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2005 F250 Failures
I apologize up front for this long post, but I need help deciding what to do with my 2005 F250 that I use to pull a 12K pound 5th wheel RV. I've had two recent breakdowns while traveling and after about $6000 in repairs done by Ford dealers I'm trying to decide whether to live with this truck or get rid of it. It all began May 25th (yes, a holiday weekend) when I experienced what turned out to be an EGR failure, which started dumping oil into the coolant system. Ford dealer replaced the EGR (valve or cooler?), which caused the leak. They recommended I also let them rebuild the oil cooler while they had it torn down. Since I was at about 104K miles, I told them to go ahead and flush the differential and transmission that they said is recommended at 120K. Before it was all over, I had to spring for a new radiator, because they couldn't get one side unstopped from all the sludge. Of course this also required new radiator hoses and a new coolant reservoir. They flushed the coolant system and the engine oil multiple times. Service mgr told me he's done many of these same repairs and he's not had any of them come back with the same problem and many of those customers are running 300-400K miles on their trucks. Bottom line is those repairs totaled about $4500. Truck performed well for about 1500 miles (including approx. 150 mile trip home towing the RV). I left on another RV trip on July 18th. About 500 miles from home, the truck suddenly experienced loss of power. I limped about 30-40 miles to the RV park we were planning to spend the first night. Immediately upon slowing down to turn into the RV park the engined died and would not restart. Long story short, after towing to the nearest Ford dealer and waiting a few days for them to even get to it, it turns out the failure this time was the STC fitting on the HPOP-another $1300 repair. I began to think back to the previous EGR failure and remembered that just a few days prior I had experienced a no-start, then waited about 10 minutes and the truck started ok. Even after the EGR repair, I regularly experienced difficult startup--usually had to crank it about 3 times, turn off the key and re-crank to start. The second dealer service mgr said that is a clear symptom of problems with the HPOP pressure, so he believed I must have been having this problem since before the EGR failure. I asked him if the two failures could be interrelated and if he felt the dealer who did the EGR repair should have detected (at least via their analysis, if not visually) that the HPOP fitting was leaking. Of course, he said it wasn't likely that they would have found it. Anyway, here are my questions for you experts:
1. Now that I've done the EGR, oil cooler and STC fitting, are there any additional known "snakes in the grass" that could cause more catastrophic failures with this engine?
2. If not, would it appear I'm over the hump on these major repairs with the 6.0 engine so that I may have some confidence it traveling with this truck, or should I just get rid of it and get a newer F250 with the 6.7 engine or maybe switch of a Chevy/GMC Duramax (maybe no older than 2012 or 2013)?