Register free!

The Green Industry's Resource Center


Reply
 
Thread Tools   Display Modes
  #1  
Old 01-14-2011, 11:23 PM
don_don91's Avatar
don_don91 don_don91 is offline
LawnSite Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: thomaston georgia
Posts: 65
thoughts needed on diesel truck!!!!!!

Our company has came across a 2004 f350 at a very good price... but the only problem is that it is a 6.0. I want to see what you all think about this deal... the truck is like three grand underpriced and it is very sound mechanically as far as i and our mechanic can tell.. all advice is very helpful..

thanks,
donald
__________________
L&H "Quality Work, Honest Price, God Bless"
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 01-14-2011, 11:59 PM
S&S Outdoor Services's Avatar
S&S Outdoor Services S&S Outdoor Services is offline
LawnSite Member
 
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Burnsville, MN
Posts: 172
The 6.0 is known for having the head gasket go out and it would probably be in the 3 k range to have it taken care of. I'm not an expert but if I remember correctly it's the EGR cooler that goes bad? If you want to keep it running and reliable, it might be in your best interest to have a new one installed right off the bat. Other than that I love having a diesel and frequently tow a 14,000lb trailer around with a plow hanging off the front. Cold weather starts can suck but being that you're in Georgia, you shouldn't have much of a problem.....
__________________
2 Dodge 3/4 tons, 16' landscape trailer, 14' PJ gooseneck dump, Bobcat 864, Toro Mowers

SEMPER FI
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 01-15-2011, 10:24 AM
bdconsoli bdconsoli is offline
LawnSite Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Edgewater, MD
Posts: 63
According to Diesel Power magazine they can be great engines with a few fixes. One was the EGR issue and I think the 03-04s had turbo problems too. They may have the article on their website but I'm not sure.
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 01-15-2011, 09:34 PM
jay12 jay12 is offline
LawnSite Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: KY
Posts: 262
I've heard horror stories as well, but I had one 04 for a couple years and the only problem we ever had out of it was the egr valve. It was a simple fix, egr delete kit is fairly inexpensive. The 04 was probably the best truck Ive ever owned. I had an 05 after it, had some small problems, injector driver module, and egr cooler. Other than that it was a good truck. If the truck you speak of is priced right, it would be worth looking into. They tell me you either get a good one or a bad one so its probably a toss up. Personally I wouldnt hesitate to buy a 6.0. Any diesel is as liable as the next to have problems. Duramax prior to 04 have injector trouble, a common rail cummins has occasional problems with main caps backing off. I say go for it
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 01-16-2011, 02:18 AM
godflesh godflesh is offline
LawnSite Member
 
Join Date: May 2008
Location: duncan, ok
Posts: 37
The international 6.0 V8 had a few problems with lifting the heads off the fire deck and the EGR cooler popping off and boiling off all of your coolant before you knew what happened.
Run the VIN at the local ford dealer and see if it had the factory engine mods done or if it had a new set of heads put on. Take comfort in knowing that all of those problems I personally know about happened because guys were pulling a 40ft gooseneck with 2 backhoes and a skid steer or somehow otherwise overloading the hell out of it. If it has the aftermarket EGR cooler installed, head bolts converted to head studs, and a good pyrometer with an ethanol injection system to keep exhaust temps down you'll probably have a serious good truck on your hands.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 01-22-2011, 08:32 PM
NonStop's Avatar
NonStop NonStop is offline
LawnSite Member
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Charlottesville, VA
Posts: 73
Like said above, see what factory work has been done to it. Borrowing a scan tool that can be plugged in to tell you oil vs. coolant temps while test driving would help alot. They would be close to each other, if not, then most likely the oil cooler is going bad. Common problem.

I have an '06 since new without any problems except for the Fuel Injection Control Module went bad. Replaced it ($500 for the part and 30 minutes to install) and was all good. I did clean the EGR a few times.

A Ford diesel specialist told me that a stock 6.0 can be virtually bulletproof with the EGR delete, updated oil cooler, and a coolant filter. I did these things just eventhough I didn't have any real problems and the truck is still running like a champ at 160k with towing trailers just about daily.

I'd buy another and am actually looking to...

Edit: keep on its maintenance. regular oil changes and run fuel treatment to keep the injectors happy.

Last edited by NonStop; 01-22-2011 at 08:34 PM. Reason: more thoughts...
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 01-22-2011, 09:28 PM
powerslawn&landscaping powerslawn&landscaping is offline
LawnSite Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Chester Md.
Posts: 33
6.0 l

Nothing but problems - pay the extra money and buy a older 7.3 - My truck has been a nightmare. My older 7.3 will out work the 6L any day of the week. I get better milage w/the 7.3 also - If you do buy it plan on dumping $1000 to bypass egr / oil cooler GOOD LUCK
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 01-23-2011, 09:16 AM
A&R Enterprise A&R Enterprise is offline
LawnSite Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Easley,S.C.
Posts: 96
I have a buddy that has a 2004 and had nothing but problems with it.he had head problems and injector problems with it.I have a 2003 with the 7.3 and the thing is bullet proof.If you were to get the 6.0 i would try and get a newer model where they have all the bugs worked out.I love my fords but I would shy away from the 6.0 when they first came out with the 6.0 motor.hope this helps.
__________________
48'' toro z master
Quick 36 single
48'' hustler walkbehind
BR 600,Shindy eb 802,pb770
fs 90 r,km 90r,km100
9 hp little wonder push blower
19t ,310 stihl saws
tiller,chainsaw,edger,hedge clipper Kombi- attachments
hs 80
2003 F-350,7.3 on STEROIDS
24 ft enclosed trailer
7x14 ft Dump trailer
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 01-23-2011, 06:45 PM
NonStop's Avatar
NonStop NonStop is offline
LawnSite Member
 
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Charlottesville, VA
Posts: 73
Quote:
Originally Posted by powerslawn&landscaping View Post
Nothing but problems - pay the extra money and buy a older 7.3 - My truck has been a nightmare. My older 7.3 will out work the 6L any day of the week. I get better milage w/the 7.3 also - If you do buy it plan on dumping $1000 to bypass egr / oil cooler GOOD LUCK
What year is your 6.0? Miles? What mods have you done to it and what problems have you had?
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 01-23-2011, 07:47 PM
powerslawn&landscaping powerslawn&landscaping is offline
LawnSite Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Chester Md.
Posts: 33
05 f250 6.0

2005 - started having problems at 60,000 miles - started with electrical problem - 2 times for oil pressure problems and it would not start -4 times related to oil cooler/egr clogging up - injector problems twice. I have had to have it towed in at least 4 times at my expense - its been running ok for a month or so. Dealer did all the work . 7.3 === no problems ever and never been towed or let me down. My friend has a large fleet of 6.0 s and parked 14 of them because he cant keep them on the road.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump





Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.6
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright ©1998 - 2012, LawnSite.comô - Moose River Media
All times are GMT -4. The time now is 11:07 AM.

Page generated in 0.10370 seconds with 7 queries