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This is sort of a refresh of an older, similar thread that had a lot of info on low/mid-range mileage trucks.

Now that these bad boys have been on the road since 2011, I'm lookin to get some feedback on what the life expectancy is and would love to hear from the guys with 100k or 150k plus miles. I know that's relative to use and maintenance, but I'm just looking to get in the ballpark.

I ask because my '12 just hit 124k miles and I'm curious if I can reasonably expect 200k...300k?? Or should I trade in and trade up?

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I think deleting extends the life of the engine. I would also not trust early 2011's (really any 2011) with the problems some of them had with turbos & such. I have a 2013 at 128k, deleted at 100k. Oil change every 5k & fuel filters every 10k. I'm gonna start running Archoil in the oil & use the Archoil fuel tank cleaner every 5k as well
 

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I picked up my 2012 (born on 9/2012) used with 210K miles. This truck came from the oil fields in TX and you can tell it had a rough life for five years.

I changed all fluids and had the coolant systems flushed. The front u-joints and parking brakes are last on my list of several small things.

This this is my DD and so far this has been a solid truck. I am sure the main radiator has been replaced and possible the turbo but I cannot tell for sure. The truck makes no abnormal sound and has no issues and is 100% stock.

I am up to 213k miles now and everything I do to it makes it a little better. In the time that I will own this truck, it will never come close to see the work it has done in its first 5 years. Not a beauty queen but it is mine and I dont have to worry about shopping carts or the occasional tree limb.

If this truck lasts me 5 years with another 100K miles I will be happy. I got the truck for $16,000
 

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Third door neighbors boss has a 13 with 300k+ had an injector hold down, big whoop.

Saw an 11 personally in the shop getting a turdblow with 450k not well maintained, coolant looked like coffee. Beat to a pulp, I know he bought it already ragged out and had it rebuilt but reused a lot of stupid parts. Honestly the guys a D bag but point being it's still on the road.

Both are emmisions intact. I think you should get that no prob, but **** breaks every day for no reason. @mwe_060 sees them get abused as well as @kaya so see what they say.

IMHO your not going to loose that much more value from 140k vs 200k, I'm keeping mine till the motor falls out, then I'll put a new motor in it. Or I find a killer deal on something better.
 
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Bought my 2012 with 134k a year and a half ago, has 160k on it now. I've had to do the AC Evap coil, and now the rad is leaking. Big deal, i'm just letting it leak until the summer.

My rig has been emissions on its whole life, and for the last 15k, DP tuned with a heavy tow tune. No issues, runs like a dream every day, gets good milage. I don't hesitate to drive it across the country and I do. I expect to see 250k-300k out of this one before I get rid of it. It'll probably give me an opportunity to put a 2015 turbo in it somewhere in the 200k range.

Fellas, the key is: don't be an idiot with the truck....Keep on top of fluids, filters, and clean fuel, and don't be an idiot on hot tunes all the time, and the engine and trans will last. Yes, you may have failure of a stock turbo on 11-14's at some point, and you may not. Same goes for the primary radiator, and the evap coil. Those are the three main, common failure points...big deal...Odds are you'll enjoy the truck for a long while before they give you an issue.


I lied. I do have issues. I just hid them so well from myself that I forgot they were issues.
1. Primary Radiator been leaking last 1500 miles - will fix this summer, leak is growing EST$1800
2. DEF sender has broken for last 6000 miles - Must keep tank above 2/3 full or CEL is triggered EST$1000 or delete
3. Evaporator core went out fall 2015 - Fixed Summer 2016 - $1300

That's all I can think of....other than that, its been pretty good. Honestly for the money sunk in these trucks these kinds of problems shouldn't be an issue, especially at only 150-160k, but that's just my opinion. My last vehicle (a chevy gasser) I put 273K on before the 4L60E took a dump and the main bearing(s) spun (5.3 vortec). All it ever had was an alternator replacement and oil changes. I never changed the tranny fluid in 273k miles. And to see more and more vehicles, even gassers, be able to attain that kind of lifespan when taken care of, kind of bumms me out when I see my truck (which was albeit bought second hand) at only 160k needing several thousand dollars sunk into it.

Other than that, it's been a real good truck all-in-all.
 

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Excellent info. Thanks a million fellas.
At 124k miles I need to replace the turbo so I plan to do a 2015 conversion, just wanted to make sure I've got more years outta this rig before dump more $$ in it.
I appreciate it. Keep 'em coming.

