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I use one of the expandable bars to keep the tool box, compressor and bin of things I might need broken down on the side of the road in the middle of nowhere snugged up against the front of the bed.
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What have I gotten into???

I bought a 06 F-250 last month... 125k miles and have replaced 2 injectors already. My first Ford.
To date I've read 2,346 posts (+/- 2340) about every shop tool and a supply of parts (injectors, IPR, turbo kits...) in the bed of their trucks for when they breakdown.
Somebody please tell me they've gone 50k miles without a breakdown?
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I bought a 06 F-250 last month... 125k miles and have replaced 2 injectors already. My first Ford.
To date I've read 2,346 posts (+/- 2340) about every shop tool and a supply of parts (injectors, IPR, turbo kits...) in the bed of their trucks for when they breakdown.
Somebody please tell me they've gone 50k miles without a breakdown?
You've got a 13 year old truck with 125k miles on it. Your chances of going 50k without something needing repair are probably low. That doesn't matter if it's a 6.0 Superduty or a Chevy gasser.

I bought my '04 with 85k on it. within a month I flushed the oil cooler and added and IPR coolant filter and bought some time (had +50į deltas, brought them down to ~15į). Got a deal on a BPD EGR cooler so went ahead and put in a new oil cooler along with it. Did drivers side ball joints and bearing shortly thereafter probably around 95k. Did passenger side joints and bearing about 10k later. Lost a turbo at around 120k, but it was already a reman when I got the truck (I had cleaned it when I did the oil cooler), put in a KC S1.5. Trans temp sensor went out shortly after that and I changed it and added a 6.4 pan and filter. New tires at around 130k. Y-pipe under the degas bottle at some point around 150k along with a sunroof problem that I fixed by breaking it worse. Water pump at 180k. Went ahead and replaced it with a BPD unit and threw in a BPD oil cooler relocation kit while I was at it. At 185k mile and about 3 months later I finally quit denying that my headgaskets were toast and put KDD heads, ARP studs and Fel-Pro gaskets on it. I think it's sitting at about 240k now with only normal maintenance being done since the headgasket job. So I guess that's over 50k. LOL

There's probably a few minor things I'm missing and a few things I did as upgrades not directly associated to your question, but I can say this; "the truck has never been on a trailer or behind a tow truck". It's always made it home on it's own power. Luckily, with the turbo, I was only about 3 miles from home at the time.

I'm sure there will be other items to address as it ages, but they're my son's problem now. Since I finally got the truck to where I think it will be pretty good for a while, I went out and bought a '17 6.7 to keep me busy.

Even with all I've done to it and spent on it, the '04 is still the best and most fun vehicle I've ever owned. Also, with the deal I got it for, the extra I spent on it added in would have been about what I would have paid for most of the trucks I looked at when I bought it.

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Generally old injectors may run less than perfectly smooth for smokey on Startup, but will still run. When they fail completely to the point of setting a code there usually is a fuel pressure or fuel quality issue. Quite frequently after you change one or two the next several fail shortly after. The other thing that can happen is the electronic solenoids on the top of the injector can go bad and that is usually related to at ficm that is failing. If that is the case that will also in the near future take out the rest. You definitely want to check and make sure that it is providing proper voltage to the injectors
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Bad Fuel

Yep, It was bad fuel that burned these 2 but the contribution test that was done after was good. Now from what I've been reading, since I had bad fuel and it killed 2 injectors, more of them or all the rest may be susceptible to failure.
Now people don't hate all over me for what I'm about to say.
This truck is 13 years old and the previous owner took very good care of it. I have all the maintenance records and the logs in the owners manual has been filled out by the shop that worked on the truck. Except for when the egr cooler was deleted but I'm going to un-delete it in the spring.
I don't mind doing regular maintenance and replacing parts when they fail. I spent 6 years working as a Tractor Trailer / Heavy Equipment mechanic, but that was 30 years ago and they are different animals now. I expect some failures, that's the nature of the beast.

Here we go... Get ready for it...
My 2000 Chevy Suburban 1500 with a plow on it has only left me on the side of the road once (fuel pump) in 19 years and 256,000 miles. It's had it's fare share of new parts: power steering pump, 2 alternators (plowing will shorten their life), idler pulley, front end parts... you get the point. Some accessory fails, replace it and get back on the road.

My hope is that I will have the same or better experience with this F-250 as with the Suburban. I'm hoping that I'm skittish about the reliability of this truck (it is running great) because I've spent so much time reading on this forum about every little thing that can go wrong. I have a feeling that the number of members of this forum are a small percentage of Powerstroke owners and hope that the vast majority of owners are just using their truck and not having any reliability issues so they don't chime in on these forums.

I've wanted a diesel pickup ever since the late 80's when Dodge first started using Cummins in their pickups.

So, honest opinion. Are most of the 6.0L Powerstrokes out there problem free (aside from things like power steering pumps and stuff like that), or does this forum represent a large percentage of owners experience?
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My personal opinion if you need to carry much more than a Jack and a lug wrench on a regular basis it just plain isn't reliable and you need to trade it on something better. I have owned a 6-liter since 2003 and I rarely take any tools with me
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That's what I like to hear.
I've only had this truck 6 weeks and I really like it, but after spending those 6 weeks reading through various Powerstroke forums thoughts have been flowing through my head that maybe I should jump ship before it becomes a horror story.
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I've only had this truck 6 weeks and I really like it, but after spending those 6 weeks reading through various Powerstroke forums thoughts have been flowing through my head that maybe I should jump ship before it becomes a horror story.
Why are you going to un delete the EGR?
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My personal opinion if you need to carry much more than a Jack and a lug wrench on a regular basis it just plain isn't reliable and you need to trade it on something better. I have owned a 6-liter since 2003 and I rarely take any tools with me
Jack, lug wrench and a AAA card, no worries
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That's what I like to hear.
I've only had this truck 6 weeks and I really like it, but after spending those 6 weeks reading through various Powerstroke forums thoughts have been flowing through my head that maybe I should jump ship before it becomes a horror story.
People generally come to forums like this because they have a problem or because they are wanting to modify something. So yes, most of the posts you see here are "problems" and not praise. However, in the 5 years I've been a member, I'd say the majority of those that have come in with problems, leave happy and want to keep their truck.

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Jack, lug wrench and a AAA card and a thick wallet for the mods and upgrades , no worries
Fixed it for you.
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