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Old 01-18-2011, 08:16 AM
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Can't Plug in, Should I buy?

Ok guys, So i have been in the process of finding myself a nice 6.0 CCSB since my current car is starting to prove less practical/I really want to upgrade to something diesel. The current question that I have that will probably be the determining factor is my current location, College in Vermont. There is no where on campus that I can park the truck and plug in an engine block heater so I would have to do without a nice warm blanket for her. My question, is this a big enough deal that I should hold off until after school to get the truck, or is it fine as long as I start her up frequently. I would never leave the car for more than 2 days not running as I have to drive to work a lot. Any advice would be great!!

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Wouldn't keep me from buying one. Run a good synthetic oil in it and some Rev-x oil additive and it should be good on start ups.
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Old 01-18-2011, 08:21 AM
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Thanks for the quick response! I was hoping I would get that answer!
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Im not trying to be a debby downer but I dont think its a good idea, Im in the same situation as you I enjoy having a diesel but I dont think its practical for college at all. Mine just sits and collects dust during the week and when I do go somewhere its for like 5 minutes I miss my f150 you know getting in it an just going no warmup, better ride, stuff like that. Just trying to answer your question truthfully but its also just my opinion. Plus you said 6.0L and the last thing you want while in school is headgasket failure, egr problems, oil cooler failure, so you have to think about that too.
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Im not trying to be a debby downer but I dont think its a good idea, Im in the same situation as you I enjoy having a diesel but I dont think its practical for college at all. Mine just sits and collects dust during the week and when I do go somewhere its for like 5 minutes I miss my f150 you know getting in it an just going no warmup, better ride, stuff like that. Just trying to answer your question truthfully but its also just my opinion. Plus you said 6.0L and the last thing you want while in school is headgasket failure, egr problems, oil cooler failure, so you have to think about that too.
This is true, I was just answering the "block heater" question.
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Old 01-18-2011, 08:59 AM
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quit hating on the 6.0 dieselburner, get it VT and never look back you will love the truck i had mine for 4 years and never plugged it in an it started and ran just fine i just started plugging it in recently cause it was less stress getting it started on my batteries
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It was pretty damn cold this morning here in DE and the truck was coated in ice. I hit the button on my remote start and 20 seconds later the truck fired off without issue. My truck doesn't have the block heater.

I run Amsoil 5w-30 and Diesel Fuel Improver Winter Blend (for Extreme Cold). Runs fine.
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Im not trying to be a debby downer but I dont think its a good idea, Im in the same situation as you I enjoy having a diesel but I dont think its practical for college at all. Mine just sits and collects dust during the week and when I do go somewhere its for like 5 minutes I miss my f150 you know getting in it an just going no warmup, better ride, stuff like that. Just trying to answer your question truthfully but its also just my opinion. Plus you said 6.0L and the last thing you want while in school is headgasket failure, egr problems, oil cooler failure, so you have to think about that too.
I certainly appreciate you being honest lol. I agree that there is nothing worse than getting in your car to go home (for me 200mi) and having something blow up . I do more driving than your avg college student because work is ~45min away from campus (skiing) and I do that drive upto 4x/week so the truck would hardly collect dust. I am worried about headgaskets going etc, but I do have a lift at my dad's shop and we are both fairly skilled mechanically so I would take care of the EGR before I went back up to school. I am thinking that waiting until summer may be the best route to go. Get the truck in the summer, stack it, tune it, EGR delete and then once I am somewhat confident that the bugs are worked out, take it back to school in the fall.
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So stating the facts is hating now a days? 6.0L's dont have EGR problems, headgasket problems? If the OP would have said thinking about buying a 7.3 I would have said the same thing
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quit hating on the 6.0 dieselburner, get it VT and never look back you will love the truck i had mine for 4 years and never plugged it in an it started and ran just fine i just started plugging it in recently cause it was less stress getting it started on my batteries
I wouldn't say he is hating KR, but being honest. I am 5 years out of college and it would have BROKE me if I had a diesel go down. And I do mean broke, my weekly salary was $200 it let me live (beer & gas money) and student loans paid for school. Now we don't know his financial decision but with the repair cost of a diesel engine failure, it may not be the best decision.

Btw, you're pushing him to buy one and your truck is for sale? Hrmmm
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