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Old 06-29-2013, 08:19 AM
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New diesel owner--2006 F250

I found a one-owner 2006 F250 PS Crew FX4 with 49k miles on it and will be picking it up this afternoon from a reputable Ford dealer after having studied the Oasis report and Autocheck/Carfax. I have done a metric shiz-ton of research on the 6.0L and am adequately scared to death of the problems it has potential for. I am also prepared, thanks to forums like this one and Youtube, to deal with those issues if they ever arise. Given I am not a racer, off-roader, or construction worker and this truck is going to be used for very light duty, I think I should be okay. Anyway, thanks for a great forum.

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Old 06-29-2013, 08:34 AM
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welcome to the org!! my truck just hit 49k miles as well
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Old 06-29-2013, 09:11 AM
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Keep something in mind when you are looking at message boards dealing with these trucks/motors. Most of what you will read are from people having problems and can leave you with a really bad impression. I have had my '06 for about 5 years now and I have put about 60k on it. It has let me down one time - IPR went bad - but it was fairly easy do diagnose and repair. I did some of the basics a few months ago - EGR delete, oil cooler, SCT, coolant flush/ELC refill, etc - but only did them because I was starting to have low EGR flow codes. Honestly, I consider most of what I have done to the truck as maintenance work. I have loved mine and it is a pleasure to drive every day.

If you are not going to do any heavy work with the truck just be sure to stay on top of the regular maintenance - oil changes, fuel filters, coolant flushes, etc. - and pick up a ScanGuage II to monitor EOT and ECT from time to time so you are sure the oil cooler is not clogging up.
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Old 06-29-2013, 05:19 PM
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Old 06-29-2013, 07:18 PM
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Thanks. Routine maintenance is nothing new to me, but I understand it is more critical with this engine than with most others. I was actually searching for a good monitor device.
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Old 07-12-2013, 01:52 PM
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Thanks. I should probably update this thread to say that I added the ScanGauge right away and have since also added a coolant filter. I will be flushing with Restore and Restore+, refilling with Cat ELC, and replacing the thermostat this weekend. I am hoping this will give me a good baseline for the cooling system. I plan to change the oil over to Rotella T5 this Fall. So far, the honeymoon is going great and I am having fun tinkering!
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Old 07-12-2013, 01:57 PM
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Welcome!

They're not that bad... these trucks give warnings long before something really bad goes wrong. Just monitor the temps with a scangauge or similar device and keep an eye out for warning signs (coolant contamination, leaks on the ground under the truck, etc.)
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