studs) compares to the reliability of the 7.3? I am in the position were I may be able to get a one owner 2004 6.0 with 144k miles at below blue book and I would pay to have the motor bulletproofed. It is my parents truck and I know the history on it and the only problems so far is a new injector (fingers crossed). I will be using the truck to pull a double axle quad trailer with a polaris ranger on it and possibly livestock trailers. Not looking for power, just reliability and lots of good miles out of the truck.
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Personally I would pick the 6.0 everyday of the week over the 7.3. Don't get me wrong the 7.3 is a work horse and reliable, BUT I love my 6.0 and wouldn't trade it for the world. Way more power than the 7.3 even in stock form and just as reliable if maintained and monitored properly. My opinion go with the 6.0 especially if you know the full vehicle history on it.

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I have 2 7.3's, and I agree with him, 6.0 can be reliable too, just cost more, my trucks are both over 300k and still pull like champs, but the 6.0 is way faster, easier to get power from, and work just as hard as 7.3's do, but I wouldn't trade my trucks for a 6.0 that wasn't bullet proofed

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I walk out of my house.....if i want to go fast, i get in my Charger. It will run 160mph and gets there fast. If I want to go offroad, hook up to one of my 3 trailers, or have to go pull a buddy out who is stuck i get im my truck. My truck is a 7.3, no its not fast but if you hook to it, it will come. With no worries.

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I don't think a 6.0 will ever beat a 7.3 in reliability, but it can come pretty damn close. If your looking to save money I'd get a 7.3, if money ain't much of a problem 6.0 all day


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A 6.0 can be just as dependable as a 7.3 so long as it is monitored and maintained properly.

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I am going to be on the 6.0 side, drive it tell something breaks then have it
fixed, you may get 100,000 miles out of it before anything goes wrong.
If ole pop took good care of it that would go a long ways with me. Clean fuel,
oil and filters every 5000 miles and fuel filters every 10 to 15000 miles.
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I don't think a 6.0 will ever beat a 7.3 in reliability, but it can come pretty damn close. If your looking to save money I'd get a 7.3, if money ain't much of a problem 6.0 all day


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If I were to go with the 6.0, what would be the best way to "monitor" it to prevent major damage? Should I get a edge programmer so I can watch the EGTs, Coolant temp and oil temp? I would rather not put the 4k into the bulletproof in it if the current egr and oil cooler and working properly.
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