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Old 06-18-2014, 07:54 PM   #1
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2004 F250 6.0 diesel concerns

I have been looking at a 2004 F250 diesel 4x4 to for an update . The original owner has it for sale, only has 60,000 miles.He has receipts for all recommended service. NO modifications on the vehicle or engine. Anyone using this type of unit to tow. I have heard that was a bad year for Ford diesels. The engine is a 6.0.
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Old 06-18-2014, 08:11 PM   #2
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They call that engine the 6.oh no.
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Old 06-18-2014, 08:15 PM   #3
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Charles,
I have a 2006 f350 with 6.0, and it has been a wonderful truck. I have had the truck since brand-new and currently have 124,000 miles on it. I have always maintained it to the letter; oil changes, fuel filters, egr cleanouts, transmission flushes, coolant flushes...etc. I am completely stock with the exception of a 4" turbo-back exhaust system...heck I am still working with 8mm of the original OEM brakes. I am knocking on wood as I write this, but I have had none of the notorious 6.0 issues, and it runs like a champ.

The truck has always been used as my everyday driver, as well as our tow rig. Having said that, there is no question that the 6.0 has a horrible reputation. Not being a tech, I really can't say what to look for, but the one you describe sounds good. I figure I would give you some positive feedback because the haters will be coming.
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Old 06-18-2014, 08:22 PM   #4
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The truck is really nice, low miles, decent price , mature owner, dealer maintained. But I am guessing this will be one of my last vehicle purchase , and I am not looking for problems. Looks like it would be a possibility of issues later on. Thanks for the response.
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Old 06-18-2014, 08:29 PM   #5
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Now you have me thinking again. If it were going to have problems, wouldn't they have been early on ? The owner owed the truck for 10 years and has given me open book on the repairs and maintenance. All dealer service . It would be using it as a daily driver as well as a tow vehicle. It would replace my 2001 f250 5.4 with 150,000 miles, which still runs great but shows its age towing a 7000 TT up almost any grade.
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Old 06-18-2014, 08:44 PM   #6
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The 6.0's had turbo, and head gasket problems. The fix was better turbo's, and stronger after market head bolts. When you try to force to much air into the engine the head gaskets are the first to go. The stock head bolts could not take the pressure. The head bolt kit and install is around $2,000. The turbo's I have no idea, but at least $1300 ea.

If the engine has no leaks, and nobody has put a tuner on it, and it's lasted this long it is probably ok. Not all of them failed.

All manufacture's have had there share of diesel engine problems. Ford has had the most. New trucks are so expensive, I can see why you want to go with a used one for sure. Of course I can't tell you it will be fine, but it sounds like the guy has kept it up, and probably took care of it.
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Old 06-18-2014, 09:20 PM   #7
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I have a 2004 Lariat with a 6.0. If you can get it on a monitor and check the deltas (temperature difference between the coolant temp and oil temp) and it meets the under 15 degree criteria, that's a good start. The oil cooler is a weak spot that leads to egr problems then head gasket problems. Plenty of info on the web. Youtube has a powerstrokehelp channel that will give you tons of info. I love my truck and am confident in it now that i changed the oil cooler and always use a monitor to watch the health of the truck.
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Old 06-18-2014, 09:23 PM   #8
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The 6.0 Diesel came out in late 2003. It replaced the 7.3 Diesel. So anyway they probably got a lot of the bugs out of them by 2004. The 6.0's also had injector problems.
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I have one buddy that had all three of his 6.0 trucks in the shop one month, I dont think a one came out without a $2k repair bill, and one couldnt stay out of the shop for more than a month. Everything from injector control modules, to injectors, to turbos, it was a mess. He got rid of all 3 and then got another 6oh. I asked him why, he said he had time to work on it now since he went to work for someone else instead of himself.

Another buddy with an 05, 6.0 just called me a couple weeks ago, his truck with about 120k and all stock, just got his egr cooler replaced to aa tune of $3,500.
I cant tell you how many people I've heard about around me that have dumped many thousands of $$ on a 6.0.
My take is, pass. You can find better trucks out there, and there is a reason that 6.0s and for that matter 6.4s can be found so cheap.

Just my $.02 and somebody elses money thankfully!
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I have a 2006 F250 6.0 diesel. When I was researching trucks, I remember reading that the early 6.0 engines had problems, but I can't recall now what it was. In 2006, they corrected whatever it was and from then on, everything was fine.

I could be that this particular one will go for several hundred thousand miles with no problems, but it might be worth doing some Google searches to see what the issue was with the early 6.0s.
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