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OhioMowerGuy
05-06-2011, 09:21 PM
Im looking at some low mileage dumps. One is a 08 350 6.4 diesel and the other is a 05 550 6.0, both 4x4 automatics. The 6.0 is about 6k cheaper and has only 19k miles. Which truck would you guys go with? I had a 07 3500 gmc and was hauling gravel and dirt just as much as I was hauling mulch. Which motor would be more reliable?

OhioMowerGuy
05-06-2011, 09:34 PM
Ive just heard too much bad about the 6.0s, I should rule that one out

mybowtie
05-07-2011, 07:31 PM
What happened to the 07 GMC? The 08 ford is basicly the same thing.
I do agree with you on the 6.0's..They would have to about give it to me..

OhioMowerGuy
05-07-2011, 07:39 PM
sold it when I got in the operators union, which didnt work out

stuvecorp
05-07-2011, 09:05 PM
If you are going to haul anything the 550 size is the only choice.

As for the 6.0, I went round and round and ended up with an 07. Some guys have had a lot of troubles and some love it. The 6.0 can be made fairly bulletproof. The 6.4 seems to be an odd duck and short lived, the resale from what I've seen is in the toilet - seems worse than the 6.0.

Anyway, I'm happy with my 07 550 if that helps any. :)

OhioMowerGuy
05-07-2011, 11:19 PM
Ive found a good deal on a 07 chevy 5500, which may be the way to go

mybowtie
05-08-2011, 08:42 AM
Oh how i would like to have a 5500....

OhioMowerGuy
05-08-2011, 06:14 PM
How is your LMM? thats what this 07 has in it

nepatsfan
05-08-2011, 06:35 PM
The 6.0's had their trouble.....no doubt, but it is the 6.4 you really want to stay away from. It seems that some got lemons early on with the 6.0 but ford had a couple recalls and it seems to be ok. We own two of them and they have been bullet proof. Not everyone has had the same luck though.

mybowtie
05-09-2011, 10:22 PM
How is your LMM? thats what this 07 has in it

Yes i have the nbs which has the lmm. 80k and counting.. No major issues
tons of power and mpgs are not 2 bad for a 7000+ truck, 16 around town.

mow king
05-11-2011, 01:28 PM
Having gone 6.0 to 6.4 back to a 6.0. I vote the 6.0, they have their flukes but if you do an EGR delete when the egr goes bad and do head studs when/if your headgasket blows they're pretty bulletproof. I love my 6.0 (knock on wood).

ACC_INC.
05-11-2011, 07:07 PM
Im looking at some low mileage dumps. One is a 08 350 6.4 diesel and the other is a 05 550 6.0, both 4x4 automatics. The 6.0 is about 6k cheaper and has only 19k miles. Which truck would you guys go with? I had a 07 3500 gmc and was hauling gravel and dirt just as much as I was hauling mulch. Which motor would be more reliable?

The 350 will get better mileage than the 550. I went from a 05' 350 to a 06' 450. The rear gears went from 4.10 to 4.88. The 450 is a BEAST compared to the 350. Both are Crewcab 8' bed dually, auto, 4x4s. Lost 4mpg with the switch, but there is no comparisson between the trucks. I tow a lot and heavy. The 350 had 119k miles on it when traded in, not a single problem with the 6.0 diesel. Truck towed a 15k trailer for 3 years. Probably 70k of the 119 when traded.

The 450 now has 108k on it and I have towed over 40k miles with it. Bought the truck with 50k on it.

My opinion is the 6.0 is a reliable motor in stock form. No tuners or power adders and it will last a good while. There are more 6.0 trucks running around than gmc duramax 6.6 and cummins 5.9 moter combined. By a lot. So yes there will be more complaints because of sheer volume. Is the motor perfect, absolutly not, but they are a reliable option as far as a class 4-5 truck is concerned.
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Hard at Werk
06-23-2011, 08:51 PM
Buy the 6 liter and don't look back. I am running a 6.0 that I will actually be trading in for a new one. I am the only owner and was bought new from dealer. It's an '04. Every mile on it is an overloaded mile. It ran, and runs to this day without major issues. My advice, buy it, run it hard and get rid of it before you hit 70k. Then your antifreeze starts seeping into the block and you're screwed. My .02