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To Bulletproof or Purchase Newer Model?
I have a 2005 F250 6.0 with 148,000 miles. I purchased 3 years ago from original owner along with his Montana 5th Wheel. I use the truck primarily to pull the fiver.
The previous owner kept log book with all maintenance and repairs since new. It is 100% stock except the bypass coolant filter. Dinasaur oil and filter was changed every 3,000 miles. At 100,000 he switched to synthetic oil and extended change interval to 5,000. All other maintenance has been "by the book". I purchased at 127,527 miles, and started using both Archoil oil and fuel additives.
Turbo was replaced at 102,000. About 12,000 miles ago, did a Blackstone oil analysis. The results were that the engine is in great shape, and I could extend oil changes to 6,000.
Recently, the transmission was rebuilt (don't ask me what I did to need this repair). Also just replaced the calipers, rotors, pads, tires, alternator and batteries. Deltas never exceed 20 degrees (when towing over mountains), Normal deltas range from 3 (when not towing) to 9 (towing on flat road)
I'm concerned about when (not if) an engine problem arises, I don't want to be Found On the Road Dead!
I am considering replacing EGR cooler (Sinister-I livein California so can't delete), oil cooler (stock Ford), injectors (Sinister), glow plugs, stand pipes, dummy plugs, HPOP fittings, banjo bolt upgrade, water pump, Radiator and all hoses (possibly), shocks, and upgrade to ELC coolant. All of this as a preventage measure to minimize the chance of a catastrophic failure common in the 6.0. I figure this will cost $8,000 to $10,000. Of course there still are many other items that may need repair in the future. Is it worth putting in about as much as the truck is worth?
The other alternative is to replace this truck with a used 2017 F250 6.7 with less than 50,000 miles. This will cost significantly more ($40,000) than the above repairs. I am financially able to pay for either option, but the lower cost to "bulletproof" makes this option more appealing.
Would like suggestions from the Forum to help me decide which option is best.
Retired and on the go!
'05 F250 Powerstroke
'02 Montana 3280RL 5th Wheel