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post #1 of 13 Old 10-18-2011, 03:25 AM Thread Starter
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Hello...I'm new here and I am finding out that I have a lot to learn about Ford's diesel trucks!

My question is, I'm looking at a 2007 F-250, 6.0, 6-spd auto, XLT Crewcab with a 6.75' bed, 4x4, with 124K on it, to do pull a horse trailer or camper with.

I've heard good and bad about the 6.0 Ford motors...can anyone shed any light on these. I know the 7.3's were tough (we had them in our Ford F-350 & F-450 Ambulances...and they ran strong!) How strong are the 6.0's...and which years had the big problems? With a 2007...will I be okay? (I'm having a mechanic check the truck out later this morning.)

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the 07 6.0 is pretty good biggest thing you need to worry about is egr cooler but there are aftermarket heavy duty or delete kits to remedy that issue. my brother has an 06 that he pulls a horse trailer with and a gooseneck hauling his pulling pickup. 50k no probs so far

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Just my observation over the past couple years leads me to think that if you're going to be doing much towing and hauling, pulling heavy loads, etc. then eventually a 6.0 is gonna give you trouble. Of course, any motor could give you problems. But just a whole lot more likely that when that 6.0 is worked, it doesn't want to hold up (without doing some modifications to it as mentioned in the previous post).

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I agree, the 6.0 bone stock is a bad dream that you can't wake up from, but if you at least deal with the EGR system, oil cooler and fuel supply pressure, IMO you will have a reliable tow vehicle. I have towed 9,000 lbs worth of equipment up and down mountain logging roads for years without a single issue.

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Thanks for the input...the truck showed as having a lead around the rear oil cooler (I believe) and was quoted a price of $2160 to repair it...with no guarantees that it will not happen again!

I'm taking a 2000, F-250, extended cab with a 7.3l turbo diesel to be checked out this morning...163K on it and pretty clean. The Lariet seat would need to be replaced, and I'd need an upgrade from the factory cassette...but other than that it doesn't appear to need much???

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The 6.0's do have some issues, but with the right modifications you can make them just as reliable as any other truck out there. Newer trucks (like the 07 you mention) have fewer high pressure oil problems, but they all suffer from a poorly designed oil cooler/EGR cooler coolant flow. Any repairs on a diesel truck are going to be expensive, so you might either get comfortable doing some of your own wrenching or that it will be an expensive ride. Best of luck in whatever you decide. Lots of knowledgeable people here.

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Just my observation over the past couple years leads me to think that if you're going to be doing much towing and hauling, pulling heavy loads, etc. then eventually a 6.0 is gonna give you trouble. Of course, any motor could give you problems. But just a whole lot more likely that when that 6.0 is worked, it doesn't want to hold up (without doing some modifications to it as mentioned in the previous post).

I have to call crap on that one.....I have an 06 with 166000 miles....never had a thing done until 155k when I found the oil cooler was plugged. The guy that traded it in hauled heavy all the time. My truck has a class 8 weight class sticker. Its the heaviest you can combo tag in PA. Yes some 6.0's have problems but with minimal to moderate work you can make them pretty solid. 7.3's have their problems too.

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delete egr and change coolent it will pull anything you want till your trade it in or sell it just my thought

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I have to call crap on that one.....I have an 06 with 166000 miles....never had a thing done until 155k when I found the oil cooler was plugged. The guy that traded it in hauled heavy all the time. My truck has a class 8 weight class sticker. Its the heaviest you can combo tag in PA. Yes some 6.0's have problems but with minimal to moderate work you can make them pretty solid. 7.3's have their problems too
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i agree we run a 06 6.0 at work and it gets run hard and is fully loaded with tools. i ran this truck for a season a couple years ago that thing runs good only gets worked on when it needs something my chevy gasser i run now has half the miles and twice the work done to it so far

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Gotta say I love my 6.0....at least when its running right lol j/k. No I do really like my truck.

The New Toy....06 F350SD CC Long Bed Dually, 6.0, Torqueshift, 4x4, 4.30 Limited Slip, Lariat, Edge Insight, SCT SF3 w/Innovative, S&B Cold Air, Zoodad Mod, 4 inch MBRP downpipe to 5 inch exhaust, Kenwood Flip up DVD w/nav and Sirius, Oil Cooler Rebuild, Sinister, CAT ELC, Extang Blackmax....more mods to come very soon

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