I love my 6.0 and I'm die hard
However, with the amount of time and money invested in my motor its no wonder I love it. If you are looking for a truck that you just put fuel in and keep the oil changed and it runs and runs forever with no issues, then the 6.0 is not for you. If your the kind of guy that likes to "tinker" and has the extra money then the 6.0 is a powerhouse of a motor! Don't get me wrong, everything for them is expensive. But they are BEASTS when modded. Just my opinion. Take it for what it's worth.
Well, I certainly don't mind "tinkering" - I typically do all my own oil changes and brakes and stuff like that, could I tear a diesel engine apart... Sure... Could I put it back together, maybe... Would it "work" - probably not...
At least at this point anyway from what I know, but not sure how much I would actually attempt. Not really looking to mod it really at this point, of course that could change down the road, I plan on using this to tow, from reading some of the suggestions above on this thread and stumbling on some items, I may need a tuner, whatever that is!!!
Anyway, I'm also a Ford fan, currently have an 05 Explorer and a 2011 Taurus, but the Taurus is getting traded for the Excursion or larger SUV. Part of my issue, with my family a truck doesn't really work for us and I'm so against buying a 2500 Suburban. We bought the Explorer new, actually 8 years ago - looks better then it did when we brought it home and only have 76K on it, but use it all the time for the family, wife uses it for groceries and we use it for vacations and such, the Excursion would take over these duties, so I don't plan on putting a ton of miles on it, however I work from home a bunch and my office is 60 miles away, 1 way, may take it for a ride at least every other week and maybe even take it when I visit clients just to give the diesel a workout...
The point above should be well considered. A diesel, especially the 6.0 is very, very different from owner a gasser. Maintenance is critical to the well being of the 6.0 and regular maintenance isn't cheap. Oil and filter change every 5k-6k miles using synthetic 5w40 oil is $90-$130 if you do it yourself. Fuel filters every other oil change another $40 to $60 again doing it yourself. Regular coolant flushes every 30k or 2 years for the Ford Gold coolant, 5 years or 100k if you switch to ELC. If you aren't anal about maintenance the repair bills can be catastrophic.
I'm not trying to alarm you, just providing a reality check. Lots of problems with the 6.0 are due to new diesel owners that think they can treat them like their gas motor in their car. Well you can't. The 6.0 diesel is a great motor if you do the required reliability work up front and then maintain it properly. If you don't it will eat you out of house and home.
Thanks... I have 2 buddies who are mechanics, 1 is telling me I shouldn't get the diesel the other is telling me to go for it. The one telling me to go for it we went camping with earlier this year and he had/has an F250 with the V10 - it broke down on the way home from that trip. He since bought a Dodge 2500 with a Cummins and he said he couldn't beleive he hasn't done this sooner for as much as he tows. During that camping trip he was telling me he didn't think a diesel was worth it, he manned up and admitted he was wrong, so he is learning a bunch about diesels, even though they are 2 different motors he knows a bunch about the powerstroke... My neighbor has the 7.3 in his 99 dually and he recommended a diesel mechanic, but told me to stay away from the 6.0 motor, when I called this guy (the diesel mechanic), he also recommended I stay away from it. I know how you can believe everything you read on the Internet,
but I'm actually finding more positives then negatives, especially if the block is studed. Any idea what a new head gasket and a studed block costs to have done?
As I mentioned we like the Expedition EL, but for the money I'm going to spend for that, I can pick this Excursion up, hopefully with an extended warrenty and do this "bulletproof" work and feel like I would have it for long run and just keep it on the road, eventually it may be a 3rd vehicle, well 4th, I have a 94 Jeep Wrangler I bought new with 133K on it that is lifted and such as well, but that's another story.
After driving the X I like the way how it felt heavy, I like the reports I'm reading for fuel milage and I think it would be a better tow vehicle for what we are looking to tow, even after all the reading and such, still nervous about this engine...