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Old 02-12-2014, 01:02 PM
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7.3 vs 6.0 vs 6.4....

Just looking for a quick synopsis between the 3. The only Ford i've owned is a 6.0 and still currently own it. It's an F-250 and i'm looking at going to a 350. I've found a 7.3 with fairly low miles but they are asking a fairly high price tag for the age of the truck. I've found a 6.4L for just a few thousand more.

Are there any big disadvantages of the 6.4 or 7.3 that I need to watch out for like I did with the 6.0?

If the prices correlated with the engine size which one would you go with?
For example same style truck 7.3 for $10k 6.0 for $15k or 6.4 for $18K just for grins.

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flip a coin on the 6.0 vs. 6.4

the 6.4's can be troublesome... they can be less troublesome than a 6.0, but if you have trouble with one, it can cost a lot more to repair than a 6.0

you couldn't give me a 7.3
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Old 02-12-2014, 01:20 PM
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7.3s are good running motors from factory without to many issues when your comparing them to the 6.0s and the 6.4s

every motor has issues no matter what kind or brand. theres always lemons that will frustrate you and make you regret your decision.

its basically a role of the dice no matter what motor your looking for. anything can go wrong at any time. comes down to what suites your needs and your wallet
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Why not take a 7.3 drunk on diesel?
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I've owned a lot of diesel trucks over the years... I haven't owned one that couldn't lay down 450hp to the wheels since about 1999.

7.3's are reliable, but the trucks are dated and the engines are underpowered for my taste.

6.0's are about 100hp off of where I like to be, but I can live with them.

the automatic transmission behind the 7.3 is a pile compared to the 5R110, and I have zero desire to row gears in a truck anymore. I grew out of that about 6-7yrs ago, and now that I've been driving 5R equipped trucks for the past few years, there's no WAY I could go back
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Does the tranny fail in the 7.3 with some added power? I'm not looking for track power, just adding some to pull trailers.
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Old 02-12-2014, 01:37 PM
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my stock trans with over 200K miles lasted 400+ hp for about 15K miles
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7.3 is proven and pretty reliable, they are a little slow and pretty dated, the 6.0 is a sweet machine if maintained properly, and the 6.4 the same but nicer interiors, just plays on what you want to spend, I paid $1400 for my Dually, my dad paid 30k for his 6.4
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