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Old 11-17-2013, 11:44 PM
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Please help on getting either a 7.3 or 6.0???

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Need some help here. Looking at two trucks right now a 2005 Crewcab F250 Lariat FX4, 6.0 with just over 200,000 miles on it, and a 1999 Crewcab F250 XLT, 7.3 with just over 200,000 miles on it. Both are 1 owner trucks. I pulled the car fax, looks like the 7.3 has an extensive service maintenance record and does not look like it had a 5th wheel. The 6.0 has some service records, and does have the hook for a 5th wheel.

I would be using the truck as a daily driver to from work and on occasion to tow my Mustang to the track and other events.

While I prefer the 99 7.3 engine, I do like the appearance of the 05. I am just worried about all the issues the 6.0 has and the cost it takes to get them reliable. I had a 99 F250 Ext Cab XLT 7.3, bought it with like 110,000 miles on it.....traveled and towed all over the place with it. What issues I did have were very minor. I loved it, despite it being a very plain truck.

Please see the below links for pictures. If interested you can access the Car Fax at the bottem of the add. Based on the prices and performance of both trucks, what would be the better deal? I have been working with the dealer and he is willing to negotiate the prices.

Ford F 250 Diesel 4x4 | eBay

Ford F 250 7 3L Diesel | eBay

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Old 11-18-2013, 01:28 AM
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There both great trucks the 6.0 is just gonna take a little motor work studs, egr delete, etc but once you do that shell be a great reliable truck. I personnaly would go with the 6.0
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If all your ever going to tow is your stang then for reliability, the 7.3 will be much better. But if you feel you may end up wanting to throw some good HP to the truck, then the 6.0 will be less expensive in the long run.

Its cheaper to bulletproof a 6.0 and add HP than a BTS trans and HP in a 7.3.

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Old 11-18-2013, 02:31 AM
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What is the basic cost to bulletproof a 6.0? Or what is bare minimum I need to do to protect the truck and the cost to get it there?

Not looking for HP, just reliablity and for occasional towing. Thanks for the feedback, keep em coming.

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It all really depends on miles and how much wear and tears been thrown at it u might get away with just an egr delete and new oil cooler beings u arnt planning on building it with a bunch of horse power youll probally be just fine..you can get the set for $200 on eBay labor depending on the mechanic is between 3-800 my mechanic said hed only charge $400 for labor
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Old 11-18-2013, 03:03 AM
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I am pretty handy when it comes to turning a wrench, so I would do it myself. What kit are you refering to exactly, EGR delete, or the oil coole, or both? Got a link? Thanks!
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Old 11-18-2013, 04:16 AM
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With or without any additional HP, I would still suggest a full blown bulletproof for a 6.0 to be even remotely close to the reliability of a 7.3. And you will NEED to monitor deltas and voltage very closely at all times (buy at least a Scangauge II). Injectors are very sensitive. Studded and completely deleted EGR. $3500 and well worth it.

7.3 just install a trans cooler from a 6.0l and a BTS valve body. $600 and your good for another 300k miles.

One more thing that both trucks really benefit from. Get a good CAI and 4" straight piped exhaust. Letting them breath will add many more miles of longevity.

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Old 11-18-2013, 04:38 AM
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I found them for $100 a piece on eBay o Dont have the exact info
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I bought the 99 for $7750.00, pretty good deal I think. Appears to be a very well taken care of 1 owner truck. Despite the milage should prove to be a very reliable daily driver and an occasional tow rig. Only mod plan is to replace the side mirrors with the bigger side mirrors and an aftermarket stereo system. Going to look good towing my 2010 Stage 3 Roush. Thanks for the feedback.
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:thumbup: I'd say you got a great deal too. That thing is super clean. I have a 6pos chip for you. If you'd like.

Oh, and most definitely get yourself a transcooler for a 6.0l in there. Besides exhaust and a CAI. Its one of the best investments you can get for a 7.3.

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