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Old 06-28-2013, 08:18 PM
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New here, about to buy a 6.0L

Hey guys, I'm about to buy a 2004 F-350 crew cab, long bed, 4x4 with 142K miles on it. They are asking $12.9K but I can hopefully negotiate that down a bit.
It had a carfax that showed egr valve and nozzle replaced, a turbo replaced, and a few injectors all before 2006. I'm guessing any other work was out of warranty and done at a private shop. The dealer told me that it already has head studs and didn't look like it had ever been chipped. It looks pretty stock other than that. They just got it in and sent it to their diesel mechanic (supposed to be a pretty good diesel mechanic from everyone I talked to) but they are replacing two injectors and he will do a thorough check of the truck.
I'm thinking that other reliability upgrades may have been done if the head studs were put in. If not, I think I will only be into about $2400 to do the rest of the bulletproofing to have a reliable truck. Am I thinking this through right or am I being too optimistic? I need a minimum 6.5 ft bed and a crew cab and the new F-150s are out of my price range. I've been researching the forums to the point of driving myself crazy. I am also going to get a scanguage II. Any feedback or suggestions are appreciated.
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Old 06-28-2013, 08:23 PM
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make sure it does actually have studs and not factory bolts. lots of smoke blowing salesmen out there.
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Old 06-28-2013, 08:37 PM
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I will check the studs, if this is the case does it seem like I'm in decent shape with the information available?
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if possible, it would be ideal to check engine oil temp VS engine coolant temp before negotiating on the price. that way you can keep in mind what you will or wont have to do very soon. I took a scan gauge with me when i bought my 07. test drove several that were in bad shape. if all is good then i would be happy with it.
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Old 06-28-2013, 09:30 PM
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Thanks, good idea. i am buying the scanguage tomorrow. I will need to check during the test drive, not at idle, right?
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Old 06-29-2013, 01:05 PM
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Well, no go on the truck, I got a 20 degree spread cruising at 65 on the eot vs etc and the dealer didn't want to move on the $13k price to help out with replacing the oil cooler. Oh well, I'll just keep looking. Thanks for all the information posted on this forum to help people better understand their trucks.

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welcome to the org!!!
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Welcome aboard. Good thing you brought that scan gauge to see that. Did the truck in fact have studs? If so that is a huge chunk off what you may be looking to replace in the future. Cab off stud jobs are not cheap nor are they easy.

Let the truck sit for a while and they may contact you with a lower price. Dealerships arent always in the best shape to just let potential buyers walk. I have had multiple delaers email me 10's of times trying to get me to come back.
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Old 07-05-2013, 09:19 AM
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Scangauge II question

I have an 03 F350 6.0L. I bought the scangauge II a couple weeks ago and have a question about it.

There is an XGauge listed for the EOT but I don't see any listing for the ECT.

Mine doesn't show either one in the "stock" listing of gauges.

What am I missing?

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