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Old 05-18-2014, 04:13 PM   #15
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You all are a wealth of information. Thanks to all that replied. I did look at some of the web sites on "6.0 issues" and was a little blown away with the list. I understand that they are good engines once "everything is fixed". The question is where this vehicle is in that process? I have the VIN and may go to Ford dealer to see what's been done it.
I used to have a 2001 F450 with the 7.3 and it was great, but went with the 5er when I got rid of it. I'd be just fine with another 7.3, however unless I misreading the data, an F350 that's 2002 or earlier doesn't have the capacity to tow a 14,000# 5er without exceeding the GCWR. (if any of you know of any, please let me know.)
I plan on this only being an interim vehicle for a couple of years to just tow it for week long vacations until I can full time. Then I'll buy a new vehicle. Hence, I don't want to get something that I put a lot of mechanical repairs into, because as many of you have pointed out, you'll never get your money back. Thanks
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I am just thinking out loud here but if I recall correctly dodge had a high output engine with 6 speed manual tranny back in that era. I believe it had a 16 to 17k tow rating. A buddy of mine has one with 337k on it and still running great. Compared to the automatics of the day these high outputs were a powerhouse.

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Some people wont budge on numbers but if you dont mind "being over weight" your current V10 should tow the trailer just fine and best of all you already have it.
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Old 05-19-2014, 01:18 AM   #17
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If the engine had problems, would most of them have happened early in it's life and been taken care of by now (It was a one owner).
I talked to several RV dealers about the 6.0 and none of them had anything good to say. Thanks Rod
There is such a thing as "Infant mortality" If something is going to break, it will do so early in it's life.
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IMO if you like fixer upper houses then the 6.0 is for you.
FYI in don't believe that the bullet proof cash cow method is required.
I just flushed out the coolant and put in IH recommended coolant and bought the Scangauge II and been good for 4 years past 5 year warranty period. And plan for many more happy years of ownership.
Now Ford has worn IH dealer not to sell us maintenance parts that are less then 1/2 price.
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IMO if you like fixer upper houses then the 6.0 is for you.
FYI in don't believe that the bullet proof cash cow method is required.
I just flushed out the coolant and put in IH recommended coolant and bought the Scangauge II and been good for 4 years past 5 year warranty period. And plan for many more happy years of ownership.
Now Ford has worn IH dealer not to sell us maintenance parts that are less then 1/2 price.
My truck is still worth as much replacement value to me now as I paid for it 7 years ago.
There are many 6.0s out there more then any other models and their still well priced. I was south all winter an they could not be found for sale at decent price anywhere in Texas to Arizona.
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Here's a good 6-video comparison of the 6.0 to the 7.3:

POWERSTROKEHELP.COM - The Information Source for Ford Power Stroke Diesel Owners
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Now Ford has worn IH dealer not to sell us maintenance parts that are less then 1/2 price.
That's crazy. Ford completely messes up the 6.0 campaign and now they want to screw downline customers even more? People died because of the 6.0 debacle. IMO, some Ford execs should have done time for their screw-ups. Not unlike GM. There is such a huge lack of accountability in the country sometimes (but that's another discussion).

IMO, anyone who shows blind brand loyalty to any manufacturer is just asking to get taken at some point in life. I was a Ford fan, I left once I saw the 6.0 abortion unfold and how they treated their customers. I've been a happy Cummins fan ever since but everything else on a Dodge seems to break (twice). So I'm not loyal to Dodge either. I drive both trucks out of necessity, not because I have any alleigence towards one or the other.

