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Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Brewster, NY
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Sorry about your dad. I have an early 2003 with 101,000 miles on it and it's been good thus far, just an ICP failure ($50). The previous owner was religious about maintenance and it was maintained by an International dealer.
The 6.0's seem to have some common problems which there are usually aftermarket fixes for. Head gasket failures, EGR, HPOP, FICM.... can all be replaced in a single teardown making the engine more reliable and robust. You would need to determine the costs of the aftermarket items and the labor to determine if it's cost effective to keep the truck or sell it.
The other factors are the maintenance. $100-$150 oil changes every 5000 miles, $50 fuel filters every 10K - 15K. Coolant changes, trans fluid changes etc.. It adds up. I use my F250 as my daily driver and to haul our 34' trailer. I love driving the truck, and when warmed up the 6.0 is such a pleasure to drive.
2003 F-250 Crew Cab Short Bed Lariat PSD 6.0 Automatic FX4 Edge Insight with EGT Probe. Coolant Filter. All 6.0's need gauges
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