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Unread 09-10-2014, 04:42 PM   #1
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Hey guys,
I'm new here obviously. I've had a few different cars over the years. Some worth talking about and some not. Currently I daily drive a Powerstroke F250 (7.3l).

My weekend fun car is a 1962 Chevy Nova. It makes a little under 1,000hp and is street driven.

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Hey whats up I am new here as well. Just stumbled upon your post and noticed you drive a 7.3 Powerstroke. I am planning on getting a new (used) truck early next year and the 7.3 F250's were on my list, as well as the newer 6.0 Powerstroke. I was kind of shying away from the 6.0 as I have always heard reliability issues with those engines, especially with the spark plugs & aluminum heads problem.
Anyway I was curious if you could maybe give me a few more details about your truck and what you think of it? Pros/Cons..
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Hey whats up I am new here as well. Just stumbled upon your post and noticed you drive a 7.3 Powerstroke. I am planning on getting a new (used) truck early next year and the 7.3 F250's were on my list, as well as the newer 6.0 Powerstroke. I was kind of shying away from the 6.0 as I have always heard reliability issues with those engines, especially with the spark plugs & aluminum heads problem.
Anyway I was curious if you could maybe give me a few more details about your truck and what you think of it? Pros/Cons..
Diesels dont have spark plugs...
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Diesels dont have spark plugs...
Yeah wow I'm stupid haha. They have glow plugs, sorry. Actually just realized that issue with the spark plugs was on the 4.6 and 5.4, my bad. I was researching them both earlier and got those confused. The problem I was thinking of on the 6.0 was the blown head gasket issue and the fact that it only has 4 head bolts per cylinder vs 6 on the 7.3 and 6.7.
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stay far away from the 6.0 PSDs. Awful engines. If you don't replace head gaskets or injectors you'll be replacing turbo.

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The 7.3 is probably the best option of fords diesels, although the stock fuel system is garbage ( directly from an engineering buddy who works in R&D for Navistar). The power stroke is the lesser of the 3 diesel platforms though. Duramax if you leave it stock, Cummins if you want to build a motor, and power stroke if you can't afford the first two ( clearly my opinion though)
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The 7.3 is probably the best option of fords diesels, although the stock fuel system is garbage ( directly from an engineering buddy who works in R&D for Navistar). The power stroke is the lesser of the 3 diesel platforms though. Duramax if you leave it stock, Cummins if you want to build a motor, and power stroke if you can't afford the first two ( clearly my opinion though)
Interesting, I don't usually like Dodges but have never really had experience with a Cummins, I will check them out if they are a good motor to upgrade.
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Im going to have to agree. I'm very familiar with Cummins engines, but the price discouraged me from actually purchasing one. I ended up with a low mile Powerstroke and I'm ecstatic.

The issue these trucks have don't really lie in the engine, but in the transmission. The same (though much more prevalent) goes for Cummins powered trucks.

Regardless, no matter what you purchase, make sure it is not a 6.0l Powerstroke. Ford lost so so so much money on that engine.

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I would only buy a Cummins mated to a stick shift. Their automatics are complete garbage.
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