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What is a safe year of 6.0 to buy?

I am looking to get into the 6.0 diesel world and I am wondering, if any, what is the safest 6.0 year to buy?
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Thats kind of a loaded question. Historically the first year or two a manufacturer intorduces a new motor there will be problems. Any of the 6.0's have the possiblity of being a good one or a bad one. Your safest bet though, to get away from the first year or two would be a late 06 or an 07. Check out this link.... 6.0L Ford Power Stroke Engine - Ford Diesel Trucks - Diesel Power Magazine
If the link doesnt work just type in Ford 6.0 known problems into google. Diesel power magazine compiled a list of all common 6.0 problems and fixes for each production year (03-07).

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Welcome to the .Org! And don't take this the wrong way but READ! Similar questions are asked often and responded to. Basically every model year has their quirks, some more than others. But finding a truck that was well taken care of is more important that miles or model year. Spend a few days, weeks, or like me, months doing research. You will be rewarded in the end.

But in a one line response, '06 & '07 trucks are high on the list.

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06 & 07 obviously as the trials and tribulations of the prior should lead to improving, but in the end no matter what year truck it is, if the OEM oil cooler is not addressed in some fashion (coolant filter, aftermarket external cooler, .......) they will suffer the same conditions as the earlier models regardless of the OEM upgraded headbolts. just my 2 cents

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I totally DO NOT agree with the early years being the worst on the 6.0. In fact, I would venture to say the the 03 is the best for two reasons.

1. The EGR cooler is the best style and failures on those are practically nil.
2. 03's are going to have a lot of miles so what ever is going to happen, either has or won't.

For ALL OF THE 6.0 ENGINES, you MUST ensure that whatever year you do buy, you check the oasis report for multiple problems. If you find a lot of them then I wouldn't buy. I've been lucky with both my 6.0s so far.

Get rid of whatever coolant is in there unless it is a known diesel grade elc and get a coolant filter. Keep reading bud. There are lots of good 6.0s out there.
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I agree, there are more good 6.0's than it sounds like reading all the bad posts.

However. there are moments where I'm mad as a MF'r, and wish I bought a Duramax.

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I hear this all the time from Chevy and Dodge owners. "Man those shops are full of Fords. What a bunch of peices"

My reply, which is truth, is the reason you see so many Fords over dodges and chevys is that the Super Duty has outsold the heavy duty line of the competition 5 to 1. There are 5 times the number of super dutys over almost any other truck on the road as far as work trucks go. Reason being, they're WORK TRUCKS and they get WORKED. They're broken probably because they were working.

My Chief has a Dodge with the 5.9 Cummins. He has a ton of miles, almost 180k. He's replaced his transmission 3 times and his truck is bone stock. My buddy with a 03 6.0 has 180k on his truck. His truck has replaced one FICM and that was VERY recently.

Not a hard arguement for me to get into.
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I hear this all the time from Chevy and Dodge owners. "Man those shops are full of Fords. What a bunch of peices"

just curious, how many miles are on your truck, and what have you repaired on it?

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Obsidian speaks the truth. Do your homework and you'll be one happy 6.0 owner
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Obsidian speaks the truth. Do your homework and you'll be one happy 6.0 owner
what are the 6.4 Banjo Bolts, I've seen that a few times now....

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