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post #1 of 11 Old 06-27-2012, 07:46 AM Thread Starter
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Angry To buy or not to buy???

Currently we have a 05 6.0...which is in the shop (I know you are all shocked). We use our truck to haul a horse trailer with full living quarters. The truck currently has about 116,000 miles. We are at a crossroads in our relationship with our truck. I love the interior, the way it drives, and the way she looks. BUT turbo, enjectors, gaskets, and other issues just are worth the hassel to me. I have spotted two 2008 for sale in my area. One is athe 2008 6.4 350 (88,000 miles), the other is a 2008 6.4 450 (109,000 miles). Do we trade for one of these or do we keep shopping? I am serisouly considering jumping ship on Ford altogether...which is hard for me to say since this is all my family has ever owned.

So I need your HONEST opinions on the 2 pickups mentioned above.

Thanks so much!!
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My personal opinion is the 6.4 has as many issues as the 6.0 and is harder to work on. I would opt for fixing the 6.0. None of the mileages above are anything to concern you with a diesel.
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I would fix the 6.0. Even if you fix it, sell it and get another truck. Dont leave her broken!

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My personal opinion is the 6.4 has as many issues as the 6.0 and is harder to work on. I would opt for fixing the 6.0. None of the mileages above are anything to concern you with a diesel.
Kind of have to agree. Might be jumping out of the frying pan and into the fire. While the 6.4 has been rather decent so far they are much more of a pain to work on. A 6.0 can be a good engine if you put the time and money in the engine. Not sure who you have working on it but might be time to find another mechanic who knows about these engines instead of someone just throwing parts at it.

For someone in your position you might consider going with a later 99-03 7.3. Normally I'd never reccomend this to someone but they are damn reliable trucks. Personally I think a 7.3 is a turd compared to later engines, and they have issues with the automatic trans, but that engine has been out for a long time and is a great engine.

Crappy thing is the 7.3 has such a great reputation that you'll probably pay more for a comparable mileage truck then any 6.0 out there.
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I know the 6.4 has its issues and is far from perfect but my opinion is that the 6.4 (with emission stuff deleted) is a beast and a very reliable truck. I would opt for the 6.4 and be willing to put some money into it. Either way you are going to have to put some money into a 6.0 or a 6.4

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Welcome to the ORG! Good to see another Iowan on here. Keep your truck is my vote. A good education on here will save you tons of money in the long run.


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I am still pretty new to the 6.0, but I would suggest if local laws would allow you to do it, take the engine to what International intended and get rid of the emissions stuff. I have read it is an awesome engine, you can blame Ford for making in the PITA that it has become. Mine is in the shop right now after 2 and a half weeks of owner ship to be diagnosed by a Ford guy with the infectious head gasket issue I have come to realize I bought the truck with when I installed my coolant filter with pressure gauge setup. I ordered the studs, and they will be doing that job, and in the future, I will take care of the EGR oil cooler BPD style!

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Girlfriend! I was in the same boat as you. I was in a love/hate relationship with my 6oh. LOVED it when it ran because it ran like a scalded monkey but boiled my blood and drained my bank account when it acted up. I thought about selling it and getting a cummin's but my family would have disowned me. I opted to keep it since I've sunk so much money in it now I'd never recoup what I put in it...and even with all the grief my mare has given me, driving it is the only thing that really makes me happy right now.

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Like Green said - the 6.4 has just as many issues...so stick with what you got. I would get rid of mine for a 6.7 if I could though!!

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BulletProofDiesel FICM, oil cooler, EGR cooler, CTS, mild tow tune, and maintainence, there is probably at least another 200k in that motor if it is bulletproofed, do it once and right!
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