Originally Posted by Debbiesgypsy
Only thing I can say about The 6.0 is its one heck of a power plant. If your letting the dealer work on your trucks your tossing your money right down the drain. I can see where you can spend thousands in repair cost. Last month I bought a new alternator for are 03 F350. Dealer wanted 2 and a half hours labor to put it on $90 hr. I bought the belt tension tool for $29 and it took me 10 minutes to do the job at home. Yesterday we replaced the ICP sensor. Again dealer wanted $190 for the part. And a little over 500 to install it. I bought part online OEM for $59 And put it in my self took half a days work , And a couple cracked knuckles but the truck runs like new. Best bet is to just learn to fix it your self.
i agree. Not just the money, but ford has a lot to do with the problems with the 6.0 in the first place. The vt 365 in the international box trucks and other medium duty trucks has the opposite reputation the 6.0 powerstroke does
Originally Posted by kevinshorses
I wouldn't spend the money on a diesel and all that comes with it to pull a two horse trailer. A dodge or ford 1/2 ton will work fine. You have the option of a Hemi v-8 in the dodge and that's an excellent engine. I have a 3/4 ton with the Hemi and I can pull anything I want with it and it costs less than any diesel.
i had a gas 3/4 ton and i'd take the diesel any day. Its all preference, theres still a lot I like about the gas better than the diesel, but my gasser was no where near cheaper than my diesel. I LOVED the truck, but was doin good to get 14mpg on a good day goin downhill with a tailwind. Barely got 11 with any kind of load. My diesel gets around 20mpg with 35" tires. I've got it tuned tho with a few other performance upgrades, but I've made all that money back with the fuel mileage.
Parts are more expensive for the diesel, but they take more abuse. The diesels just don't have to work near as hard as the gas trucks when towing