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Old 12-03-2008, 11:44 AM Rookie

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My boss wants a new truck, need some advice on the 6.0l.

So, my boss is looking to replace our current work truck, a 98 GMC 2500 5.7L(?).
He's looking for a newer, 2-3 year old f-250 or 350 4x4 Auto with the 6.0l diesel, extended cab, short bed, non-dually.

Mostly, it will be pulling a trailer under 5000 pounds, but occasionally a trailer that is close to 8000 pounds, plus lets say, another 1000 in the bed, and a few hundred pounds of people in the cab. Thats a maximum guestimate.

I have no doubts that the truck is capable of hauling all that with little effort, but I've heard a ton of bad stuff about the 6.0l diesel. So I've read, these things are plagued with problems especially the first few model years. Now, I understand that the first year or two of a new engine there are going to be some teething issues, but it seems that alot of them were never resolved and the whole lawsuit thing between Ford and International. I've also read that the 2006 model year, which was the last for the 6.0L was a hell of an improvement.
The majority of stuff that I've read points to problems with the HPOP, ICP, EGR, headgaskets, leaky injectors and some turbo malfunctions. I've read the page with TSBs and recalls listed thus far, but am still not sure.

Please, tell me what you know, or think. All constructive comments are welcome.
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Old 12-03-2008, 11:49 AM
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Actually the 2007 model year is the last year for the 6.0. My dad has an 06 that has had a few issues. Needed and new turbo and had an oil leak they had to pull the motor for, but all taken care under warrenty. Some have issues some don't, but there is alot of them on the road and issues are bound to arrise. Stick with a 05-06-07 model year if you can
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Old 12-03-2008, 11:54 AM
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I was leary of the 6.0 when I started shopping for my truck as well, and since I bought it about 6 months ago I've been very happy with my choice ('06 F250 CC-SB). Along with all the other things to look for in a used truck take a look at this post, it was most helpful when I was shopping for mine.

What to look for when buying a used 6.0L

Good luck!
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