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I'm looking to sell my '02 F-350 7.3 CCLB 4x4 for a new '13 F-250 SCLB 4x4.
Should I?
I'd like to hear your opinions
 

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Hell yes:thumb:
I get 19-20 MPG HWY.
Great ride quality.
Really cool creature comforts.
They look great.

Down side, they cost a lot and back to a payment.
 

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Hell yes:thumb:
I get 19-20 MPG HWY.
Great ride quality.
Really cool creature comforts.
They look great.

Down side, they cost a lot and back to a payment.

+1

And very true :thumb:
 

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My '02 Lariat had lots of options back then but now I can get the same options and then some on a well equipped XL. Will I see much of a mileage increase loaded up? I have a 2000lb slide in pop up camper, and I tow my wrangler while getting 14mpg and a 525 mile range. My father in law can get me A plan EP and I can order it any way I want and get any other finance/credit insentives Ford offers on top of that. Should I just put the $3000 for PMCS into my '02 and be happy with my no problems truck?
What drive train differences are there between the 250/350. How are they compaired to my 10.5/D60 setup on my '02?
 

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I had an 02 F350 7.3 cclb, sold it and bought and 11 F350 ccsb. So far i absolutely love it. My 02 was a lariat so it was pretty well equipped, the new one is a lariat ultimate package nav sync sunroof all the goodies and it is night and day difference. Sync and hands free is awesome. Rapid heat cab heater is also a big plus. Fuel economy is great. My 7.3 would cruise 70mph at 2000rpm with the 4r100 and 3.73, the 6.7 with the 6 speed and 3.55s cruises 70 at 1650rpm. My 7.3 was chipped, intake, turbo back but the stock 6.7 would blow it away and you can listen to the radio or talk to others in the truck without talking over the motor. Now yes my $550 a month payment sucks but it is what is, you get what you pay for.
 

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I'd say just keep your 7.3 stroker and buy a 6.7! Have two monsters with you.. 7.3's are pretty beast! My dad has always had one and is still rollin coal on it here and there, with no problems whatsoever
 

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i would absolutely keep the 7.3! i had a 2012 f350, for a couple months.... it broke down 5 times b4 the first oil change, yes, 5 times, before 7000 miles.... and ford ultimately bought it back, but not without a lawyer.. i went back to the 7.3 that i loved before... and still love it. and furthermore, my uncle's 2002 f350, stock with a superchips tuner beat the new one 0-60.... just my.02... i'll never sell this 7.3, EVER! i can do whatever i want to it, no cat, no dpf bs to deal with... the 2012 f350 lariat cclb 4x4 sticker price was 63k... and got 14.3 mpg..... i paid 17k for this 2001 350 cclb lifted lariat with a built tranny, immaculately clean, in and out, put 10 in the motor with a turbo, injectors, vlave springs, pushrods, hpop, fuel system.. etc, and now it will surely beat a new 6.7, and gets 23mpg, yes, 23 mpg, and i'm still not in it for half the cost of a new one......lmao... and that mileage is NOT hwy, the nearest hwy is 2 hours away, on nothing but windy up and down hills roads, which is where i'm getting that 23 mpg.... no bull****!
 

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I love my truck and it runs great but I need to make a few repairs in the near future. Ball joints(I want Dynatrac), all new steering linkage and ends(Moog), trans & diff fluids. And how much longer will my 4R100 last. It's got 133k miles and I'm unsure how the previous 2 owners treated it. It's possible that in the next 1-1.5 years it could need
$6-7k in repairs... If I buy a moderately equipped XL on employee purchase and current incentives I'd spend $500-550 a month and could spread the payments out and not have to tighten my belt for a whole year with credit card payments for repairs... On the down side there is the 60-72 months of big payments!

How much more maintanance costs are involved in the 6.7? We prob drive about 12k a year on our truck now and all I put into it is a fuel filter every 3k and 6k on oil changes. What does the DEF cost, how often? Anything else?

I'm not looking for increaced power #'s and massive upgrades. I'm looking for reliability.
 

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I love my truck and it runs great but I need to make a few repairs in the near future. Ball joints(I want Dynatrac), all new steering linkage and ends(Moog), trans & diff fluids. And how much longer will my 4R100 last. It's got 133k miles and I'm unsure how the previous 2 owners treated it. It's possible that in the next 1-1.5 years it could need
$6-7k in repairs... If I buy a moderately equipped XL on employee purchase and current incentives I'd spend $500-550 a month and could spread the payments out and not have to tighten my belt for a whole year with credit card payments for repairs... On the down side there is the 60-72 months of big payments!

How much more maintanance costs are involved in the 6.7? We prob drive about 12k a year on our truck now and all I put into it is a fuel filter every 3k and 6k on oil changes. What does the DEF cost, how often? Anything else?

I'm not looking for increaced power #'s and massive upgrades. I'm looking for reliability.
when i made the mistake of trading in my 99 f250, it had 164000 miles on it, 110000 of which i put on it, and i beat the hell out of that truck like no other i've ever owned... i was still on the stock tranny, no signs of any problem with it, and i towed alot too.... i only got rid of it, reluctantly, because the salt air out here on the coast, had been dripping off of the lumber rack on the same spot on the cab, for 6+ years, and it had cancer, and was leaking water into the cab... so i traded it in... and ended up b!tching about how much i missed it until i finally got this '01 that i',m driving now... the 7.3 is the toughest truck out there.. the new ones will never compare, as my 2012 63k lariat was a complete P.O.S.! look at the 6.7 problems forum..... tons of guys with probs, and 99% of them, ford can't fix... they have no idea what is wrong!!! literally no clue. i would be very afraid of a 6.7 if i were you... alot of people have trouble free ones... but alot have probs too... my mother has a 2011 f250 ccsb, no probs yet, 22k on the clock, and loves it, but time will tell. after my own horrible experience with one, i won't buy new again... i love my 7.3.... and no payment!! keeping your 7.3 on the road cost far less then buying a new one man.......
 

