Actually the 7.3L engine was phased out in dec of 2003 and the 6.0 was installed till 2006 in pickups and 2010 in vans.. Some late model 2003's were fitted with either 7.3L ( mine is build date of sept '03 and have a 7.3L) or the 6.0L and in Jan '04 all truck were fitted with the 6.0L..
I am not claiming that EVERY one that got a 6.0L engine had issues. but the major majority did.. if you check out carcomplaints.com or other forums, the amount of post with issues on the 6.0 are hugh.. Lawsuits were filed and ford lost a lost of long time customers to GMC/Chev and Dodge because of this.
the big problem was the 6.0 was fitted with EGR, for emissions, and it would clog up due to the passages being engineered TOO SMALL.. among other issues, that would create a problem that could result in a expensive repair bill..
morele of the story is not everything that is engineered is correct.. they cut corners at times to save weight and or cost. The perfect built engine would cost 20K by it self and to put the the perfect drive train and perfect body the truck would retail for 150K.. not many would sell so they cut cost.
you are correct you can't debate emotion but you can debate know problems.. and the 6.0 is full of them..
by the time they stop production in '10 most,, but not all, the issues had been mostly resolved..
Originally Posted by grindstone01
If you are looking for a perfect truck, it will be a long search. None exist that I am aware of and if it did exist it would not be affordable. I don't believe the claim that every 7.3L from 03 to 05 were all disaster's, this where emotion is overriding logic and you can't debate emotion!