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    I am looking for a older tow vehicle. Ford f250/350 or similiar chevy diesel. What are your guys opinions on the 6.0 vs 7.3 vs duramax? Could use as much help as possible.

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    Run very far from any 6.0L power stroke!!! IMO

    7.3L Great engine if you can find one that doesn't have HIGH miles on it.. People who own these vehicles with 7.3L generaly know what they have and they go for TOP doller. Duramax LB7's are not to great. If you get a duramax i'd make sure it's no older that the LLY style engine which if I remember correctly they came out in 04.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BlubyU View Post
    Run very far from any 6.0L power stroke!!! IMO
    x10000000! biggest pos ford ever put out! the older 7.3 strokers are good engines, and dmax's from 2004 up are nice engines. the 06 dmax is the most desirable to have, has no emmission filter on the exhaust.

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    I love the 7.3's, great motor and a great truck. I use them for my construction company and we haul 10-20k lbs all the time and they just work, all day every day.
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    I'm a Dodge/Cummins guy, but I worked in the performance diesel market from 2000-2007. Having had my hands on all of them, given your options, I'd take the Chevy. Like mentioned above, 04-06 were the good years to get (LLY/LMM). The early ones had a few issues (LB7).

    Stay FAR away from the 6.0 Ford...the overheating, head gasket blowing POS's they are. The 7.3's were good motors, although limited in power and upgradeabilty. Also, I HATE anything with HEUI style injectors...too much to go wrong (fuel pump inside a fuel injector).
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    if ya want a chevy, make sure it's a 2004 1/2, not a 2004! LLY came out half year,
    lb7 was still in the early 04's my choice would be a 04 1/2, to early 07 classic
    worked for the USFS for a little over 2 yrs- ford 6.0's spent more time at the dealership
    for recalls, and problems than they did in the field!
    and my service truck was a dodge/cummins! -good engine- great milage-cheapo truck
    my opinion? buy a Duramax


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    Quote Originally Posted by STV_Keith View Post
    I'm a Dodge/Cummins guy, but I worked in the performance diesel market from 2000-2007. Having had my hands on all of them, given your options, I'd take the Chevy. Like mentioned above, 04-06 were the good years to get (LLY/LMM). The early ones had a few issues (LB7).

    Stay FAR away from the 6.0 Ford...the overheating, head gasket blowing POS's they are. The 7.3's were good motors, although limited in power and upgradeabilty. Also, I HATE anything with HEUI style injectors...too much to go wrong (fuel pump inside a fuel injector).
    I think you mean LBZ. LMM was 2007.5 with the DPF.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BlubyU View Post
    Run very far from any 6.0L power stroke!!! IMO

    7.3L Great engine if you can find one that doesn't have HIGH miles on it.. People who own these vehicles with 7.3L generaly know what they have and they go for TOP doller. Duramax LB7's are not to great. If you get a duramax i'd make sure it's no older that the LLY style engine which if I remember correctly they came out in 04.

    Define high miles, on the 7.3?
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    Quote Originally Posted by schick View Post
    Define high miles, on the 7.3?
    i'd say under 150K is a low miles and 400K is a high miles. I would buy a clean one with 250K and know i got good truck with alot of life left.
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    Good info Filucky, I've got 148k on my 01. Lots left, thanks.
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    I have 149k on my 02 F250 7.3.....She is just getting broke in
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    My 7.3 is at 450k, will be selling it at 500k, and ill look for a "low mileage" 7.3, less than 200k

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    7.3 diesel, dp tuner chip, john wood transmission...will keep up with any 6.uh-oh litre and as others said, is a true workhorse with no substitution for cubic inches.

    I can't speak for duramax intelligently as i've never owned / worked on one.
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    6.0 can have head gasket and EGR cooler issues. 05' and newer Ford made some improvements. In stock form it is a really nice truck with coil front, better ride and tighter turn but a good 2002 7.3 might be a better choice if you don't want the extra power available with a SCT tuner on the 6.0. If you buy a 6.0 be prepared for future head studs, EGR delete and SCT. That will give you a reliable fast truck with better fuel economy than stock. Stock gets poor fuel economy and not that much more power than a late 7.3.

    Oh yeah and dont forget the Turbo that may need cleaning or repair at around 60,000 miles.

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