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Old 10-17-2020, 07:51 AM
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Originally Posted by futi45 View Post
I just picked up a new 7.3 last week. So far Iím very impressed with the motor. As some have said it has a very flat torque curve. I towed my bay boat through the Texas hill country 70 mph 8th gear 2200 rpm 9.5mpg no down shifting. None. Plenty of low end torque going up hills on I-10. The ten speed is nice because you can find the perfect gear for the load and speed. I will be adding a goose neck in the future for towing my cattle trailer. I have no doubt it would pull a 30í boat. I think ford got it right. It is the only gas 3/4 I would buy.
The numbers of the new 7.3 gas are impressive, the real world experience you are getting is exactly what those impressive numbers suggest....looks like ford has built a great gas motor for super duty.
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Originally Posted by Greene Machine View Post
I won't dispute the improved torque on the gas motors, and would be interested in driving the 7.3. Also a 10 spd and 4.30's would also sweet. But coming from 800 ft/lbs at 1600 RPMs, not sure I'd like the difference.
Your 800lbft is a lot closer to the 7.3 at the wheels than you think when you take into account the low ratio rear ends Ford and GM use. At least RAM gets you a 3.73.
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Originally Posted by saltydog235 View Post
Your 800lbft is a lot closer to the 7.3 at the wheels than you think when you take into account the low ratio rear ends Ford and GM use. At least RAM gets you a 3.73.
I donít understand what point you are trying to make???
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Originally Posted by saltydog235 View Post
Iíve had all three since 2016 and now the 7.3, 95% of diesel owners these days would never know the difference.
Until you tow a heavy boat at freeway speeds. Weekend warriors heading to the ramp a couple miles away...ya, they probably won't notice. I sure as shit did towing a 28' cat for 6 hrs to the coast. Simple: more torque and more horsepower on the same truck is going to get you a better towing experience. Not debating the cost for the diesel motor, or the increased maintenance cost. Saying you won't notice is just straight up bullshit though.
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Originally Posted by futi45 View Post
I just picked up a new 7.3 last week. So far Iím very impressed with the motor. As some have said it has a very flat torque curve. I towed my bay boat through the Texas hill country 70 mph 8th gear 2200 rpm 9.5mpg no down shifting. None. Plenty of low end torque going up hills on I-10. The ten speed is nice because you can find the perfect gear for the load and speed. I will be adding a goose neck in the future for towing my cattle trailer. I have no doubt it would pull a 30í boat. I think ford got it right. It is the only gas 3/4 I would buy.

This really answered my question, I'll pass on the gasser...
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Until you tow a heavy boat at freeway speeds. Weekend warriors heading to the ramp a couple miles away...ya, they probably won't notice. I sure as shit did towing a 28' cat for 6 hrs to the coast. Simple: more torque and more horsepower on the same truck is going to get you a better towing experience. Not debating the cost for the diesel motor, or the increased maintenance cost. Saying you won't notice is just straight up bullshit though.
Iíve had all three of the diesels since Ď16, owned diesels since Ď98 and now own the 7.3l. I towed a heavy ass Mako 262 for years 4.5hrs with a 2000 7.3 PSD as well as 15K+ in equipment with all of them. I am well versed in diesel trucks. Properly set up, this new Ford gas engine is more than capable of dragging your 28í Cat anywhere it needs to go at highway speeds with little effort. Will a diesel do it better and with a little better mileage, yep it will but the additional cost of the engine and all that goes with it doesnít make financial sense for most people. But itís America and weíre allowed to spend our money how we see fit. If you tow heavy often and for long distances and plan on keeping a vehicle for more than a few years maybe itís your best choice. Personally after running the numbers, factoring in at least one major out of warranty repair and all the other mitigating factors, I just couldnít justify that cost. Iíd rather keep that $9k savings in my pocket for other things.

Iím in no way anti-diesel, love them in fact. I just canít see the $10K+ premium theyíre bringing to the cost these days. So far Iím impressed as heck with the 7.3l in bone stock configuration. Next week Iím adding exhaust and a tune to it so, I expect to be really impressed.
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Originally Posted by saltydog235 View Post
Iíve had all three of the diesels since Ď16, owned diesels since Ď98 and now own the 7.3l. I towed a heavy ass Mako 262 for years 4.5hrs with a 2000 7.3 PSD as well as 15K+ in equipment with all of them. I am well versed in diesel trucks. Properly set up, this new Ford gas engine is more than capable of dragging your 28í Cat anywhere it needs to go at highway speeds with little effort. Will a diesel do it better and with a little better mileage, yep it will but the additional cost of the engine and all that goes with it doesnít make financial sense for most people. But itís America and weíre allowed to spend our money how we see fit. If you tow heavy often and for long distances and plan on keeping a vehicle for more than a few years maybe itís your best choice. Personally after running the numbers, factoring in at least one major out of warranty repair and all the other mitigating factors, I just couldnít justify that cost. Iíd rather keep that $9k savings in my pocket for other things.

