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    Default Ford Model Year Comparisons

    I am currently shopping for a used F-350. I'm hearing varying things about the quality of different model years - I'm considering anything from early 2000's on up through 2007.

    Anyone with one of these trucks that can comment on any issues you have had (or haven't had)?



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    I have the F-250... 2000 with the 7.3L diesel... would not get rid of it.



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    Karen, check my Ford 250/350 2wd/4wd thread - some very good info there on those years
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    And fork up the $20 or whatever it is for a subscription to Consumer Reports. You'll get everything you need from there, especially with such recent years.



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    http://www.ford-trucks.com (Not affiliated with Ford)



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    I'll second the vote for the 7.3. Stay away from anything with a diesel particulate filter.



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    if you get a 6.0 make sure it has had all suggested maintenance (documented).

    Most with 7.3's are happy enough with them that it's hard to convince them to sell.



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    Anything gas is probably ok. From 2002 1/2 forward stay away from the diesels. The 6.0 is crap and the 6.4 isn't much better. yes there are some good ones, but if it's a good one you most likely won't find it used.
    I have known several people who had the 6.0 and 6.4 that had nothing but trouble with them and ended up getting rid of them.
    If you find a 7.3 in good shape used, grab it.
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    Had a 7.3 for years. Engine was great, but other problems. Stay away from 6.0s. So far, my newer 6.4 has been great



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    I purchased a new Ford F-350 diesel dually in 2004. They re-designed the diesel engine in 2005 models and then again in 2010/2011. I have had good luck with my truck, although I hear that the 2000-2004 diesel models may need to have head gaskets replaced when mileage gets 70,000+.

    I plan to trade for 2011 F-350 diesel dually within the next few months.



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    Forgot to mention.... I pull 4-horse aluminum trailer with 4 adult warmbloods up and down mountain roads. F-350 has plenty of power.



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    Just an update - I bought my "new" truck today. I got a 2002 w/133,000 miles (I have to keep reminding myself that this is just getting broken in for a diesel). Best thing? I was working with an insurance payout from my previous truck which was totaled in an accident, and I was able to buy it outright with enough cash left over to put in a bed liner and a gooseneck hitch and upgrade the brake box.

    Thanks everyone for the help (and JB for referencing the previous thread).



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    sweet!!!



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