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Old 05-31-2014, 04:42 PM
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Keep '03 F250 6.0L or trade up to 08+?

Hello all! First off, i'm new to this whole forum thing so please correct me on anything I do wrong. So basically, I bought a used '03 F250 6.0L Crew Cab Lariat Shortbed 4x4 etc. a couple years ago. It had maybe 85-90k miles on it, 1 previous owner. The guy who had it before must've been old and babied it or the guy had another vehicle as his driver. Either way, the truck is in great condition especially considering how old it is.. No engine problems so far, its got 104k miles on her right now. ANYWAY, I was looking into some performance parts along with a lift kit, bigger tires and stuff like that. But I found out the 6.0L has a ton of problems when you start swappin' stuff so now i'm thinking about trading up to a 6.4 or 6.7 if the price is right, I don't have a crap ton of money to drop on it so I just want a decent F250 thats gonna perform well towing or hauling, be reliable, and get okay MPG's considering its my daily driver and I have a lot of trips planned for the near future.
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Old 06-05-2014, 03:48 PM
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6.4's are cool. I had my 03 for 7 years and very few issues. Icp sensor due to pdq screwing up on an oil change, an egr valve and a cracked oil cooler after years of running a tuner. No problems without head studs etc. had new cooler put in that came with head stud kit.

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you're coming up on the milage where things will start to go bad, you can crank up a 6.0 just be prepared for a $3000 head stud and erg delete job.

Tuning on a 6.4 is even more costly, a spartan tuner is 2k+ and getting all the Epa stuff out is costly as well.
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Yeah I just don't know if it's worth keeping or not. Thanks for the reply!
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Is there an exact mileage where erg fails, oil cooler cracks, head studs blow etc.?
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Most were pre-programed to fail at 106k miles. Now if you have a late build 03 or early 04 they changed up the mileage to 110k on the oil cooler but not the turbo.
The head studs,well that's anybody's guess.
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Most were pre-programed to fail at 106k miles. Now if you have a late build 03 or early 04 they changed up the mileage to 110k on the oil cooler but not the turbo.
The head studs,well that's anybody's guess.
Thanks for the info i'll throw her up on craigslist.
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Thanks for the info i'll throw her up on craigslist.
Well hold on just a damn minute here. First ask whether there is a competent diesel mechanic around and if so, can you do without your truck for a few days.
If yes, then price the basics (for an 11 year old truck) and would that be more cost effective than a new(er) ride:
coolant flush (BEFORE oil cooler change)
oil cooler
water pump
intake scrub and EGR block
HPOP
ball joints
Maybe other stuff if you want to keep it a while - exhaust, mild tune, regulated fuel return.
Unless you just want something newer, which I totally get. I rode in my friend's 2013 F150 and the technology is light years beyond my '03 Super Duty. Vented seats .... mmmmmmm
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I still can't believe I put that total 100% bs about the trucks being programmed to fail and didn't get blasted for it.
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I still can't believe I put that total 100% bs about the trucks being programmed to fail and didn't get blasted for it.
The way oil coolers were failing just out of warranty a few years ago made you wonder ...
Same for EGR coolers. It's not a great design but once addressed the truck will last a while.
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