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Ford 4x4 F-250 1999-2000 7.3 Diesel

Discussion in 'Ford Trucks' started by DodgerFan, Jan 10, 2010.

  1. DodgerFan

    DodgerFan Senior Member
    Messages: 111

    Guy's I no NOTHING about diesel. Is this a good truck to push snow ? Is this a good motor ? What are your thought's about the V-10 ? Looking @ buying one today then put a plow on it.

  2. mycirus

    mycirus Senior Member
    from Mass
    Messages: 589

    The 7.3 is awesome. Just check the oil pan. They tend to rust out and you have to pull engine to change. Other than that its awesome.
  3. DodgerFan

    DodgerFan Senior Member
    Messages: 111

    Thanks ! How many miles will this thing go ? How many is too many miles ? Do you know if this is a good truck to push snow ?
  4. rob_cook2001

    rob_cook2001 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,171

    7.3's are great motors and superduty's are great trucks. The motor will last a long time. I have seen many with over 300k. Even though they last I try to buy with as low of miles as I can.
  5. mycirus

    mycirus Senior Member
    from Mass
    Messages: 589

    My friend bought an 03 with 160,000 miles and it drives like a new truck. Lower is always better but I wouldnt be scared of mileage if the price is right.
  6. DodgerFan

    DodgerFan Senior Member
    Messages: 111

    Thanks for everything guys ! I have 1 more question, how do these things (7.3 dieles) do compared to gas as for as mileage ect ?
  7. rob_cook2001

    rob_cook2001 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,171

    Much better milage. In a reg cab that truck should get over 20mpg. With a V-10 you would be lucky to get over 13mpg.
  8. abbe

    abbe Senior Member
    from RI
    Messages: 719

    no offense i have a 2000 regular cab and cruising a straight 400 mile highway run, the most ive ever gotten is 18mpg i cannot top that. i havent had my chip custom tuned yet, the 18mpg was strictly stock.
  9. Grn Mtn

    Grn Mtn PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,644

    My primary truck this season has been the 2009 F550 V10 SRW 4x4, 9'6" Fisher XtremeV SS, 2 yd SS Smith Vbox Salter.

    This is a great truck, I have to say I do enjoy the Deisel more though, primarily because with the dual batteries you have almost no power issues (lights fading, etc) and the more and lower torque really allows you to push some serious snow piles back.

    That said though, I have no complaints really. Hell, half the time when the salter is full I don't even plow in 4wh.

    here is a really crappy picture from 2 nights ago.

  10. 7.3 Plower

    7.3 Plower Senior Member
    Messages: 221

    With my SRW F350 with 3.73s driving it like I stole it I get 15mpg. I've heard of guys who drive like grandpa getting 20+

    A dually while towing heavy will likely get around 11mpg. From what I hear a V10 while towing a similar load would get around 5-7mpg.
    Last edited: Jan 10, 2010
  11. DodgerFan

    DodgerFan Senior Member
    Messages: 111

    Thanks for all the info guys ! Going too look at it again thia afternoon !
  12. plowguy43

    plowguy43 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,264

    The 7.3 was regarded as Fords best diesel ever made. Some compare it to being just as good as a cummins. They are great engines.
  13. ford550

    ford550 Senior Member
    Messages: 407

    Have a '99 F550 w/ 7.3L. Compared to my other (6.0 & 6.4) this motor is a champ. Mine has 113,000 miles and the most I have ever done are oil/fluid filters changes etc (knock on wood). I can see my oil pan is starting to rust pretty bad, buts its also 11 years old. Otherwise you can't go wrong.
  14. DodgerFan

    DodgerFan Senior Member
    Messages: 111

    Thank for everything guy's ! Unfortunetly when I got over thier late yesterday it was Sold, I'll keep my eye out for one though. Been wanting one for a while but had been looking at the V-10 but after hearing all the great feedback the V-10 is OUT !

    Thanks Again !!!
  15. timberseal

    timberseal Senior Member
    from 46385
    Messages: 247

    The V10 is a great motor too ... it just likes to eat fuel! I have a 7.3 and a V-10 and the V-10 easily uses about twice the fuel plowing.
  16. mwalsh9152

    mwalsh9152 Senior Member
    Messages: 434

    Ive had both, and you really cant go wrong with either. I had a 97 F-250 with 4:10's and with the cruise set at 70mph it got 21mpg. My 99 ex cab V-10 got 13 on the highway, and maybe 8 around town. Friends who have the newer version of the v-10 tell me that they get upwards of 15mpg out of theirs on the highway. I never plowed with either of mine so I couldnt help with that info....however I will be plowing with my powerstroke Bronco, hopefully this winter.

    I wouldnt hesitate to buy either, if you can find a great deal on a V-10 with under 120k on it I you certainly wont regret it....provided you cant find a good deal on a diesel first!
  17. show-n-go

    show-n-go Senior Member
    Messages: 776

    All depends on the gears. I I get 20's all day in my Ex and my buddy doesn;t get that ever with his F350. I always drive it like i stole it.. But i do have a chip,filter and exhaust. It plows and tows great. I filled mine up thurday morning then plowed all day and night then went to top it off again on friday morning and it only took $37 bucks to refill it. My route is that many mile but that is a ton of running/idle time to not use much fuel.