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Old 07-15-2010, 09:43 AM
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Hi all. Just joined. I'm need to purcahse a bigger pickup, the F150 needs to be upgraded. I tow a 30 foot travel trailer. I would like to stay with a Ford but I've been hearing all kinds of nightmares about the 6.0 engines. Is it really that bad? Are there that many dropping like flies in a bug zapper? Can it be said that it may be that we're hearing about so many problems because of the information age we live in? What's the scoop?

With that in mind I have found a 2005 F350 crewcab dualey with the 6.0. It has 82,000 miles on it. It has some warranty left and I think I might get the extended warranty too. It has a 4.30 rear end. How's that going to help or hinder my towing and gas mileage. One big reason for going diesel is that the F150 only gets 6 MPG towing the 30 footer. I need better. Stopping every 150 miles or so for gas wears us out. What has me concerned about the truck is that it had a Bully Dog programmer in it. The dealer removed it and returned the truck to stock (it's at a Ford dealer). It also has an Airraid cold air intake. Either of these give me reason to run away from it? According to the Oasis report, the EGR cooler and oil cooler have not been replaced. The heads haven't been touche either. Is that good or bad? The worst I can see on the report is the ball joints were replaced and it had some kind of air leak under the valve covers.

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Fred
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Old 07-15-2010, 09:56 AM
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Dont be afraid of the 6.0 alot of people talk about what they dont know. with 82k on the ticker you probably wont have alot of problems. the ket to keeping a 6.0 going is maint. change the oil every 5k and fuel filters every othe oil change and your 6.0 will be happy. If you want a tuner, SCT is the way to go because it has trans tuning options. Good luck with your quest. I love my 6.0
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Old 07-15-2010, 10:00 AM
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Just something to go by, if you can afford to buy a diesel, you need to also be able to affird to fix a diesel. I am having work done on mine right now, and thank goodness I have a chunk saved up...

As much financial anguish this truck has given me, I still love it more than any other truck I have ever owned. Has enough power stock so that the average joe can do anything they need to with a truck. Don't get wrapped up in the hype. Yes, there are bad ones. But most anyone here will tell you with proper maintenance, these trucks will last.

With mine, I didn't even get a long enough time with owning it to perform any maintenance on it haha... If that one is coming from a Ford dealer you will have better luck than I did more than likely.
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Old 07-15-2010, 10:40 AM
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Hi all. Just joined. I'm need to purcahse a bigger pickup, the F150 needs to be upgraded. I tow a 30 foot travel trailer. I would like to stay with a Ford but I've been hearing all kinds of nightmares about the 6.0 engines. Is it really that bad? Are there that many dropping like flies in a bug zapper? Can it be said that it may be that we're hearing about so many problems because of the information age we live in? What's the scoop?

With that in mind I have found a 2005 F350 crewcab dualey with the 6.0. It has 82,000 miles on it. It has some warranty left and I think I might get the extended warranty too. It has a 4.30 rear end. How's that going to help or hinder my towing and gas mileage. One big reason for going diesel is that the F150 only gets 6 MPG towing the 30 footer. I need better. Stopping every 150 miles or so for gas wears us out. What has me concerned about the truck is that it had a Bully Dog programmer in it. The dealer removed it and returned the truck to stock (it's at a Ford dealer). It also has an Airraid cold air intake. Either of these give me reason to run away from it? According to the Oasis report, the EGR cooler and oil cooler have not been replaced. The heads haven't been touche either. Is that good or bad? The worst I can see on the report is the ball joints were replaced and it had some kind of air leak under the valve covers.

Thanks for the help

Fred
As mudrunninpig said maintance is the key, i'm not into any kind of tuners but there are things you can do to help the motor last longer, coolent filters to remove the casting sand, gauges to watch temps I like the Edge Insight, fuel pressure gauge because you don't want the injectors to go hungry and get all the warranty you can, one trip to the stealer and you have paid for it.
I pull a 14,000 lb Alpenlite 5er and the best i can get is 9 1/2 MPG, solo i get around 16-18 about the same as my 97 but 2x the power pulling. They are a sweet ride.
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Old 07-15-2010, 11:43 AM
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I love mine. I think the reason why you hear so many bad stories about them is b/c there are sooo many on the road. Also, if your skeptical, try to find an 07 with low miles AND buy the extended warranty that way you will be covered way down the road. Good luck!
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Thanks for the info.
So, I shouldn't have any concerns that this truck had a tuner at one time and it's since been removed? No harm done going from a special tune back to stock?

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Fred
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