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Old 04-29-2017, 05:28 PM   #15
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We had 2 Ford 6.0 trucks at work, an '03 and an '06. Both were problematic with numerous expensive repairs. I didn't care for the way they handled either, the steering felt sloppy.
I've personally owned '01, '02, '05, and '07 Chevy work trucks. I've had the 8.1L, the 6.0L gas, and two Duramax trucks. They have all given me excellent service. I don't put up with machines that don't work well and perform well. If the first Chevy hadn't been solid I wouldn't have owned another, and another. The '05 currently has 217,000 miles on it and has been the most trouble free vehicle I've ever owned.
The first thing I noticed on the 6.0L I drive was the sloppy steering. I'm beginning to realize why I can find a Ford for $25000 no problem and quite a few of them, however can't find anything else for less than $40000! I'll definitely keep looking!
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Old 05-02-2017, 08:55 AM   #16
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A friend just spent $9300 having their 6.slow "bulletproofed". I personally would have walked away from the vehicle but it's a purpose built, lifted, etc Excursion that they are in love with.
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Old 05-02-2017, 10:58 PM   #17
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As a diesel guy for over 30 years let me give you some advice. . No matter who the manufacturer is the main thing about a diesel is maintenance they must be maintained properly. When looking for a used diesel truck look for maintenance records this is very important. Also maintenance on a diesel is much more expensive. Best thing to do is a lot of research so you know what to look for when buying a diesel truck.
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Old 05-07-2017, 05:55 PM   #18
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I would stay away from the 6.4 - the emissions on it is a real problem. Most Ford guys will say go 6.0 before 6.4. International had a real issue with emissions....... the 6.7 is awesome - 2012 or newer. The 2011 ones broke off glow plugs in the cylinders and had manifold issues...

The 6.0 isn't something to be scared off - as long as all the maintenance is done and the proper fixes have been in place. At this point, that should all be done, as these trucks are getting up in miles.
Ours has nearly 180k, and I sleep just fine, I have 0 worries about it. The steering is miserably all over the place but that's a live axle for you - I wouldn't expect the Ram's to be any better. The GMs will obviously steer and front end will ride much better due to the IFS.

None of em are great honestly. the Ford 6.0 and 6.4 are trouble prone, but the truck and transmissions are really solid.

The Duramax/Allison combo is great...except the Duramax's in the mid 2000's ate injectors, and they were even more expensive then the Ford ones! Like $4800 for all 8. The LPL apparently is a MONSTER ENGINE, but newer trucks.

The Ram has a great motor, but the transmission/truck fall apart around it. As mentioned, the Aisin Transmission fixes half of the problem, but thats only on the newer trucks.

I went a properly repaired 6.0 Ford (Obviously). and its been fine, though I do have to run a $30 friction modifier in my oil....

Honestly, if I had to do it again...I'd lease/finance the newer trucks. They really are a serious improvement over the mid 2000's for any of the manufacturers...they just got damn expensive, thats all.

FYI if it helps, I bought our 2005 King Ranch 6.0 Fx4 w/150k for $14,200 - with the EGR/Oil cooler etc work all done.
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Old 05-11-2017, 01:13 AM   #19
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Need advice on PowerStrokes? See:

They go over every Ford diesel engine in detail--good and bad of each. And it's probably the premier independent repair shop there is--specializing in nothing but PowerStroke repairs in NE Atlanta.

I had them troubleshoot a hot starting issue, and it took'em 30 seconds to tell me the problem where out two local diesel shops couldn't diagnose it. They fixed the problem and my truck's now running like new @ 135K miles.
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