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alright so the other day i saw this beautiful 2007 F350 SC LB 6.0 at a dealership. used with 85000 miles. Ive been looking for a new truck for a while now, but i have been looking for 7.3 powerstrokes because i have heard all these horror stories about 6.0s and their head studs and egr and oil coolers and all this stuid sh!t. SOO my question is, are all 6.0s the same? like someone told me the ealier ones are worse, some people say the later model ones are worse... are they all the same!?! i just don't wanna drop 24k on a truck thats going to need 3k more in a year because the head studs stretched..... when i could just buy a 7.3 for 15 and have no worries. IDK help me out guys
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Are all 6.0s the same?

We just had a discussion about this. In the end, the different problems with each truck about even out. The 03 trucks have the less problematic round style EGR cooler and don't have to get the updated dummy plugs and all that jazz. The 03-05 trucks have problems of their own too. The 05-07 trucks are much better looking IMHO.


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i also bought a 2006 6.0 after hearing horror stories and people telling me dont do it but i did my homework checked oasis reports drove and checked out truck and now its been 2 years almost to the day and all i can say is i just love it it has stock bolts but has been deleted and the common updates have been done
in the summer we pull a 12k toy hauler all over for my son to race motorcross and it does just fine
like i said if you do your homework and take care of regular maintenance you should have no problem
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I heard and researched a ton of info before deciding to attempt purchasing a 6.0 so I knew what I was getting myself into. Found a 2005 Ex with 135k on it and had an oasis report done and borrowed a monitor to verify engine health. All checked out good but even still at about 138k I lost the HPOP, two injectors and the IPR valve. But, with help from this forum and a bunch of wrenching and cussing got problems taken care of. Still have stock head bolts and don't hot rod truck would not get rid of it for nothing. Do they and can they have problems yes but, they are good strong engines. Just know what your getting into and monitor that thing like a hawk to catch problems before they become high $$$. Good luck in your search.


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I heard and researched a ton of info before deciding to attempt purchasing a 6.0 so I knew what I was getting myself into. Found a 2005 Ex with 135k on it and had an oasis report done and borrowed a monitor to verify engine health. All checked out good but even still at about 138k I lost the HPOP, two injectors and the IPR valve.
id say your issue was poor maintenance by the previous owner. the manual that comes with the powerstroke equipped vehicles even says that poor maintenance is detrimental to the health of the high pressure oil system and injectors. (not preaching, just an observation)


now, the 6.0 debate. i love my 04 CC FX4. shes deleted and oil cooler relocated. studs? no clue. previous owner put quite a bit of money into it (BPD EGR delete (-gutted cooler-) and Oil Cooler Relocation kit, RC 4" lift) and im driving it daily, and towing a 8.5X16ft tandem enclosed trailer often. im running an SCT livewire and a canned tow tune, and she runs like a champ. it really is a hit or a miss, and can vary greatly depending on how the previous owner(s) treated the truck. im not gonna lie, i dont baby it anymore, but i dont beat on it. ive decided if its going to go pop, its gonna happen no matter what. im running Rotella T6 and a bottle of Diesel Kleen every fill-up (cost me $5 at work ).

that being said, before my grandfather passed away, he ordered a F350 CC Lariat dually with the 6.0 and 5spd auto when it was the split year (7.3 or 6.0) in 2003. my uncle talked him into the 6.0, since it was the new and improved Powerstroke. the truck was regularly used to tow a 30ft gooseneck loaded with tractors and other equipment, horse trailers, cattle trailers, etc.. the truck amazed me with the power it had, and it felt like the load wasnt even behind it. it was a work truck. it was regularly maintained by the dealership, and still is today even after my grandfather passed away. both my uncles still use it for hauling. that truck is an 03, and the only two issues its ever had have been a door switch going bad, which ran the batteries down, and the Unison ring in the turbo froze, and Yadkin Valley Ford (local dealership) replaced the turbo under warranty.

thats been it. the truck has never been deleted or modified.

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Yea so it looks like previous maintenance is really the key then. I've been looking at 2 trucks. They're both extremely clean, ones a 2001 SCLB 7.3 and the others an 07 SCLB 6.0. The 7.3 is at a used car dealer and its up there for 19,999. Now the 6.0 is at my local bertera Chevy dealer and they are at 24,999. Now the 7.3 is only on NADA for 16500 in the condition with the miles. I'd honeslty like to have that 7.3 because my dad had one and the only thing he ever did to it was brake Lines fuel filters oil and brakes. I think I might be biased towards a 7.3 because I've never even driven a 6.0
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