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Which 6.0 Fords to avoid?

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  • Which 6.0 Fords to avoid?

    Still looking for a used truck here. While my hopes are still set on a used Chevy 2500HD, I'm open to an F-250. 2007 and newer, either gas or diesel, preferably 4WD with a crew cab.

    I've seen several 6.4L diesels in my price range (~2008)


    Here is a 6.0L diesel, 2006


    So which are the 6.0L that I've heard a lot of negative reviews on?


  • #2
    My trainer has a 2005 F350 6.0L that he would light on fire if he could afford to.
    Originally posted by EquineImagined
    My subconscious is a wretched insufferable beotch.


    • #3
      All of them.

      Mangalarga Marchador: Uma Raça, Uma Paixão


      • #4
        We have a 6.0L/2005 1Ton Super Duty. 50k "gentle" miles on it. Perfect service record...blew the high pressure oil pump at 5pm, Friday evening, Culpeper, Va., construction zone, concrete barriers both sides. Oh did I mention the attached trailer with three horses on?? Thank God our friend (the destination) was only 1.5 hours away and he came to get our trailer and horses that had been towed to a truck stop, nearby. Between the tow (^$$$), expensive motel, expensive rental car (DD HAD to be back for work by Monday), one week wait and another full round trip the total cost was over $5,000!!! Love the truck...hate Ford for not doing a recall on that engine...I can name at least 8 people with the same type story!!! No guarantee the new pump won't fail at some point!!
        Breeders of Painted Thoroughbreds and Uniquely Painted Irish Sport Horses in Northeast Oklahoma


        • #5
          All of the 6.0's are reliability nightmares. My 2006 (bought new) was a fabulous truck, when it ran. Starter at 1300 miles, Head gasket at 60,000, turbo (twice), EGR. Traded it in before it ran out of warranty at 100M.

          Don't think the 6.4 has been as bad, but I've heard their fuel mileage is poor.

          I owned 5 Ford trucks from 1987 to 2011, two of which (a 7.3L 250 and a Ranger) we still own and use daily. Because of the 6.0, we're now driving a Silverado and loving it.


          • #6
            My son's 6.0 was meticulously kept - blew up 13,000kilometers past its waranty.
            He dumped it and bought a Dodge. They're junk. Now, my 23 year old 7.3 diesel was bullet proof and a great truck.
            Proud member of People Who Hate to Kill Wildlife clique


            • #7
              I was going to say the same thing as G.
              LOL, all of them!
              "You can't really debate with someone who has a prescient invisible friend"


              • #8
                On the other side I have a 2003 6.0 Ford F250 diesel. I've had it for 7 years. Only problems I've had were the turn signal switch and the door switch. Has 107,000 on it and I drive it nearly every day. I pull a 2 + 1 routinely and it pulls it like a dream. Great truck.


                • #9
                  Originally posted by Guilherme View Post
                  All of them.


                  The engine has some litigation-producing design flaws.

                  There are some aftermarket fixes. They are expensive. I believe some of these kits go by the name "bullet proof."

                  If you go on any of the Diesel Dorks websites, you can find info-- what needs to be done, when and what it will cost and how to do it right. Try Ford Enthusiasts: http://www.ford-trucks.com/forums/index.php

                  These guys *will* help you out. When you ask enough questions and get a consensus from them, I think you will have reached The Truth or damned accurate information.

                  IMO, the market will be flooded with 6.0s and 6.4s, if it's not already.

                  In your spot I might buy, but only after I deducted the cost of the Bullet Proof fix I'd have to do in order to make the truck worthwhile.

                  It may be easier to go with a non-Ford for your money and effort.
                  The armchair saddler
                  Politically Pro-Cat


                  • #10
                    As a long time Ford truck owner, I just bought a Dodge RAM. 6.0L blew up (read my past threads) with 20K miles on the new engine - Ford said "no, thanks, not our problem". No thanks, my LAST Ford product ever.


