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Old 11-07-2006, 09:16 AM   #1
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Question Best MODEL YEAR F250 PS TD?

Okay, I have seen TONS of opinions on Ford vs Dodge vs Chevy-GMC. This question is for you FORD guys/gals out there in "Trailer Tow Land" - Which used MODEL YEAR F250 Power Stroke Turbo Diesel is the best one to have and why? I'm looking at a late model 2000-2006 pickup for purchase. I've been doing some research at NHTSA web site for recall and defect info and I have a year in mind, but I don't want to reveal until I hear from the more experienced diesel drivers out there to either confirm my suspicions or refute them. I will be pulling a 1996 25' Excella. My preference is a crew cab.
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Old 11-07-2006, 09:41 AM   #2
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My experience is with the one I own.

2002 F250 Lariat 7.3 litre, Crew Cab (4 door), short bed, 4X4

A very good truck.
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Old 11-07-2006, 09:48 AM   #3
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if it has the blue oval on it buy it an dont worry about it
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I drive a Dodge diesel, but my friend had a 98 F250 diesel and it was a great truck. He traded for a 2003 F350 with the 6.0 diesel and has not been happy with the engine. It has been to the dealer many times for reflash . I would go for the latest model.
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In reading some of the diesel sites...they generally speak well of the 7.3...but some (many?) have had "issues" with the 6.0. Some seem to think the issues with the 6.0 have been "fixed"...most (all?) seem to like the older 7.3.

Does anyone know the last year of the 7.3?

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Old 11-07-2006, 11:09 AM   #6
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In reading some of the diesel sites...they generally speak well of the 7.3...but some (many?) have had "issues" with the 6.0. Some seem to think the issues with the 6.0 have been "fixed"...most (all?) seem to like the older 7.3.

Does anyone know the last year of the 7.3?

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Believe 2003 was the last year of the 7.3, IIRC it was actually a split year, some of the earlier trucks were 7.3 and the later ones the 6.0. You also have first and second generation 7.3PSD as well as normally aspirated 7.3. IIRC(again) the split on the 7.3NA and the 7.3PSD was 1994, with the split between first and second generation coming in around the 1998 model year. Here is the best page I have found on information for the PSD. It is good solid information without the normal hype.

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Old 11-07-2006, 11:41 AM   #7
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Go with the late 2006 6.0L PSD. I have 8500 miles on mine and I love it. There were problems early on with this engine but they were pretty much fixed.
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The endless diesel debate continues.......

I have a 2005 F 250 PSD CC... about 18,000 miles. 3500 miles towing this year... great rig. love it. Have not experienced any of the "problems" reported on the earlier models of the PSD.

In the end I'd encourge you to buy what you like.
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Old 11-07-2006, 02:08 PM   #9
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I'm looking at a 2003 F250. As far as I can tell, that year has had a minimum of recalls, tsbs, defect reports, etc... Whatever it takes to make you feel good inside and allows you to sleep at night.
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Get a 7.3 NOT the 6.0 there has been to much info out there on the 6.0 issues.

Or wait for the new 6.4's
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The guys at the Powerstroke Forums call that engine the sicko ( 6.0) and local mechanics told me they were harder to service. However I understand from owners I talked to they personallly had not experienced trouble with it.
If you are pulling a 25 you could go dare I say it....1/2 ton gas powered.
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The 2002 we have Although there were some like it in late-2001 (with suspension upgrades and more importantly the fuel filler that can take the large diameter, high-speed 18-wheeler fuel nozzles) and some in early-2003 (before the 6.0L). I can't see how the data shows 2003 was the best year. That's when they had all the teething pains with the new engine.
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Hi RoadKingMoe! Haven't "seen" you in a while. FWIW you can get replacement fillers that will take the big nozzles from somebody like Transfer Flow. Not that having them come stock is a bad thing

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I'm looking at a 2003 F250. As far as I can tell, that year has had a minimum of recalls, tsbs, defect reports, etc... Whatever it takes to make you feel good inside and allows you to sleep at night.
2003 7.3L PSTD (automatic) / Lariat / Crew Cab / Long Bed

I have owned mine for 2 years. Purchased used w/37k miles. So far it has been flawless.

See comments regarding 6.0L in the following link:

http://www.gooddiesels.com/UEQUAL.HTM
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