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Thumbs up 7.3 vs 6.0 vs Cummins...Help..

Hi All,

I need some help in buying a Diesel....I had a old 95 F350 powerstroke that I sold.....I got a budget of $15,000.....I need help in knowing what would be better to buy....I am definitely a Ford guy first......What do I need to look for in a 7.3??....I am not a huge fan of the 6.0l cause of all there issues and costs to fix.....Also my buddy has a 05 cummins and it drives nice..

What are the pros and cons to each one???

It's a big purchase for me and I want to get something reliable...Any help is much appreciated...

Thanks for all the help!
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I love my 7.3. With someone on budget its a good choice as it is very reliable. 6.0 is a good truck but requires a bigger budget and knowledge. I cant speak for any others. But I do love my 7.3.

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I love my 7.3. Can't make a huge amount of power without a big wallet but you can't beat the reliability. I do like the 6.0 but only if they are bulletproofed. The only cummins I would buy is a 12v but the dodge body's and interior are not that great. So I would say with your budget I would try to find a 7.3, maybe a 6.0 if you can get one and still have money to bulletproof it or buy one that's already had that work done


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I have a 7.3 that I love but my buddy has a 24v cummins. The cummins are cheap to build power in. And easy to work on with tons of room under hood. I've never driven or worked on a 6.0.

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you can pick up a nice 7.3 for 10-12k.
that will leave you some room for some modifications, if you feel inclined to do so

heck there is a 2000 f250 2wd 7.3 with 93k miles near me for 7.5k, bone stock. now thats a deal.

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7.3s can be had for a reasonable price. I picked up my 01 lariat dually. No rust. Good condition for $8,500. That leaves you plenty of room for mods. Except mods can get addicting. I'm probably about $12-14,000 just into mods and tire/rims

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I more than likely will go with a 7.3l....I am trying to find a 4 door if i can....Do you know if you can fit a car seat comfortably in a small extended cab ford or will i need a 4 door? I just worry about the car seat room......Thanks guys....
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Yes you can fit a car seat in our trucks. However if I had it to do over I would have gotten a 4 door.

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40x15.5x22 M16's
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If I could do it over I would've gotten a crew cab too


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Mbrp 5" exhaust
TS 6 pos chip with Gearhead tunes
Auto Meter CS Series gauges (boost, pyro, trans temp)
S&B Intake
Aftermarket wastegate controller

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Crank case vent
Hutch and harpoon mod (if not already done)



1997 F250 rclb 4x4 gasser
Going to do a 12v swap in it tho
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Have had two 7.3's and now a 6.0. Hands down the 6.0 is a better truck to drive and power wise both tuned the 6.0 kills the 7.3. Cummins are killer to make power with but the interior of the trucks sucks!

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