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Old 01-18-2011, 07:49 AM
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N00B looking for a little advice...

I think I'm about to pull the trigger on an '05 Limitted Ex. The more I read, I'm a little concerned about the 6.0s over the 7.3s. I found one with 135,000mi that I can pick up for 18K. A little high, but actually the best deal to be had right now within about 100 miles of where I live. I've looked at the CarFax and it was a corporate vehicle. Looks like it was serviced at the dealership about every 5K-8K miles for the first couple of years, then around every 8K-10K. Only thing I see on the CarFax is that the engine timing/front cover gasket was replaced at 35K mi. Below is the info copied from the CarFax.

My question is this: Does this seem to be a reliable 6.0L that I'll be able to frive for about 4-5 years and put another 100K on it? I won't be doing any major towing in the near future, unless a boat shows up a few years down the road...

Anything specific to cinsider or to take a closer look at when I take it for a test drive this week?

CarFax info:
10/02/2004 NICB Vehicle manufactured
and shipped to original dealer
10/13/2004 12 Town East Ford
Mesquite, TX
972-682-1241
www.towneastford.com Washed/detailed
Pre-delivery inspection completed
Window tint installed
01/25/2005 Town East Ford
Mesquite, TX
972-682-1241
www.towneastford.com State safety inspection completed
05/27/2005 Town East Ford
Mesquite, TX
972-682-1241
www.towneastford.com Anti-theft/keyless device/alarm installed
07/25/2005 Town East Ford
Mesquite, TX
972-682-1241
www.towneastford.com State safety inspection completed
Anti-theft/keyless device/alarm removed
08/17/2005 569 Texas
Motor Vehicle Dept.
Frisco, TX
Title #05743838567082852 Title issued or updated
First owner reported
Registered as
corporate vehicle
02/24/2006 Bankston Ford of Frisco
Frisco, TX
972-335-5000
www.Bankston.com/OilChange
ww.Bankston.com/Oil
Change Oil and filter changed chassis lubricated
Electrical system checked
Cooling system checked
Drivability/performance checked
Engine oil cooler replaced
Tire condition and pressure checked
Brakes checked
Maintenance inspection completed
08/01/2006 Texas
Motor Vehicle Dept.
Frisco, TX
Title #05743838567082852 Registration issued or renewed
Passed safety inspection
11/10/2006 Bankston Ford of Frisco
Frisco, TX
972-335-5000
www.Bankston.com/OilChange
ww.Bankston.com/Oil
Change Oil and filter changed chassis lubricated
Brakes checked
Tire condition and pressure checked
Maintenance inspection completed
02/27/2007 35,305 Bankston Ford of Frisco
Frisco, TX
972-335-5000
www.Bankston.com/OilChange
ww.Bankston.com/Oil
Change Tire condition and pressure checked
Brakes checked
Maintenance inspection completed
Oil and filter changed chassis lubricated
Engine checked
Engine timing/front cover gasket replaced
05/22/2007 40,906 Bankston Ford of Frisco
Frisco, TX
972-335-5000
www.Bankston.com/OilChange
ww.Bankston.com/Oil
Change Brakes checked
Tire condition and pressure checked
Oil and filter changed chassis lubricated
Maintenance inspection completed
08/01/2007 Texas
Motor Vehicle Dept.
Frisco, TX
Title #05743838567082852 Registration issued or renewed
Passed safety inspection
09/06/2007 50,905 Bankston Ford of Frisco
Frisco, TX
972-335-5000
www.Bankston.com/OilChange
ww.Bankston.com/Oil
Change Tire condition and pressure checked
Oil and filter changed chassis lubricated
Maintenance inspection completed
Brakes checked
09/26/2007 52,769 Texas
Inspection Station
Frisco, TX Emissions inspection performed
Passed safety inspection
11/29/2007 58,630 Bankston Ford of Frisco
Frisco, TX
972-335-5000
www.Bankston.com/OilChange
ww.Bankston.com/Oil
Change Oil and filter changed chassis lubricated
Tire condition and pressure checked
Brakes checked
Maintenance inspection completed
03/06/2008 64,296 Bankston Ford of Frisco
Frisco, TX
972-335-5000
www.Bankston.com/OilChange
ww.Bankston.com/Oil
Change Oil and filter changed chassis lubricated
Brakes checked
Maintenance inspection completed
Tire condition and pressure checked
08/01/2008 Texas
Motor Vehicle Dept.
Frisco, TX
Title #05743838567082852 Registration issued or renewed
Passed safety inspection
09/09/2008 76,325 Bankston Ford of Frisco
Frisco, TX
972-335-5000
www.Bankston.com/OilChange
ww.Bankston.com/Oil
Change Tire condition and pressure checked
Brakes checked
Maintenance inspection completed
Oil and filter changed chassis lubricated
07/09/2009 97,253 Bankston Ford of Frisco
Frisco, TX
972-335-5000
www.Bankston.com/OilChange
ww.Bankston.com/Oil
Change Tires rotated
Tire condition and pressure checked
Cooling system checked
Maintenance inspection completed
Brakes checked
08/01/2009 Texas
Motor Vehicle Dept.
Frisco, TX
Title #05743838567082852 Registration issued or renewed
Passed safety inspection
09/02/2009 99,628 Bankston Ford of Frisco
Frisco, TX
972-335-5000
www.Bankston.com/OilChange
ww.Bankston.com/Oil
Change Maintenance inspection completed
12/07/2009 110,731 Bankston Ford of Frisco
Frisco, TX
972-335-5000
www.Bankston.com/OilChange
ww.Bankston.com/Oil
Change Tire condition and pressure checked
Brakes checked
Battery/charging system checked
Maintenance inspection completed
05/06/2010 122,600 Bankston Ford of Frisco
Frisco, TX
972-335-5000
www.Bankston.com/OilChange
ww.Bankston.com/Oil
Change Battery/charging system checked
Maintenance inspection completed
Brakes checked
Oil and filter changed chassis lubricated
Tire condition and pressure checked
08/01/2010 Texas
Motor Vehicle Dept.
Frisco, TX
Title #05743838567082852 Registration issued or renewed
Passed safety inspection
09/23/2010 132,560 Bankston Ford of Frisco
Frisco, TX
972-335-5000
www.Bankston.com/OilChange
ww.Bankston.com/Oil
Change Tire condition and pressure checked
Battery/charging system checked
Brakes checked
Maintenance inspection completed
11/10/2010 135,464 Straight Line Automotive Group, LLC
Dallas, TX
214-213-9171
www.straightlineautomotivegroup.com
ww.straightlineauto
motivegroup.com Vehicle offered for sale
11/18/2010 Online Listing Vehicle offered for sale



