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Old 11-29-2011, 11:29 AM
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6.0 with 100k. Buy?

So, If i'm not mistaken, you should be careful when looking for an early model 6.0, unless it has been bulletproofed. So i have a scenario; I am looking for a 6.0l, and I find one with 110,xxx miles on it. The guy who owns it tells me that he has not done anything to it other than standard maintenance. Should this be a red flag for me, and should I really look for one that has already been bulletproofed? This would be my first truck, and I need to know I'm doin the right thing. Thanks, guys!
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Old 11-29-2011, 11:50 AM
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Here is a good place to start:
What to look for when buying a used 6.0L

And another:
Things to consider about owning a 6.0L

Probably the single most important thing you could do when checking out a 6.0 is to have an electronic gauge set with you. They plug right into the OBD port and can access many of the stock sensors. The cheapest way to do that would be the purchase of a scangauge2 available at most auto parts stores.
Once you have that, and plug it in, you want to access the engine oil temp and the engine coolant temp. Then, take the truck on a test drive, watch the coolant temp and when it reaches 190F (give or take a few degrees), take it out on the highway. Find the flattest section you can, set the cruise to 65MPH, and once the engine oil temp levels off, compare it to the engine coolant temp. The temperature differential will tell you the condition of the oil cooler. Should this temperature spread (AKA: delta) be 15F or more, the oil cooler is plugged. As part of that repair, the egr cooler would also have to be replaced. Higher than this could mean that the egr cooler has already failed too. Keep a close eye out for the telltale white smoke. You will see it coming to a stop or accelerating from a stop. If you fall in love with the truck, but see these issues, you could use that as leverage for a better deal. The repair of those will run right around $12-1500. BUT, also be forewarned that those failures CAN (and do) end with blown head gaskets. So, actually thinking about it more, you see that white smoke, walk away...
I have seen a few new 6.0 owners that basically bought someone else's problem by not knowing what to check. Don't be the next one...

That being said, 110,000 miles is barely broken in if it is properly maintained.
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Old 11-29-2011, 04:45 PM
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I don't know what it is about diesel trucks, but I love them. I sold an 08 this time last year to get one of the new f150s and now I kinda want back in the diesel game. All I pull is a bass boat so I don't need one, and with diesel costing $1 more per gallon it really doesn't make sense. I've been looking at 06/07 with higher miles and found and 07 with 175k and he said he just had the headgaskets and egr replaced for precautionary reasons. Said nothing has been wrong with the truck. Not sure how I feel about getting into a truck with that many miles on it. If I do get another diesel I'm not going tune this one just want to make it last as long as possible.
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