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Old 07-27-2014, 11:31 AM
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Hey guys I'm in a little bit of a dilemma.
I bought a 2004 f250 CCSB lariat 6.0 with 138xxx miles on it at the end of a April. Since then I have had it to the shop twice and I've put less than 2000 miles on it. I was smelling coolant and loosing it slowly without it leaking and my boost was way low when trying to accelerate on the hwy
The first time I took it to the dealer they ran a bunch of "tests" and flushed the engine and did a fuel system treatment. Ford said there is nothing wrong with it.
Once I got it back after 2 weeks I took it to a very reputable diesel shop in town. They had me drive it and they plugged a computer and watched everything while I drove.
My temps between the oil and coolant we 22 degrees apart. Ot threw 4 codes. One for under boost, one for The egr, one for something that sounded like an injector, and one for A speed sensor fault.
So now I take the truck back to the dealer and they offer to buy it back for what I paid for it and get me into something different.

Here's the dilemma. I got the truck for 9500 dollars and I'm afraid I won't find anything as nice for the same money/payment, I also don't want to get another vehicle and possibly have issues with it, I know whats wrong with the truck I have now and what it will take to fix it
Should I just give the truck back and start from scratch again or ask them to pay for most if not all if the "bulletproofing" that needs to be done to make the truck right? What would you do?
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Old 07-27-2014, 11:42 AM
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Sounds like you have a stuck turbo, an oil cooler issue, and depending on the injector code a possible injector issue. None of that is surprising with an older truck with that mileage. The biggest issue you have is the coolant loss/coolant smell issue. Could be a EGR cooler problem, but I'm thinking head gaskets.

Does it still have the stock EGR cooler in place? Do you know what the EGR code was that was logged?

They're probably offering to buy it back because they know they can't fix all the issues and still make a profit off it. But on that note the price you paid for the truck if it's clean isn't that bad. I always tell someone looking to buy a 6.0 you might get a heck of a deal on it, but don't be surprised if you have to turn around and drop 3-5 grand into it to make it right.

Unless the truck has been gone through and "bulletproofed" it's going to be a crap shoot on whatever truck you buy. At least it sounds like you got a decent price on the truck.

Hope this helps!
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Old 07-27-2014, 01:30 PM
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Thanks! The codes were P0281, P0299, P0401, P0500
The truck is pretty clean and looks nice. It's also completely stock, for now.
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