NFR Any Ford diesel gurus here?

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  1. orangeradish

    orangeradish 1/2 an Ira

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    Looking at a truck, but I've been told that there are a few years/motors to avoid. 2006 6l is what I'm looking at. Anyone have any input? A float down the river and all the beer you can drink coming your way if ya keep me from stepping on a landmine on this one...

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  2. DanielOcean

    DanielOcean Steelhead Virgin

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    Before I got out of it I was a Diesel mechanic by trade for over 10 years. What you need to understand is that there are lemon's everywhere, that is just the downside to mass production, and occasionally a bad apple slips through. Whether you go with Dodge, Chevy, Ford, Peterbilt, Kenworth, or anything it does not matter. Truck and vehicle manufacturers have been doing this stuff long enough to know what they are doing. Rest assured that the Fork truck that you have a chubby over will serve you very well for years to come as long as YOU serve IT well for years to come. I will not give you my personal preference because it is completely irrelevant. There is always going to be that "guy" who complains that this went out or that went out, but the majority of feedback that is given are from people who are pissed off about the product. I guarantee that for every bad experience there is significantly more positive ones. Of course there is always the infamous recall but you do not have to worry about that financially if that should ever arise. Good luck on your purchase. Shit that was long winded.
     
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    g_smolt Recreational User

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  4. David Dalan

    David Dalan 69°19'15.35" N 18°44'22.74" E

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    I didn't think any Ford owners would reply. I figured they were all stuck on the side of the road.

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    Seriously, I'm just yanking chains. I think there is a Ton of truth to what Danielocean says. As for my trash talking, keep in mind I drive an outback.
     
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  5. TonyZ

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    Get on some ford talk groups, you'll find your answer. A buddy of mine was looking into an 07 and found that erra of diesels are netorious for head problems, like clockwork at 100k miles they will need rebuilt. If I recall his research it was the 6.0 between about 03 and 07.
     
  6. Jerry Daschofsky

    Jerry Daschofsky Moderator Staff Member

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    Run, run, run! Avoid those 6L like the plague.
     
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  7. Jerry Daschofsky

    Jerry Daschofsky Moderator Staff Member

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    Oh, btw, I have over a million miles driving those 6L (yes over a million) and again will say run, run, run.
     
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    Talk to Christian before you do anything.
     
  9. hookedonthefly

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    I have the old 7.3L. If you're going to own an elephant, be very prepared to feed it.

    I don't think I'll ever buy another Ford unless I win the lottery and it's a '67 Cobra GT.
     
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  10. freestoneangler

    freestoneangler Not to be confused with Freestone

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    Buy a 5.9L Cummins and be done with it... just saying. loveit.gif OK, as to your question, I have also heard that the 6.0 Powerstroke has been disappointing to Ford fans. That said, a friend has an 2004 F350 and has about 300k miles w/o any major problems. That would suggest it not to be an inherent design flaw but perhaps lack of quality in the detail components supply chain and/or assembly. Good luck with whatever you decide, but go with Cummins and sleep well.
     
  11. orangeradish

    orangeradish 1/2 an Ira

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    Thanks for the input, guys.
     
  12. zen leecher aka bill w

    zen leecher aka bill w born to work, forced to fish

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    I have a 2006 6.0L and wish I had an older Powerstoke or one of the new diesels. Mine's listed as a motor prone to troubles. The turbos suck up moisture in a we(s)tside climate and that's a $2K issue. The motors need to be run weekly.
     
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    GAT Dumbfounded

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    I'm in the biz... Some 6.0s were fine, some were an absolute nightmare to keep running. (the techs have an inside joke in regards to the owners of 6.0s knowing the tow truck driver very, very well)

    Bill is correct. The 6.0 was not a diesel engine that worked so well for short trips around town... in fact, that was its downfall.

    The 6.0 was replaced by the 6.4 which has a much better track record.

    When it comes to buying a 6.0 .... are you feeling lucky?
     
  14. Rick Todd

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    I'm on my third Duramax and traded each off at about 150,000 miles (yea I like new trucks!) My last one went to my son in law and all three have never had one bit of trouble. Couple that with being the quietest diesel out there and the most comfortable ride (IMO). Having said that, right now I'm looking at a new Dodge 1500. I will keep the 3500 Duramax, but may trade in my Volvo XC90 on a new Dodge. Air shocks, almost 10,000 lb pulling power and the new V8 is EPA 21 on the hwy with 4 WD. Crew cab 6 1/2' bed with cap should replace the Volvo nicely! Rick
     
  15. IveofIone

    IveofIone Active Member

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    Rick, if you are really interested in bragging rights-and I think you are-get the new V-6 diesel with 4WD and mileage closer to 30 mpg on the highway. Half ton diesels are the next big thing in trucks as Nissan is poised to introduce the new V-8 Cummins in their new Titan. GM will also be introducing their global 2.8L turbodiesel in the new downsized Colorado and Canyon trucks.

    Five years from now 21mpg in a truck is going to be pretty lame.

    Ive
     
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