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2003 6.0...what to do?

I am looking for a little help on what to do. I have a 2003 6.0 CC 4x4 with 37K on it (build 5/03), absolutely bone stock. No troubles as of yet, but I'm nearing the end of the warranty period and have been thinking about a new truck since the deals are pretty good right now and some 6.0's can be a bit temperamental. I am just having a really hard time justifying a new rig since mine has such low mileage, but I am also contemplating having to shoulder the 6.0 repairs should they start to happen.

There are quite a few options, such as buy new (dare I say DMax?), buy a newer-but-used model (with warranty), sit tight and do nothing (and hope for the best). I can afford a new truck, but really don't want to spend the $$ if it isn't necessary. One line of thought would be that the $$ difference between the two would support a lot of repairs. Another would be that if the 6.0 goes, or has a high ticket repair, that $$ could have been used to go towards a new rig.

I am pretty much a cheap-skate by nature, but I also have little patience for high maintenance things. A paradox...I know.
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I have a 2004 model, but an early 2004 so it might as well be a 2003.. i had all my problems while stock tuned... now i am modded lightly, and have zero issues.... but i am also almost out of warranty.. i am going to stick with my truck, as it will be paid for soon.... i say keep it, pocket the money, and repair as necessary... the extra $$$$ will be nice!!!


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I'd stick with what you have, you say it only has 37k miles, thats nothing, you have a lot of life left on it and as long as you dont beat it, should be fine.

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I'd say save your money and keep it. You can buy a hell of an extended warranty for $1500-$2000, or you could stud it and delete the EGR system and have no worries. I think you'll have other headaches if you trade in on a new one with all the new emmissions crap.........plus you'll spend a heck of a lot more.

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you could get a new ford and get the dpf delete and 500+ hp

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I'd say save your money and keep it. You can buy a hell of an extended warranty for $1500-$2000, or you could stud it and delete the EGR system and have no worries. I think you'll have other headaches if you trade in on a new one with all the new emmissions crap.........plus you'll spend a heck of a lot more.
I agree ^^^

keep your truck,
go ahead and install studs and a EGR delete, that way you eliminate the weak spots in the 6.0 before it ever gives you any trouble.
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How much for head studs and EGR delete?

Just out of curiosity, how much is a head stud job? Can you get a shop to do the EGR delete? I am a complete novice at mechanical stuff (oil changes, fuel filters, tinker with my motorcycle a bit), so this would have to be done by a shop.
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where are you located??? maybe one of our techs are close and would be willing to hook you up!


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Just out of curiosity, how much is a head stud job? Can you get a shop to do the EGR delete? I am a complete novice at mechanical stuff (oil changes, fuel filters, tinker with my motorcycle a bit), so this would have to be done by a shop.
Where are you located? If it were me in your shoes...I'd keep the truck, and do the EGR delete, head studs, and keep the other $40,000 you would be spending on a new truck for future repairs, mods. That's just my opinion.

I also recommend having someone install an 04 front engine cover and water pump because the 03 had a plastic impeller that will break (which left me setting twice) and the 04 has a metal impeller, which has ran well for a long time now on mine

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you should fill out your sig and location atuff.. that way we can help you out better.


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