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I am looking at getting a deisel and currently have found an 03 f250 and a 05 f350. What do I need to be looking/checking before purchasing one of these. Thanks ahead of time!
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The first thing I would want to see is service records. I mark down everything that I do or replace and the mileage for my truck. That is a good starting place.

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from my own experience, I'd look for leaks around the heads or turbo. start it up drive it for awhile and see if its throwing out anywhite smoke. And if possible, try to get there early on a cool morning to see how she sounds when at a cold idle. (sound like its running on all cylinders or missing?) furthermore I'd try to get the front end up on a jack to make sure those expensive hubs are in good shape along with ball joints.

these are great trucks, just found in my experience (along with any truck out there) that there are some weak links you want to make sure have been maintained properly. and if there is a full set of service records, then that makes it easy.

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So I thought I was going to buy it today, but I did a carfax and carfax reports a mileage difference in a bad way...

But I am still looking and need to know what to look for. My friend is a mechanic and he says that the 6.0l has had many issues with the heads. Is that true? Does the EGR delete kit fix and possible head issues?

Thanks for answering all the questions from a total deisel noob.
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I am looking at getting a deisel and currently have found an 03 f250 and a 05 f350. What do I need to be looking/checking before purchasing one of these. Thanks ahead of time!
I would think real hard at what you are getting yourself into. Once you own a diesel you can never go back to the less expensive gasser. This is a serious decision you are making….not to mention the questions you are asking relative to the best truck to suit your needs.

You will find the knowledge based membership of the Org. very helpful for any information you may need in helping you choose the right truck.

As far as my advise....you should think long and hard in making this life changing decision….

Welcome to the Org. and Good Luck….

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Why do you say think long and hard. I have been towing with my chevy tahoe and it is just not cutting the mustard anymore. Need some more pulling power. But never owning a deisel and my family never owning a deisel I do not know what I am looking for or at for that matter. But I know that I want a deisel for its ability to tow better than a gasser. And this being my first deisel I don't want some dealer or guy selling me a problem truck or a truck that I wont be happy with.

I will mainly tow a 18ft car hauler with a very large jeep on it. But down the road, I would like to get a longer trailer like a gooseneck to pull two jeeps. But that is a ways down the road. I am also thinking about getting a slide in camper and tow my jeep also. Not sure yet, but those will come later after I have the truck paid for and more money again

My biggest concern right now is that I see a lot of 6.0l for a good price, but I am hearing from some guys to stay away from that motor since it has head gaskey issues and go with a 7.3L instead.
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Why do you say think long and hard. I have been towing with my chevy tahoe and it is just not cutting the mustard anymore. Need some more pulling power. But never owning a deisel and my family never owning a deisel I do not know what I am looking for or at for that matter. But I know that I want a deisel for its ability to tow better than a gasser. And this being my first deisel I don't want some dealer or guy selling me a problem truck or a truck that I wont be happy with.

I will mainly tow a 18ft car hauler with a very large jeep on it. But down the road, I would like to get a longer trailer like a gooseneck to pull two jeeps. But that is a ways down the road. I am also thinking about getting a slide in camper and tow my jeep also. Not sure yet, but those will come later after I have the truck paid for and more money again

My biggest concern right now is that I see a lot of 6.0l for a good price, but I am hearing from some guys to stay away from that motor since it has head gaskey issues and go with a 7.3L instead.
Well I now understand why you want a diesel and there will be a huge differance between the Chevy Tahoe and the PowerStroke….I was just pocking a little fun...that's all.

As far as the 6.0 the 2003’s and early 04’s did have their fare share of problems. The 05’s, 06, and 07's 6.0 have had far less problems. Yes the head bolts and EGR’s seem to be the weak link with the 6.0. but there are far more PowerStroke owners who have had no problems with their trucks.

Before you buy a truck you can post the VIN for an oasis report of problems with any particular truck you are considering buying.

I personally have owned two 7.3’s and my current 6.0. and I would buy all three trucks all over again with no regrets.

I hope you have good luck with whatever you buy…

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What is the oasis and where to I post the vin at to get it?

So there are 6.0l that have gone how many miles so far without the head issue???

Thanks!!!
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i would say that the 7.3 is a near perfect engine but they kept that thing in the closet..there is alot of unleashed power..if you drive a 6.0 you will love the responsiveness of the variable turbo..if you buy a 6.0 do like i did and get an extended warranty..not that i cant work on it but it will help in case of any costly repairs and emergencys on the road.
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If I don't go with a dealer, who should I get a warranty through. My credit union uses route 66, but they only have 3yr 36k warranty. Looking for something a little longer!
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