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Old 04-22-2006, 09:17 AM
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Are all Fords the same?

I am interested in purchasing a used diesel van for around $10K. I have not seen too many. I'd like to run biodiesel. Is there any years or types of engines to avoid (6.0 vs 7.3, engine management issues?, etc.) Thanks

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As long as the biodiesel is processed correctly, then, according to everything I've read, you shouldn't have any worries.
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Although they all run biodiesel, I would personally stay with the 7.3.
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6.0 engine fords stand is not over 5% biodiesel - - - on the 7.3 on an idi engine I've used 20% bio with not problem.
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the 6.0 was a problematic motor in the range from 2003 through 2004 but has improved since. Ford says nothing over 5% in any of its diesels but that is just their way of dodging any responsibility. I run close to 100% in my 7.3 with no issues and am getting closer to 100% each time I fill. Do a net search for Steve Baz. He has a web site that gives tips on buying a used Powerstroke on one of his pages.
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Whats the diff with powerstroke and 7.3 or are they the same?
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same, first Powerstroke was the 7.3 but is now a 6.0.
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To be more specific for somebody who doesnt know;

the 6.9 "international" (pre 1990) non-turbo IDI Diesel , around 160HP

the 7.3 "international" (1988?-1994) non-turbo IDI Diesel ,around 170HP depending on year

the 7.3 "powerstroke" (1994-2003) turbo DI Diesel ,around 250HP depending on year

the 6.0 "powerstroke" (2003-2007) turbo DI Diesel ,325 HP
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I am interested in purchasing a used diesel van for around $10K. I have not seen too many. I'd like to run biodiesel. Is there any years or types of engines to avoid (6.0 vs 7.3, engine management issues?, etc.) Thanks

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From what I've read jeff, if you get a Powerstroke you should be ok. Ford switch over in '94 (94.5 model) and from what I can tell that's about the time they stopped using rubber in the engine. I like the '96 & 97 years. But I'm an OBS guy. I would stay away from the 6.0L for like 03 & 04.

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