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Old 02-09-2016, 09:59 PM   #11
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As a former super duty owner I had experience with the notorious harmonic vibration at 45 mph. You can google it, there are many people with the same problem. There doesn't seem to be a tried and true remedy. Mine did not start doing it till I went from an 18" wheel to a 17" wheel. It did not bother me too much...guess I got used to it...just tried to avoid the 40-45mph speed range as much as possible.

Overall my 6.0 was a very reliable solid truck. I had mine for 9 years/140,000 miles and only had to change the FICM (about $800). Other than that just maintenance type stuff. I still had the OEM brakes (6mm) when I sold it.
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Old 02-10-2016, 08:37 AM   #12
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As a former super duty owner I had experience with the notorious harmonic vibration at 45 mph. You can google it, there are many people with the same problem. There doesn't seem to be a tried and true remedy. Mine did not start doing it till I went from an 18" wheel to a 17" wheel. It did not bother me too much...guess I got used to it...just tried to avoid the 40-45mph speed range as much as possible.

Overall my 6.0 was a very reliable solid truck. I had mine for 9 years/140,000 miles and only had to change the FICM (about $800). Other than that just maintenance type stuff. I still had the OEM brakes (6mm) when I sold it.
I had the same thing on a 1997 F250. Started doing it when I had new tires put on(one size up and a mild A/T). Had the tires rebalanced- same thing. Tried a set of stock size mild A/T in a different brand- same thing. Put those first 2 sets on other trucks and had no issues. My Stepdad had warned me (my Mom was the original owner of the truck) that if I attempted to use anything other than a stock size VERY much "street" tire I would have issues. He was absolutely correct. Even with a VERY mild A/T, it did the vibration thing and would jerk around violently when towing. Back to a Mastercraft Courser HT- which is about as close as I've ever seen a street tire to a slick- and zero issues. This truck had 16's.
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Old 02-10-2016, 09:24 AM   #13
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I was glad to see that the bulletproofing link mentioned the bypass oil filter. That is one of the best things you can do with any engine, but especially the 6 liter. Here is another article that talks about the bypass filters - Bypass on F-350
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Old 02-10-2016, 09:38 AM   #14
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Quote "I would have probably been better off driving an extra hour for the rain guards."
Then you would have owned a truck with 100,000 more miles on it???????????? Even for a diesel, that is 1/3 of its life. You run the risk of getting the short end of a stick from many "dealers" as well. They just have a 90 day warranty instead of a 30 day. Then in the 90 day warranty fine print what's broke mysteriously isin't covered.
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Old 02-10-2016, 09:46 AM   #15
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There are services you can hire that will do an inspection of the car before you buy it. If the seller will not agree to it, move on. Money well spent IMO if you can not do it yourself.
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Old 02-10-2016, 10:33 AM   #16
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I just spent a month plus, searching for a F-350 also. We are in Florida for the winter, searched within 200 miles or so. Drove several hundred miles, test driving at least 8 trucks. Looked at hundreds online, talked to a lot of idiot salesmen (who were sure I knew nothing), some owners who will always own that "gem" because of the price, and a few really knowledgable humans.
Called Kentucky to speak with the trusted adviser at my home Ford dealership and visited with the adviser here in Florida where I have had oil changes. Each told me "stay away from the 6.0 and 6.4 engines, they will cost you money".
So......we now own a really clean 2001 F-350 CC Dually 7.3 Diesel, 2 wheel drive, with 116,000 one owner miles. Bonus is a 50 gallon electric transfer tank/toolbox. Paid Ford dealership in Jacksonville for multi-point inspection and opinion. CARFAX shows no accidents and 49 service records.
Before we head to Alaska in May, it will get 6 new tires, front end alignment, fuel filter, oil change and a good wax job. Have driven it about 500 miles in a week and like it. Happy campers.
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Old 02-10-2016, 10:37 AM   #17
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My local Ford dealer is a joke.
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Old 02-10-2016, 10:57 AM   #18
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Total Loss, I started with the service writer, asked to speak with his manager. Manager looked the truck over then introduced me to the diesel/tranny tech who invited me to ride with him and afterward drove us into the shop. They actually allowed me in the shop, under the lift, asking questions. Spent about 1 hour there, learned a lot and felt it was well worth the $110.00 charge. I was surprised.
They pointed out a few things they felt needed attention. Found nothing major, urgent.
That info gained me another $500.00 off when I returned to deal with the owner.
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Sounds like you got a really nice truck. Hard to beat the older Fords. We have a 2000 F250 that we bought new and has 96,000 on it. Very reliable truck. Hope you enjoy your trip.
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Old 02-10-2016, 06:50 PM   #20
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Yeah there seems to be a common undiagnosed vibration problem in truck forums. I am hoping that is all that it is. I was hoping to avoid the 6.0L as well, we've had them for ambulances and the repair shops make some good money off of them, but it was the only truck that had the towing capacity within the price range that I was looking for.
On a good note, tax return was deposited today, so I got 2 new front tires, had the B&W hitch installed in the bed of the truck and got the truck scheduled for tomorrow to have the front end brake system replaced. Plus, as a bonus, new occurrence of the vibration, I hope I didn't just jinx it.
Hopefully this truck turns into a heck of a workhorse.
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