NOTE: This isn't a shot at you or your rig, Cassiel. Just making an observation about how Ford trys to gouge customers for products that are necessary to keep their trucks on the road.
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I know a lot of people that are brand loyal (Ford). I don't get it. If there is something better out there (Cummins), buy it. Flame suit on.
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I know a lot of people that are brand loyal (Ford). I don't get it. If there is something better out there (Cummins), buy it. Flame suit on.
Have driven many vehicles with great Cummins engines..... farm tractors do not get you there very fast and though.
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I was aware of Fords problems when I bought my 2 year old truck cheap 7 years ago. I had a 98 GM diesel that were also cash cows that could be repaired cheap. Mine lasted 9 years with just a fuel pump control remotely installed when only 2 years old. Did not care about warranty I just did not want to be stranded with a 3 weeks wait for service at dealer.
Same situation with Ford, but the IH and after market are satisfying me.
No dealer service for me for the past 45 years.
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I am just thinking out loud here but if I recall correctly dodge had a high output engine with 6 speed manual tranny back in that era. I believe it had a 16 to 17k tow rating. A buddy of mine has one with 337k on it and still running great. Compared to the automatics of the day these high outputs were a powerhouse.

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I'd have to agree with Chad on this one. If you don't need a "FULL SIZE" back seat, go with the 2000-2002 Dodge Ram as an interim vehicle. I have one, and it is only slighting modded. I did the 4" MBRP, AFE intake, A FASS pump guages, SB clutch and a lower-hp chip. IOW, I didn't want to push the engine to it's limits. Those simple "tweaks" gives me all the TQ I need. I pulled a 35' flybridge boat (11' wide 14' high) at 70 mph the whole way across the US. I estimate the added windage put me at closer to 18,000 lbs in terms of pull weight. That truck pulls waaaaaaaay better than my 7.3 PS.

The ONLY reason I went with the 7.3 PS in this last truck I just bought is that I couldn't find a Dodge MegaCab with low enough miles in at my desired price point. I needed a true Crew Cab for the kids. I still kept my Dodge though.

Don't get me wrong, I do think Ford builds a better "truck" but I'll take the Cummins/ 6spd NV5600 platform any day. I have a lot of articles that I kept of owners who have exceeded 1 million miles with their Cummins without any major hiccups. It's just a good motor, plain and simple.

Try to avoid the "53 Block" though when looking.

The only main weak point in those trucks is the VP44 Bosch injection pump. But you can source that on the internet pretty easily and get it replaced (parts and labor) for around $2,000. Add in a FASS pump when you do that and you'll likely get 300,000 miles out of that next VP44. The newer VP44s are better and using the FASS inures enough fuel for cooling (lack of cooling fuel is what kills them).
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Well... I don't mind the 6.0 bad rep. Because I bought a extremely clean 2004 f350 full quad cab with airbags that had 6.0 with 109k miles for only $8000 I put about $1800 in parts to "BULLETPROOF" it and couldn't be happier. you would be hard pressed to find any truck in the same condition for only $9800. I like to turn a wrench and do my own work so the 6.0 was a perfect choice for me.

In my area a similar dodge or Chevy would be over $15000 to $20000
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Here's a good 6-video comparison of the 6.0 to the 7.3:

POWERSTROKEHELP.COM - The Information Source for Ford Power Stroke Diesel Owners
That guy is very funny. Some basic videos of his are good, but for the most part, they are crockery.
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That's crazy. Ford completely messes up the 6.0 campaign and now they want to screw downline customers even more? People died because of the 6.0 debacle. IMO, some Ford execs should have done time for their screw-ups. Not unlike GM. There is such a huge lack of accountability in the country sometimes (but that's another discussion).

IMO, anyone who shows blind brand loyalty to any manufacturer is just asking to get taken at some point in life. I was a Ford fan, I left once I saw the 6.0 abortion unfold and how they treated their customers. I've been a happy Cummins fan ever since but everything else on a Dodge seems to break (twice). So I'm not loyal to Dodge either. I drive both trucks out of necessity, not because I have any alleigence towards one or the other.

NOTE: This isn't a shot at you or your rig, Cassiel. Just making an observation about how Ford trys to gouge customers for products that are necessary to keep their trucks on the road.
Who died due to a 6.0L? That is the absolute first I have ever heard of that. Lets see your proof of that statement.
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