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Author Topic: Broke down and ain't happy  (Read 2804 times)
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« Reply #15 on: May 05, 2010, 05:53:43 AM »

I have a 7.3 power smoke in my 2000 Excursion, love it.  The only problem I have had with it is when the oil place changed the oil and did not replace it with 14 quarts of oil.  They put 5 in it.  It started shutting down because of low oil.  To say this it cost me $1000 to get it to where it was going, diagnosed and fixed.

That F550 is what junk is made of.
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« Reply #16 on: May 05, 2010, 05:58:52 AM »

Don't knock Ford's too hard. I am just now looking to buy my first 7.3 (probably 01 or 02). Would I get a 6.0? Nope!!! I would if it was given to me...lol...and then sell it and buy a 7.3 Grin.

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« Reply #17 on: May 05, 2010, 06:37:26 AM »

I've got an '08 F550 6.4L, 25,000 miles towing 36' triple axle trailer, just under 26k GCVW. Haven't had a problem at all yet. Knock on wood!

Those Freightliners are nice, but at over twice the cost of the 550.

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« Reply #18 on: May 05, 2010, 07:18:57 AM »

I've owned two 7.3 powerstrokes.............well over 400,000 miles between both.......they were awesome!  I changed the oil regularly, checked the coolant to make sure it was correct, no cavitation problems with the correct mixture!  Fords are for pulling.......chevy's are for racing (well before the government took over) but don't worry they are paying their loans back! Roll Eyes
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« Reply #19 on: May 05, 2010, 07:24:54 AM »

The troubles with the post 7.3 Powerstrokes led to Ford and International parting ways earlier than their contract expiration.

For those who didn't know, International has been the provider of Ford's diesels for a long long time.

Ford is bringing out an in-house diesel shortly, interesting architecture, the exhaust and turbo will be in the V, the intake on the sides.

Lots of distressing stories about the 6.0 diesel here in municipal service.

happy coaching!
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« Reply #20 on: May 05, 2010, 10:28:52 AM »

Now the F650 with the Cummins/Allison is one fine piece of machinery - FWIW
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« Reply #21 on: May 05, 2010, 12:29:07 PM »

As a true BLUE Ford fan for years, I must say this is disturbing to hear.

I do own and have owned many fords over the years. My current ford trk is the lowered F350 4 dr shown in the middle of the buses on my avatar.

I have usually found ford trks to be built ford tough!

I have to agree I hate the current ford powerstroke and never have liked it. (but never owned one myself!)

The 7.3 on the other hand was what made the Superduty ford trucks the awesome trucks they used to be!

What really surprised me was that ford never found away around the deal that gave Dodge exclusive rights to the Cummins engine since ford bought Cummins out shortly after that deal was made.

A Cummins/Ford Superduty would be awesome!

Just my opinion but all brands have lemons, and it sure sounds like Wayne got one! Wink
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« Reply #22 on: May 05, 2010, 12:34:37 PM »

What really surprised me was that ford never found away around the deal that gave Dodge exclusive rights to the Cummins engine since ford bought Cummins out shortly after that deal was made.

Ford has never owned Cummins.  I belive Cummins even has that fact on their website because so many people believe that.
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« Reply #23 on: May 05, 2010, 04:36:12 PM »

I never owned a Ford diesel after they stopped using the 7.3 - not so much by design, that's just the way it worked out.  From what I've read it worked out well for me to not own one.  What I'd like to have owned though is a late production 7.3 with an Allison behind it.  That would have been a towing beast.  I never had any trouble with my E4OD but I think others did and my 4R100 transmission was pure crap from day 1. 

I guy I knew in a former life now owns Roadex which is an RV hauling company based up here.  He says the long term RV haulers always end up driving Dodges.  I always thought driving a Dodge was like dating your sister - it might be OK late at night in the dark but you wouldn't want to be seen driving around town.   Grin Grin Grin
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« Reply #24 on: May 05, 2010, 06:44:11 PM »

I have a 98 E-350 Box van with the "cornbinder" 7.3 Turbo.

In the 5 years I have had it I had the cam sensor recalled, changed a water pump
and put tires on it. The only other thing was a bad pickup tube in the fuel tank
that disappeared ( 2.5 inches long ) and a few clogged fuel filters. And a new starter
the week I bought the truck.

Oil changes and normal stuff. It's not super powerful but people can hear you coming from a mile away.

I never liked the sound of the cummins especially when people
change the exhaust systems. They just have a hollow sickly sound to me.

I had a mexican built dodge ram truck... What a garbage heap it was if you could
keep it running at all.

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« Reply #25 on: May 05, 2010, 07:30:07 PM »

My 1997 dodge 1500 ram 4x4 has 212K on the 360 gasser, motor hasn't been touched except for routine oil changes and tuneups, my dodge before that had 324K on the 318 gasser, same story, just routine maintanence, it's still running great.
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« Reply #26 on: May 06, 2010, 12:18:22 AM »

Cody- the 318 was probably the best engine Dodge made-just like the 327 Chevrolet and 289 Ford.  All are well balanced engines for performance and longevity.  Good Luck, TomC
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