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Considering a 2000-2002 Superduty....HELP!

Is there a listing of what to look out for when buying a used SuperDuty? I currently have a 2000 Chev K3500 Dually Crew Cab 6.5 TD Manual Shifter. I have heard horror stories about the Ford Automatic transmissions and crank position sensors, is there any other items to look out for?

Is the 7.3 the better engine to get or should I consider the 2003 6.? as well (all kinks worked out?)

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Here is my 2cents. In 2003 the 7.3 is a better engine. There were alot of issues with the 6.0 in 2003.
Yes the CPS is occasionally a problem but, the cost of the CPS has reduced dramatically. I've seen them on ebay for 17 bucks.
From all of my research, and talking to a lot of people abouth diesel engines, it seems that the 7.3 is probably the best engine you can buy. NOT the strongest, NOT the easiest to get big power but probably the most reliable and longest lasting. I'll wait for the retorts :

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But if you are going to try and get big power, and aftermarket injectors are on your mind, I would go with the 6.0

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The trannies are fine, the horror stories you hear are from people adding power without addressing the transmission and expecting it to live, they will take more than a dodge or chebbie stock trans anyday.

I have added a ford triple disk converter, and an aftermarket valve body by John Wood to mine, and it its holding right at 400hp just fine for now.

The CPS is a CAM position sensor, and you need a spare one in your glovebox, less than 20 from the dealer, and 5 mins to change.

I would go for a 2000 with FORGED rods ( you need to check to be sure but the cut off date is 08/00 ) they will hold 500 RWHP, the late 00-03 engines have Powdered Medal Rods and will hold only 400-425 ish, maybe.
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Thumbs up 2000 is the s**t

I have a 2000, 7.3, 4x4, CC, dually and its as tough now as when it was new. The tranny holds up well and I run 35" tires. I do run 2 stroke oil in my fuel for added lubrication, and keep it quieter but thats about it. I think you'll be happy with the 7.3 more than 6.0...Sixpack

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I have always heard, and believe so myself..... GO WITH THE 7.3!

They also will take a lot of abuse. Mine was driven for over a year with a bad injector, the motor was not adversly affected.

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the 7.3 is where its at if you're looking for a ford, longevity wise they last as long as the cummins, but as mentioned before, not big powermakers, try and avoid 6.0's especially the 03-early 05, i know more ran big prblem-less than not, but they are problem children, but i'd rather not worry about my engine, the trans is great, and the cps is easy and cheap to deal with
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