Ford 6.4 Powerstroke?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by nlminc, Jan 25, 2011.

  1. mowerbrad

    mowerbrad LawnSite Fanatic
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    When I was truck shopping last year, I was dead set on buying a diesel...eventually I was convinced to buy a gas.

    The best ford diesel was the 7.3. A guy near me is selling his 01 Ford 7.3 (loaded) with 299k on it for $11k. It seems like the older diesels really hold their value.

    Now as far as the new diesels go, my mechanics really don't want much to do with them if they can help it. With all the emissions systems on the trucks, they have become much more difficult to work on.

    From what I have heard and been told, Ford has been hit and miss with their diesels since they came out with the 6.0. Some guys love their Ford diesels and others have had nothing but problems.

    It seems to me right now that if you want a diesel, GM is probably the way to go...at least until Ford "nails" their diesels again.
     
  2. SNAPPER MAN

    SNAPPER MAN LawnSite Silver Member
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    I have a 2009 f250 with the 6.4l psd and love the truck. The only downside is the absolutely terrible mileage. Averages 11mpg and has a trailer behind it five days a week.
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  3. mezammit

    mezammit LawnSite Member
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    nlminc,
    A 2011 with the new 6.7 and 4x4 for 37.5k. Seems like one heck of a deal to me. I priced out a 2011 f-350 single cab 4x4 with the diesel and it was over 40k. Seems like a good deal to me.

    Mowerbrad I cant agree more not many mechanics I know would work on the new diesels either. You open the hood and cant even see the engine so much emission B.S. it is sick. And with the new diesel engines there is a separate reservoir for urea. Every 6k miles you have to fill it up. Just something else to go wrong.
    The one thing that I absolutely love about the new trucks is the amount of torque they are putting out Ford, Chevy, Dodge they have at least 600 lb ft. I don't own one put have driven the 6.4 and man all that power is nice pulling a trailer.
     
  4. POPO4995

    POPO4995 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I wouldnt buy a 6.0, 6.4's are good but like fuel. 7.3's are bulletproof, and i think Ford got it this time with the 6.7. Good mileage, awesome power, and who knows what will come out for the motor next.
     
  5. meets1

    meets1 LawnSite Gold Member
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    hate to burst the buddle here and I no he asked about ford - check with D-max or get a cummins. A mans gotta have options.
     
  6. GravelyGuy

    GravelyGuy LawnSite Silver Member
    from Indiana
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    If you are going the 6.4 route. I would buy on with around 100K on it so that you are already out of warranty and you don't have to worry about voiding your warranty when you delete the DPF.

    In short, I wouldn't be scared to buy one.
     
  7. nlminc

    nlminc LawnSite Bronze Member
    from GA
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  8. meets1

    meets1 LawnSite Gold Member
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    That's awesome! Toytota mentioned in the above thread. My wife and I bought a new 11 sequioa platium. Awesome vehicle! Ok back to the ford discussion!
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  9. brianslawncare

    brianslawncare LawnSite Senior Member
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    i have been looking at used diesels and their is some good deals on the 6.0s. i found a 05 250 xcab 4x4 6.0 with 120,000 miles for 12,500. i also found a 01 250 xcab 4x4 7.3 with 230,000 miles for 9500. everyone says the 6.0s are junk andthe 7.3s are bulletproof and the best ford ever made. im not sure what to buy, im a little scared of the miles. i might just end up getting a gas engine.
     
  10. dirtybiz

    dirtybiz LawnSite Senior Member
    from MT
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    DO NOT BUY A 6.0, and this is coming from a die hard ford guy. The 6.0's are absolute junk. I had an 03 when they first came out, and only ran for 40k, and traded it off. Went through 3 sets of injectors amongst other things. The thing was always in the shop. My dad had an 04, and now has a 06. His 04 was just as bad as my 03. He had good luck with his 06 until about 90k, since then it has been one thing after another, and i bet he has 15k into it since then!!! He has been through at least 5-6 sets of injectors, head studs, turbo, etc.... the list just gos on and on. I can't even remember all the stuff he has had to do.

    Now, as far as the 6.4L, i would buy one, but not a high mileage truck. Diesels are VERY EXPENSIVE to work on, and you never know how it was taken care of. Personally i have a 6.4l with dpf delete, etc. and it has been good (knock on wood). However, with that said i will not drive it a day past my 100k warranty. I have seen a couple of 6.4l disasters too, but they were high mileage and not maintained properly. Maintaining the fuel filters/system is the biggest thing on these.

    My dad just bought a new 6.7L cummins (has never owned anything but fords), because it is much less complex than the new gm or fords and they don't have the urea injection either. Time will tell how that pans out, i know they had tons of problems with them when the first came out, but i beleive they have been worked out by now.

    Your best bet is to try and find a low mileage 7.3L (if you can), but be prepared to pay for it! I just blue booked my 2003 w/7.3 w/110k and it booked for over 20k. Yet my dad was only offered 14k for trade on his 06 6.0!! I will probably never get rid of my 7.3L PSD or my 5.9 CTD as diesels are getting way to complex and expensive to work on.

    If you really like the fords, and don't necessarily need the torque of the diesel look for a V10, they have been very reliable and get decent mileage. Not to mention they are a heck of alot cheaper!
     

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