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Old 02-20-2014, 01:32 PM   #11
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or step back to the years of the 7.3. Not quite as much power, but reliability WAY better, and any needed repairs lots cheaper as being easier to work on.
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Old 02-20-2014, 02:15 PM   #12
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02 and 03 6.0ís are the years to avoid.
International DID NOT clean all the sand out of the blocks which clogged the EGR cooler.
Our 05 6.0 was flawless (the hydro boost (brakes) failed early), exceptional puller.
I would not buy the 03, anything newer should be fine, if you DO NOT put a chip in it.

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EDIT: If the 03 has a add on coolant filter, head bolts replaced with studs and an upgraded or deleted EGR then I would take a serious look at it!

Ford did not make the 6.0 in 2002
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Old 02-20-2014, 02:21 PM   #13
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International DID NOT clean all the sand out of the blocks which clogged the EGR cooler.
False, it is the
silica coolant that is the problem .
Refill it with a silicate free Cat EC-1 rated ELC coolant and the 6.0 was not offered in 2002
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Old 02-20-2014, 03:08 PM   #14
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A coolant filter is a good add on for any diesel that doesn't have one. Cheap too!
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Old 02-20-2014, 05:22 PM   #15
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I own two vehicles with the 6.0. Both are great for towing...and not bad on mileage either. The 6.0 is not a bad engine if you know what you're getting into....Get a scan gauge from autozone to diagnose the truck during your test drive. Check the difference on the Oil Temp and coolant temp. after the truck is fully warmed up (at least 185 or so). Go for a long drive on the highway and keep it at 65mph. After 15-20 minutes, if the difference between the oil temp and coolant temp is less than 15 degrees, you've got a potential keeper. If it is more than that, you're going to need to replace the oil cooler. The bigger the difference, the more pressing the need to replace it. Check to make sure the FICM never drops below 47 Volts (using the scan gauge). Keep only OEM filters on it and do maintenance on schedule.
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Old 02-20-2014, 08:05 PM   #16
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I own two vehicles with the 6.0. Both are great for towing...and not bad on mileage either. The 6.0 is not a bad engine if you know what you're getting into....Get a scan gauge from autozone to diagnose the truck during your test drive. Check the difference on the Oil Temp and coolant temp. after the truck is fully warmed up (at least 185 or so). Go for a long drive on the highway and keep it at 65mph. After 15-20 minutes, if the difference between the oil temp and coolant temp is less than 15 degrees, you've got a potential keeper. If it is more than that, you're going to need to replace the oil cooler. The bigger the difference, the more pressing the need to replace it. Check to make sure the FICM never drops below 47 Volts (using the scan gauge). Keep only OEM filters on it and do maintenance on schedule.
2X the above Quote.

I have the Scan gauge and it works great. If you buy it through Bullet Proof it already preprogram for the 6.0.

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False, it is the
silica coolant that is the problem .
Refill it with a silicate free Cat EC-1 rated ELC coolant and the 6.0 was not offered in 2002
This is the issue that I have seen everywhere too.
I'd wouldn't even look at it for more than $10K and then I'd take it to a shop and put studs, gaskets, EGR delete.... Around $5K in total. Then it'll be bullet proof.
Just because it's good now doesn't mean it isn't going to fail.
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Would this be a good truck to tow with?

Or you can find a Duramax or a Cumalong and just drive it.
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Old 02-23-2014, 05:00 AM   #19
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True. True. LOL
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after working 18 years as a Ford dealer tech, I can attest to what everyone else is saying. If you bullet proof it first, you will be ok. Take note as to what I'm towing with though.
Hmmm...not a good endorsement for Ford.
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