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post #16 of 86 Old 09-08-2011, 09:06 PM
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If you can find one, the 07 Silverado "classic" has the LBZ with the 6 speed as well, that's what my dad has now and I love it, I don't like the feel of the ifs though, and the fact that I feels its only fast (very fast rather) because it runs like a hot rod and loves to rev, something I personally don't like in a diesel and we can feel it when pulling the toy hauler.
Yes 07 Classics are a little harder to find then just an 06, its the same vehicle it just ran into mid year 07 and was sold as the 07 model year. the bonus is there is no DPF on either. Any Duramax 06 and later will have a 6 speed.


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From people and some searching I did, I heard that for Fords you want to look at the 01-02 yrs if looking at when the body style changed, cause they still had the tried and true Powerstroke in them. And for Dodge look at 05 and newer, cause some of the 03-04s had plastic intercoolers.

I'm in the market for one now and Ive found more Fords available then the Dodge ones and its been a hard choice looking as well. I'm really good friends with Service Manager and sales guy at Dodge dealer (which is 10mins from my house) but having a hard time locating Rams in are based on mileage and price as well.

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Cummins all the way. I drive a f550 everyday at work along with f250s and f 350s. And i have owned a dodge diesel. And. I will never own a ford We have nothing but problems out of our company trucks. All diffrent yr models with head gaskets and radiators.
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From people and some searching I did, I heard that for Fords you want to look at the 01-02 yrs if looking at when the body style changed, cause they still had the tried and true Powerstroke in them. And for Dodge look at 05 and newer, cause some of the 03-04s had plastic intercoolers.

I'm in the market for one now and Ive found more Fords available then the Dodge ones and its been a hard choice looking as well. I'm really good friends with Service Manager and sales guy at Dodge dealer (which is 10mins from my house) but having a hard time locating Rams in are based on mileage and price as well.
99-2000 on the 7.3 had forged rods, Some 2000's had PMR but pretty much from 01-03 all 7.3's had PMR rods that are slightly weaker then the forged rods. again stock truck the Rods wont matter.

2003 was dwindle off year for the 7.3 there are some 03 7.3 equipped trucks.

2002 and 2003 would be the best years for the 7.3 based on creature comforts. And the trucks in these years came with both front and rear Dana 60's

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I wouldn't write off a 6.0 PS. Yes they had problems early on. My biggest gripe is that because early 6.0's were problematic 7.3's seem to be way overpriced. It makes zero sense to me to blow $15k on a 2000 with a 7.3 and a ton of miles when I could get a 05+ 6.0 and less miles. In addition to the lower miles, the front end (suspension) was also significantly updated between the 7.3 era and 6.0 era. If you've ever ridden in both you know the coil sprung front handles and rides a lot better. If you've ever ridden in both you also know the 6.0 is a lot more "driveable" engine also because of the VGT.
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the 7.3 holds its value because of reliability, but I do agree the 6.0 in later years, late 05-07 is a pretty solid engine. and it has a Torqshift transmission.

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6 in a row, built to tow=Dodge.
you got that right!
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I am in the market for a truck. I plan on towing at least a 3 car trailer and campers etc. I know I want a dually diesel. I am a diehard ford guy in terms of trucks. I am not opposed to a Ram however. I want to hear owners thoughts on both the Ram 3500 and the F-350 and 450. I know about the 6.0l fords problems, but that doesn't concern me much. Trucks now with the 6.0l were most likely fixed by now. I also don't plan on modding it much. I am looking at used trucks, not new. Thoughts? Thanks in advance!
Although [I] personally would never consider a Ford PowerStroke, some years like the early 90's [I]] heard were not bad. I am a dodge fan, but remember, you get the Cummins but you need to look at the whole package. Either rig will get the job done. I would recommend checking DieselPower Mag for some great articles to help you dial in what works best for you. Good luck!
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Although [I] personally would never consider a Ford PowerStroke, some years like the early 90's [I]] heard were not bad. I am a dodge fan, but remember, you get the Cummins but you need to look at the whole package. Either rig will get the job done. I would recommend checking DieselPower Mag for some great articles to help you dial in what works best for you. Good luck!
Actually the early 90s PS were pretty unimpressive. Those were the days of the IDI, non-turbo PS's. The Mid 90's to 03 with the DI 7.3 turbo are what most people look for.
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Well I found a good deal today. I picked up a first gen 1990 dodge d250. It is in great shape and runs great. I am planning on doing a resto on it and tow the Jeep. Thanks guys!

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7.3 or 5.9! No 6.0, my friends dad just replaced studs and gaskets at 100000 miles. And he had a total rebuild at 46000 miles.

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And now I saw you bought a 5.9. Good choice

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Well I found a good deal today. I picked up a first gen 1990 dodge d250. It is in great shape and runs great. I am planning on doing a resto on it and tow the Jeep. Thanks guys!
Just watch the trans on those early models. It's a great choice those early 12v motors will make 20+ mpg easy.

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Actually the early 90s PS were pretty unimpressive. Those were the days of the IDI, non-turbo PS's. The Mid 90's to 03 with the DI 7.3 turbo are what most people look for.
Agree. The guys I know who have them always talk about how much life expectancy/longevity compared with the later version. I personally can't say as I never had one.
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id rather be cummin than strokin
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