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post #31 of 35 Old 09-12-2013, 02:45 PM
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I'm stunned.... as I eat my words. But maybe all are outrageously priced?
Agree, turbo version is far superior! How many of those 35 are turboed... did you notice?
Well, its all of them. Now 37. And, I only captured the post 1989 diesels using 7.3 in the text of the ads. So there might be a couple more.

What is outrageously priced are Dodge/Cummins trucks. Great truck, big price tag. But, you have yours.

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post #32 of 35 Old 09-14-2013, 10:54 AM
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I did not get a price range that the OP was working with. If mentioned elsewhere in the thread, I apologize.

He did say inexpensive, reliable, and easy to work on. I am surprised no one has mentioned a 90's Ford gasser. I also looked for a 7.3 Powerstroke for a long time, but they were all way overpriced, IMO.
I stumbled across this 94 F250 XLT 4x4 almost 5 years ago. It was in near perfect condition, original owner, 5 speed manual, 200k miles, and a new 460 just installed. Everything still works, power windows, mirrors, cold AC, etc. It's the tow rig for anytime the motorhome is not needed. I paid $4800 cash for it. No payments. Yep, gas mileage sucks, but it tows like a mofo. At less than half the cost of a Powerstroke in worse condition, I can buy a lot of gas with what I saved. In 5 years I've replaced a water pump, and a starter....although changing a WP on a 460 required a little work to remove all the stuff in front of it. Still pretty easy.

It also matched the color of my old boat of the same year too.
Just a suggestion if it is not going to be a daily driver.

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I think you are right given the OP's parameters, to suggest a 90's gasser. The 460 has a lot of satisfied users. I never had one, but did have 5.4 gassers which suck for towing. My old 6 cylinder F250 towed better than my 5.4. But, a 460 Ford or a 454 Chevy, like my K2500 Suburban is an economical choice. Its just that we all know that a really nice towing experience if not achieved with a gasser. But, give the OP's desire for cheap it makes sense.

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I've heard the Ford V10 is a good motor as well.

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i tow with a 2000 F350 with the 7.3.

mainly due to cost. the ford diesels are much cheaper to buy than either dodge or GM stuff. My first choice was a Cummins. don't care for the rest of the truck around it, but the Cummins engine is IMO the best of the big 3 diesels. Second is a D-max. i am a GM guy through and through but they hold their value well and i could not touch one for what i was willing to spend. the ford was my last choice, and i bought it based solely on price.

Given that i own one, i doubt i would buy another one. the 7.3 is a very quirky engine. lots of little issues. HPOP oil leaks, turbo oil leaks, failing cam sensors, bad anti drainback valves, and many other small issues. none of which are huge problems but all get very old very quickly. and they are not the easiest engines to work on either. a Cummins wins that hands down in the diesel arena. the 7.3 is not a bad engine at all, but there are for sure better ones out there.

and for towing a jeep, i would not overlook a gasser. GM guy again, i would look at 2003+ GM trucks. the gas version can be had reasonable, you won't find a much more reliable engine than the LS series (4.8, 5.3, 6.0, 6.2 in newer trucks) easy to work on, parts are everywhere for them and even the little 5.3 in my old 1/2 ton chevy towed my ZJ extremely well.

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