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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 02-10-2010, 11:31 PM Thread Starter
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looking to buy an affordable diesel

so my father has 2 diesels and I am looking at getting into a good reliable diesel 4x4. what do you guys suggest as far as different years and models? i would really appreciate the input
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haha all i can say is have fun.... not comeing off as an ass but alot...ok most of the used diesels out there are beat up work trucks that people think are worth gold... you will do alot of shopping...

i bought mine from these guys http://www.easthillfinecars.com/vehicles.html great to deal with truck had a few more scratches then id like but it wasnt used as a work truck much.


if you can buying in the usa is cheaper but again trucks are beat on, the 6.0L is a good motor in stock form but may need head gaskets done in the future and proper head studs not the crap ford sells as head bolts, this job can be costly.

ive drivin a 7.3 dont know much about it but they are reliable but the 6.0L has way more power and economy....


there are more diesel heads here that know more about these engines



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so my father has 2 diesels and I am looking at getting into a good reliable diesel 4x4. what do you guys suggest as far as different years and models? i would really appreciate the input
can you use those two words in the same sentence?


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From what I've seen/read, and I don't have much extensive diesel knowledge you should look for a 7.3 if you want reliability or a late 6.0. From what I've seen 7.3's are very reliable and last forever but don't pack near the punch of a 6.0. One of my close friends has an 07 F250 6.0L and its had tons of warranty work on it ranging from injectors, to sensors, to seals and the some ECM stuff. I was talking to the GM of my local deal and he said even the 6.4L's are a decent engine if you want to find a newer used truck. The most common truck to come in on the tow truck is always a 6.0 he said.

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see thats funny because my fathers f250 6.0 has been flawless. tons of power. economy isnt that great. what is better on fuel the 6.0 or the 7.3?
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the 6.0L

i get about 800/900 a tank

the 6.4L has gobs more power but because of the emissions crap it gets pretty poor fuel economy...

but they are trucks



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I had a '95 CC 4x4 with the 7.3...awesome truck, super reliable and great fuel economy @ 21+ mpg on the highway (16 with the monster camper on it). I sold it, as it was starting to need a lot of body work. I then bought my new to me '05 dually. Way nicer truck to drive, more power but not as good on fuel (19 mt on the highway). Now I can tow anything I want, with the higher gvw (13000 lbs). The brakes are way better as is the coil suspension in the '05 and newer models. The 6.0 is not as reliable, but can be with some cash thrown at it.

There are trade offs when buying a truck with different features (motors, tranny's, etc). So you should take your time and do your homework. It will save a lot of heartache in the end. It took me about a year of looking (I have patience) for each of the two diesel trucks I bought. I was willing to wait for the truck that had what I wanted and the right "value" as well. I even bought my latest truck from the States, I probably saved myself close to 15 grand at the time. The internet is an awesome tool for vehicle hunting...it's endless, the amount of trucks to look at. I'm sure I looked at hundreds and had to weed out the lousier ones until I had maybe five left. Then I did further "investigating" with carproof and other auto checkers and if I couldn't test drive them I'd try and have a trusted friend check it out for me. Ask lots of questions and search for help on sites like this, they can help tremendously. Another good site for diesel stuff is TheDieselStop.com. Have fun with your search, and good luck.


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Early 03 and older with 7.3= reliable, reasonable power, reasonable mileage and bullet proof if maintained. OK to chip within reason.

late 03-07 6.0L = very scary to own out of warranty, lots of power, can be made bullet proof with $$$ and a guy that will E-test with his eyes closed. The closer to 07, the better. Do not program unless you spend $$ on mods first!

08-10 6.4L = less problems than 6.0L, lots of power, fairly reliable but many many reports of single digit fuel mileage (bobtail!) so get an Esso card the size of a sheet of plywood.

2011 6.7L = ???? we'll see. It sounds good on paper but they all do before they come out.

Summary- go gas unless you really need a diesel or have the $$ & desire to just want and have a diesel!!
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what phil said...


also i hate to say it but can also drop a cummins in the ford and it would be perfect



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also i hate to say it but can also drop a cummins in the ford and it would be perfect
Don't hate to say it, that's the best plan of all!
That may be in my future plans when mine runs out of the 300,000km engine warranty.
You then have the best truck with the best engine.
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