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Old 07-20-2008, 07:30 AM   #1
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03 F250 6.0 Turbo D for 07 28 Safari SE

We've been looking for quite some time now to find a weekender TV in the gently used F 250 7.3 category...say 130k miles...10-15k. They're tough to come by, but not impossible. Yesterday we found the "one" Until we realized it was a 6.0....everything else was perfect. Leather, 113k, quiet and only 12,9k...no warranty. Stay away?
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Old 07-20-2008, 08:41 AM   #2
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Some of the 2003s were great, some were real lemons. If it's at a Ford dealer, ask them to run the service records on it, or, if you have a Ford dealer you use, take the VIN to them and ask them to run the service record report.

We had a 2000 7.3 and two 2005 6.0s - one of which we still have. The 7.3 was great - louder than the 6.0 but perfectly reliable and more fuel-efficient. The one 6.0 developed a fairly serious turbo leak and was always a bit trouble-prone; the 6.0 we still have has been great but not as fuel-efficient as our 7.3. The 6.0 is getting 13.4 MPG pulling our 1971 31' Sovereign or our 2008 25' FB Classic - the first 5800 pounds, the second 5840 pounds. The 7.3 usually got mid 14s to 15 MPG pulling the Sovereign.

All in all, we miss the 7.3L motor and probably should have kept that truck.
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Old 07-20-2008, 08:43 AM   #3
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Depends on how it was used. That isn't a small amount of miles. However, if it was well maintained and not abused and you did the same there is no reason it couldnt take another 100k miles. Have a mechanic check it out before purchase.

A great TV though.
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Old 07-21-2008, 07:47 PM   #4
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Thanks Mid and Van...Thot we might hear from a few more 6.0 owners, but very greatful for your input. Decided to continue our search for a 7.3 or V10. Thanks again! I just love this forum and can't wait to take our baby on a long haul.
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Thanks Mid and Van...Thot we might hear from a few more 6.0 owners, but very greatful for your input. Decided to continue our search for a 7.3 or V10. Thanks again! I just love this forum and can't wait to take our baby on a long haul.
We had a 2001 F250 V10 towing our 22' International. Handled it with no problem - towed very well (65K miles). When we got the 30' Classic, we could tell it was behind us... Got a 2006 6.0 Turbodiesel (F250) and have had absolutely no problems with it (30+K miles). Mileage towing with the turbo diesel is about 13. With the V-10, a little over 8... lucky to hit 10, down hill, wind behind us... Very comfortable truck and just peachy on the highway. The turbo really makes a difference in get-up-and-go... freakin' impressive!
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Old 07-23-2008, 06:10 AM   #6
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Be very wary of the 2003 to 2005 6.0L Ford diesels. I had a conversation with the owner of a local Ford dealership who mentioned he was losing business to Dodge and GMC as a result of the 6.0L engines having mechanical issues. Do a google search or go to Fordtruckworld.com and search under diesel engines for more info. I went with a Dodge Cummins 5.9 engine when I upgraded TV's recently and never looked back.
I have heard there are some 6.0's that have run very well while others had continuous mechanical issues. Best of luck to you in your search.
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Old 07-23-2008, 07:00 AM   #7
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We've been looking for quite some time now to find a weekender TV in the gently used F 250 7.3 category...say 130k miles...10-15k. They're tough to come by, but not impossible. Yesterday we found the "one" Until we realized it was a 6.0....everything else was perfect. Leather, 113k, quiet and only 12,9k...no warranty. Stay away?
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I am a Ford man, love my fords, stepped into a Dodge then a GMC and have not been as happy with them for various reasons. They both have their good points and out do the Ford but not in the area I need and depend on which is toughness, reliability, towing capacity.
The 7.3 was one of the best diesel engines made even though they are more noisier than the 6.0 or the cummings, the reason you don't see too many of them available is because of reliability, toughness, fuel milage, and for the life of me I can not figure out why Ford let go of this motor. The first 2 years of the 6.0 did have many problems but what doesn't when it first comes out on the market (no matter what manufactuer or brand). So be weary of the 6.0 in the first production years. If you can find a 7.3 that has been taken care of and you can get it at a resonable price you wont be disappointed as far as reliability, toughness, fuel milage, you might also consider a banks upgrade which will give you an added power, fuel economy, performance, and makes the engine better. The turbos on the 7.3 and the first 2 years of the 6.0 really was not that good, Ford updated their turbos in 2005 but had problems until 2006.
Other manufactuers was glad to see the 7.3 engine out of production.
If you are contemplating the 6.0 stick with the more recent years such as 2006-current. And the Banks system.
Another thing is if taken care of the ford deisels are good for 350,000-400,000 miles before looking at a top end. Chev/GMC, Dodge recomend it at 200,000 even on the new ones.
Currently I have a GMC and I am patiently waiting until the day when I can trade even though I will have to take a loss.
I do have to admit though if Dodge does address some problems they have with their trucks as far as reliability, towing, (not engine) before the release of the new model year they could give Ford a serious run for their money in a side by side comparision. Right now Chev/GMC has no changes planned from what I can see, If they was smart they would take that electric technology they have hidden and produce a pickup version and this would also hurt both dodge and ford engine wise, unless ford does bring out the tri-fuel they are experimenting on but not expected until 2015.
Hope this has been of some help to you.

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Old 07-23-2008, 09:37 AM   #8
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7.3's that are well taken care of go for hundreds of thousands of miles, and parts are easy to come by.

I have a 6.0 in my Excursion (now for sale) with 71K miles and only the alternator replaced. No other problems and the garage floor has no leaks spots at all where she parks.

Given your budget and mileage parameters, I'd see if this one in the Houston area is still for sale or not.

2002 Ford F-250 Crew Cab Short Bed Lariat Edition 4x4 Best Offer above 17,500 in 48hr - Diesel Forum - The Diesel Stop.com

http://www.thedieselstop.com/forums/...diesel-203611/

You may want to check other diesel forums like the one above and looked for used trucks this way. The benefit is the people that own these trucks are "diesel gear heads" and really take care of their trucks most the time. They are on the forums much like we are on this forum, posting Q and A's and you can see their discussion history (check their name on the forums and read their post history) regarding their truck issues or modifications.
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I've had good luck with my 2005. Just turned over 51K. It's only had regular maintenance at the dealer's.
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Sarge,
I too looked over hell and high water trying to find a gently used Ford crew cab with 7.3 and experienced the same issues. Nobody is getting rid of them. So I found a gently used Dodge Cummins with low miles.

Hey Stowaway,
you might want to check the Craigslist adverts. You might just find the vehicle you are looking for. good luck
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Sarge,
I too looked over hell and high water trying to find a gently used Ford crew cab with 7.3 and experienced the same issues. Nobody is getting rid of them. So I found a gently used Dodge Cummins with low miles.

Hey Stowaway,
you might want to check the Craigslist adverts. You might just find the vehicle you are looking for. good luck
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I was looking through the Auto Trader here recently and found some places that have had some 7.3's, so far I have been able to check out one of them at www.handpickedtrucks.com and they seem to be a reputable company and they deal only in diesels, (Ford, Dodge, Chev, GMC, VW, to name a few). I am going to be looking at others as I get the chance. I was on the site and they had the one truck I wanted which was a 03 F250 Ext Cab with 7.3 but it was already sold, they have a couple of 1997 model F250 7.3's that I want to check on, problem is the current 07 GMC Sieria I have that needs to be sold before I can buy the truck I want unless I find a dealer that will take it in trade and happens to have the truck I want.
I may end up waiting for the 2009 model year to come out and trade for new, especially since I get a big discount on new Fords through the DAV.

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