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Old 04-05-2014, 06:52 AM
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What's the down side of a Ford 7.3 turbo diesel??.

Window shopping now.Looking for a used stick shift one.Maybe one with some minor body damage,a Ford 250 pick-up.

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In cold weather they are very hard to start after a 100k or more miles. On one of the Diesel forums I have read that the old style starter relays Ford used for the glow plugs have durability issues. On the forum someone reccommemded a relay from a different manufacturer. In the First year I had My 2001 F 350 6 speed dually I put on 80 K miles pulling a heavy trailer and it started jumping out of gear. A mechanic in the dealer ship where I spent $ 5 k for a new trans and clutch said that the transmission oil cooler is not large enough for heavy trailer towing. and Ford Had a recall for crank sensor failure.
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I've had my '02 F-250 4x4 automatic since new, installed a 60 hp/110 torque chip also which made a BIG difference. So far 130k on it and all I've done is replaced the rear pinion seal, a crank sensor under warranty, upper and lower ball joints......and of course shocks, tires, brakes and the usual wear and tear stuff.

I will be upgrading the trans cooler as we just bought a new 5th wheel trailer, it pulls it just fine but the trans. does get warm. The 7.3 is a damn good engine, I use Rotella T every 5k and just take care of it properly.
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I bought My F350 using my brothers discount. He had 30 plus years with Ford.,Ford tractor and ford Lincoln Merc parts. When I went to give the dealer the cashiers check they said the price I paid was cheaper that their cost. I was thinking about buying a new one every year like when I was an engineer at ford but the mechanic in the dealership said the later engines had too many problems, to keep the 2001 and drive it forever. I have put a dump flat bed on it for use on the farm and with the price of fuel only drive it when we have to. I will probably never have to buy another truck. We have a 78 ford 250 4X4 with 80 K miles, 93 chevy 4 X 4 , 74 chevy 4 x 4 and 60's something chevy 1/2 ton. We have slowed down farming. but have space and no need to sell one.
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By 7.3 turbo are you talking about the indirect injection turbo charged 7.3 ( pre-94) or the direct injection ( late 94-97 first gen/ 99-2003 second gen powerstroke) 7.3? I have a late 94 F-250 powerstroke 5 speed 4X4 with 328,000 miles that I bought in 1998 with 80,000 miles. Only things that have been done are high pressure oil pump around 290,000, starter x 2, and a clutch about 10,000 miles ago. it is rarely on the road without a 18' trailer and a load. The poerstroke had very few issues if any regular issues, the indirect injection 7.3 were great engines but as mentioned the glow plug relay was an issue and would go bad and fry the injectors. You can by-pass the solenoid and use a temporary on switch to operate the glow plugs and solve that problem fairly cheap. Otherwise both are log lasting and durable engines if maintained properly.

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I bought my 99 in 99(had 10k).Only major failure was a transmission leak when hunting,bled to death before we made it back to the highway.
K&N air filter helps them a lot.
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By 7.3 turbo are you talking about the indirect injection turbo charged 7.3 ( pre-94) or the direct injection ( late 94-97 first gen/ 99-2003 second gen powerstroke) 7.3? I have a late 94 F-250 powerstroke 5 speed 4X4 with 328,000 miles that I bought in 1998 with 80,000 miles. Only things that have been done are high pressure oil pump around 290,000, starter x 2, and a clutch about 10,000 miles ago. it is rarely on the road without a 18' trailer and a load. The poerstroke had very few issues if any regular issues, the indirect injection 7.3 were great engines but as mentioned the glow plug relay was an issue and would go bad and fry the injectors. You can by-pass the solenoid and use a temporary on switch to operate the glow plugs and solve that problem fairly cheap. Otherwise both are log lasting and durable engines if maintained properly.

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I've hear a lot about high pressure oil pump or high pressure oil pump drive failures, even experienced one 1 st hand. Isn't there an upgrae available to prevent these failures?
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I am not sure if there is an aftermarket upgrade for the stock pump or not. Mine pushed the plug out of the back of the housing (looks like a big freeze plug) and puked oil everywhere. I replaced it with a $450 reman piece from a supplier in Charlotte and have not had any problems since. I figured it up and outside of normal maintenance I have spent less then $2,000 to drive this truck almost 250,000 miles, So I won't complain a bit.

