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theoldwizard1

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ctrout wrote:

Would I be better off pouring the $5000 into getting my Powerstroke overhauled, or selling it for maybe $5-$6k and finding a bulletproofed 6.0, or something else that I could get maybe in the spring when I have maybe $15k to spend?

A lot of the answer to that question depends on the condition of the rest of the truck !

How are the brakes, shocks and springs ? If you have not dealt with them in the past 5 years, you will be soon ! Also things like brake line and fuel lines. Those do not last forever.

The whole front suspension need to be inspected. Ball joints, etc, etc.

Remember, this is NOT a full engine overhaul ! Basically gasket and some maintenance items. My buddy just had the EGR cooler on a 6.0L replaced. IIRC, it was about $10k ! [emoticon]


As much as you love your 7.3L, the hay day of the pickup truck diesel. IMHO, they are just not cost effective. The 6.0L and the 6.4L have many more issues that the 7.3L. The current 6.7L makes good power, but the the fuel economy is not as good as the 7.3L and it requires DEF.

Unless you are putting +50K/year on your truck, most of that time hauling a full load, it is time to look at the new 7.3L gas motor w/10 speed automatic.

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theoldwizard1 wrote:

ctrout wrote:

Would I be better off pouring the $5000 into getting my Powerstroke overhauled, or selling it for maybe $5-$6k and finding a bulletproofed 6.0, or something else that I could get maybe in the spring when I have maybe $15k to spend?

A lot of the answer to that question depends on the condition of the rest of the truck !

How are the brakes, shocks and springs ? If you have not dealt with them in the past 5 years, you will be soon ! Also things like brake line and fuel lines. Those do not last forever.

The whole front suspension need to be inspected. Ball joints, etc, etc.

Remember, this is NOT a full engine overhaul ! Basically gasket and some maintenance items. My buddy just had the EGR cooler on a 6.0L replaced. IIRC, it was about $10k ! [emoticon]


As much as you love your 7.3L, the hay day of the pickup truck diesel. IMHO, they are just not cost effective. The 6.0L and the 6.4L have many more issues that the 7.3L. The current 6.7L makes good power, but the the fuel economy is not as good as the 7.3L and it requires DEF.

Unless you are putting +50K/year on your truck, most of that time hauling a full load, it is time to look at the new 7.3L gas motor w/10 speed automatic.


A EGR cooler replacement on a 6.0L does not cost $10k

A 7.3L does not make better fuel mileage than a 6.7L


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Forget the engine out repair. Fix the current fuel issue to get it running and see what you think in January.
And when you do go in next year consider an independent shop. I would clean the engine and just fix what actually leaks... maybe.
Save your money and cash for possibly the final RV.


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For those recommending $30-50k trucks, maybe read the post from the person asking the question before you respond.
You may as well given him a cake recipe or something rather than your advice to buy a brand new truck! Lol


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I had to tow my truck to the shop on my last vacation, bearing failure damaged axle housing $3,800 repair to a truck I paid $8,000 for (2001 7.3) I wanted a new truck bad for a while, but I’m over that now and back to saving my pennies for a house with a shop. Any truck you get no matter how new or expensive can leave you stranded. If you want a new truck get one, but know that the cheapest route is to probably just keep yours going.

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theoldwizard1 wrote:

ctrout wrote:

Would I be better off pouring the $5000 into getting my Powerstroke overhauled, or selling it for maybe $5-$6k and finding a bulletproofed 6.0, or something else that I could get maybe in the spring when I have maybe $15k to spend?

A lot of the answer to that question depends on the condition of the rest of the truck !

How are the brakes, shocks and springs ? If you have not dealt with them in the past 5 years, you will be soon ! Also things like brake line and fuel lines. Those do not last forever.

The whole front suspension need to be inspected. Ball joints, etc, etc.

Remember, this is NOT a full engine overhaul ! Basically gasket and some maintenance items. My buddy just had the EGR cooler on a 6.0L replaced. IIRC, it was about $10k ! [emoticon]


As much as you love your 7.3L, the hay day of the pickup truck diesel. IMHO, they are just not cost effective. The 6.0L and the 6.4L have many more issues that the 7.3L. The current 6.7L makes good power, but the the fuel economy is not as good as the 7.3L and it requires DEF.

Unless you are putting +50K/year on your truck, most of that time hauling a full load, it is time to look at the new 7.3L gas motor w/10 speed automatic.
Wow, your buddy got ripped big time. $10K for a EGR cooler! I just replaced mine 2 years ago for $300. That was with a stainless steel tube unit and having a Ford tech install it.


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Bird Freak wrote:

theoldwizard1 wrote:


My buddy just had the EGR cooler on a 6.0L replaced. IIRC, it was about $10k ! [emoticon]
Wow, your buddy got ripped big time. $10K for a EGR cooler! I just replaced mine 2 years ago for $300. That was with a stainless steel tube unit and having a Ford tech install it.

Just talked to my buddy, besides the EGR cooler they decide it need new head gaskets (?) which meant new head bolts (torque to yield).

He said "close to $10k" when everything was done.

One of his big problems was finding a shop that could get him in and out in under 1 month !

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theoldwizard1 wrote:

Bird Freak wrote:

theoldwizard1 wrote:


My buddy just had the EGR cooler on a 6.0L replaced. IIRC, it was about $10k ! [emoticon]
Wow, your buddy got ripped big time. $10K for a EGR cooler! I just replaced mine 2 years ago for $300. That was with a stainless steel tube unit and having a Ford tech install it.

Just talked to my buddy, besides the EGR cooler they decide it need new head gaskets (?) which meant new head bolts (torque to yield).

He said "close to $10k" when everything was done.

One of his big problems was finding a shop that could get him in and out in under 1 month !


That was still too expensive and took too long. I can assure him that tech did him no favors.

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I had my 6.0 “bulletproofed” for $3300. Included head studs, head gaskets, injectors, egr delete, and whatever else was required. Been trouble free for over 100k miles.

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You might be surprised how much your truck is worth. The 7.3 engines are highly desired.
I got $17,000.00 for our 2002 F350 long bed sight unseen. Granted; it only had 67,000 miles on it.
If you like your truck and it can do the job, fix it and keep it. KEN


I (2-10-05) bought a 2002 F350 CC SWD PSD and a new 2003 Citation 10'8. I have been a tent camper all my life. I wanted more comfort while camping and CraterLake Ski Patrol.
It's time for more space. I purchased a 2016 Grand Design 380TH as of 10-29-2015.

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