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Old 02-14-2012, 05:48 AM
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Morning guys,

Im the market for another truck. I had a 2001 f150 a couple years back which i got rid of(which i regret) and now im getting the itch to get another truck and this time i want a diesel.
I do not plan on towing anything outrageous or putting huge heavy loads of random stuff in the back of my truck. Just looking for a D/D that will be problem free so i need a quick course in diesel trucks for dummies.

I am buying used with a budget of 15-20k and dont really want anything older than a 2000. im bias to fords but i will consider a dodge. im not a chevy fan but if you guys were to give me a good reason to consider them, i am all ears.

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You would import it to the Bahamas?

I will have a 2000 Excursion 7.3L Limited ready to sell after this Saturday if the buyer picks up the boat. 160K, great leather on seats (no cracks/rips or tears), 3rd row seat, rear A/C, bone stock.
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yes I would be shipping it home. Not too interested in a another suv...i already have an explorer
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You will get all kinds of opinions on this forum, so I will throw my hat in the ring. The 7.3L in the older Fords is THE diesel to have. Good Luck.
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You will get all kinds of opinions on this forum, so I will throw my hat in the ring. The 7.3L in the older Fords is THE diesel to have. Good Luck.
A few people have told me that.
What is considered high milage for them and are there any problems with the auto trannys?
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I'll put in my .02 on that.
Dad has one as a company truck. He usually buys one, then hands it down as a co. truck for a while until it falls apart. This one won't die.
This one is a 99, 300K plus miles, 1 brake job and that's it. No BS. I'm sure that's rare but it's true. He's a GC and very hard on trucks. And it's been in employee hands for the last 7-8 yrs. Hauled his 12-13 K lb. boat, and his 10-12K lb. tractor. It's an auto. All electric items still work, it was loaded for that time.
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The Ford diesel 7.3 up to 2003 would be the only Ford I would consider.
Ford left alot of loyal fans with a dirty taste after going to the 6.0.

Currently have a 96 1 ton Cummins and love this guy............good mpg, very
reliable and simple 12v...........but the damn body is falling apart.

2006 was a good year for diesels...........Dodge and Chevy........
My next truck will be the 2006-07 chevy/GMC.....LBZ Duramax
360 horsepower.... 650 foot-lbs. of torque with Allison six-speed automatic

Just remember.......saying Diesel...............is like saying Marine.........equals
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I had an 01 f150 that I miss too!

I currently have a 99 f250 with the 7.3L. It has 290k give or take and the thing runs like a top and pulls great. Don't be scares of a high mileage 7.3L. And as others have said, the transition years to the 6.0 was bad...but anything after that is gonna be out of your price range anyway.

Cummings are great motors too. "cummins"....Cummings,,,,, you know..the ugly dodges...those are good too(the motor, not the truck). :-)
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X2 on the ford 7.3
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If you are not going to be hauling heavy loads or towing heavy trailers why would you be interested in a diesel? Just curious as to why you would want the high fuel cost associated with the diesel if you truly wouldn't be using it for its purpose. However with that said the 7.3 is an awesome machine... I just feel as for comfort mixed with power you cannot beat the Duramax/Allison combo in the GM trucks.. Add the highest resale value for trucks in the pot and I would be looking at a Chevy or GMC.. Just my two cents.....
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There's a guy here with a 2wd 7.3L cheap.
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If you are not going to be hauling heavy loads or towing heavy trailers why would you be interested in a diesel? Just curious as to why you would want the high fuel cost associated with the diesel if you truly wouldn't be using it for its purpose. However with that said the 7.3 is an awesome machine... I just feel as for comfort mixed with power you cannot beat the Duramax/Allison combo in the GM trucks.. Add the highest resale value for trucks in the pot and I would be looking at a Chevy or GMC.. Just my two cents.....
honestly, because I just always wanted one. i mean why do we all own boats?
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honestly, because I just always wanted one. i mean why do we all own boats?
Couldn't agree more, I just went the duramax route, mainly because I wanted to, I do a couple of long distance tows down to so fla a year, but the 5.3 chevy was doing fine with it. I plain and simple wanted a diesel. It is a machine.
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Bama, How much you asking for the excursion?
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The auto trans. is the weak link for these 7.3 trucks. That said I have 130,000 trouble free miles on an '01 and my bro-in-law has over 400,000 on an '02. I'm sure it totally depends on how it's used and cared for. I use synthetic atf, have an after market cooler and temp gauge. My bro-in-law's is stock. His is a work truck used to pull light trailers constantly. All he's done so far is replace a couple of water pumps. A clean 7.3, properly maintained will go a long way. I'm far more concerned with mine being stolen or wrecked than worn out.
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If that Excursion doesn't sell, I'll give you my Toyota twice for it. I've been wanting one. It just isn't in the budget.
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The auto trans. is the weak link for these 7.3 trucks. That said I have 130,000 trouble free miles on an '01 and my bro-in-law has over 400,000 on an '02. I'm sure it totally depends on how it's used and cared for. I use synthetic atf, have an after market cooler and temp gauge. My bro-in-law's is stock. His is a work truck used to pull light trailers constantly. All he's done so far is replace a couple of water pumps. A clean 7.3, properly maintained will go a long way. I'm far more concerned with mine being stolen or wrecked than worn out.
x2 tranny is really the only concernable area. I tore one out of my 01' 7.3 and had one put back in with a larger valve body to tighten up the pressure. Much firmer/quicker shifts and made a big improvement to the truck in my opinion, but I'm kind of rough on trucks in the first place.
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I agree that every MAN would like to have a diesel. I know I, did. But then I started to think of what I could do with the money that I saved on fuel and oil change costs. I tow a 7000+ pound travel trailer with a 2002 5.3 liter Z71 Suburban mostly highway and get almost 11mpg. I used my bosses 04 Duramax to tow the trailer once on the same route and got around 14. The Duramax has a 5in exhaust with a cold air intake and Hypertech tuner. I do not think 3 mpg is worth the $.30-$.40 per gallon increase. I did not actually do the math but. . . Anyway, that's just my opinion. But if you really want it, I would go for the Duramax.
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I agree that every MAN would like to have a diesel. I know I, did. But then I started to think of what I could do with the money that I saved on fuel and oil change costs. I tow a 7000+ pound travel trailer with a 2002 5.3 liter Z71 Suburban mostly highway and get almost 11mpg. I used my bosses 04 Duramax to tow the trailer once on the same route and got around 14. The Duramax has a 5in exhaust with a cold air intake and Hypertech tuner. I do not think 3 mpg is worth the $.30-$.40 per gallon increase. I did not actually do the math but. . . Anyway, that's just my opinion. But if you really want it, I would go for the Duramax.
Thanks for the info but like I said before fuel burn is not my concern..down time from something breaking is.
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when I bought my excursion diesel was at least 50 cent cheaper gas per gallon. It sucks to pay more for diesel than gas but once you have one you won't want to go back to a gas truck.
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