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post #1 of 22 Old 08-02-2008, 03:28 PM Thread Starter
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what to buy.

well my Dad is looking to buy a truck for pulling a 5th wheel,
write now we have a v-10 excurssion with a 32ft pull behind,
it pulls it fine but we want a 5th wheel,
so hes going to get a dif truck,
now he wants a diesel but dosent know what brand to buy,
ive heard the cummins are good, but ford has the better truck,
he wants something that wont kill him on gas so bad with diesel being at $4.69 a gallon, but still wants power,
now im personally a ford fan and am probally going to buy a PSD in a year or two,
idk much about diesels though.
any help please.
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well you really have to take different things in account here does he just want a engine that he can get cheap power out of with a truck that doesn't really go with the eninge? or does he want a nice truck with a good diesel engine? and once again do you want a good truck with good power or a truck with a engine that will go and go and go and not hardly ever give you any problems? and does he really mind what year the truck is?? oooo and

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well yah he wants a nice truck with a good diesel engine.
he likes the ford because the interior is alot better wich makes trips more comfortable. he wants newer one or possibally new, i dont think hell be doing to much modding mabe chips or something for better mpg. we havent owned any diesel's so we dont want somthing thats going to be breaking on us with us not knowing what the hell were doing,
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but once again idk im a noob at all this diesel stuff.
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well really with the newer diesels out of the three major brands I wouldn't really trust so far simple fact of the epa which means more electronics... you will have some of the 6.4L guys say that they haven't had any problems.. which I'm sure that is true but they have had there problems as well... and honestly for what I would go with as far as a eninge that comes in the that doesn't have many problems at all would have to be the 7.3L.. and once again you will have 6.0L guys saying I haven't had many problems at all with mine but yet the sick 0's have had alot more problems than the 7.3L.. good enough power and yet really reliable 7.3L

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hows the gas mileage on the 7.3's.
see my dad wants a dodge with a cummins but i tell him the trucks are crap, now will the 7.3 make good power and get good mileage?
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well... once again some people will say yes and no... but really driving habits and mods play the biggest part of it... when I had my truck with 37's I could get 17 to 18 on highway only.... but that is taking it easy on the highest setting also I have heard some people getting to 20 or a little more in a 7.3L.. but I really don't think that it is the common of a thing.... but you really don't have to worry about any enigne problems as long as you keep up the matenice on the thing

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Uncle has a stock 02 7.3. Gets about 17 or 18 highway. 14 city with a 70/30 city/highway mix.


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so the 7.3's came on the 99-03 rigs as far as the newer model truck go?
and if we were too buy one if we were to put some chips and an intake and exhaust we should get around 18 mpg,
and doese pulling a lets say 12,000 pound fitht wheel affect the gas milage like it does the v-10?

ehh 5mpg average,
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no is shouldn't get near down that far with a diesel... and you could even add water/meth if you pull a trailer alot and get a coulple of mpg more once again

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