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what to buy?

Hey guys, I'm new and this place is loaded with info. Great site!

Here is my situation. For some reason my wife is determined to to own a diesel truck. Don't ask me why, we really don't need one, I have a full size truck, but she wants one.

This will be her daily driver, making around 50-60 miles round trip to work M-F We won't use it for towing much, I have a small trailer I haul my ATV on and that is pretty much it.

She really likes the look of the F-250 Super Dutys, so that is why I'm here. We are looking at years 2000-2005 as far as price range and what we want. We have 2 kids, so I really want a crew cab as opposed to a ext. cab. Short bed. Under 80,000 miles

I don't know much if anything about diesel trucks. I know the earler years stated have the 7.3 and then they changed to the 6.0.

What I would like is input as far as what years/engins to target as far as reliability, mpg, and overall drivablilty.

We probably won't be doing many, if any mods to it, just a mostly stock DD.

Any helpful info would be great.
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I moved this to the general ford forum to see if we can get you some answers.
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first off welcome to the garage and if she is set on a diesel and she wants a reliable dd with no mods I wold go with the 7.3L but with the right mods like and exhaust,egr dealeat,and sct a 6.0 can be very reliable and get good mileage but wich ever you decide 7.3 or 6.0 stock they dont get all that great of milage but with and exhaust and the right tuner they can get decent milage so good luck with what ever you get. also wher are you located

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I don't think we will be able to put any money in to aftermarket stuff with 2 kids and hoping to build a house soon. So I want something that is reliable in stock form.
I have been looking around here and other sites and it looks like the 6.0 has a few more issues in stock form then the 7.3, is this a correct assumption?

I live in Salisbury PA, south western part of PA in the mountians.
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yes. the 6.0 is faster than the 7.3. 7.3 will hold up longer than the 6.0 and said to be better for towing but that doesnt really matter much with just a quad. if you want a 7.3 it doesnt really matter what year if your not going to mod it but i have an 02 and absolutely love it. stock i got prolly 14-15mpg and iwht my bullydog i get better than that even.

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Thanks for the info. So more hp, go with the 6.0, but be prepaired for potential issue.

Less issues and less hp go with a 7.3.

Any more info/opinions are welcome, thanks.
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pretty much .i mean the 7.3 will pull a house down but not all the top speed as a 6.0

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Fair warning: diesel motor maintance and parts can get pretty costly for those who don't work on thier own vehicle. Take in account fuel is usually more expensive than gas. And proper maintance is a must if you want reliability.
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Fair warning: diesel motor maintance and parts can get pretty costly for those who don't work on thier own vehicle. Take in account fuel is usually more expensive than gas. And proper maintance is a must if you want reliability.
Yeah, I understand that, but trying to convince my wife that is another thing!

I have a general understanding of diesel motors and how to maintain, and both my father and father-in-law have extensive experience working on and maitaining them.

But I have never really followed the diesel side of full size trucks other then what local fanboys have to say. And if you ask what they think, they will tell you what they are driving is the best hands down.
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In my experience with the 6.0 motor i would try to get and 05 if thats what you want to go with We have had a few 03s and 04s and that seems to be wer the most bugs were. It seem like they got them pretty well set up in the 05 and up years but thats just my 2 cents

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