Sorry for the poor layout. thanks for taking a look and your advice.

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You really never know with a 6.0. If its serviced well then you could be ok then again you might not be. If it were me Id get the 7.3 for now
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I will be honest with you. I bought my 2003 6.0 X about 7 months ago. I got a really good deal on it, but knew I had to do things to it when I got it. I have spent around $8500 since then, and I now owe a bullet proof X. So, depends on how much you are willing to put into it to make it right like they should have been built in the first place. I would say that you should be on the safer side with an 05, but you never know. I have 2 2003's and 04 and an 05. The 05 was the least maintance one I owned. Good luck.
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There are a lot of quirks with a 6.0, shoot me the VIN and I'll try to get an OASIS report for you. How much research have you done on the 6.0's?
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There are a lot of quirks with a 6.0, shoot me the VIN and I'll try to get an OASIS report for you. How much research have you done on the 6.0's?
Thanks for trying to get the OASIS. I'm not exactly sure what those reports show, as I've only began extensively researching these today. From everything I've read, I should lean towards a 7.3L. Which makes perfect sense as to why I can only find a 6.0 in my price/mileage range.

Here's the VIN: 1FMSU43P25EA84521

And also a link to the listing to anyone who is interested:

2005 Excursion Limited
I appreciate any input I can get from y'all. I don't want to drop a ton of money in a vehicle that already has 135K miles on it.
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Tsip - I received your PM with the Vin's, waiting on the OASIS reports now. These reports show all warranty work done on the vehicle which can and will show if a particular truck is a problem child.

There is nothing wrong with the 6 litres but you have to know how to take care of them. As one of the other forum members said, they are like high maintenance women! Start reading in the other 6.0 forums here on The .org and you'll see a trend. Oil coolers plug, causing ruptured EGR coolers which can in turn cause blown head gaskets. One way to prevent the clogged oil cooler is to get the Ford Gold coolant out and replace with a CAT EC-1 rated ELC coolant. I don't feel like typing it all out now but grab a cold drink and spent a few hours reading. I have spent about 100 hours (work is slow!) researching trucks, especially the 6.0. Do your homework and you'll be rewarded.
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I appreciate your help. That's the trend I've been noticing and what I've been reading. Just SO much infor out there!! As long a their are relatively simple and inexpensive preventatives, I guess I could handle another high maintenance woman in my life! But the one I have now is already draining the pockets!!

If all goes well, I'm sure I'll be on here plenty asking advice on little DIY projects. I've never been a mechanic of any sort, but I don;t mind giving things a shot when I have good detailed instruction.

Thanks again.
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IMHO that looks like a good deal. 03's with that mileage are going for more in my area. 05's are hard to find. I say that with the caveat above, if you buy a 6.0 you roll the dice. True on every used car, but more so with a 6.0.
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I currenty own a 05 6.0 and had a 00 7.3. Hands down I like the 05 for it's ride, handling, power, interior, etc. I love mine and scored a hell of a deal on it. It took me 7 months of searching to find it, but it finally paid off checking craigslist, cars.com and autotrader.com everyday. Keep up on the maintenance and play with some of the mods and you should be okay. I change my oil every 3k and fuel filters every 3rd oil change. Gonna start with some of the basic mods in the next year.

Another recommendation is to take it to Ford for a pre-inspection by a diesel mechanic prior to purchase. Spending the $120 will allow you to know what you might be looking at for repairs and this will give you bargaining power if anything is found. My 2 cents. Good Luck. You will love the 05.
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I bought an 05. Thought it was going to be the best truck I ever owned. It had 60k on it when I got it and I sold it with 89k. Had it for a year got to drive it about 7 months out of the year. 3 HG jobs, all the injectors replaced, Not to mention, doing studs and everything else I could think of to make it "bullet proof" after the first one. Didn't help. It was a lot cheaper to buy a brand new 2011 F250 then it was to keep that POS. If you want an EX get a 7.3.
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