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JustaGlimpseLandscapeMntc
03-25-2009, 12:05 AM
Long story short, I just got screwed out of a deal for a '00 Chevy K3500, as the dealer sold the truck, despite me having a deposit on it. Needless to say, I don't wanna deal with them again.:hammerhead:

I'm going out to look at a few trucks tomorrow and am leaning towards diesel. My question is what is everyone's experience with the '03-'04 Powerstroke? I've heard a lot of bad stories about these until they got the problems worked out in the later years. I have to wait to call the dealer tomorrow to ask, as it only says that they are Powerstrokes, and in 2003 they were still producing the 7.3 as well.

Just looking for some input from people with experience with the early 6.0. Thanks!

TXNSLighting
03-25-2009, 01:44 AM
The 03-04 6.0l were the worst issue wise. but there were still plenty of good ones. Whichever you look at, check the oasis report (the dealer will give you this for free) and go from there. If its free of major repairs, (injectors, Turbos, heads, and so on) Then its one of the goodns. But if you do get one fairly cheap, and you have some extra cash, go ahead and get the new head studs for it, and you will have a great truck.

Your going to get quite a few opinions on here, some are going to be ridiculously stupid, but ya gotta try and distinguish. Theres not many on here who know what theyre talking about.

newtostone
03-25-2009, 01:52 AM
I have a 03 and an 04 F350 6.0

Both had a small oil leak and was the erg had the turbo cleaned once on the 03. Nothing major and they tow everyday a 20' enclosed trailer. Plow hard as well with 9.2 V plow + 2 yard salter. So they get their share of work. I like them but I have heard of some problems. One thing I will note is that they are just out of warranty. While I had my truck my dealer had no problems doing warranty work on it, I know sometimes they are like hmm what are you talking about, nope not with ford. I had it on a lift same day and they gladdy went to work on it. They know there were some problems and from what I have seen aren't afraid to back it.

Do pull that report and check it out.

ALLPro Landscaping
03-25-2009, 01:53 AM
I have a late model 04, they were the better motors. The 03 STAY AWAY, I believe they still have the rebuilt 7.3 in them I believe it was the 7.6, either way, during late 02 to late 03 they were blowing heads left and right, ford didn't have enough motors to replace all the ones coming in. also sometime between 04 - 05 something else was done on the motors, ill have to check for you, my recommendation is to go with an late 06 or 07

Gravel Rat
03-25-2009, 04:02 AM
I have a 03 6.0 F-450 turbo has been replaced the ICP, vgt solenoid replaced the egr valve. The truck has been good you definatly need a Oasis report if it comes out not bad then you should be okay. If its 10 pages long run like h*ll.

The biggest problem with the 6.0 is the moron that doesn't do the maintenance and the dealer mechanic that doesn't know what they were doing and made the engine run worse.

Good maintenance ie changing the oil and filters etc and a good dealer mechanic makes a reliable 6.0.

I think the first modification is block off the EGR with a frost plug welded in the up pipe. I haven't gotten the motivation to do mine yet. Get rid of the damn carbon running through the engine better it runs.

Oh ya blocking off the EGR system is classified as " Illegal " :laugh:

ALLPro Landscaping
03-25-2009, 04:08 AM
I just looked it up the earlyer 03 had the 6.9

JustaGlimpseLandscapeMntc
03-25-2009, 09:34 AM
Thanks for the help guys! I'm gonna go take a look at them today, ones an '03 f-350 and the others an '04 f-250. Hoping that the '03 still has the 7.3L, but with my luck recently, I doubt it.:dizzy:

Duffster
03-25-2009, 11:56 AM
i have a late model 04, they were the better motors. The 03 stay away, i believe they still have the rebuilt 7.3 in them i believe it was the 7.6, either way, during late 02 to late 03 they were blowing heads left and right, ford didn't have enough motors to replace all the ones coming in. Also sometime between 04 - 05 something else was done on the motors, ill have to check for you, my recommendation is to go with an late 06 or 07

i just looked it up the earlyer 03 had the 6.9

huh????????????????????

JustaGlimpseLandscapeMntc
03-25-2009, 12:00 PM
huh????????????????????

haha lost me there too, thought they had the 7.3 and 6.0 in '03

Gravel Rat
03-25-2009, 01:27 PM
The 6.9 was in 1983 not 2003 :laugh:

The 7.3 was offered in 2003 along with the 6.0 but many people wanted to try the 6.0 and got some bad dissapointment back then :cry:

newtostone
03-25-2009, 05:50 PM
The 6.9 was non turbo late 80's
7.3 non turbo early 90's
7.3 tubro 1995 I think to 2003
In 2003 you could still get the 7.3 or the 6.0
2004 - 2007 6.0

addictedtolandscaping
03-25-2009, 06:15 PM
We have an 05 ambulance with the 6.0 in it at work, to sum it up, COMPLETE TOTAL POS. It spent 8 out of 12 months out of service last year, has had 5 turbo's 4 EGR valves, 3 EGR solenoids, a total exhaust system, new radiator, new oil cooler, in addition to the exhaust system another catalytic converter, both head gaskets as well as manifold gasket twice, multiple o rings. Unfortunately the damn thing never caught fire. I was a true die hard with the Ford's, had multiples with the 7.3 that was a totally bullet proof motor, proved themselves to me in ambulances and they would get the snot beat right out of them and go 400k with minor issues. The 6.0 should have been thrown out in the development stage, I hear that the 6.4 isn't any better. They are working on a 6.7 that is supposed to solve all the issues, but from what I have heard, think it was a a thread on LS, they don't exactly fit into the truck right. A good friend of mine has one that is outstanding so far though.

