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Love your V10!

After owning several V10s I went to the dark side. I have always wanted a 7.3L. I picked up a 2000 F350 7.3 with 155,000 miles. Really nice truck. Omg what a mistake. My 3 V10s I had a total of 2 breakdowns. A fuel pump and 1 blown plug. In 18 months I have spent over $5000 on this diesel.

The fuel economy is not what all the diesel guys claim it to be. I have managed 18 once on a long road trip. My work commute is 35 miles each way and is all highway, I struggle to get 13mpg.

I sorely miss my trusty V10s. I may be in the market for one again very soon.
 
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Old 03-02-2019, 07:49 AM
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Wow! The 7.3 is a good engine but like all diesels the parts can be expensive.

In the last 20 years I have driven 2 different V10's. The first one was a 2V that I drove 85k miles and the second one is my current 3V at 79k miles. Maybe it is purely mileage reasons but all I have replaced was an alternator on both.

I have never even done a V10 plug change but have been thinking about it on the current one.
 
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Iíve had 3 super dutyís. 2 6.8s and a 6.0. The V10s may not get the best mileage or be the fastest thing on the road, but I love them. My current truck is a Ď01 f350 V10 and I have no intention of replacing it. Itís in incredible shape for being 18 years old and I honestly canít think of anything useful Iíd gain by going to a newer truck.
 
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I had a 7.3, 6.0 and 5.9 diesels. When they ran, they were awesome. Couldn't afford the breakdowns. 7.3 had an HP pump go out, piston snap in half, tranny blown due to a bad idler pulley (serpentine belt shredded and took out the tranny cooler lines). 6.0 was just a fuel injector striction that required a new head. The 5.9 just had a fuel injector go out, BUT the engine disintegrated on the interstate near Russell Kansas.

Love my V10. I did a 10 plug and COP change, got rid of a push-pull issue I had when accelerating.
 
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Old 03-02-2019, 06:59 PM
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I love my 06 F350 with 3V V-10 too. I have a 2000 F250 with a 5.4 as well, both are super reliable trucks. Bought a 04 F350 with a diesel 6.0 and sold it a year later. It was a fast truck but would cut out while driving for no reason even after spending a small fortune on so called bullet proofing.All I can say is glad to be done with that 6.0
 
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Old 03-04-2019, 11:47 PM
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Yeah, I look at diesels from time to time. I then talk to friends who own them and ask about realistic maintenance and items they have had to fix.... let's just say the list goes on and on and on. Diesels are like high maintenance women. Love hate relationship.
 
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Old 03-06-2019, 11:35 AM
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I always say, if you don't require the diesel, get a gas. It might be more fun to drive, but it won't be more fun to repair. I'll be driving my 3V V10 until it needs a new engine or somehow outlives me. Well, okay there's a chance I'll be eyeballing the 7.3L Gas in about 10 years.
 
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I always say, if you don't require the diesel, get a gas. It might be more fun to drive, but it won't be more fun to repair. I'll be driving my 3V V10 until it needs a new engine or somehow outlives me. Well, okay there's a chance I'll be eyeballing the 7.3L Gas in about 10 years.
I'm with you!
 
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I'm with you!
I am fighting that same urge!
 
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I love my V-10. I bought it used over 11 years ago. Great power, and actually good mileage for a 10 cylinder........Wait a minute, you are talking about those little Ford 6.8 V-10's, right? I have a '94 Dodge 2500 with an 8.0 V-10.... No replacement for displacement as they say...lol

Just joking around. I do really like the Dodge V-10. I can change all 10 plugs in 20 minutes, and it has been very dependable with lots of low end torque. I wanted a V-10 to pull a car trailer, and this was the first one I ran across at a good price. If I had found a Ford first I would have bought it.
 
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I love my V-10. I bought it used over 11 years ago. Great power, and actually good mileage for a 10 cylinder........Wait a minute, you are talking about those little Ford 6.8 V-10's, right? I have a '94 Dodge 2500 with an 8.0 V-10.... No replacement for displacement as they say...lol

Just joking around. I do really like the Dodge V-10. I can change all 10 plugs in 20 minutes, and it has been very dependable with lots of low end torque. I wanted a V-10 to pull a car trailer, and this was the first one I ran across at a good price. If I had found a Ford first I would have bought it.
That's interesting that you have both V10's.

Can you provide any insight as to how they compare to each other?
 
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I have owned 7.3s for years. My current one is for sale, and guess what? Seriously looking at V10s. Maint is less, and expense to repair. my 7.3 is VERY reliable, but I also know how to maintain and work on it. I am getting pretty excited to acquire a 6.8....gonna be fun to learn about.
 
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I have a 2000 7.3L ZF6 that I bought for $9200 five years ago. After putting ~$5000 total into it for fluids, maintenance and upgrades (including SXE Borg Warner turbo) it is a beast.

Even before the turbo upgrade I was averaging 18.5 MPG unloaded and 13 MPG loaded with a 12,000 lbs 5th wheel hooked to it.

No two trucks are identical.

Your experience is not even close to the same as mine and now with 255,000 miles on the engine it still pulls as hard as ever going up a grade.

I have zero concerns about taking it cross country, which we do regularly.

Saying MPG is not what we claim it to be is your opinion based on your experience. I hand calculate the MPG's I get and although they may not apply to your truck, the results are factual.

Drive what you can/want to afford. Drive what makes you happy.

When my diesel 7.3 dies, eventually. I will be looking into a gasoline 7.3 if they are proven by then.

I cannot ever see myself owing a newer EPA restricted diesel.

 
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I have a 2000 7.3L ZF6 that I bought for $9200 five years ago. After putting ~$5000 total into it for fluids, maintenance and upgrades (including SXE Borg Warner turbo) it is a beast.

Even before the turbo upgrade I was averaging 18.5 MPG unloaded and 13 MPG loaded with a 12,000 lbs 5th wheel hooked to it.

No two trucks are identical.

Your experience is not even close to the same as mine and now with 255,000 miles on the engine it still pulls as hard as ever going up a grade.

I have zero concerns about taking it cross country, which we do regularly.

Saying MPG is not what we claim it to be is your opinion based on your experience. I hand calculate the MPG's I get and although they may not apply to your truck, the results are factual.

Drive what you can/want to afford. Drive what makes you happy.

When my diesel 7.3 dies, eventually. I will be looking into a gasoline 7.3 if they are proven by then.

I cannot ever see myself owing a newer EPA restricted diesel.

What he said^^^^

Your experience with the 7.3 is an anomaly. It doesn't speak of most of 7.3 owners. I will say, low mileage does not bode well for these trucks. Ask me how I know.
 
 


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