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post #1 of 18 Old 12-27-2008, 09:41 AM Thread Starter
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Would you buy an 04 6.0l that's already had the headgasket replaced?

It's an F-250 with 80k mostly highway miles. Headgasket, EGR, and some other stuff were replaced by the dealer at 60k. The truck in question seems like a decent truck, seller is open and honest. Haven't run an OASIS yet.

I'm going to use it initially for towing a bumper-pull 2 horse trailer, about 6k#. Later, a gooseneck horse trailer weighing about twice that. No intent to mod, plow, or lift it.

I've been reading/learning what I can but I'm still trying to find the answers to these questions:
1) If a 6.0 has had headgasket work done already by the dealer, is it going to happen again? (In other words, does the dealer just fix what's broken, or do the fix the root cause so that it won't happen again?)
2) Is there work or reliability mods that I could do to prevent it from happening again?
3) Are all 6.0's with headgasket history just best to walk away from as a buyer?

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Usually when the headgaskets are replaced it shouldn't have any more HG issues. If they replaced the oil cooler I would consider it.
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befor you buy it tell the dealer you want to put studs in it and a EGR delete kit in it.then it would be a good deal.
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I have 60k on my 04 6.0 and have had no headgasket problems at all. Mine pulls our 16 ft stock trailer like a champ with 3 2k lb. bulls in it. I love my 04.

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I have 60k on my 04 6.0 and have had no headgasket problems at all. Mine pulls our 16 ft stock trailer like a champ with 3 2k lb. bulls in it. I love my 04.
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If I clean the EGR as routine maintenance, will that take care of that issue?

What's the deal with the original oil coolers? Is there an updated version available?
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If I clean the EGR as routine maintenance, will that take care of that issue?

What's the deal with the original oil coolers? Is there an updated version available?
Oil coolers tend to plug on the coolant side causing high oil temps then high coolant temps through the EGR cooler
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Ah I see. Sounds like regular coolant changes are a must.

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Ah I see. Sounds like regular coolant changes are a must.

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