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Old 10-22-2010, 09:11 AM
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'07 truck, good to go?

I am looking at an '07 F-350 4x4 CC/LB 6.0/auto with about 69k on the ticker. Don't know much about Ford (came from a Chevy Dmax) other than everyone has said steer away from the earlier 6.0s. My buddy has an '07 truck with the 6.0 and he loves it, has had no issues and the truck has not had anything major had to be fixed.
Is the '07 model a decent series to get? Most of the issues get fixed by then? I know that I will eventually need to replace head studs, gaskets at the least, but are the other issues that the 6.0 had fixed by then?
What should I be looking out for with this truck?

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Old 10-22-2010, 09:16 AM
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Get and Oasis from the dealer, and if it comes back good, and the truck is in good shape, I'd buy it . 07 was the best year for the 6.0, but the other years aren't as bad as some will make you think
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Old 10-22-2010, 09:22 AM
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Well it depends what the truck was used for if the truck was not driven much the turbo veins could be coked up or rusty causing the turbo to stick, but on an 07 its not all too likely to be an issue. 07's were the best year yes, but that doesnt say a thing to a 6.0, theyre all potential victims if not properly maintained, or treated right.

Huge problems with any 6.0 are the egr and oil coolers alongside the headgasket issues. Its more a chain of events rather than just the crappy TTY headbolts. To start things off is the crappy gold coolant Ford uses in these trucks. It contains silicates, these silicates are very harmful when the engines oil cooler is a finned heat exchanger that is cooled by using the engines coolant. When coolant with silicates in it is trying to pass through that finned heat exchanger it acts as a filter and clogs the oil cooler.

The coolant should be passing through the oil cooler to cool the oil temps then dowstream moving to the egr cooler to cool the exhuast gases. When this coolant cant make it through the oil cooler because the silicates in the coolant clogged it... it cant get to the egr cooler so it spirals into blowing the egr cooler. This causes intense pressures and allows these pressures into the cooling system therefore blowing headgaskets.

Tuning, the factory tuning on these trucks flat out sucks, they have power and torque but they all bring high cylinder pressures. NOT good. Most people run custom tuned SCT's becauxse they get you more power reliably and safer.

My suggestion to you is buy it, these trucks are TANKS, you just have to take care of them. If you buy this said truck take extra money out on the loan and do some prevention modifications such as... oem oil cooler rebuild, egr delete, ELC coolant flush, coolant filter, custom tuned SCT and an exhaust to drop exhaust temps, keep your headgaskets intact for the time being and free up cylinder pressures. Remember drive the bastard hard, they love it, when you baby it is when things go down hill.
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It is not a forgone conclusion that you will have to do studs and head gaskets. Like pizza pig was saying blown head gaskets and stretched head bolts are the down stream result of continuing to drive the truck with a clogged oil cooler. Flush the cooling system, switch to an ELC coolant, delete the egr or replace the egr cooler with one from Bulletproof Diesel, get something like the Edge Insight to monitor the vitals (especially ECT and EOT), and stay on top of your oil and fuel filter maintenance.

An SCT with some custom tunes will really wake your truck up and give you a grin from ear to ear.

Do those things and the 6.0 is a pretty reliable truck. Oh yeah, watch your fuel pressure too. The injectors don't like low fuel pressure and the spring in the fuel pressure regulator is weak. There is an updated kit to rebuild it with a stronger spring.

Then drive heck out of it. They hate to be babied.
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Old 10-22-2010, 10:07 PM
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How much do you want to spend?, I have an 07 with only 22700 miles on it for sale
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How much do you want to spend?, I have an 07 with only 22700 miles on it for sale
Superduty123 I sent you a PM.
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