my buddy had an 03 and it was junk it was i the shop for 7 months of the year the replaced the heads, turbo almost everything and was still junk so he traded it in but some run with no problems and some are junk.
My 03 runs great. I did have some EGR problmes but thats no biggie, thats with all of the 6.0's. Iv got about 118000 on it. I ran the Oasis and found that the previous owner had a couple injectors replaced but nothing major.
I guess its the luck of the draw. if all these other guys are having problems i dont know whats up. I have a 03 powerstroke with 70,000 and never had any engine trouble. I run a 130 HP tune everyday and no problems. Ball joints were just replace but that will happen about every 40,000 with any F-series. Some guys trucks blow up and some run forever, its the luck of the draw.
I have had 6 or my 8 injectors replaced but thats about it I have 77,000 miles on mine I think they do have a bad rap but I am about to do headstuds and EGR block off so hope fully after Sept 08 I will not have anymore problems b/c I will be out of warranty then
I have an '03 SD Long Bed, 4wd Lariat. I have 145,000 miles on her - 70,000 in the last 2 years. After 6 major oil leaks ( I was starting to understand why Ford put 15 quarts in them - so when 6 leaked out you still had oil in the engine to limp home on), a high pressure oil injection pump (major major work), and 2 injectors - I was actually told by a Ford Mechanic "you seem to have one of the good ones".
Then there was the 30,000 pound Freightliner that ramed me at 60mph in the rear. I walked away. Not a weakness of the truck - rather attains to their strength. I was braking at 20mph and less when rammed. $9000 in damages, my truck is back together and all things well.
If you can find a '05 - you would have less chance of problems.
As far as my '03 - once all the "issues" were addressed - leaks fixed, new oil injection pump and new injectors - I really do love my truck and short of a crew cab - would not think of getting rid of it for anything else.
See if you can get an Oasis report from Ford for it. Also ask for a repair log.
Any dealer should be able to run one of them for you even if it is a private seller.
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