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i have a buddy that runs a cattle ranch. says he wont buy one until it has 300k miles on it, something about just getting broken in :)
 
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My 2011 just rolled over 178k. It is an early job 1 run, built in Sept "10 and I picked it up in Nov '12 with 92k. The only things that I have had to do is replace the alternator because it was telling the truck it wasn't charging at the proper voltage(170k). I replaced the trans fluid because the trans would run really hot and would take a long time to cool down, in city traffic I would see temps of 215(140k). I changed the radiator because it was weeping and I was scared it would fail when I was on a road trip(155k). I had to replace a belt tensioner because the bearing went out(168k). I upgraded to the 2015 turbo, just because I wanted to (155k). There are some items that fell off (102K). I am going to have to pull the door panels because they are starting to rattle and it drives me crazy. Overall this truck has been really good to me and I am planning on keeping it for a while longer.
 
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My 2011 just rolled over 178k. It is an early job 1 run, built in Sept "10 and I picked it up in Nov '12 with 92k. The only things that I have had to do is replace the alternator because it was telling the truck it wasn't charging at the proper voltage(170k). I replaced the trans fluid because the trans would run really hot and would take a long time to cool down, in city traffic I would see temps of 215(140k). I changed the radiator because it was weeping and I was scared it would fail when I was on a road trip(155k). I had to replace a belt tensioner because the bearing went out(168k). I upgraded to the 2015 turbo, just because I wanted to (155k). There are some items that fell off (102K). I am going to have to pull the door panels because they are starting to rattle and it drives me crazy. Overall this truck has been really good to me and I am planning on keeping it for a while longer.
Awesome! This is exactly what I was hoping to hear! There's too many "my truck is broken again" posts all over the forum. Rarely hear about the trucks that do insane miles and work hard without issues.

Also, you mentioned a 2015 turbo conversion, I'm looking at doing that as well. I linked my thread below, you mind shooting over there and sharing your kit info and experience?

http://www.powerstroke.org/forum/showthread.php?t=1212737

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Early 2011 and just turned 196k miles. Best truck i've owned coming from 2 chevy's and a dodge. Over those miles out of pocket repairs has been less then $400. I had the horn fail and the cold air plastic pipe. Everything else was mods or wear and tear items like brakes and tires etc. My interior leather has held up really well and the whole truck has worn really well. The truck runs clean and looks good after all those miles. It's been modified and tuned with a 8" lift on 37's and get's 15 MPG. The stock turbo has been protected from overspeed thru my tuner and I don't drive it like a teenager but rather pull tractors and haul gravel around the farm type thing. I was thinking about selling it but asked myself why I would sell the most reliable truck I've ever owned? If something was going to fail it would have already! ha ha. There's my 2 cents. I posted a recent pic.
 

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This thread makes me feel pretty good about my late 11 with 97k :thumb:
 

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Got a early build 2011 with 170k on it currently. I picked it up a 2 years ago with roughly 140k on it. It had a new engine and turbo installed by Ford at 130k. Truck is solid and hoping to put another 100k on it.
 

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I have a '14 with 184k on it and climbing daily. I gave owned since 100k. Still stock exhaust, has a banks automind tune and an s&b cai, and​ 35" tires on 18" eagle alloy wheels. I've replaced the primary radiator recently because it was weeping, but aside from that no real issues. I change oil and filters every 5-6,000 for engine, every 10k for fuel. I've been using caseih akcela oil (my older brother works for the dealership, and if it's good enough for $50-60k engines it should be good enough for mine) and either Hastings or Baldwin filters, and power services diesel additives. Regens have been consistently right at the 500 mile mark and no typewriter tick yet. The deer population has exploded around here so she's getting a go rhino deer catcher this week. I'll include a pic
 

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I have a 2011 F350 (01/11 build). Purchased in Tx. 2014 with 97K. As of now it has 114K. Had to replace the radiator, coolant line to the turbo. The turbo was replaced last month. I had a DEF reductant heater code pop up, then decided to do a full delete. As of now the truck runs better than when I purchased it. Although it's tuned, and I keep it on the performance setting (Tyrant tunes) I still drive it like a baby, as I drive all my vehicles.

P.S. I'll say one thing, reading some post will drive you crazy thinking about some of the issues/problems that could occur with the truck. Overall, I would own no other truck except a Ford.
 

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I have a 2011 F250 that is an early build (06/10 build). I bought it in 2013 with 47K. I am now at 196K with no major repairs. I had the normal DEF and emissions problems so i lost the emissions weight at around 110K and I replaced the passenger wheel bearing hub at 120k.

Now i noticed my front U Joints are bad and also ball joints and tie rod ends have a little play in them. So i am replacing all of that this weekend. This is all normal maintenance at 200k in my opinion. I am also putting new shocks and the drivers side wheel bearing hub just because its at 196k miles and I will already have it torn down so why not.
 
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