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Old 06-18-2014, 10:19 PM   #11
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Supposedly, they were straightened out in the late '04 models. Mine has only needed an EGR valve in 106000 miles, engine wise. Of course, that had to happen half way down the Florida gulf coast on my way to the Keys. Made a nice souvenir. All 4 ball joints went bad at 70,000 just like my '97 did. Non-greasable junk! That's other problems.
I would assume mine is a late '04 seeing how I bought it brand new at the end of '05. It's been a great truck. No mods.

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Old 06-18-2014, 10:39 PM   #12
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I'd vote pass also. Odds are you can find a similar era and condition Duramax or Cummins (Woo hoo! Love Cummins.) truck for a similar price.

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Old 06-18-2014, 10:42 PM   #13
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I've seen the problems in 04s, 05s, and 06s....well actually haven't heard of any years that didnt.
Someone once told me the 04s were better, and then his had to have an icm and 4 injectors.
I think its a crap shoot, and the dealer usually wins. (Literally and figuratively).
I'd buget for issues if its a really, really good deal.

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Old 06-18-2014, 11:18 PM   #14
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Maybe the guy selling it knows something, and is holding his cards tight.

My Brother is a certified Ford technician, and I was a Dodge/Cummins tech. When those 6.0's came out that dealership didn't have enough techs to fix them all. Every time I would go down to see him there would be 2-3 Superduty's with the whole cab off, and they were working on the turbo's, head studs,injectors and what ever else was broke on them. He stayed busy like that for year's. We used to share horror stories, and beleive me his were way worse than mine.

I've never worked on a ford diesel of any kind, and I'm glad I didn't have to go through what he did.

Didn't Ford make a 6.4 after that, and now a 6.7? I can't keep up with them. I like the Cummins engine's , even though they have had their problems also.
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Old 06-19-2014, 12:44 AM   #15
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I own a 2005 6.0 with 55k miles. Most are towing miles with 12.5k 5th wheel. I had ARP studs installed and a Bulletproof Diesel oil cooler and remote oil filter/bypass kits. Use the Fleetguard filters not junk Carquest they sell. Coolant filter added. If you can buy the truck right and will spend the extra $ you'll be fine. I plan to install a Banks technicooler (weak point) and larger exhaust, just prior to retiring. I've only been on the side of the road once due to staple holes on the turbo outlet clamp split. I carry a spare, now. Has been a good truck and have confidence it will take us coast to coast and back without issues. Add pyrometer and never over boost or go past 1250 degrees climbing hills.
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Old 06-19-2014, 12:51 AM   #16
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I have a 2004 F-350 4x4 with the 6.0. I have 75,000 miles. @ 60,000 miles I noticed a small amount of oil in the Degas bottle. Showed it to Ford service tech. I had to replace Oil Cooler, EGR Valve, EGR Cooler with a BulletProofDiesel - Darn-Near Bullet Proof Diesel Products for your 6.0 and 6.4 Cooler. Flushed the engine with Purple Stuff. The Head bolts were checked and they were OK. I caught the problem before it did major damage. I added a ScanGauge II Digital Data Monitor after the repair was done to my Truck.
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Old 06-19-2014, 01:49 AM   #17
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I had 2 of the 6.0's prior to my new one. Only troubles I had were one stuck injector and one glow plug. I didn't baby any of them. All 3 brands have had issues, including the favorite cummins. I like all 3, and won't knock any of them. Heck there's several guys around us who have dropped the cummins in their F350's. I personally would probably not buy a "used" 6.0 unless the EGR was deleted, head bolts / gaskets changed etc (Bullet proofed per say). Just me, and I'm a Ford guy. A 7.3, different story. Hard to find one. I'd buy one of those quick.
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Old 06-19-2014, 05:23 AM   #18
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A quick way to "invest" $5-6,000...

I have been edumacating myself about the Fords just for kicks. One guy in Texas (Skeeter) that works on diesels says that Fords keep food on his table and a roof over his head. He also said that he had a Cummins in that day-for an oil change.
60,000 miles seems to be the magic point. They can all look good and then around 65,000 little things start popping up.
EGR cooler plugged because of the silicate-based coolant, turbo problems, injector problems, and the dreaded head gasket/stud failures.
It's well north of $5K to fix the studs, etc. because it's a cab-off job.
Good ones are really good. Bad ones, well...
Go to the Powerstroke 6.0 forum for all the dirt.
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Old 06-19-2014, 06:26 AM   #19
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We have an 05 6.0 at work that has required nothing more than tires over the course of its 198000 miles. It gets maintained religiously though as do all our motorized vehicles from the smallest lawn mower to the biggest excavator we have. You will not sneak in or out of anywhere with the 6.0 as it is noisy when cold.
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Old 06-19-2014, 06:42 AM   #20
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I think after reading the postings, I need to look for something newer. Besides its a 10 yr old truck and I tend to keep my vehicles a long time.I have had my current one since 2001, but its a 5.4 Gasser.. Off course I was looking at the cost of the diesels more than anything. Its probably more of a crap shoot than I wish to take. Being on a fixed income I need to watch my few bucks I have. I will continue looking for something a bit newer, what year is a good year to start at ? New ones are OUT OF THE QUESTION.(60,000 + ) I don't wish to start a debate but I like my Fords. Thanks again Chuck in Va

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