Originally Posted by JK23112
I am new to the forum, but certainly not new to diesel vehicles. I am a trucker by trade - so I drive BIG diesel trucks every day. I am not familiar, however, with having a diesel truck as a 'personal' vehicle.
Eventually, I may consider buying a used F-250 in the next year or two; probably an '03 to '07 model with the 6.0L PowerStroke. I don't haul anything, save for some mulch or soil from Home Depot once in a blue moon.
Is the 6.0L better than the 7.3L PowerStroke that it replaced? What type of fuel mileage (mpg) do you typically get with an F-250 in normal driving without hauling heavy loads? Is it really worth it to have a diesel versus the 5.4L gasoline-powered V8 engine in one of these trucks?
Are there any particular problems inherent to this generation of the truck & the 6.0L engine? Are they really hard to maintain or service (being a non-Ford engine)?
Sorry if I am asking questions that have already been asked, but I just signed up tonight as a forum member.
First of all,
. You will get mixed reviews of 6.0 vs. 7.3 on here. I had a 95 that I loved. I now have the 04 that is in my sig and I love it. The main problem with the 6.0 is the EGR system and puking coolant out the reservoir which is caused by a ruptured EGR cooler and/or head gaskets. The 03 6.0 had some injector and programming issues. Might want to think about installing head studs and blocking the EGR if you buy the 6.0. As far as fuel mileage, I average about 16-16.5 and that is figuring highway and city driving. The one thing that almost all will agree on is that the transmission in the 6.0 is much better than the trans in the 7.3. Hope this gets you pointed in the right direction.