I've been looking for over a month and have not found 7.3 that fit my requirements and wasn't beat to hell. I' ve done my research on 6.0, and I knew what I was getting into. The truck I got is all stock, never had performance upgrades that would accelerate common problems. I have a bulletproof EGR ready to install, along with a new oil cooler. I installed coolant filter, and have an OBDII monitor to keep an eye on important stats that would be indicative of problems. I never plan to add more power to it.
All trucks have problems, with every brand you can get a lemon. With a much larger sample size, it would be expected PSDs to have a more noticeable failure rate.
Man, that truck looks great. Good call on the Bulletproof stuff and the coolant filter, they have been solid on our vans. Like I said before, both vans also really liked the Diablo Sport tuner on economy, and have been running that way for a combined 120k miles.
Just a little update. I did some preventative work on the truck and swapped out EGR cooler for a Bulletproof Diesel cooler, as well as replaced the factory oil cooler with an updated model. After all the work I discovered that I fixed a leak that I had down the backside of the engine, I think it was the turbo oil drain line.
I also installed coolant filter and did CCV mod. The intake boots were getting pretty oily and one even popped off the turbo when I was driving through Utah coming from W.E. Rock finals in CO. Hopefully now that it doesn't "lubricate" the intake with oily vapor from the engine, I won't have any more issues.