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Old June 30th, 2011, 05:29 PM   #1
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is this engine any good or should i stay away. it has 143000 miles, looking to buy but have heard bad things. let me hear your opinions.
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Old June 30th, 2011, 05:33 PM   #2
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theres good and bad like any diesel -ford, chevy or dodge
stock injectors suck
stock egr cooler and oil cooler suck
and head studs and gaskets are a must if you plan to play with it
also the variable vain turbos are hit and miss.
i have worked on a bunch of them and they suck to work on there packed pretty good
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Old June 30th, 2011, 05:35 PM   #3
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i hate to say it because im a ford guy but id look for a 7.3 or buy a cummins. really i think it would help also what are your goals? upgrades? power goal
a lot of people ive talked with say that there's is down more that its up and running. maintenance is a huge part with these. see if you can get the trucks records.there's a lot of knowledgeable people here, bones is one of them im sure he will jump in sometime.

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Old July 1st, 2011, 05:36 AM   #4
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theres good and bad like any diesel -ford, chevy or dodge
stock injectors suck
stock egr cooler and oil cooler suck
and head studs and gaskets are a must if you plan to play with it
also the variable vain turbos are hit and miss.
i have worked on a bunch of them and they suck to work on there packed pretty good
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i hate to say it because im a ford guy but id look for a 7.3 or buy a cummins. really i think it would help also what are your goals? upgrades? power goal
a lot of people ive talked with say that there's is down more that its up and running. maintenance is a huge part with these. see if you can get the trucks records.there's a lot of knowledgeable people here, bones is one of them im sure he will jump in sometime.
Pretty much covered it. Agreed.
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Old July 3rd, 2011, 09:42 AM   #5
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is this engine any good or should i stay away. it has 143000 miles, looking to buy but have heard bad things. let me hear your opinions.
6.0's are pure garbage, get something with a 7.3. We put my friends 2000 F-350 7.3 diesel through hell and back and towed everything with it for a long ass time. Its got 370k miles and still runs / drives great with no major repairs except for a new clutch.
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ok thanks guys for all the info
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6.0's are pure garbage.
Listen to this guy, he's very confident which means he must really know something.
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6.0's are pure garbage, get something with a 7.3. We put my friends 2000 F-350 7.3 diesel through hell and back and towed everything with it for a long ass time. Its got 370k miles and still runs / drives great with no major repairs except for a new clutch.
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Listen to this guy, he's very confident which means he must really know something.
Before you listen to these dumbasses, read this-
Why I bought a 6.0L diesel - A post for the haters. - Great Lakes 4x4. The largest offroad forum in the Midwest
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that article was great info thanks
good news or bad i did end up buying 2005 f350 144000 miles
so far i love it
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Old July 24th, 2011, 10:35 PM   #10
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that article was great info thanks
good news or bad i did end up buying 2005 f350 144000 miles
so far i love it
I love my 6.0L I have 135k miles on it and it runs awesome. I have owned 3 6.0Ls and all have been awesome if you know what to look for and what to replace ASAP. I wouldnt take a perfect running 7.3L over a 6.0L. If you cant wrench or are afraid to do about $400 in mods to bulletproof a 6.0L then you should buy a 7.3L/Duramax or cummins.

-River City Diesel EGR delete $150
-Engine coolant/Oil Temp no more then 15F-20F delta or replace Oil cooler $250
-FICM $300 and the aftermarket ones rock. I have 135k on my FICM and I still have 48volts going through it.

MOTORCRAFT OIL FILTERS/FUEL FILTERS....dont buy anything but them.

Then if you want to have a big grin on your face then get some SCT custom tuning.
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Then if you want to have a big grin on your face then get some SCT custom tuning.
Be careful with these, even though supposedly much better than the edge and others. You still take a chance stretching headbolts.

Dieselfiltersonline.com has ridiculously cheap filters.

Many will also suggest a coolant filter, i have already clogged 2 oil coolers. But like barry1me said, they are fairly easy to work on for what they are.

I have put 25k on my truck and have not had any major running issues, still running well at 160k, but unfortunately i do need head gaskets in the near future.
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