I've got the opportunity to get myself a hunting rig for a decent price. It's a 2000 Ford Excursion with a 7.3 Powerstroke diesel. I've never been a Ford fan, so I don't know much about these engines. What do you guys think?
I had a 2001 F250 with the 7.3 powerstroke. Was a good truck but had a lot of trouble with cold starting. Did glow plugs multiple times and eventually had to let it go. If you tow a lot get it, if not stick to gas. Elk hunting gets a lot less fun when it's -15 and the truck won't start.
I was supposed to drive a Ford 6.0 this morning (first time in my life) to pull some equipment to a job. Needless to say I drove my personal truck (5.9 Cummins) because I didn't feel like being broke down on the highway in sub zero temps. Our 6.0 trucks are in the shop constantly and each repair seems to cost thousands. Avoid them if possible.
I had that exact truck and put 200,000 miles on it in about five years. My biggest complaint was the slow heat warm up in the winter and the $1,800 front bearing job that had to be done at 95,000 miles. Dang, that left a mark. Maybe it was the expensive oil changes or the A/C struggling to cool that big pig, lol.
Either way, buy it...jacket it up 2" and add some 35's and you have a bad ass ride, lol.
My '99 has been bomb-proof (knock on wood). I have had the same cold starting problems as others above. To the point where I would never go on a back country hunt and expecting my truck to start up upon my return...when it's really cold out.
7.3 are reliable motors. believe it or not the 6.0's can be made reliable. Should that be something the owner should have to take care of? Probably not but with the right precautionary measures the 6.0 can be made into a reliable motor with plenty of power. You just have to have the money and be willing to spend it.
I've owned one for 14 years now. She's got 275000 miles of tough driving miles. I tow a lot of the time.
One of the most sought after engines right now. People are looking to rebuild those and keep them on the road.
You do need good glow plugs, I've never redone mine but she's needing plugged in at night now. The relay switch on top the motor is the biggest dog. Their cheap and easy to replace but when they go, your not going to start in cold weather. We all keep an extra one in the jockey box.