Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Baytown, Tx
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Unless you're putting an insane amount of horsepower on it, these things are pretty much bullet proof.
If you've put a chip or programmer on it, without adding the gages, then you might've over-boosted it or ran it too hot.
The 2001-2003 7.3 l have PMR (Powder coated rods) which make them less desirable for high horsepower than the 99-2000 cast rods.
There's a lot of variables that you haven't mentioned, like maintenance, filter changes, type of oil you use, what you were doing/pulling when the engines went, other mods that may or may not have been done to the truck, whether it was automagic or 6 speed, your driving style.
Why not find a good Ford diesel mechanic that you can trust that knows how to set these engines up, instead of putting in a 'junk yard motor'? just my .02 cents worth
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