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Old 03-01-2007, 09:19 PM
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511,340 miles on my Powerstroke

Changed first set of injectors at 430,000
Changed first trannsmission at 309,000
2 waterpumps
2 blower motors
1 radiator ( I broke)
1 rebuild differential
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Old 03-01-2007, 11:23 PM
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i work with my girlfriend for her parents carnival and they have at least 20 trucks all diesel due to how much weight they have to pull and several of the trucks that aren't semis have over 600,000 miles on 7.3. they do have one with lil over 1,000,000 sitll runnin strong. you just have to take care of them and not ignore them otherwise it will screw you over just like anythign else you ignore.
 
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Old 03-01-2007, 11:33 PM
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Well, my 7.3 ***** the bed at right around 300,000 kms. So far all I know is that I have some serious head/valve problems. Once I get the heads off, who knows could be more. If my short-block is pooched too, not sure if I'll spend the $$$ for a PS rebuild, may just consider a real swap.

Speaking of de-stroking, I bumped into a guy who has done TWO 12v Mechanical Cummins swaps into two of his Superduty trucks and I have to tell you, I AM IMPRESSED! The ease of installation, WAY more room in the engine bay, easier to twin turbo, etc., and according him being that he does ALOT of towing/hauling, he says there is no comparison in power, the Cummins out performs the 7.3's he took out, slightly modded of course, but dollar for dollar, more power out of the Cummins than the 7.3. If this wasn't such a good idea, why are there so many sites popping up about doing the 7.3 to 5.9 shuffle?

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In my mind, the 7.3 has EARNED a proper pdestal next to the 5.9 cummins, when used at normal power levels(~400 or less). If you are racing, then the dodge truck and Cummins all the way. The truck is lighter, and the motor can make more power. If you want a long lasting truck that doesn't break and can be ABUSED, then FORD all the way. Fords are just as prone to shakes, shimmy's rattles and clunks as any truck, however very very few ever just up and break. The drivetrain parts are simply HUGE when compared to the other two competitors. Even at 260,000 miles, there is very little that goes wrong on a 7.3 that isn't a quick few hour change. Of course a few have had pistons split(myself) heads go bad, pans rust through, etc, but far and large, the 7.3 is a very long lasting motor. And unlike the Dodge, so is the truck. You hear of motor swaps to Fords somewhat regularly. When was the last time you heard of someone doing a heart translplant to a Dodge so they can keep the truck??
 
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Old 03-02-2007, 01:07 AM
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Putting a Cummins in a Ford is almost as bad as those guys that restore a 56 F-150 and are too freakin' tight to drop a Blue Oval in the engine bay- and go to Kragen and spend $800 on a Chebby crate motor for a $30,000 truck. Just don't make any sense...
 
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J/K, but i agree with you, keep it Ford
 
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Old 03-03-2007, 12:01 AM
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Rollerstud, thanks for the embarrasing correction- I do know my Fords, but I think I was up for about 20 hours or so when I got on last night, hence my brain not working right.... damn that's embarrasing!!!
 
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Old 03-03-2007, 01:04 AM
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I bought my 2002 with 142k to save some money by It really didn't do that for me. I have 152K now and I've spent almost 10k in maintenance that I have learned comes with the teritory. I had to replace my transmission and injectors which were the most expensive things but I replaced them and now I no I have a truck that will last another 200k. I really like the truck and intend to keep it at least ten years but If you don't want any problems and for it to last hunderds of thousands of miles buy a older Toyota tundra. You won't have the power or robustness but thinks just don't break or wear out as often.
 
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problem with an older tundra is that the towing and in bed capacities of the truck are pretty poor
 
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I will never buy a foreign vehicle- I'd rather push my 8,000 lb dually before I pay for some darn thing I can't even ready part numbers on. I was given a nissan van when I was deployed in Okinanwa, and I gave it away the same when I left. Thing leaked like a sieve in rain, and had no power, even with a 4 cyl. turbo. If it was up to me, I'd make it to where they had to take two American vehicles for every one we took in for the next 20 years, and then do a one for one swap. And that's only because I don't think I could totally ban the damn things. Not in "my" country.
 
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I will never buy a foreign vehicle- I'd rather push my 8,000 lb dually before I pay for some darn thing I can't even ready part numbers on. I was given a nissan van when I was deployed in Okinanwa, and I gave it away the same when I left. Thing leaked like a sieve in rain, and had no power, even with a 4 cyl. turbo. If it was up to me, I'd make it to where they had to take two American vehicles for every one we took in for the next 20 years, and then do a one for one swap. And that's only because I don't think I could totally ban the damn things. Not in "my" country.
AMEN!! I've owned exactly ONE foreign vehicle in my life, and that was a $600 Nissan Sentra beater I needed while I was rebuilding my Mustang! I dumped it after 7 months for what I paid for it... It is a shame though that America has quit trusting American manufacturers (for good reason, IMHO). People just want a cheap-a$$ car they can abuse for 2 or 3 years and start all over when the lease runs out. Apparently, the Asian manufacturers have mastered building that type of vehicle. I'd just as soon buy American **and take care of it** so I know it's reliable even after 4 or 5 years.

Admittedly, my wife drives a Mitsubishi. HOWEVER, it's a 4x4 QuadCab Raider DuroCross that is made in Detroit right next to the Dakotas. She didn't like the Dodge version...

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My neighbor already has over 960,000 miles on his 1999.5 7.3 PSD. Not tons of issues, but you get normal wear and tear issues with a truck with that many miles. He hasn't done much other then a water pump, an alternator, and 3 tranny's. Keep in mind he tows over 10k on an almost daily basis. I only hope that my truck is as nice to me as his is to him.

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Originally Posted by Izzy351
AMEN!! I've owned exactly ONE foreign vehicle in my life, and that was a $600 Nissan Sentra beater I needed while I was rebuilding my Mustang! I dumped it after 7 months for what I paid for it... It is a shame though that America has quit trusting American manufacturers (for good reason, IMHO). People just want a cheap-a$$ car they can abuse for 2 or 3 years and start all over when the lease runs out. Apparently, the Asian manufacturers have mastered building that type of vehicle. I'd just as soon buy American **and take care of it** so I know it's reliable even after 4 or 5 years.

Admittedly, my wife drives a Mitsubishi. HOWEVER, it's a 4x4 QuadCab Raider DuroCross that is made in Detroit right next to the Dakotas. She didn't like the Dodge version...

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O.K. this brings up the question, Just what is a foriegn car? Toyota, Hyundai, Honda,and Mercedes all have manufacturing facilities here in Alabama, as well as second tier suppliers. It is very much a thing that the foriegn car that you are referring to may be made in the USA. I would hope that you are talking about imported(built overseas and shipped to us) vehicles.
 
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