6.0 Ford Diesel

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by gasracer, Feb 9, 2011.

  1. gasracer

    gasracer LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,049

    I saw saw several comments about this engine and was wondering what the millage expectancy is before you start having problems? I have a chance to buy a 03 F-250 with 109,000 miles on it.I drove it and it seems pretty tight.
  2. jkingrph

    jkingrph LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 807

    I have an 03 but only 80,000 on it. Engine has never been touched.
  3. South Florida Lawns

    South Florida Lawns LawnSite Platinum Member
    from usa
    Posts: 4,785

    My friends 05 started having problems around 60k, had the head studs done head gasket. Its been in the shop a handful of times after that.
  4. stroker51

    stroker51 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 819

    I am very close to pulling the trigger on one, just because we are needing another plow truck and they are more numerous than decent 7.3 trucks. I only know of one person that has had problem after problem with theirs around me. It's an 05, in the shop a lot. I have one friend with an 04, 177k and has had to do injectors, egr valve, and glow plugs. It's too bad they are so hit and miss in all reality. From what I gather when they are working they are a pretty good motor. Best advice I am seeing on this site and others is to get an oasis report from ford on whatever one you are looking at.
  5. PTSolutions

    PTSolutions LawnSite Silver Member
    from OH
    Posts: 2,328

    we bought an 06 6.0 in march '10 with 82K on it and a clean oasis report. its been flawless so far. this winter it runs a boss 9'2" v blade with wings (11' wide) and a 2yd salt dogg hopper that gets loaded with 2.5 tons of salt and this truck is unstoppable.

    i had read alot of negativity about the 6.0 and alot of good. i only looked for 06-07 models as they are the safest bets and checked oasis reports for mechanical issues. 07's are very rare b/c they are reliable and owners are holding onto them.

    in spring its getting an egr delete and new downpipe to let it run cooler making it more reliable.

    heres a vid:
  6. StihlBR600

    StihlBR600 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 705

    I was going to buy a 2004 6.0L with only 42,000 on it and i looked up the service report and at 8,000 miles it had to get a new injector. Then later at about 12,000 it had to have the whole turbo assembly replaced. But the problem with that engine is that you could have a blown head gasket and not even know it. Check this video out....http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wis6BFvI7zY skip to about half way through
  7. mow king

    mow king LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 571

    I've had two and although they do have their problems. It's fixable. Otherwise I love that motor/tranny combo. I currently have a cummins dodge and I miss that ford everyday.

    IF you start having motor problems do the EGR delete and put in head studs and you're good to go.
  8. jay12

    jay12 LawnSite Senior Member
    from KY
    Posts: 270

    I have to agree with mow king. They are great trucks Ive had two with very little problems from them. I too drive a dodge now, which doesnt drive half as well as the fords. The 6.0s are hit or miss. Some are great trucks some have problems, I had good luck with them, decent fuel mileage with the 6 speed, automatic was not as good, but both ran and drove the best. As far as ride and drive they are as good as any.
  9. unkownfl

    unkownfl LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,838

    I would seriously spend the extra dough and buy an 06-07 model year. Early model years were plagued with bad head studs. All years have the oil cooler and egr issue. I had two issues with mine actually three. At 15 miles it needed the computer re-flashed it wouldn't shift right and all the gauges were going crazy. at about 20k the rear seal was leaking oil I took it to the dealer they said it was the front oil pressure sensor leaking and blowing back. I know this was not the issue because I took the plug out of the bell housing and oil was in there. I took it back 5k miles later and they pulled the transfer case and tranny to put in the seal. I worked for a company that had a few hundred 03 and 04 models with maybe 20 05 models I would say almost everyone went to the shop for head gasket issues or oil cooler issues. Look at the coolant tank and see if it is clear plastic and not oil stained. If it's stained it had an oil cooler issue. All of the big three truck company's have issues with their diesels. The good thing about the trucks is if you have a lift they are pretty simple to work on.
  10. PTSolutions

    PTSolutions LawnSite Silver Member
    from OH
    Posts: 2,328

    if you compare the amount of superduties sold with any powerstroke diesel, there are far more of them out there than any cummins or duramax in a 3/4-1ton truck.

    so of course you will hear about all the bad b/c thats why people come on these forums for, to figure out problems or complain, how many threads have you seen that say: "Love my _______ truck!" you only see: "problem with my ______ truck/motor"

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