Originally Posted by AllenM
Hi guys, I am new to the forum and I am thinking about buying a diesel truck for my next one. My '95 F150 has over 200k on it and is getting a bit long in the tooth.
I am looking at a 2005 F250 Crew cab 4X4 Lariat with 98k miles on it for a bit less than $20k. The truck is in very good condition and there are not even any scratches on the paint in the bed of the truck. The stealer has another 2005 that has 116k on it and was a few grand cheaper but that truck looked and sounded like it had been really used hard (the truck computer also was saying that it got 12 mpg ugh).
My question for all you diesel experts is exactly how reliable is the 6.0 engine? There are a lot of horror stories on the internet about engine problems with the 6.0 but I figure there are probably 10 good engines to every 1 you hear a bad story about. I figure the first thing to do would do the EGR delete if it hasn't been done already if I got the truck but how much time and money do you have to put into a 6.0 to keep it going.
I don't use my truck every day, mainly hauling my atv or pulling a boat on weekends or such. I guess I am spoiled by the old reliable 351 in my F150, 200K+ on it and all I have ever done is change the plugs and the oil in it. I don't really need a diesel but would like the towing power and economy of one over a gas engine.
Thoughts? Suggestions? Comments?
, Second, the 6.0L is a great engine. You will hear alot of people bad mouthing them, trust me, I was one of them. People will never know how good a 6.0L can be if you treat them right. I've got an '03 with 108,000 miles on it and haven't had and issues with the truck until now. I have an oil leak, but that is just coming from the ICP sensor. My dad has an '03 as well and with almost 170,000 miles is just now starting to have problems with the injectors, his truck gets worked hard everyday. Get an EGR delete, Exhaust, and some gauges and you should have a truck that you love. If you want to risk it, you could also get an SCT for a litte extra
, but then you run a higher risk of blowing your gaskets. BTW, get an Oasis report and post it up on here. Good luck with what ever you choose