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Old 01-25-2009, 01:07 AM
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7.3 turbo diesel ?good engines?

Hey I was wondering if the 1994 IDI turbo diesels were very good motors, like realiability and around the average miles they useually last if treated good, also was wondering about the automatics in them years to, and some of the commen problems the engine and tranny had Thanks
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Old 01-25-2009, 01:15 AM
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Yes, it is considered to be a good engine (motors are electric, engines are not). The one big flaw is cavitation (do a search on it, since there are tons of posts on it!).

The downpipe can be replaced with an ATS downpipe for less constriction of airflow.

The E4OD tranny is hit or miss. Mine has been a pain yet others have no issues.

Hope that helps! If I am off a little let me know!

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1. Yes these motors are extremely good, in my opinion the best Ford diesels as a far as realiability is concerned.

I've heard of several of these motors lasting into the 500K range, but they were 6.9's not the 7.3's which can last just as long IF the SCA level was maintained in the antifreeze to combat cavitation.

The only 2 autos offered were the C6 (83-88) and the E4OD (89-94.5).

Common problems are def hard to start due to air intrusion caused by old return line O rings and caps. GP issues (only buy motorcraft GP's, thats a long story), and well thats about I can think of at the moment.
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Engines, and motors are the same thing. Do some research. ONLY the completely **** retentive will not admit it.

The IDI's are great engines. Durable, easily, and inexpensively maintained. Just don't expect the power of a modern computer controlled diesel engine.

If Your expecting to hook 20K lbs, and go 70 MPH over the Rockies. It aint gonna happen.
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–noun 1. a comparatively small and powerful engine, esp. an internal-combustion engine in an automobile , motorboat, or the like.
2. any self-powered vehicle.
3. a person or thing that imparts motion, esp. a contrivance, as a steam engine, that receives and modifies energy from some natural source in order to utilize it in driving machinery.
4. Also called electric motor. Electricity. a machine that converts electrical energy into mechanical energy, as an induction motor.

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2. a railroad locomotive.
3. a fire engine.
4. any mechanical contrivance.
5. a machine or instrument used in warfare, as a battering ram, catapult, or piece of artillery.

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Aaaah, not the classic motor vs. engine debate.

Here's my loop I throw in the middle of that debate, outboard motor. Its not electric so it "should" be called an engine, but I've never heard of an outboard engine boat.

Motor, engine, flux capacitor = the same dang thing.
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Sorry, but my comment stems from years of brainwashing from a guy that rebuilt aircraft ENGINE's. Everytime I said motor in reference to my H300's (its a helicopter) engine he would give me a 5 minute verbal lashing which everyone in the class loved. Did it make me a better pilot....no but I do still remember that......

Anyway, since I am **** retentive (NEVER been accused of that before!) the difference is: a motor converts electrical energy to mechanical energy, and an engine converts chemical or heat energy into mecheanical energy.

fonefiddy, my questions to you are: Is the starter a motor or an engine? Is it still rediculously cold up there? Its a balmly +55F here right now....lol

But who wants to be precise while talking on a internet forum anyway......lol
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Do we have too much time on our hands ?
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Yes, and sorry for being off topic....that wasnt my original intent....
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sorry

Ya I didnt notice Put that I just ment engine (if they were good engines and some commen problems they had) sorry
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We know.....just trying to cause a ruckous.....unfortunately....
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I'm just kidding around. I'm used to a little animated discussion.....
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For some reason we have a lot of antimated discussions here.

The basic answer is the 7.3 is a great engine.
Do stay on top of the SCA's to prevent cavitaion and it should serve you well for over 300,000 miles.
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My 7.3L IDI turbo has 372,000 miles and still going strong!

It's a good motgine!
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