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Is 300,000 miles realistic for a 7.3 Powerstroke???

 
futureoilburner futureoilburner
New User | Posts: 7 | Joined: 06/07
Posted: 06/23/07
12:53 PM

I'm currently deployed to Iraq and have plans to buy a 2002 F-250 or F-350 with the 7.3 and 6 speed manual tranny. However, my budget will only allow for me to purchase a truck with somewhere between 100,000-150,000 miles. My question is how many miles can I expect to get out of this truck if its going to cost me 15-20 grand is it worth it. I will be using this truck as a daily driver and will only be towing rarely nothing heavier then a bobcat. Another question I have is will a truck with high miles like this be a bad thing to put a power chip in and if it will handle it ok would a stock manual tranny be able to handle a power chip?  I am just getting into diesel motors so all the info I can get would be really helpful and appreciated... THANKS.  
95 K/2500, 6.5, auto, 4x4

06cumminspower 06cumminspower
Enthusiast | Posts: 334 | Joined: 03/07
Posted: 06/23/07
01:36 PM

300k is definitly achievable in a 7.3, i have a 94.5 stroker w/ 345k on it, first time starting it of the day takes a few seconds before it will crank but it runs like a brand new machine other than that. but if you want the best diesel and looking to put a lot of miles on it and going to keep it  a cummins is the way to go. especially if you are going to add power, they are more fuel efficient, reliable and capable of making much more power than a power stroke.  

futureoilburner futureoilburner
New User | Posts: 7 | Joined: 06/07
Posted: 06/26/07
04:42 AM

I know that this forum has only been up for a few days but it is showing almost 200 views yet only one person has replied. Thanks for your response/advice 06cumminspower, I really appreciate it. I just figured more people would be willing to share their thoughts/experiences...  
95 K/2500, 6.5, auto, 4x4

IBLEEDDIESELFUEL IBLEEDDIESELFUEL
New User | Posts: 20 | Joined: 07/07
Posted: 07/09/07
07:05 PM

WELL I HAVE 1997 F-250 WITH THE 7.3L POWERSTROKE AND I HAVE 220,000+ MILES ON IT AND IT RUNS BETTER THAN THE NEW 6.0L AND THE 6.4L'S. NOT DISSING THE 6.0 OR THE 6.4L BUT I DONT AHVE PROBS WITH HEAD GASKETS, TURBOS, OR SHOOOTING OUT A 10' FLAME OUT OF MY TAIL PIPE. THE 7.3L ENGINE IS A BULLET PROOF MOTOR WHY THEY QUITE MAKING THEM IS BEYOUND ME. LONG LIVE THE 7.3 POWERSTROKES! Laugh  
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bluetech151 bluetech151
Guru | Posts: 1304 | Joined: 06/07
Posted: 07/10/07
11:43 AM

if you plan on buying an 02 f-250 with 75,000 miles plus make sure you plan on changing the cluch the stock cluch should handle the extra power but it won't be long for it to go out.a good after market cluch kit flywheel and all should be in your plans mine went out at 136,000 miles it probable still could have worked but it started eating away at hydro cluch(the rod that pushed the fork)at 170 dollas a pop times 3(yes I bought 3 of them I fill dumb cause thats $510 that could be mine)any way I got a new cluch it holds up fine to the 6 gun I have on it 141,000 still running strong  
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bluetech151 bluetech151
Guru | Posts: 1304 | Joined: 06/07
Posted: 07/10/07
11:55 AM

forgot my dad has a 94 7.3 with 280,000  
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futureoilburner futureoilburner
New User | Posts: 7 | Joined: 06/07
Posted: 07/15/07
11:15 AM

Thanks for the intel guys.  
95 K/2500, 6.5, auto, 4x4

elsparky66 elsparky66
New User | Posts: 1 | Joined: 04/10
Posted: 04/16/10
02:45 PM

I have read in magazines  such as diesel power that high mileage engines cant handle stout mods (connecting rods, blown head gaskets,etc). Mild mods should be o.k. such as Air intakes, bigger exhaust,fuel kits. I have a 2002 F250 With 225,000 miles With these apps. Truck runs great  

SmokenGun SmokenGun
Guru | Posts: 908 | Joined: 10/08
Posted: 04/16/10
03:23 PM

Icon Quotefutureoilburner:
I'm currently deployed to Iraq and have plans to buy a 2002 F-250 or F-350 with the 7.3 and 6 speed manual tranny. However, my budget will only allow for me to purchase a truck with somewhere between 100,000-150,000 miles. My question is how many miles can I expect to get out of this truck if its going to cost me 15-20 grand is it worth it. I will be using this truck as a daily driver and will only be towing rarely nothing heavier then a bobcat. Another question I have is will a truck with high miles like this be a bad thing to put a power chip in and if it will handle it ok would a stock manual tranny be able to handle a power chip?  I am just getting into diesel motors so all the info I can get would be really helpful and appreciated... THANKS.

