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quick question on ford powerstroke - which years were bad

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by Chop Stuff Up, Feb 11, 2008.

  1. Chop Stuff Up

    Chop Stuff Up LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 457

    I'm looking at 2 E-350 diesels. One is a 99 and one is a 97. I remember reading on here that powerstroke had common issues up until a certain year and I forget what it was and what year, somewhere around the 96 range and they straightened it out. Does anyone know? thanks

    ED'S LAWNCARE LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 361

    I had a 97 7.3 with no problems, now I have an 02 7.3, again great truck. The 6.0 were an issue as well as some of the new 6.4, but I think they straightened those out.
  3. lewdo

    lewdo LawnSite Member
    Messages: 86

    Yes I agree. I've got a 99 F250 PSD 7.3L. Been a good running truck. Had a couple buddies with the 6.0L that had lots of problems and really lacked the power of the 7.3
  4. Landrus2

    Landrus2 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,014

    All 7.3 are good engines. is going to serve you as you take care of it. good service is the major trick. prior to 99 there seems to be more electric problems.
    But the 6.0 that is what every body is complaint about.:drinkup:

    DUSTYCEDAR LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
    Messages: 5,134

    GOT A 2000 7.3 all is good
  6. oakhillslandscaping

    oakhillslandscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 643

    i got an 02 7.3 and i cant complain
  7. TXNSLighting

    TXNSLighting LawnSite Fanatic
    from DFW, TX
    Messages: 6,464

    94 1/2 and 95 was first years. there were some problems. 01's had some issues. anything in between are great. 97s were the best and 99's were great. at first they had water pump issues. but shouldve been replaced by now. pretty much 2000-203 were awesome. 02 and 03 being the best for super dutys.
  8. DK lawn care

    DK lawn care LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 763

    It depends on what ur gonna use it for. If ur gonna chip it, etc id go with a 99 to 00 because they had forged internals. If ur just gonna use it as a straight work truck, id go with 01 to mid 03 (when it was replaced).
  9. Scag48

    Scag48 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,067

    My dad has a '99 PSD 7.3 with 180K, great truck.
  10. Chop Stuff Up

    Chop Stuff Up LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 457

    The one I'm mainly considering is a '97 7.3 E-350 with 150k. Its an extended cargo van not the truck. It'll be running about 200 miles a day, mostly highway with 4 main stops. It'll be my first diesel but I think its probably the way to go for this. Total weight of the vehicle will be near 10,000lbs when loaded (brake drums and pads for 18-wheelers).

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