Well as much as I hate to say goodbye it is bittersweet.
I was talking to my wife and we were deciding whether to stick with the truck or sell it and get something new. Well I decided to get it fixed since I love the truck and would have loved to keep it for years to come, however that didn’t quite work out.
I knew it had head gasket issues when I bought it but it wasn’t causing any issues other than puking out the degas bottle and not much at that. I was planning on towing a 5er with it and would definitely have fixed it before then, but life happened and we moved and bought a house and never got the 5er.
So I finally took it into the shop to have everything done after the turbo vanes froze on me. They tore into it and found that the heads were cracked pretty bad in several areas and the turbo was iffy, along with the piston walls being scorned. So after a hefty bill to just have it put back together with new gaskets and it still had pressure in the cooling system (due to the cracked heads).........I decided to trade it in. I know I could have had it fixed for around $8,000 I would still be left with a 9yr old truck with 120k on it. After looking around and really wanting the diesel, I decided to go back with my tried and true Chevy half ton 4dr 4x4.
Luckily they are offering one heck of a deal after rebates and got a better equipped truck for less than 16k under what they wanted for a pretty basic diesel (ford or chevy). Plus I had GM points that gave me an extra 2k off for a credit card I had a long time ago.........Ford should think about doing something similar.
I will miss this truck; I am a GM guy, but would not bash the ford after owning this one, even after the issues. The reason is, I think the previous guy overheated the truck and I was left with the issues. I don’t believe it was the trucks fault, just a lack of luck on my part. I will be looking to get back into a ford anytime in the future and I wish you guys the best of luck.
Farewell and enjoy the compression ignition brotherhood. I will be back