Yes a 7.3L PSD (powerstroke diesel) thats been taken care of properly can go 300K easy. There are tons of 7.3L's with 500-700K on them. It all depends of how well the previous owner took care of the truck and engine.

A high mile 7.3L should handle an aggressive chip fine, a good upgraded clutch will do wonders and a high mileage stock one will probably slip a little.

Just make sure you find a good quality truck that shows all the signs of being taken care. Like say, a clean engine compartment.

I would join PowerstrokeNation.com, it is the premier Powerstroke diesel forum. Its completely free to join and has SO SO many great people and resources to help you.

Also, wait for "theSleeper444" to chim in on here. He knows his 7.3Ls!! Cool

Another thing, check out this youtube channel by a shop owner who has worked on Powerstroke for 15+ yrs.

http://www.youtube.com/user/powerstrokehelp

Good luck with the truck man! Stay safe.  
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manontractor manontractor
User | Posts: 88 | Joined: 11/09
Posted: 04/16/10
04:19 PM

whoa, this thread is like three years old  
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theSLEEPER. theSLEEPER.
Guru | Posts: 1748 | Joined: 04/08
Posted: 04/16/10
08:45 PM

Holy dead thread Batman!!!  As old as this thread is, you coulda put a million miles on one since then!  
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manontractor manontractor
User | Posts: 88 | Joined: 11/09
Posted: 04/16/10
09:41 PM

I have seen company vehicles, which usually means they are treated poorly, go 300k no sweat, all years of 7.3 powerstroke. Stock tune of course, just to be accurate.  
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SmokenGun SmokenGun
Guru | Posts: 908 | Joined: 10/08
Posted: 04/17/10
08:50 AM

Icon QuotetheSLEEPER444:
Holy dead thread Batman!!!  As old as this thread is, you coulda put a million miles on one since then!

WOW! This is an OLD thread! Didnt look at the date...lol.  
-97 Dodge Ram 2500 Laramie SLT 5.9L 12-valve Cummins, 47RE, 4x4, 3:55's, CC, LB, KDP fixed, S&B intake, silencer ring gone, 4" straight-pipe exhaust, 4,000rpm GSK, 60lb. valve springs, #10 fuel plate, boost elbow, re-torqued stock head bolts, BD steering box stabilizer, Autometer boost, EGT, and trans. temp. gauges, AMSOIL full synthetic fluids, lots of other small stuff. 150,000 miles. Next: Fully built transmission (Goerend or Sun Coast).

Bear Cat Bear Cat
New User | Posts: 2 | Joined: 02/14
Posted: 02/16/14
11:11 AM

I drive a peterbilt and i put a 7.3 powerstrock in it i think it came out of a 1997 truck and the other day i past 1,402,893 miles on it and its still going strong i have only once got the engine rebuilt after i got it with i think over or close to 400,000 miles on it so if u just keep up the matnence on it u will be good to go sorry for my spelling im on my phone sitting in traffic there was a wrack with a roll over and with the 7.3 i heavy haul i have a cat 980 k on the back and i can pull up hills an that fine no over heating or anything so i would go with it. have to go moving  

Bear Cat Bear Cat
New User | Posts: 2 | Joined: 02/14
Posted: 02/16/14
11:11 AM

I drive a peterbilt and i put a 7.3 powerstrock in it i think it came out of a 1997 truck and the other day i past 1,402,893 miles on it and its still going strong i have only once got the engine rebuilt after i got it with i think over or close to 400,000 miles on it so if u just keep up the matnence on it u will be good to go sorry for my spelling im on my phone sitting in traffic there was a wrack with a roll over and with the 7.3 i heavy haul i have a cat 980 k on the back and i can pull up hills an that fine no over heating or anything so i would go with it. have to go moving  

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