Replacing stolen truck

Discussion in '99+ 7.3L PowerStroke Engine & Drivetrain' started by acende, Dec 21, 2017.

  1. acende

    acende SDD Junior Member

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    My 2006 crew cab 4X4 with a manual transmission was stolen. It's difficult to find a 6.0 with a manual so I'm looking at 7.3 cause there's more of them available. Some sellers are claiming under 150k miles. I find that low mileage hard to believe. What should I look out for? Also I have heard the 4x4 from 99-02 ride harshly compared to the 04-07 models.

    Trying to stay away from car dealers, people who lifted their trucks. Chips on the 6.0 are a problem IMHO I don't know enough about the 7.3 to have an opinion. Any advice greatly appreciated. Don't think that I would ever be happy with an automatic transmission so that's not an option till I've exhausted all other choices. Not a fan of Dodge trucks however it's way easier to find a manual transmission there. My dad had a 96 extended cab DWD with a 5 speed, he installed a hi-lo Gear Vender. Awesome drive train the rest of the truck not so much.
     
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    Yes the 7.3L will ride rougher, it's leaf spring vs coil spring. I loved the sturdy feeling of the truck on the road. Personally I'd take a 7.3L over the 6.0 due to the known problems with the 6.0. I made numerous updates to mine but the motor never gave me trouble and I only did regular maintenance.

    Found a nice looking manual in Utah you may be interested in.
     
  3. hawkdriver

    hawkdriver Full Access Member

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    My '01 rides like, well, a truck. I do like the firmness of it but it jostles the wife around some lol. Like you, I searched for months for a manual. I have owned it since '05 and have 275,000 on it with no major issues. I'm keeping until it falls apart. Good luck and sorry to hear about your loss.
     

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