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Old 06-20-2013, 10:09 AM
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6.0 vs 7.3 WHAT TO BUY!?!?

Okay, I know this is a hashed out topic but I'm really looking for some strong opinions. I'm looking into buying an old F-350 and I have two choices.

1. 2002 Lariat crew cab short bed 241,000 miles $9500 (he's asking 10K but I negotiated down to $9500)
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2. 2004 Lariat crew cab short bed 219,000 miles $9400 (he's asking $10,800 but he'll take $9400)
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Both are well cared for and the 2004 is a single owner with all the records. They are both bone stock, never been lifted, chipped, nor do they have aftermarket intake or any mods to the exhaust.

So, is the 6.0L so bad that I should go with the older pickup? I like them both. They both are very nice trucks. I know the 2004 needs a tie rod end done but that's it. Both have plenty of power and run really well.

The 2002 is about an hour and a half away. Neither leak and neither have been smoked in or abused.

I've driven many trucks over the years but they've always been gas. Never owned a diesel. I've been told by my brother in law that he would choose the 7.3 over the 6.0 any day. Of course he owns a 2002 F-350 7.3.

My wife likes the 2004 better. Is the MPG and durability of the 7.3 that much better?

I'm looking for a little direction here. ANY input would be appreciated. I just don't want to get in over my head with a bad 6.0 truck.

thanks!
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It depends in your money situation if you have money to put into maintenance and bulletproof the 6.0 I would do that, if not then take the 7.3

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^ agreed. More power and better MPG with 6.0 stock vs stock.
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Happy wife happy life-6.0! However, before you pull the trigger, read the 6.0 stickies and bring a monitor with you on the test drive.
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everyone on here has gave ur good adive im on my 2nd 6.0L i love them but you got to be prepare for stuff bulletproofing etc on the 6.0
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The 6.0's can be great trucks, but plan on dumping at least another $5k to make it reliable as the 7.3.
As others said, check the 6.0 forum on here and read the stickies.
7.3 stock is slow. But you can easily get another 200k miles out of it. The 6.0, probably not, even with the bulletproofing.

Big question is what are your needs vs wants with what your going to do with it. Looks may play a bit of a role, but with a bit of money you can buy aftermarket parts to make the 7.3 look just like the 6.0.

Does your state do EPA emissions testing? If so, you may run into issues by bulletproofing the 6.0 which requires emission stuff to be removed.

Currently that's a big reason the 7.3's are gaining value.

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stock vs stock the 7.3 wins reliability wise witch IMO is the most you want

doesn't take much to give a 7.3 more power
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stock vs stock the 7.3 wins reliability wise witch IMO is the most you want

doesn't take much to give a 7.3 more power
Uh...... It takes quite a bit of work to get a 7.3 to 400rwhp..... Where a 6.0 rests with only a tune and exhaust...

But you are correct one the reliability part! I have trucks with both engines.

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Uh...... It takes quite a bit of work to get a 7.3 to 400rwhp..... Where a 6.0 rests with only a tune and exhaust...

But you are correct one the reliability part! I have trucks with both engines.

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im just talking intake/exhaust/tune/gauges

same here, and i get sick of having to dump money into my 6.0 , the OBS 7.3 is still running strong

depending on what the OP is doing with it, IMO the more HP you give it the less reliable it gets (injectors/turbos/ new this and that)

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Uh...... It takes quite a bit of work to get a 7.3 to 400rwhp..... Where a 6.0 rests with only a tune and exhaust...

But you are correct one the reliability part! I have trucks with both engines.

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Since the 7.3 he's looking at is an '02 its not as expensive like my e99 was to upgrade.
Drop in 38R, 4" exhaust, injectors are much cheaper than a 6.0, 6637 air filter, and a chip. He's good to go. $3800 roughly he could have a very reliable 400hp truck. Of course that's parts only.

6.0 $5000 just to bulletproof stock???
Plus if he's not mechanically inclined. Its more labor to improve the 6.0.

Granted both are pretty decent deals though.
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