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Old 03-15-2013, 07:01 PM
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2001 Ford F-350 7.3 vs. 2000 Dodge 2500 Cummins???

Whats up everyone, I currently own a 2001 Ford f-350 7.3 single cab long bed, it has 175k on it and I bought it last fall to start plowing with for this past winter and I will use it for landscaping this spring.

Although....a friend of a friend is selling a 2000 Dodge 2500 Cummins (24v) extended cab short bed with 180k for 8 grand, it also comes with a plow so I dont have to worry about that. If I bought this rig, I would use it for my landscaping truck as well.

(the dodge is a sport edition as well, ive heard you cant/shoudnt put a plow on the sport edition, any insight as to why??)

What do you guys think I should do, keep my 7.3 or sell it and get the dodge, im in quite a predicament here because I can sell my truck for around 11 grand and the dodge would only cost me 7-8, but im not as familiar with it...WHAT SHOULD I DO???!!

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Old 03-15-2013, 07:15 PM
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Do you need an extended cab? Can you live with a shortbed?
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Old 03-15-2013, 07:29 PM
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extended cab is nice if i have to take 3 or 4 people to a job and bed size doesnt really matter to me...
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Old 03-15-2013, 07:32 PM
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Both are going to be very nice truck. I dont necessarily see the need to go out of your way to get the truck, even though it is cheap. Remember that dodges are notorious for transmission issues, especially with a cummins, and especially with a plow.
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Old 03-15-2013, 07:37 PM
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Both are going to be very nice truck. I dont necessarily see the need to go out of your way to get the truck, even though it is cheap. Remember that dodges are notorious for transmission issues, especially with a cummins, and especially with a plow.
ya thats my problem too, i have a nice truck already but the point being i could sell it and end up saving 3 or 4 grand once i buy the dodge..

he also said the tranny has been rebuilt in the past, so thats a plus
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Old 03-15-2013, 07:39 PM
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Well let me put it this way, both motors are known for longevity, both have the same amount of miles, both have a plow. Saving money would be a good thing so I guess you should put your truck on craigslist..
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Old 03-15-2013, 07:43 PM
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Keep the Ford...7.3 ltr. is the best
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Old 03-15-2013, 08:01 PM
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I would keep what you have and what you know. Yes the cummins is a great diesel however there's no truck behind it. As the saying goes "Dodge makes it Cummins breaks it ". Just my 2 cents .
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Old 03-15-2013, 10:31 PM
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Here is my .02

I actually own a 2001 extended cab short bed Cummins 2500 SPORT edition. The difference with a Sport edition is the more rounded front bumper cover, dual headlights, tow hooks under the sport bumper, and the tail lights and grill are painted to match the truck. I push LOTS of snow with my Sport. I have 198,000 miles currently on original wheel bearings! The truck has never left me stranded. It has an ATS Stage 3 trans that's rated for 900 ft lbs of torque and after 100,000 plus miles on this trans, it's still PERFECT! I do agree that the 7.3's are good, but there are some many FEWER parts to go bad on the Cummins so the long term cost of ownership is likely to be lower. Doesn't have glow plugs to go bad for example... $8k sounds like a hell of a deal if it's in good condition(not even factoring in the plow)! I searched for my Cummins for 6 months and paid 10k(EXCELLENT condition) and had to drive 6.5hrs one way!
The Sport Cummins is a very highly sought after combo!
That is my personal experience and what I know about the Sport package(suspension, steering, etc isn't any different and does not affect how it would handle a plow)
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Old 03-15-2013, 11:46 PM
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I have both and the 7.3 is a good workhorse, but the cummins is sweet!!! Much better mileage with the cummins.
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