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Old 01-12-2009, 03:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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What year did Ford go 7.3 to 6.0?

Sorry for the newb question, but I was told 2004/2005 was the change, and that turned out to be incorrect info.
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Old 01-12-2009, 03:08 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I believe Mid 2003. Mine is an early 2003 w/ 7.3 not sure what month is on the production code though
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I believe it was either 03 or 04 they changed over.
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Depending on "who you talk to" most trucks bought in late summer early fall '02 when the 03's first came out, you could get a 7.3. Most were gone by Oct. Had a buddy dealer locate one the first week of Oct. '02......have not seen many after that-the '03 6.0's were the ones with "several" issues, head gaskets etc......... I am sure others will chime in if they know otherwise!
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Mine has a build date of 02-03, & that is the earliest I have seen so far, in 03 you could get both, trucks built & sold as 04 trucks were 6.0 only,
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Old 01-12-2009, 04:15 PM   #6 (permalink)
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2003 was the last year you could get the 7.3. You could get either motor that year after that 6.0 only, or What he ^ said.
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'03 was another year for a change in emissions (similar to the '07 emissions standards that were to be in place as of Jan 1 '07).

I'd suspect that Ford went to the 6.0L around January of the '03 model year or until they ran out of pre purchased 7.3Ls.

EDIT: The 6.0L motors were problematic. I'd personally stay away from all of them if you can.

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Mine has a build date of 02-03, & that is the earliest I have seen so far, in 03 you could get both, trucks built & sold as 04 trucks were 6.0 only,
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2003 was the last year you could get the 7.3. You could get either motor that year after that 6.0 only, or What he ^ said.
x3. The 03 7.3's are not as common as the 6.0's but they can be found.
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Old 01-12-2009, 06:23 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Sorry for the newb question, but I was told 2004/2005 was the change, and that turned out to be incorrect info.
I ordered an 04 f450 that came with a 7.3. Don't remember if they gave me a choice or not.
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When i bought my wifes excursion 02 was the last model year for the good motor7.3s. not shure on the trucks though
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I've seen several 04 F450s with 7.3s.

My 6.0 is an 04 and hasn't been problematic...
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I have a 2003 F-250 with the 6.0L. I believe that was the first year that it was available.
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the last year for the 7.3 in the 250 was 2002. the last year for the 7.3 in a 350 was 2003. In the heavy truck line you could order a 7.3 until mid 2004
and dont worry its not a newb question if nobody can give you a definite answer.

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the last year for the 7.3 in the 250 was 2002. the last year for the 7.3 in a 350 was 2003. In the heavy truck line you could order a 7.3 until mid 2004
and dont worry its not a newb question if nobody can give you a definite answer.
Alright, well for myself I'd be looking at at a 250, but if you can get a 350 that is a year younger, I might go straight for the 350.
(450 is nice, but more than I would need)
Was the 250 offered with a crew cab option, or just the 350?
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You can get a crew cab 250.
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Old 01-13-2009, 05:52 PM   #16 (permalink)
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yeah i have a 2002 crew cab lariat 250 7.3 and my buddy has a 03 350 crew cab 7.3 so i know they both out there.
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the last year for the 7.3 in the 250 was 2002. the last year for the 7.3 in a 350 was 2003. In the heavy truck line you could order a 7.3 until mid 2004
and dont worry its not a newb question if nobody can give you a definite answer.
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I first batch of 6.0L were a headach . Headgaskest . Injector pumps, Injectors, I could go on . The Econolines were the real bitches. I work for Laidlaw paratransit and we had some 97-2002 e350 e450's with the 7.3L in them and they were great to work on . Most of them had over 300k on them with no major issues. We got a bunch of buses with the 6.0L in them total nightmare. Add the fact they were cutaway buses and had 2 alternators and 2 AC compressors . Ford labor time to do belts on a E series with a 6.0L was like 5.5 hours LOL.

If I ever buy a diesel its gonna be a F250 with a 7.3L way more dependable .I rather have a 7.3L with over 250k well maintained than a new 6.0L or 6.4L

Just remeber they are very oil dependent . The better you keep the oiling system clean with regulare oil changes the long life you with get out of the injectors and the rotating assembly
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I want to say 03 on the 7.3L, or thats the only ones I have seen come through our dealership. Xeleventybillion that they are more reliable then the 6.0 and 6.4L.
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Old 01-14-2009, 12:32 PM   #19 (permalink)
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They made a 03 7.3 in f-250. I have a extcsb 03 f-250 7.3 and my good friend has a ccsbf-250
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Here's something to think about....

The 7.3 trucks are only getting older. I realize you can still get them with relatively low miles on them and in good working condition, but that is getting harder and harder. I have looked at a lot of these trucks for sale in used truck lots and like I said, they arn't getting any younger. You have to figure, it's 2009 now, so even if you did find a top of the line used 7.3 with relatively low miles, it's still a truck that's at the youngest, 6 or 7 years old depending on the build date. In the north, in the winter, your fenders on a lot of trucks start to rust from the insides out after 7 or 8 years. So you figure if you buy one now, in a couple years you can plan on having to redo the fenders if you plan on keeping it. Around Detroit, I see a ton of early Super Duty's with surface rust showing up all over them. It's sad because I really really like these trucks. They are probably the best trucks Ford ever made, and the early ones are about worn out.


Here's something else to think about.....

Yes, the 7.3 was an awesome motor. But so is the 6.0. Granted it had more than it's fair share of problems, which really put a dent in the image of Ford's diesel engines, but most of the problems were contained to the 03-04 models with the 05-07s being virtually problem free.

There are a lot of guys out there who are die hard 7.3 fans and for good reason, but like I said, if you're dropping a lot of coin on a truck you're planning on keeping for a good long while, why buy one that is already 6 or 7 years old if you arn't getting a killer deal on it? You could spend a couple thousand more and get one that is only 2 or 3 years old, with a warranty still on it, that will have quite a few less miles on it.

It's all in what you want, and like yourself, I'd love to have an old 7.3 rattler, but with the age of the trucks and seeings how hard a lot of these trucks are worked, when I go to buy one someday, I'll prolly end up getting a nice 06 or 07 used Super Duty.

Check out this site. It has a lot of good factual information on it that is a lot of help to powerstroke owners.
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