TXNSLighting
03-25-2009, 09:38 PM
I have a late model 04, they were the better motors. The 03 STAY AWAY, I believe they still have the rebuilt 7.3 in them I believe it was the 7.6, either way, during late 02 to late 03 they were blowing heads left and right, ford didn't have enough motors to replace all the ones coming in. also sometime between 04 - 05 something else was done on the motors, ill have to check for you, my recommendation is to go with an late 06 or 07

Wow you couldnt be more wrong with that whole paragraph!

TXNSLighting
03-25-2009, 09:43 PM
I just looked it up the earlyer 03 had the 6.9

are you kidding me??!!

Lakewlc
03-25-2009, 09:59 PM
are you kidding me??!!

thats what i was thinkin..

wellbuilt
03-25-2009, 11:36 PM
I have a 03 excursion 60 and have not had any motor problems.
The computer crapped out a few times. It has 70 k on it now. My 6. 0 F 350s 2006 are also ok no problems . My 03s get much better mpg then the 06 or my 01 f 350 7.3 . My 06 4.5 PS is also running good . I run am soil in the trucks and i think it helps. John

CrystalCreek
03-26-2009, 12:07 AM
OK...No one take advise on diesels form incrediblelandscaping. Clearly he isnt clear on his information.

TXNSLighting
03-26-2009, 12:23 AM
OK...No one take advise on diesels form incrediblelandscaping. Clearly he isnt clear on his information.

:clapping::clapping::clapping::clapping::clapping:

Sunscaper
03-27-2009, 02:25 AM
I actually have a 6.0 contrary to the heresay from most self proclaimed experts. BTW I also have an 00 7.3 2004 6.0 4x4 dump i bought brand new with now 70k miles of hard use and not one single engine issue. I also like the 7.3 but the 6.0 in my opinion is far better. Do an oasis and maintain the motor if you buy it. Its simple...the early 6.0's hit the market before alot of research and caused alot of problems. Therefore alot of people who don't like Ford got all the ammunition they needed to bash ford almost perfect record. They are all machines and ALL have issues. With that being said most 6.0's I know of to include mine, and I know of ALOT of them are mine with proper maintenance.

charmill26
03-29-2009, 01:06 PM
I have an early 03 with the 6.0 and it has not had any major problems to date other than than the typical recalls. These engines have all the issues worked out of them. The weak links now is the EGR system and the headgaskets

J&R Landscaping
03-29-2009, 09:51 PM
Like others have said, get an oasis report run on the truck. IF the report comes back clean, I would get it checked out and see about an extended warranty just to be safe!

I have an 06 F250 with the 6.0 with 75000 miles on it. Its a great powerful engine!

MileHigh
04-01-2009, 12:41 AM
I have a late model 04, they were the better motors. The 03 STAY AWAY, I believe they still have the rebuilt 7.3 in them I believe it was the 7.6, either way, during late 02 to late 03 they were blowing heads left and right, ford didn't have enough motors to replace all the ones coming in. also sometime between 04 - 05 something else was done on the motors, ill have to check for you, my recommendation is to go with an late 06 or 07

I just looked it up the earlyer 03 had the 6.9

probably the funniest and most disturbing information I've read on this site.

I don't see anyone hiring this guy to be doing any landscape installs anytime soon now :confused:

stuvecorp
04-01-2009, 07:09 PM
Do you go through a Ford dealer for the Oasis report? I am thinking about getting an 04 450 and wanted to check it out.

Gravel Rat
04-01-2009, 07:27 PM
Ford can get you one but if you are a member of Ford Truck Enthusiast.com etc there are techs on there that can get you a OASIS if you give them the VIN number.

dirtybiz
04-03-2009, 09:05 PM
Personally, after owning an 03 that i could not keep sensors/injectors in and my dad owning an 04 that was no better if not worse, i would stray away from them. Awesome trucks, but the first two year's of the 6.ohno, were no good in my opinion, and i am a huge ford fan (see sig.). After my 03 ford i went to a dodge for a couple of years, now back to ford. I would either look for a low mileage 02 or 03 w/7.3 or 05+ 6.0. Most of the 05+ 6.0's have been pretty good. My dad has an 06 and it has had very little to no problems. Just my .02 from the experience we have had.