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Old 12-02-2012, 11:20 AM
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Help with purchase 6.0 or 6.4

Help!!! I'm new to powerstokes and diesel's in general. I don't know anyone that has had a diesel before. I don't even know what to look for or listen for when test driving. Here are a couple questions I have:

I was looking at 06 f250 with 6.0. It had aftermarket exhaust and air intake. I started it up and a little smoke came out exhaust. Is this normal?

There was a whistling noise coming from the exhaust. It would go away for a few seconds and then come back. What exactly is that noise and is it suppose to be constant?

My budget is 26k. Should I be looking at 6.0 with decent mileage or 6.4 with higher mileage?

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Old 12-02-2012, 11:30 AM
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Help!!! I'm new to powerstokes and diesel's in general. I don't know anyone that has had a diesel before. I don't even know what to look for or listen for when test driving. Here are a couple questions I have:

I was looking at 06 f250 with 6.0. It had aftermarket exhaust and air intake. I started it up and a little smoke came out exhaust. Is this normal?

There was a whistling noise coming from the exhaust. It would go away for a few seconds and then come back. What exactly is that noise and is it suppose to be constant?

My budget is 26k. Should I be looking at 6.0 with decent mileage or 6.4 with higher mileage?

Thank you.
That whistling noise is the turbo veins opening and closing. This is written into the program of the truck to keep the turbo veins from sticking on trucks that idle a lot. Not supposed to be constant! Normal.

I would stick with a good clean 6.0 personally, but do have a slight bias

As far as other things are concerned you will need some sort of monitor. As GAUGES ARE A MUST ON ALL 6.0s you are going to need one anyway so go ahead and get one and hook it up to the truck on the test drive. You will want to get the truck up to operating temp and then cruise on the highway at 65. The delta (difference) between the ECT (engine coolant temp) and EOT (engine oil temp) should be 5-10 degrees. If it is higher than 15 you are going to need a new oil cooler and EGR cooler/delete. If the truck proves to be good take car of it and it will take care of you.

Remember MAINTENANCE IS CRUCIAL!!!! Synthetic oil and regular fuel filter changes are a must! And I would go ahead and flush out whatever coolant is in there with a CAT EC-1 Rated ELC.

As you are new to all of this you have A LOT to learn. Just focus on getting a good solid platform to work with first and then we can talk all the details. If you have any questions please feel free to PM me!

-Mike
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Old 12-02-2012, 11:48 AM
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What's your purpose for getting this truck? ANything in particular you're looking for it to have? Location?
If I were you I would find a solid 6.0 for $15-17K. Do the initial maintenance stuff. Monitor, coolant filter, EGR delete. Then save the rest for if/when your oil cooler clogs and be ready for headgaskets, studs, oil cooler, and fresh coolant.
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Old 12-02-2012, 11:54 AM
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I think both are good trucks

I avoided the 6.4 when I was shopping because they were to new to be proven reliable

but they have since accomplished that milestone in my book

I love My 6.0 but if something happened to it I would likely get a newer 6.4
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Old 12-02-2012, 12:35 PM
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If it were me, I'd get a really clean 6.0 for 26k. Do like Mike said and get those gauges and a monitor and have the monitor with you on the test drive. What will your use for the truck be? Do you plan on bulletproofing and deleting?
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Just to make that clear, don't spend anywhere near the whole $26,000 on the truck. You can get a real clean one for around $17k
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My suggestion is to spend a week right here at this site and do some hard reading. Then you will know what your getting into and it could save you a boat load of $
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I wouldn't touch a 6.0 with a 10' stick if it wasn't bullet proofed! 6.4 has more power and updated interior. I had a 6.0 and went to a 6.4- wouldn't look back!


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For 26 I got a clean 6.4 with 110k miles which ain't nothin on these trucks


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i got mine for 19k it had low miles and when i check the oasis report...no warranty work was done to it..it seems to be well taken care of..its true the 6.4 does have more power.. but i would personally get a 6.0 for around 15k
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