Iím in no way anti-diesel, love them in fact. I just canít see the $10K+ premium theyíre bringing to the cost these days. So far Iím impressed as heck with the 7.3l in bone stock configuration. Next week Iím adding exhaust and a tune to it so, I expect to be really impressed.
Great post. I trust the new 7.3L is a beast and seems to be well-received. Congrats on the truck by the way! I strongly contemplated the 7.3 for my Tremor, been very happy with the diesel though. I have a 26% grade driveway that I have to back the boat up...thankful for all of the torque.
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Oh my god people..... just admit you need 1000 ft lbs for bragging rights okay !

This is my oldest truck I currently have , 1998 1500 with 255 hp and 330 lbs of torque. I use it more then my 2020 f350 because most of the time that's all the job needs .

Sure , it wont pull 12000 LBS over the mountain on at 80 MPH but I don't need to, and I bet most of the people on here don't need to do that either.

So yes a a diesel a has a place in the towing world but its not needed for EVERY towing job.
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Originally Posted by bigtahuna View Post
You need to have a thousand miles on them before you hook up a trailer so I doubt it.

I've never heard that...
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Originally Posted by slper View Post
I've never heard that...
It's in the owners manual. "Towing a trailer is not recommended until the vehicle accumulates at least 1000 miles"
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Originally Posted by saltydog235 View Post
Iíve had all three of the diesels since Ď16, owned diesels since Ď98 and now own the 7.3l. I towed a heavy ass Mako 262 for years 4.5hrs with a 2000 7.3 PSD as well as 15K+ in equipment with all of them. I am well versed in diesel trucks. Properly set up, this new Ford gas engine is more than capable of dragging your 28í Cat anywhere it needs to go at highway speeds with little effort. Will a diesel do it better and with a little better mileage, yep it will but the additional cost of the engine and all that goes with it doesnít make financial sense for most people. But itís America and weíre allowed to spend our money how we see fit. If you tow heavy often and for long distances and plan on keeping a vehicle for more than a few years maybe itís your best choice. Personally after running the numbers, factoring in at least one major out of warranty repair and all the other mitigating factors, I just couldnít justify that cost. Iíd rather keep that $9k savings in my pocket for other things.

Iím in no way anti-diesel, love them in fact. I just canít see the $10K+ premium theyíre bringing to the cost these days. So far Iím impressed as heck with the 7.3l in bone stock configuration. Next week Iím adding exhaust and a tune to it so, I expect to be really impressed.
Out of curiosity, cause I just don't know. If the diesel in the Ford is 10k more. What is the 7.3 cost difference than the smaller gas version available in that truck? Is the diesel 10k more than the 7.3 or 10k more than the 6.whatever Ford makes?
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Out of curiosity, cause I just don't know. If the diesel in the Ford is 10k more. What is the 7.3 cost difference than the smaller gas version available in that truck? Is the diesel 10k more than the 7.3 or 10k more than the 6.whatever Ford makes?
$10k over the 6.2L. The 7.3L is $2k over the 6.2L.
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Originally Posted by SharkSugar View Post
$10k over the 6.2L. The 7.3L is $2k over the 6.2L.
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Has anyone heard any reviews of the 7.3 used as a hot shot rig? (High mileage)
Are there any issues with the new 10 speed?
Did ford resolve the problem with the plug wires failing?
Thanks👍
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FYI finding 7.3 gas trucks right now is really hard... You will have to wait for 2021 or compromise on options.



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Originally Posted by slper View Post
I've never heard that...
Read the manual.
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funny... in 2020 the 7.3 option in the f350 was $1000 but in a f250 it was a $2000 option.

I think it was due to the f350 already having the 10 speed even with the 6.2 and the 6.2 in the f250 only had the 6 speed.
so in the f250 you had to upgrade both the the tranny and engine to get the 7.3 and the f350 you only had to up date the engine.

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Originally Posted by boaty mc boat face View Post
funny... in 2020 the 7.3 option in the f350 was $1000 but in a f250 it was a $2000 option.

I think it was due to the f350 already having the 10 speed even with the 6.2 and the 6.2 in the f250 only had the 6 speed.
so in the f250 you had to upgrade both the the tranny and engine to get the 7.3 and the f350 you only had to up date the engine.
IIRC, the F350 upgrade to the 7.3L is $1750 or so. The F250 was $2045 of there about. Both forms come mated to a 10spd and both forms are standard with the 6.2L and 6spd. I never did get a clear answer on the reason behind the $300 difference, no one seemed to know, just a Ford pricing thing.
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Originally Posted by Yamaha496 View Post
Has anyone heard any reviews of the 7.3 used as a hot shot rig? (High mileage)
Are there any issues with the new 10 speed?
Did ford resolve the problem with the plug wires failing?
Thanks👍
hot shotting a diesel will shine...
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I really wanted to buy the ford with the 7.3
but I ended up with a ram 2500.
I have a 34 Seavee with triple 300. While the ford may pull the boat, it just is NOT rated for that much weight.
The RAM was the only gasser that was rated. I have a 4.10 rear in. It does a great job
I just could not justify the added costs of a diesel.
I only tow about 1K a year, but each trip is 100 miles

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