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post #1 of 30 Old 01-11-2009, 01:53 PM Thread Starter
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which is the best powerstroke

i have a 2003 Cummins and i think i may be in the market for a powerstroke. It just depends on what i can find. My dad is a beliver in the 7.3s but since its been 5 or so years since they have been produced it may be kinda hard to find one with low miles. I want a truck that can handle a programmer and be a mild to moderate modified truck. Id prefer a manual tranny if possible. Could anyone lead me in the right direction
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Depends on your idea of low miles. If its 150k to 170K miles then its low milage in my eyes. I love the 7.3s and am on my second one. Dad had a '94 7.3 with over 450,000 miles on it and has only replaced the clutch twice, valve cover electric valve cover and an HPOP O-ring. No other problems!

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I'd go with the 7.3!

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i think it depends on how much money you want to spend on the truck then mods...

a 6.0L with headstuds, and egr delete is a very reliable engine that can easily see 420HP with a simple tuner... 7.3L with a tuner your only gonna see around 320HP
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7.3 all the way

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6.0l trucks are dirt cheap, and with a little know-how and a little cash they can be both reliable and good performers. Most have low miles. 7.3l is a rock solid bet. A little more pricey if you want to make a lot of power.

Depending on your budget, a 6.4l is a verrry sweet machine. They are available now for a lot less than I spent on mine..

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Go 7.3 if you want a reliable long lasting motor. I have a 6.0 and would not want one ever again even if it's studded.
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The best PS is the one you're driving.

In my case, it's an 06 6.0 F350. Very trouble free, plenty of power even stock. Ford put together a terrific truck with this one. Everything is good. Fit and finish, interior and exterior, is first rate. Get the King Ranch edition and you're in the lap of luxury, too. Fuel usage is quite good, for a 1 ton dually. Suspension stands up well to a heavy load. And it's a pulling fool.

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The 7.3 is a oldie but a goodie......of course I'm partial to the 6.4

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