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Old 04-30-2014, 12:30 PM
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Just needing a little info

Hi everyone I am interested in purchasing a F-250 with the 6.0 powerstroke. I have a 2004 King Ranch 93k miles within my sights but am a little weary about the bad publicity the 2004 is getting. I have had a f-150 for 7 years now but want to upgrade to a diesel because of the longevity of the truck.

My questions are these: what are some things I should look for that may cause me some headaches down the road (if I can)?

Because I have never owned a diesel before besides oil changes and the routine stuff what are the costs like with the maintenance on the powerstroke? Are they significantly more expensive and more frequent?

Thanks for any advice you guys can give me.
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Old 04-30-2014, 12:40 PM
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Old 05-02-2014, 04:16 PM
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Hello along with 3 gallon oil changes it is always a good idea to change the fuel filter at the same time. pricing for sensors is a little high most 100 a wack but like you have said the motor will run a good long time with maintenance. oil coolers turbos injectors are the big problems along with the pcm but the king ranch will keep the sell price up so this is a plus. Good luck
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Yeah maintnence costs are considerably higher vs the F150. I used to go almost 10k between oil changes in all my F150's on Mobil 1 and the oil was still good. Quite a few of us run the Rotella T6 synthetic (myself included) at 15 quarts your in for about $100 for oil per change plus oil filter, every 5000-5500k then $70 bucks every other change for your fuel filter. If you want to run REV X (lots of info on here about it) thats another $70 per oil change plus fuel additives, especially if you live out on the west coast with our chitty ULSD.
For common repairs....... to do it once and do it right will be expensive, but on the flip side your saving a lot of money buying used and not a $65k new truck.
Oil coolers plug, EGR valves fail, EGR coolers blow, etc, etc...read the write ups the guys on here are quite sharp and very helpfull.
Get a monitor or scanner and do a real test drive, monitor the EOC and ECT, look at the temp between (delta), look for codes, boost and trans temps all at operating temps on flat land around 60mph....
I got a great deal on my 06 and 2 years later it cost me $4k in parts an labor, however, its fixed sounds and runs mean and its near paid off. Good luck and ask qusetions.
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There is a guy on youtube. His channel is called powerstrokehelp. He has a 5 part video on buying a used power stroke diesel. He breaks it down pretty good. Things to look for when inspecting the truck. Also, things you should check while test driving and after the test drive.

I highly recommend those videos. I used them when buying my truck. Hope this helps.
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