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Old 05-11-2009, 09:21 PM
 
Location: Southwest Nebraska
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I have never owned a Ford diesal but did own a Chevy Duramax. I keep hearing you need to stay away from the Foed 6.0 diesal that is is bad news, and is not reliable as the old 7.3 was.

Also how is the 6.7 Ford diesal doing ?

I am looking for a Ford E350 passenger van or F250 Ford pickup and not sure about the diesals.

Any info please?
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Old 05-11-2009, 10:36 PM
 
Location: North Central Florida
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Try this link. Good helpful people, like here on C-D. There's a separate forum for each manufacturer, then broken down to different sections by engine. By just doing some reading in the section for the Ford 6.0, you'll get a good idea of the strengths and weaknesses, and things to watch for in the buying process. HTH.

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Old 05-11-2009, 11:48 PM
 
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Consider the Ford v10, best combination of power and reliability of all the newer truck engines.
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Old 05-12-2009, 07:56 AM
 
Location: Indiana
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I think 2003 and 2004 were the only real problem years for the 6.0. You should be fine if you steer clear of those.
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Old 05-12-2009, 10:12 AM
 
Location: Southwest Nebraska
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Consider the Ford v10, best combination of power and reliability of all the newer truck engines.
Yeah, my brother bought a new 2000 Excursion 2WD with the V10 and loved it. Pulled a 24'trailer. He got 16mpg on highway doing 65 loaded or not. His wife drove it mostly in town and was a bit cumbersom though.

Sold it in 05 with 95,000 trouble free miles and bought an 05 Dodge 2500 4X4 diesal Qaud cab. Sofar loves it too. Gets 23mpg hwy.
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Old 05-12-2009, 10:14 AM
 
Location: I think my user name clarifies that.
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Consider the Ford v10, best combination of power and reliability of all the newer truck engines.
Hmmmm... I've got a good friend who is a fleet mechanic foreman. He has done a lot of work on the Ford V-10s (maybe the earlier ones). He said they have this weird problem of literally blowing the spark plugs out of the heads.
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Old 05-12-2009, 10:24 AM
 
Location: Texas
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The 6.7L is a Cummins ISX, only available in F650's and F750's; the new Powerstroke is a twin-turbo 6.4L which sofar has been a lot less problematic than the 6.0L, but it has a couple of obvious drawbacks. First, our customers (I work at a Ford truck shop) are coming in telling horror stories of single-digit fuel economy, but keep in mind most of our customers are construction companies, fleets, and oil drilling and fracturing outfits and therefore likely to be towing heavy equipment. Also, any extensive repairs that have had to be done to them have required lifting the body off of the frame to get to the low end; this is a lot of engine crammed into the compartment with those two turbochargers and requisite EGR and oil plumbing.

However, they have got ridiculous amounts of torque and can pull pretty much anything you'd want to put behind them. They're a far cry from the 7.3L, which was damn near bullet-proof, but still an improvement over the 6-liter.

As far as a 6.0L goes, if you can get a good deal on one with less than 60k miles that has been well maintained, you'd be okay. But the key to that sentence is well maintained; oil changed every 3k to 5k miles with no gaps, fuel/water seperator every 7500k and that has never had biodiesel run through it. The 6.0 gets a bad rappe, I think, because when properly taken care of it is a powerful and efficient engine.

Oh, and try to get one with a 6-speed manual; the 5R110 automatic transmission can quickly devolve into a money pit.
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Old 05-12-2009, 10:28 AM
 
Location: Texas
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Hmmmm... I've got a good friend who is a fleet mechanic foreman. He has done a lot of work on the Ford V-10s (maybe the earlier ones). He said they have this weird problem of literally blowing the spark plugs out of the heads.
That's if your lucky enough to not have your ignition coils go out on you; it's a coil on plug design; 10 plugs, 10 coils, $102 a pop.
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Old 05-12-2009, 10:54 AM
 
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That's if your lucky enough to not have your ignition coils go out on you; it's a coil on plug design; 10 plugs, 10 coils, $102 a pop.
$102 per cylinder, or do you get 2 cylinders per coil?

Some of the GM engines had coil packs that were about $60 each to replace, but they each took care of 2 cylinders.
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Old 05-12-2009, 10:58 AM
 
Location: Texas
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$102 per cylinder, or do you get 2 cylinders per coil?

Some of the GM engines had coil packs that were about $60 each to replace, but they each took care of 2 cylinders.
Nope; one coil per cylinder. Same coil works on a 4.6L, 5.4L and a 6.8L
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