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Miles Before Death
Realistically speaking, how many miles should a 6.0 Diesel Owner expect out of his/her truck?
I took my '06 F-250 into my local Ford Dealer because we had diagnosed a head gasket issue. They get it torn down, and my mechanic tells me that the driver's side head bolts were really tough to get broken loose but the passenger side wasn't all that tough. When we look at it, you can tell that the gasket failed on the passenger side. Sent off the heads to the machine shop and find out that the driver side is ok, but the passenger side will need to be replaced. (That'll be another 1200-1500 bucks, thanks for playing.)
I call Ford Customer Relations (A.K.A. Let's ***** about the dealer) hotline and proceed to tell the lady what problems I'm having and what the mechanic told me. I tell her I realize that I've got 198,000 miles on the truck, but that I feel that since we can clearly see the problem was a problem with the torking of the head bolts, I think they should be able to help me out somehow. Long story short, I have to go to her supervisor and all he did was call my dealer to find out if they could help me a little and then tell me that that was as far as Big Blue was going to go.
Realizing that I'm out of the warranty period, am I expecting too much for Ford to ease just a tiny bit of my frustration? Should I be satisfied that it made it to 198,000 miles? Shouldn't we all expect at least 400k miles out of our 6.0's and cement my argument for "not quite half life but is still costing me a ton to fix their issue"?
Thanks in advance for your comments.