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Old 05-26-2011, 06:09 PM
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How many break????!?!

Does anyone have an estimate as to what the percentage is of 6.0's that have the typical problems with the Head gasket blowing, EGR overheating the coolant, etc?? I'm thinking about buying one, but I'm scared of them!!!!
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I'm going to say 100% mainly because the coolant will clog the oil cooler.then the egr cooler will fail. Then hg.


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Ha. 100% was my guess too. Unless maybe someone has one in storage somewhere with 30 miles on it...
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100% of the 6.0's have some problem sometime.
100% of the Duramax engine will have some problem sometime.
100% of the Cummins engine will have a problem sometime.
100% of every engine created will have a problem. No such thing as a vehicle that does not have problems.

Education/maintenance are the KEYS to longevity and trouble free miles with any engine. Especially the 6.0
I look at my truck much like a relationship with a female.
When she has a problem, she will drop subtle hints. So will the 6.0.
When you ignore those subtle hints, she gets a little louder. So will the 6.0
Continue to ignore her and the hints are no longer subtle. Same as with the 6.0
If your still ignoring the signs at this point, your in for a world of hurt. She has been screaming at you, you ignored her, and now its all over. Same with the 6.0

Get educated by reading the 6.0 forum. You will quickly learn the shortcomings of the engine, how to tell when it is happening, what to do when it happens and how to prevent it from happening again for a long time.

Since your interested in this breed of female, you need a good set of ears to pick up those subtle hints, gauges.
Oil temp, coolant temp are the two most important gauge you can own in one of these trucks. Monitor those like you should, and your female will never have to scream at you. You will pick up the issue at the whisper stage. She will be happy for that, and so will you -- your wallet -- and the female you married (if applicable).
Most of the problems with the 6.0 are coolant based issues. Thats right, coolant. More specific is the lack of maintenance of the coolant/cooling system will lead to the famous head gasket popping. Mechanically, these engines are a beast. There really aren't that many "common failures" beyond the oil cooler/Egr cooler failures that wreak havoc when ignored. (when ignored, this is what pops those head gaskets)

The appearance of the interior and exterior of a vehicle is not a good indication of what happens under the hood. I worked with a guy that was absolutely ANAL about how his car looked, ask him when he changed his oil last and he would give you a blank stare. He didn't even know where to put the oil into it.
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I think 100% is a tad high, there are many on the road that have not had problems. The 6.0 has had alot of hype. All models have thier issues, the 6.0 just gets most of the talk. I love my 6.0, its the 2nd one I have owned, and I would buy another
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I really wish I could say better things about my 6.0 but it's been nothing but problems from day one and has left me stranded without my personal/work vehicle on numerous occasions. As we speak I'm having power loss / turbo surge issues, of which I've posted in the 6.0 forum. Hope you have better luck than me.
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I believe the actuall numbers out there to be closer to 10%, or one in 10 to have legitimate 6.0 liter problems.

Someone please feel free to correct me if you feel this to be grossly in error.
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i love my 6.0 to. 100% is probably a tad high. but i think it all comes down to maintenance and how it was treated. people let the coolant go to the point where the oil cooler plugged ect... i think if they didn't come with gold coolant in it from the factory. there would have been a ton less problems. or come with a coolant filter. and the EPA kinda screwed us too with the emissions on the 6.0.
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I wouldnt ever sell my 6.0 if I could help it. Our other 6.0 is an 04 and it runs like a dream too. Maintenance is key.
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It is definitely a maintenance issue. Through family and friends there has been 7 6.0s off hand that I can think of right now that I have experienced: 1 was one of the best running trucks ever, 1 is newer to my buddy and it seems to run pretty good so far (he traded the awesome running one in on this one so he seems to have the best luck with them), 1 had so many problems and so much money put into it my buddy finally got a dealership to take it (while it was broken) on a trade-in for a 7.3, 1 broke down twice leaving my buddy stranded twice a couple hundred miles from home on his way home from working out of town the other hauling his gooseneck with his tractor on the back in a busy intersection (luckily that 7.3 that i talked about earlier was there to drag him down the road a couple miles to pull off. Then a dodge had to come and haul the trailer home ) This same truck runs good but seems to start rough and blows some blueish white smoke randomly after start up, 2 the egr went, and my brothers had an egr valve problem and something else but I cant recall.

I dont want to tell you what to do but just from my personal experiences I probably wouldn't ever buy one now. I really like the trucks and I really like the engine when its running good. But to me they seem to be too sensitive and temperamental compared to rest of the diesel species.

Good luck
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