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04 or hold out for an 05+???

I posted a question about 6.0's 6 months ago (or so) and if I remember right the the 05+ was the the better 6.0. So my question now is what about the 04? There is a dealer in town with an 04 f 350 CCSB with 146k on the clock. Its a lariat with heated seats and so on. They ate asking 13.9k is that to much for an early 6.0? Should I hold out for an 05? 14k is my max I want to spend. (man I used to think for 14k I could get a really nice, lowish mile truck but they are really hard to find)

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The major difference between an 03-04 vs 05-07 is the front suspension... Where the older have springs and the newer have coils!

Newer ones have a better turning radius!

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The major difference between an 03-04 vs 05-07 is the front suspension... Where the older have springs and the newer have coils!

Newer ones have a better turning radius!
ture on 4x4 only. 2wd have coil springs. my buddy payed 16k for a 06 cloth seats and pw pl 4door 4wd with 120k so i think 13.9 for fully loaded is a decent deal but id get 05 if you can swing if for the dash

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I just looked at the add again and it's a f250 with 156k. Anyway, I guess I'm a little worried about the head gaskets and EGR...04 worse then an 05+ with that stuff?

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Kinda.........Not really......


Do you have a scangauge2 or an Edge monitor to look over while test driving the truck? That will be your life saver in buying a healthy truck... Not the year!

You need to monitor coolant and oil temp differences to find out the oil cooler health and look to see if it still has the Egr cooler and factory Head Bolts.

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2003 and early 2004 trucks have a louder sounding turbo with free flowing exhaust. May not make a difference to you, but is a noteable difference from 2005 and newer trucks.

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2003 and early 2004 trucks have a louder sounding turbo with free flowing exhaust. May not make a difference to you, but is a noteable difference from 2005 and newer trucks.


Although true I would not base my purchase off these items... you can get an 03 turbo for $400 and the 05-07 trucks have many minor improvements that make it a better choice and cannot be put onto older trucks.

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I would get the later models.
There are allot of differneces between my neighbors 04 and my 06.
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I would get the later models.
There are allot of differneces between my neighbors 04 and my 06.
what he said...... there is actual alot of improvements. different stand pipe. better hpop style. better ecm/pcm calibrations. worst egr cooler in the 05 to 07.. compared to a 04 though the 05-07 are more prone to fail.. ok a couple things but those improvements are better chanced of less problems, if it has that many miles with out any problems so far it should be alright. but ill stay away from a 04 imo..

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actually the older ecm/pcm calibrations are known to be better for fuel mileage and power

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