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Our racing operation had a 1999 7.3 turbo crew cab with a 8' box a single tire rear tire rwd automatic.The only hiccup was with a 24' trailer coming out of Cleveland,it threw a tranny code.We nursed it back to Buffalo and the next day took it into the dealer for the repair.Now I got a say two places told us it didn't matter after it threw the code the repair costs would be the same.That us driving it didn't matter.$2,800 bucks it cost to fix.Ouch.It is the one reason why I'm looking for a used rwd stick shift version aside from the fact I do really like shifting.
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hard clutch

A few years ago I stepped of a 4 ft deck in the dark and landed in some rocks., broke a 3/4 chunk of bone off my heel and about 20 other cracks and chips in my foot. I have trouble walking if I have to do a lot of shifting , pushing down on that hard pedal.
Then I put a late model flywheel and heavy duty 10.5 clutch in my 5.0 HO fox body capri and is is just as hard to push the clutch as the truck.
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I ordered one new in 97....its been a great truck. Off the showroom for $26k, now has 258k miles on it, Im gonna take it for another 250k. Paint clear coat starting to get crappy, mostly from alot of time i spend in Florida for work (salt/sun). Replaced HPOP, water pump, couple cam sensors, lift pump, one glow plug relay, and under valve cover harnesses. I pull and work this truck, not abuse, but it gets worked. I have used AMSOIL almost since new. Oh yeah, I replaced the two piece flywheel when it started rattling. This thing went 130k on stock rear brakes, and prob around 90k on the front pads. Still has original u-joints, and it has a 5-speed.
Im gonna repaint it this summer, spiff it up some inside, do some preventative such as the u-joints, and the clutch disc/throw out, wheel bearings, and those damn axle pivot bushings.....and keep rollin.....still has stock starter. For the money, it has been a good truck.
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The only things that I can say about a diesel, whatever brand is that if you need the power, then the diesel is great. If you really don't need that power most every time you drive, then that 5.4 V8 or 6.8 V10 gas engine is all you need. Repairs on a diesel are NOT for the thin of wallet nor is even regular maintenance with 13 to 15 quarts of oil, a couple of filters. Then there are those $150 each fuel injectors and that $200 fuel pump ....... and now, that ULS diesel fuel that's up to 50 cents more/gallon then 93 octane gas. With that said, I really like my tire smokin' '11 6.7 (400Hp/800 torque) - but do know how much it costs to drive
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Don't tow in overdrive. Yes guys do it, if you burn up the stick tranny, its most likely the reason. Some of the 5 & 6spd stick parts are very hard to find. Normal maint is pretty cut and dry; use approved lubricants at proper quantity, basic rebuild parts are relatively easy to get; but hard parts may be a headache.
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I was pulling my 5000lb travel trailer with my 72 Chevy pickup but had some problems climbing a 2.5 mile 7% grade so I bought a 95 7.3 turbo diesel Powerstroke. It already had a chip for 40 hp. It pulled fine but I wanted a little more so I added water/meth injection and it really woke it up. It also helps clean the combustion chambers and injectors. The Chevy got about 10mpg pulling the trailer and it needed to be refilled once before hitting my camp site. The F250 can get me to the camp site and still drive up and down the river for a week before I need fuel. With the second tank I could go the entire 2 weeks without a fill up until heading home.

I don't drive it much in the winter but when I need it, it isn't that hard to start. It just takes a long time to warm up. I have a block heater but rarely use it.

From everything I have read the 7.3 was the best of the Ford diesels. The 6.0 has a lot of problems. The newer ones are quieter but I add Archoil and it really quiets mine down. RevX worked but is more expensive and does not last as long. I also use Walmart 2 stroke non ash oil and it also helps to quiet it down. It's not a daily driver and used mostly for pulling the trailer and caring stuff to go fishing.
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My attraction to the power stroke 7.3 is both fuel mileage and towing ability.Also the fact engines last so long. I would use it as a d.d. too. The V10's is out of my price range.
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