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Wife had to have it, now I'm paranoid...

Hope I'm going to be alright with this buy. Its an 03, with a fairly clean Oasis. Has a new turbo from last year, along with a hydroboost. Maintained well by last owner. Has 84k. I went back over two years of treads searching for things I should have done. (On the Excursion Threads) Didn't find what I was looking for. My question is, where do I start? I'm paranoid as heck with this, but my wife had to have it...it's hers by the way. So headstuds, head gasket or should I just go with "if its not broke, don't fix it." I don't want to dump all this money into it with changing and flushing fluids, if I should go ahead with the preventative thing with the studs and gasket. Any input will be great. So, main question...what first? I'm not concerned with performance right now. Also should I worry about this EGR cooler and whatever you guys with 6ers have had to deal with. Thanks again, sorry so long. Oh yeah, how the heck do I post the huge pics
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use a photo site like photo bucket or tinypic.com and paste the link where your typing

alot of my buddies have the 6.0's and usually their first mod is the EGR delete


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use a photo site like photo bucket or tinypic.com and paste the link where your typing

alot of my buddies have the 6.0's and usually their first mod is the EGR delete
Hey thanks, been wondering all this time



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For what it's worth, I highly doubt your wife is going to be putting it through any kind of abuse to warrant any expensive work. 2003 model year 6.0L EGR coolers almost never fail (versus '04 to '07 model years). I can count on my hands how many 2003 EGR coolers I've replaced on my hand, out of the thousands of 6.0L I've wrenched on so far, namely NONE. ICP sensors are the favorite "pattern failure" items on 2003s so far. With that said, I would approach it with the "if it ain't broke don't fix it" attitude.

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Agreed. If it aint broke don't fix it. My suggestion would be to install an Edge Insight monitor and set it up so that you can monitor the Coolant temps and the Oil temps. If these get out of whack by more than 15* the oil cooler is clogging up and you need to address it before more bad things happen. Make sure to exercise the turbo by making sure it sees full boost regularly so the VGT vanes don't get sooted up and stick. Be anal about keeping the oil changed at 5-6k miles and fuel filters every other oil change. That should keep you going pretty well. If something goes upgrade it so you don't have to do it again. There are lots of strong reliable 6.0's out there. Don't worry. Be happy.
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Do the fluid changes especially the coolant. Flush that really good!

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Appreciate the responses guys. Makes me glad to have the resources available at my fingertips. Also saved me on the pocket book



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Dieselsite Coolant Filter
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4" Turbo back Diamond Eye
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Foil Delete
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Thats a sharp looking Excursion.

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You could alway do a coolant filter, its cheap and easy, but most of all very effective for these 'ol 6.0's

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LUCKY!

I cant talk mine into wanting an ex, she says there to big. We dont have kids yet or anything so i guess i understand. I just want and ex at some point and there not getting any newer so....... Anyways nice addition to your fleet

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