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2003 7.3 Diesel What to look for

Discussion in 'Ford Trucks' started by EaTmYtAiLpIpEs, Apr 6, 2010.

  1. EaTmYtAiLpIpEs

    EaTmYtAiLpIpEs 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,607

    I am going tomarrow to look at a 2003 ford f250 crew cab short bed 7.3 diesel. It has 150k on it. What kind of stuff do I look for mechanically and what do i listen for with the diesel? Not quit sur what to look for on a diesel.
     
  2. rob_cook2001

    rob_cook2001 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,181

    If it is on the original trans it is probably on it's way out so smell the fluid. Check all the usual stuff, oil, coolant, air filter. You can pull the intake pipe and check for any play in the turbo. Check for white smoke at start up (just a little bit is ok) Check for excessive blowby.
     
  3. creativedesigns

    creativedesigns PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,929

    Check for rotted frame....especially the oil pan.

    - Has the truck been oil sprayed annually? ( door jambs, rocker pannels, fenders...ect)
    - Is there inner wear or outter wear on the tires? This may need new ball joints, ect.
     
  4. meyer22288

    meyer22288 Senior Member
    Messages: 999

    the only thing that came to my mind when i read the title was youve seen enough buy it:D

    im on a long hard search for a 2003 7.3l f-550 4x4 myself. cant wait to dump this f-ing 6.0.
     
  5. creativedesigns

    creativedesigns PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,929

    Mann, Im I the only one who thinks the 6.0's are the cats ass!?! Those engines have pure Power :nod:
     
  6. thesnowman269

    thesnowman269 Senior Member
    Messages: 954

    If the cup holders dont work its deffinatly not worth buying....
     
  7. Mark13

    Mark13 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,737

    Yup, your the only one. :D I think the they are pos also. And idk about the pure power thing, I've driven tuned dmax's and cummins that feel a whole lot stronger then the 6.0h no's I've driven.
     
  8. EaTmYtAiLpIpEs

    EaTmYtAiLpIpEs 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,607

    I stand with mark. only ford I will buy is a 03 with the 7.3 I dont want the 6.0 too many problems.
     
  9. JaimeG

    JaimeG Senior Member
    Messages: 448

    No your not!!!:waving:
     
  10. meyer22288

    meyer22288 Senior Member
    Messages: 999

    i can honestly say everyday we have owned the truck since brand new its had some type of issue. front end problems, 2 trans, gone threw like 5 turbos plus they have cleaned them 1,000 times it seems like. needed injectors, fuel tank, and as of right now it has a wicked death wobble and very leaky oil pan. 75,000 very well maintained miles i would like to add.:realmad:

    sry bout the rant i feel better now. man i love my 7.3l's:nod:
     
  11. Mark13

    Mark13 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,737

    I'm not a ford guy but for the right price and condition I'd buy a 02-03 7.3 psd. Prefer XLT ec/lb f350 srw. And either black or the blue like stroker_79's on here.

    Edit. There's no way you'd get me to buy a 6 leaker. The Job 3+ 6.4's are looking nice though. And sound pretty mean tuned with a turbo back straight pipe.
     
    Last edited: Apr 6, 2010
  12. smoore45

    smoore45 Senior Member
    Messages: 526

    Nope, you're not the only one. Proud owner of a 2003 6.0L. :waving:
     
  13. rob_cook2001

    rob_cook2001 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,181

    I have owned 3 6.0's ( a 04 and 2 06's) and loved every one. I agree the some 6.0's did have to many issues. Tuned they run great(and the tranny will live unlike a dodge lol) but that's a whole other topic.
    A 02-03 7.3 is a GREAT truck unless you want to make a bunch of power.
    Robert
     
  14. rob_cook2001

    rob_cook2001 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,181

    I agree. We have 2 09's that are tuned and straight piped. They sound great and run even better :) The track opens Sat so we are taking both of the work trucks down to play around. My crew cab should go 13.1-13.3 and I think my brothers reg cab will bust into the 12's. Not bad for almost stock trucks at this high of elevation.
    Robert
     
  15. Stik208

    Stik208 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,316

    Well....How'd it go?
     
  16. 2COR517

    2COR517 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,115

    Friend of mine had a 6.0. Hated it. He said pulling out into traffic was always an adventure.
     
  17. EaTmYtAiLpIpEs

    EaTmYtAiLpIpEs 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,607

    my grandmother was put in the hospital today so I called the salesman and said I would be there for sure tomarrow. cant wait to check it out :)
     
  18. ultimate plow

    ultimate plow PlowSite.com Addict
    from N. IL
    Messages: 1,763

    Im here with ya. Theres so many 6.0s out there. You only hear of the bad things that happen to them.
     
  19. rob_cook2001

    rob_cook2001 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,181

    I agree completely. My 04 CC DRW was making just over 700hp to the wheels, ran 12.5's at 110mph(over 300 passes in one season) and my internals were completely stock (even headbolts). I sure miss that truck.
    Robert
     
  20. Stik208

    Stik208 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,316

    Same as above.