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post #1 of 31 Old 01-27-2012, 12:28 PM Thread Starter
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Ford 6.0 Liter

Does anybody have a truck they use for towing with the Ford 6.0L diesel? I am looking at a truck that has one to replace my Dodge w/ V-10. I'd be interested in knowing common problems, fuel efficiency, etc. Thank You
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post #2 of 31 Old 01-27-2012, 03:22 PM
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I would suggest staying away from the 6.0L diesel, I don't know one person who bought one that didn't have issues.
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Stay away from the 6L and the 6.4L. The only Ford Diesel I would trust is the new Scorpion. Do a little research online.

This is my opinion coming from a girl whos parents own a ford dealership and my dad drives a Duramax...
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interesting Nicole - can you give some specifics on what to look for (both good and bad) and model years that they go with?
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Originally Posted by crimsonsky View Post
interesting Nicole - can you give some specifics on what to look for (both good and bad) and model years that they go with?

The 6.0 was brought out to replace the 7.3 in 2003 (mid year)
To borrow from Wiki:

Some of the 6.0 L Power Stroke engines have proven to be problematic,[1] and speculated to have cost Ford millions of dollars in warranty repairs and buy backs. They led to many recalls and the repurchase of at least 500 trucks, particularly in the first year. However, aftermarket parts (e. g. redesigned EGR coolers) exist to address these issues and, with them installed, the 6.0L engine's reliability improves greatly. The early engines had many problems.

Google it, the 6.0 is not held in very high regard by many.

If you must, try to get a 2005 year model or later.

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As someone who made the mistake of owning a 6.0, I'd strongly suggest not buying one. If you want a Ford diesel, go 7.3. The 6.0 we had, in the course of 6 months racked up well over 8 grand in repair bills, it was a nightmare. We replaced every injector, turbo, ac compressor, ficm module, on and on. The 7.3 we have now (have had for several years) has only needed regular maintenance.

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Thank you all for the input. I read the Wiki report online before I posted and that's why I thought I'd ask if anyone had any experience with them. I think I'll keep looking.
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post #8 of 31 Old 01-28-2012, 05:59 AM
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The only diesel I have owned is a Ford 7.3. Before we bought it some years ago, I was told that was the better engine. I talked to a guy recently at a gas station who has owned newer Fords. He said that he wish he never got rid of his 7.3. None of the newer engines that have come out to replace it are nothing like it.

One thing I would recommend is to try and find one with a turbo. They have enough power without but it definitely would help more.
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By the 2006 model year the 6.0 had a higher reliability rating than the 7.3 ever did. About the time Ford got the bugs worked out they came up with something else. The 6.0 was a horsepower fool with some simple aftermarket mods. And therein lied the source of many of the problems. People hot rodding them with tuner kits, then wondering why the heads come off.
The 2006 and maybe 2005 was the cream of the crop in Ford diesels.
Older 7.3's in good shape are hard to find. In 2007 ish 2008 when the 6.4 came out again some problems. Emissions standards changed and fuel mileage plummeted.
So for the Ford line. Look for a 7.3 in good shape, 2003 or older, or look for a 2005-2006 6.0.
You could also just buy a crate motor for the truck you have if it is still decent.
Ford V-10's gas are out there and are towing beasts.
As a marine Engineer I absolutely love cumminings engines. I just havent been impressed with Dodge trucks. Great engines but everything else falls apart.
Seems like dodge owners think their trucks are great if they have only had to replace the transmission a couple times.
Id like to get a Ford with a Cummings.
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Thanks again for all the input. I took your advice and steered clear of the truck I was looking at w/ the 6.0. I am test driving a 2000 F-250 Super Duty w/ 7.3l. It only has 107,000 miles, but looks like they might have been hard ones.
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