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I too was in a similar situation not that long ago. I had a 03 F350 SW CC LB 2wd with a 7.3. I had owned it about 6 years, put roughly 110,000 fairly trouble free miles on it, and it was paid for. I sold it to a friend of mine back in June and bought myself a brand new '12 F250 FX4 XLT model and have been quite happy with the switch with the exception of having to make payments again.

Compared to the 7.3 it tows so much better, not to say my 7.3 didn't handle everything I threw at it but the 6.7 just does it that much better. I love that I now have 4x4. Not that I indend to use it regularly but just the 7.3 got stuck in wet grass. Glad I don't have to deal with that any longer. It even rides better being a 4x4 compared to the 7.3 being a 2x4. I also love the Sync system. The DEF system seems to be overexagerated a bit. I see it around here in 2.5 gallon jugs for about $17. I bought a jug and drove around forever waiting to see how long before the warning light came on. After about 5000 miles I got tired of having a big jug in my truck so I just dumped it in. So I'm currently at 6000 miles and I've only added 2.5 gallons. I'll probably add another 2.5 gallons soon just to be on the safe side.

I do have a couple of compaints. First I'm not exactly tickled about the mileage. Before all I heard was how these 6.7s were supposed to get great mileage and I've been a bit less than impressed. Especially highway mileage. Towing they're about equal. I regularly pull a 22ft enclosed motorcycle/atv trailer and seem to get 10-12mpg with both the 7.3 and the 6.7. It's the unloaded mileage that could be better. I've currently getting about 13-14 city and maybe 15-16 highway. Maybe. Where the 7.3 got a consistant 17 city and 20-22 highway. Both have 3.73 gears, maybe I should have got the 3.55 rear end because I really don't want to have to tune/delete this truck.

Second complaint, and I guess it's not really a true complaint, is the fuel tank size since I went to a short bed. ~26 gallons of fuel now versus about 34 gallons on the 7.3. Combined with the crappy mileage means that I've only got a range of around 300 miles before I need to fill up. I'd easily squeeze 500+ out of the 7.3. Pulling a trailer (~10mpg) that range is downright frustrating. I'm currently wanting to add a small auxillary tank that will add about 40 gallons or so.

Overall though I'm happy with the trade. It's pretty much my dream truck. It doesn't have all the bells and whistles like leather, sunroof, navigation, etc etc but I'm ok with that. it does everything I need it to do just fine. If you're ok with the payments, less fuel milage and would like some extra towing power then go for it. If you're content with the 7.3 just make the repairs/upgrades like you'd want and roll it until the wheels fall off.
 

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I have an 02 and just bought a 2012. There is no comparison. Especially if you tow heavy. The dpf and urea are not that bad, way better than the 08 Dodge I traded in for.
 

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I'm in a similar boat on the trade in old reliable for a new truck, not because i want to but because i was in a hit and run and the insurace company and 3 different shops cant get it right. I've talked to a few people in my area about their 6.7 and I've been hearing of some problems and 15-17ish mpg, after driving a few of them, and the fact that I have no reason to tow heavy any more, just need the bed, I am NOT going to check that $7,000 power stroke box on my order sheet. Not worth the money for 2-3 mpg when maintence is 3x as much and $0.60 a gallon more here.
 

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I bought a 12 F250 ccsb 6.7 Lariat, Then I sold the 02 F250 sclb 7.3
I love the new truck and glad I made the move



 

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I would suppose that you may want to wait and see what happens to the election. If Obama gets back in, keep the 7.3 as you may not be able to make a payment on a new truck.

I own a 7.3 that my wife will never let me sell and I love the 6.7, but with the short gears, I am disappointed in the fuel mileage. Looking at deleting soon to get the mileage up.
 

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Keep the 7.3. Get a 6.4 and use te extra cash for mods. You know that mod bug will bite.
 

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Anybody that tells you the 7.3 or the 00-03 trucks are tuffer and better are up in the night. Its called progress, we have 6 speed trannys now and common rail injection. I can even hear myself think next to the new 6.7. If you drive one, your not gonna want to get back in that 11 year old truck again. Just my opinion. Comparing the 7.3 to the 6.7 is like comparing the new modular 5.0 gasser to the old pushrod 5.0. there is no comparison
 

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Thanks for the advice guys. We're prob gonna stick with our '02 for now and put a new TC, Valve Body, Deep alloy pan and 6.0 cooler on it and fix a few other things to make it look better. $50+ large is alot to drop for us on a new truck...
 

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I just traded my '02 7.3 4x4 Xcab Lariat with 100K for a '12 6.7 CC 4x4 Lariat. I bought that truck with 5K on it and it was the best truck I ever owned. It needed some work though...ball joints, injectors, tranny started to shift real hard, oil pan gasket leaking, really hard to start when cold, door gaskets went bad and lots of little things. I didn't want to put $6k into an 11 year old truck if the tranny went and I needed a CC anyway for the kids.
So far I love the 6.7 but I only have 1K on it. We'll see how it goes.
 

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The 6.7 is hands down a better truck but if it ain't broke don't fix it. The 7.3 can handle anything the 6.7 could. That's my two cents.
 
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