So about 6 months ago I got the Mrs our first 6.0. Fortunately even with 200k on it it is one of the good ones. However I can't work out of an Excursion. Plus I would only like to trade down one generation this time.
My question for you 6.4 guys is:
How do you like your truck? (please limit this to guys with at least 50k miles or 2yrs ownership, I like a true opinion not that of a kid who's still dazzled by the shiny new truck his dad bought him off craigslist)
How do you use it? work, play, party, heavy towing/hauling, mud, snow, rain, sand, extreme cold/heat, etc. Had it on any moderately technical trails? Lots of highway or backroads?
How often to you Repair it? What do you typically repair?
How often do you maintain it? Do you actually maintain it or do you change the oil?
Sorry for all the questions but my vehicles are an extension of me. I require them to be dependable and friendly enough to establish a long relationship with.
Do I like my truck? If it is appropriate to love an inanimate object then no I don't like my truck I love it! I've currently got about 47k on the ticker, this December will be 3 yrs of ownership. My Dad did not buy it for me.
I use my truck as a daily driver and to tow my jeep to the trails. So far I have been all over the country with it. From Washington state to Florida, Florida to Texas and back, Florida to Colorado and back a couple of times, and up and down the east coast many times. Living in FL for the most part we deal with high humidity, lots of rain. I would consider the climate mild however as far as temps go. The few times in CO the coldest it was, was -4 fahrenheit. So not too cold and not too hot for me. Recently though with the few tropical storms we have had where I live I have had to drive the truck through some pretty substantial water. Not a problem, just kept a nice bow wake. The couple of trails I have had it on it did ok. I didn't buy it for that however, and am use to a lifted and locked Jeep on 38's for off road use.
Since owning the truck I have had to have ONE thing repaired. It was a butterfly valve in the AC system. Replaced under warranty.
I have the truck maintained at a dealer. I don't have the time to maintain the truck myself (time is money). I have it maintained based on the Severe service plan which is, oil change every 5k, fuel filters every 10k. Maintenance is KEY with these engines.
I plan to have this truck FOREVER. All miles driven so far have been stock. DPF/EGR in tact. In about 5 days I will be deleting the DPF, installing a MBRP straight pipe from the DP back, and installing an S&B intake. I am tired of the regens.
Speaking of regens, if the truck you do buy is stock, and you don't delete the DPF it is VERY important that you let the truck complete the regen cycle. That is where people run into the problems I believe. The less time the truck spends in regen the better. So if you are pulling into your neighborhood and the truck starts a regen, you just bought yourself a nice little cruise. Otherwise the next time you drive it, its going to try and regen again, and again, and again, and again.... Until it finishes.
Bottom line the 6.4 is AWESOME. I could not be happier with my purchase.