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To Buy a 6.0 or Not to Buy
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?