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From what I've heard, if there is trouble with an 03 or 04 6.0, it happens fairly quickly. By all means, get the oasis report and see what's been done to it. I've heard of two problems with the early 6.0's.
1. improper head bolt torque. Some of the 03's and 04's weren't torqued properly, and they'd blow a head gasket. Bad robot at the factory, I think.
2. Injectors breaking. Apparently, they got a bad batch of injectors, some of them would break, fill the cylinder with fuel, and you'd get hydrolock while it was running. Usually ruined the engine.
However, there's some good news. It has a 5 year/100k mile warranty on the engine, so you still have some warranty left. If that 04 had either problem, it probably would have happened by now. I've also heard from several 03 and 04 owners who've never had a problem. And the Powerstrokes in general are very well built. My 06 is a big ol' bulldog. This isn't a grocery hauler for the suburbs, it's a serious truck.
Right now, it's a buyer's market, what with the rotten economy hurting the usual buyers of big diesel trucks - farmers and contractors - and diesel getting expensive. You might be able to do better on the price. Look around a bit, see if you can find an 05 in the same price range. They made suspension improvements in 05, put coil springs on the front so it rides nicer, and tightened the turning circle. Last August, I got an 06 F350 4x4 King Ranch, with dually rear and crew cab, for $31k. And they gave me $11k tradein on an 02 4x4 Ranger with a dent in the cab. They are making deals.
"Big Duke": 06 F350 King Ranch
long bed, crew cab, dualies