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Old 05-08-2013, 07:33 AM
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Trying to decide on What to get.

I know there are many threads on here about the 6.0 VS. the 7.3, but im at a crossroads. I am looking to get into my first diesel and I have picked out a few trucks that I like. I am looking at a 02 7.3 reg cab with only 100k on the clock or a couple 6.0 Ext that have between 85k and 100k. the difference in price is 10k and with the 7.3 I would have some money to mod (tune/exhaust/intake) compared with the 6.0 where I wouldn't be able to get a tune/monitor for a little while. There is also the fact that the 02 is an 11 year old truck and the other ones are 4 years newer. Im looking for mainly reliability and longevity. I know the 6.0's are notorious for egr/oil cooler/gasket problems but they make more power and such while the 7.3's are a tough engine that dont have many blaring issues. Any input would be greatly appreciated!
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2000 7.3 or 2006 6.0
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The 7.3 isn't as reliable as what everyone makes them out to be. Take a gander through the 7.3 forum section and count how many you see with problems. They can be reliable yes but they aren't what they are all cracked up to be. Now a 6.0 can be the same way. The key to longevity with the 6.0 is MAINTENANCE and MONITORING. If you can maintain your 6.0 properly and monitor it to watch for possible issues that may arise than you can deal with them before any major damage takes place and starts the snowball effect.

My vote is for the 6.0 but you can see that I am a little biased. I love my 6.0 and wouldn't sell it or trade it for the world.
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The 7.3 isn't as reliable as what everyone makes them out to be. Take a gander through the 7.3 forum section and count how many you see with problems. They can be reliable yes but they aren't what they are all cracked up to be. Now a 6.0 can be the same way. The key to longevity with the 6.0 is MAINTENANCE and MONITORING. If you can maintain your 6.0 properly and monitor it to watch for possible issues that may arise than you can deal with them before any major damage takes place and starts the snowball effect.

My vote is for the 6.0 but you can see that I am a little biased. I love my 6.0 and wouldn't sell it or trade it for the world.
Well of course you will see all problems because nobody posts "Oh hey my truck was running great today just thought you should all know that" To be fair you go to the 6.0 section and you see just as many problems. Its the COST of those problems that is the big factor
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No Pat. I don't frequent the 7.3 forums, however when I browse this site I go to new posts and a lot of times I see just as many if not more problem threads from the 7.3 guys as 6.0 guys. The cost is a issue that is true. However if you you do your homework and monitor and maintain your 6.0 it will treat you good.
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No Pat. I don't frequent the 7.3 forums, however when I browse this site I go to new posts and a lot of times I see just as many if not more problem threads from the 7.3 guys as 6.0 guys. The cost is a issue that is true. However if you you do your homework and monitor and maintain your 6.0 it will treat you good.
I dont deny that the 6.0 can be a great truck its just kinda a risk vs reward for me at least id rather err on the side of caution with my 7.3 but if you truly bullet proof the 6.0 yes it can be a beast.
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No Pat. I don't frequent the 7.3 forums, however when I browse this site I go to new posts and a lot of times I see just as many if not more problem threads from the 7.3 guys as 6.0 guys. The cost is a issue that is true. However if you you do your homework and monitor and maintain your 6.0 it will treat you good.
still, not as good as a 7.3 will
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Oh the reliability battle cry of 7.3 owners. You 7.3 guys think they are the most reliable engine on the planet. Lmao. They have plenty of problems. Like I said browse the forums and you will see they aren't all they are chocked up to be.
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Oh the reliability battle cry of 7.3 owners. You 7.3 guys think they are the most reliable engine on the planet. Lmao. They have plenty of problems. Like I said browse the forums and you will see they aren't all they are chocked up to be.
considering i own both, and oh they are, OP take the 7.3, you will regret getting a 6.0
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That's funny because out of the first 100 threads of the new recent posts 11 of them are problems with the 7.3. Hmm that's 11% of the threads from today are problem related to the 7.3. The 6.0 is not a bad engine and will out work a 7.3 any day of the week. It will haul heavier loads, looks better and runs stronger than a 7.3 all day long in stock form.
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