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Old 09-17-2010, 10:38 PM   #1
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Looking to upgrade my TV and was considering a Ford SD with the 6.0L diesel. Any opinions, thoughts, likes or dislikesabout the 6.0L diesel?
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Old 09-17-2010, 10:57 PM   #2
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You are going to hear a lot of gloom and doom about the 6.0 but I had three of them,2003,2005,2007 and they were as good as it gets. I often got over 20mpg (solo), usually about 10mpg towing, and no problems. Since your 6.0 is used (I assume) it may also have already have had whatever problems its going to have repaired. For me personally the 6.0 was a good buy.
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Old 09-17-2010, 11:39 PM   #3
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I have one and the best advise I can give you is to run, run away from it as fast as you can......I have 50K on mine, dealer serviced, too many EGR valves to count, and 3 turbo's.....oh ya, and a few oil coolers....mine is sitting in the garage, hasn't been moved in months, hopefully when my PP is gone, I will buy a new truck....I love the truck, nice interior, looks sharp, ride nice, but do I trust it.......NO.......
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Old 09-18-2010, 07:47 AM   #4
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Really like problems...yet...92000 miles
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Old 09-19-2010, 01:16 AM   #5
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before buying you can take the VIN number to your local ford dealer and you can get an oasis report. it will give you all the info on that trucks dealer performed work. repairs-recalls-tsb's. keep a eye out for head bolt issues. take a look at this forum of good info there.
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Old 09-19-2010, 08:07 AM   #6
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I have an 05 6.0 and not any problems.My son has an 05 and had some trouble, but never missed a camping trip because of it.I would think if there are 50k miles on one ,the problems have been fixed.I think I would buy from 05 up.Seems that most of theses years don't have that much trouble.If the truth be known there are problems with any thing you could buy even thru new ones.Also seems a lot of problems come from chips being put in these trucks and used for hot rods instead of towing.
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Old 09-19-2010, 08:15 AM   #7
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Perhaps this is one of the reasons Ford went to an in-house diesel for 2011. Too many Navistar Powerstroke problems?

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without stepping on any Ford owners (I am myself a Ford owner, we have a Taurus and a Ranger as our daily drivers) I would like to throw out for your consideration the 06/early 07 GMC Duramax trucks with engine RPO code LBZ. They had the overheat issues mostly fixed with a 30% bigger cooling system and were not saddled with the extreme emissions requirements. It was also the first years of the 6 speed Allison. The Allison is probably the best tranny, with the possible exception of the new Ford auto.

Regardless of brand, as the folks above have stated, research on the respective brand forums (run some Google searches).

Try to make sure that you don't get a truck that has had a tuner run on it. GM has a TSB out on how to tell if a tuner has been used on a Duramax diesel. I am sure Ford and Chrysler probably have the same. The reason I am so against used trucks having had tuners run on them as people get carried away and try to push the limits and hurt the engine.

On one of the Duramax forums, there is a post from a guy who bought a late model Duramax (still under warranty), had issues, and GM voided the remaining warranty out on the truck. Unfortunately he bought it from a private party and had no recourse.

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Kyle47, do you have a particular year in mind? As stated above, if there is one at a dealership, have them run an Oasis report on the truck. This will tell you what kind of life it has had in the repair shop. The SECOND question is how heavy of a load are you going to be towing? If it is a heavier load, then there would be a few options. If the truck has had a pretty good life, I would look at adding some aftermarket parts to enhance what the factory should have done in the first place. An updated oil cooler and EGR system is a must if you are towing heavy loads. Look in any diesel power magazine and you will find companies that sell these items and there are quite a few. Second would be to stick to one of the later year trucks as they do re-design some of the trouble areas, but not as good as what the aftermarket did. My 2004 6.0 was a GREAT truck for 5-years towing a 5K travel trailer, but when I upgraded to my current trailer, things started to go down hill. The truck was in the shop for a month while the egr cooler, oil cooler and head gaskets were re-done. The 2008-2010 trucks are having some issues as well, but the 2011's....this is a WHOLE NEW ballgame folks. A night and day difference between this one and the 2009 it replaced. I am averaging at least 3-mpg better towing with the 2011 and the power is...well the term freight train comes to mind!!! Good luck with your decision.


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Having an '07, I can attest they too have issues or least mine was issued prone. Under the Factory Powerstroke warranty I have had replaced 2 EGRs, 1 Turbo and 1 set of heads, and a cooling fan clutch. I'm not certain if this was because of poor design, quality or if the previous had a tuner on it. I do recall seeing a thick black cord coming out of the the ODB port, but couldn't see what it was attached too, the selling ebay dealer stated it was from a IPoD. I feel now it was from a tuner, cable to thick to be an ipod.

Being it has been about a year and 10,000 towing miles (30,000 driven miles) since the head stud replacement, I have had no issues. And I'm beating this thing to hoping to create an issue as the next step is a complete engine replacement. After this towing season the "trust" factor is returning and I'm looking forward to driving this truck for at least another 200,000 miles.

OP - Ford does offer an additional Powerstroke warranty that will cover major engine components until 200k, if purchased before 100k. If your local dealer won't run an OASIS report I some folks at will.

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