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post #1 of 21 Old 11-18-2019, 07:08 PM Thread Starter
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If not a 7.3, then what?

Wasn't sure where to drop this one. I have a 2002 7.3 with 275k miles. I've had the truck about 8 years and I've been happy. I actually have it listed for sale on here. However, she needs an oil pan in the near future. It's too much work for me and I'm not sure I want to pay for it's replacement, bc there is a good chance the cost could snow ball. I'm in NY and to get a clean 7.3 from the south will cost me 15k. So my question is, for that money, and knowing that I'm paying a premium for the model, what other trucks might I consider for 15 to 20k? I like my ford, but my loyalty is to quality and my wallet, so other makes are on the table. I don't have to have a diesel, but I like to know that I can haul whatever I want. I've done a little research, but looking for opinions...I think. 🙂 Quality and reliable are my key needs. So...should I stick with an older 7.3 or do something different? Thanks!
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I’d go with an older 7.3 from the south. I just picked up a 1995 cclb 4x4 in pretty good shape, interior is great, 156k miles. It cost me $10k. Which, I think was a good deal? Maybe not, idk. But I feel like it was for this area. No rust on body at all - it’s from Texas. Needs a little work, but going to be a fun project for me and the kids for the next decade or so.
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I should also add, my truck used to be a weekend warrior, now she is a daily driver...
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7.3 or 5.9 Cummins.
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7.3 or 5.9 Cummins.
This right here.

or for $15-$20K you can get a real nice F150 that can tow as well

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7.3 or 5.9 Cummins.
The 5.9 Cummins was very good to me, the only problem was that it came attached to a Dodge, which wasn't so good.
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Anyone have opinions on mid2000s Duramax? Is that a sin to ask that on this forum? 🙂
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The 5.9 Cummins was very good to me, the only problem was that it came attached to a Dodge, which wasn't so good.
Fact. Fender/cab corner rust, front end attention.
my 07.5 is "slightly" better, still rusting though

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Injector issues, not to hard to fix though.

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I wouldn't have an HD truck with IFS.

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For the lower end of your price you could get a decent 6.0, at least in AZ. Using the rest of the money for the upper end budget, you could get yourself new heads etc. if needed...

I'm also seeing as these things get older, local options are fewer and make it tempting to look at something far away on craigslist or another site. Only three or four 6.0, 4WD excursions listed on craigslist locally, and most of those are pricey.
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