                    • #11
                      I have a 2003 Excursion with the 6.0 PSD. I bought it in 2004 with 19,000 miles. Now have 132,000 miles on it, haul 2 horses weekly to trainer's and then to regional horse shows a few times in the summer, as well as to local parks regularly. Made 8- 1,350 mile round trips from Long Island, NY to western Ohio with 2 horses in from 2008-2010.
                      Never a problem with anything.. ever. I have heard all of the horror stories but I guess I was one of the lucky ones. I intend to keep it as long as I can, as no one makes a diesel powered large SUV anymore.
                      HorsePower! www.tcgequine.blogspot.com


                      • #12
                        IMHO try and find a 7.3L, or don't buy a Ford.
                        My 2002 7.3L has almost 200k miles on it and the only thing I've had to replace is the sesamoid (turbo) and the transmission (after 4 Maryland to Kentucky trips, and 3 Maryland to Florida trips). It took me a long time to find one when I was truck shopping (in 2006) but it has been well worth it, the truck is awesome.

                        On another note my trainer has the new 6.7L and while it doesn't have a lot of miles on it yet, about 60K, it has been great towing his 6 horse trailer so far!

                        RIP Beaming Sportsfield (1998-2012)


                        • #13
                          The youngest 7.3L Ford p/u will be a 2005- if I recall wht I was told - but still worth it if you can find it. Correct me, if I am wrong truck people.
                          Proud member of People Who Hate to Kill Wildlife clique


                          • #14
                            I believe the last year Ford made the 7.3 was 2002. We had a 2002 7.3 that was used to pull our heavy 4 horse. When I sold it in 2010 it had 60,000 and never a problem. I have heard many nightmares of the newer engines.


                            • #15
                              We had a 7.3/1T Ford '88. Running fool of a truck. The '05 6.0 hauls a big rig great, nice to drive, zooms right down the highway....until the oil pump failed and then it STOPPED DEAD IN IT'S TRACKS!!! I guess a truck is only good as long as it is running!! Never had a Dodge, but back 8-10 years ago I personally knew 7-8 people who put new transmissions in pretty new trucks. One person never even pulled a trailer, but he was on his third transmission last I knew. I guess they all have issues, but Ford really ought to be making these repairs right when they know how many are failing. If DH had been in our town the dealership would have done the work under warrentee, but 1200 miles from home at a truck stop they weren't motivated.
                              Breeders of Painted Thoroughbreds and Uniquely Painted Irish Sport Horses in Northeast Oklahoma


                              • #16
                                I've got an older 7.3L, my best friend has the newer 6.0L. Can't remember what year hers is but I'm thinking it's an '06?

                                Anyway, my 7.3L has proven much more reliable than her 6.0L despite being about 10 years older with much higher miles. Three times I've had to drop my trailer and go right back for hers after camping trip break-downs.

                                Even if it's an older 7.3 I'd take that over any of the 6.0's. Might not be the prettiest truck on the road but it'll get you where you're going.


                                • #17
                                  Agree with G, skip the Fords if you can. 6.0s (high pressure oil activated injectors) are, as was pointed out, reliability nightmares. Husband just got back from a week long training on fords (6.0s, 6.4s, 7.3s) and still thinks, "skip 'em all if you can". You might, possibly, get a reliable one, but the odds are against you. Also, the EGR system (emissions control) is seriously flawed in these (the 6.0s), can contaminate oil, a giant PITA.

                                  Are you looking at the Chevy/Duramax? Look at something post about 2004, much better.

                                  Still a Dodge ram fan (although some current problems)


                                  • #18
                                    lol, dh is bugging me to get a new truck.
                                    anyone wanna make an offer on my 7.3 f350 turbo diesel?

                                    (4x4 loaded lariet 2002. crew and long bed single wheel.
                                    it's got 190 k and is getting rusty and well used looking).

                                    he worries it will start to nickle and dime us, doesn't believe me when i tell him it's got another 190k in it.

                                    it was my first new vehicle ever, and is a dream to haul my gn 2+1.

                                    i'm tempted to go brand new since interest rates are so low, but then i'll be here looking for truck advice too!


                                    • Original Poster



                                      I brought home a 2010 Chevy 2500HD 4x4 Its gas and not diesel, although I would have been fine with both. Its a FUN drive! I totally wasn't expecting to come home with a truck so quickly!

                                      Its in great condition and only 25000 miles on it.

                                      Now I need to go find some running boards The thing is a beast and difficult for my short self to climb into.

                                      Trailer shopping is next...Unfortunately I used up a bit of my trailer budget on the truck so I'll be doing some penny pinching to save up


                                      • #20
                                        AWESOME!! have a blast driving your big a$$ed truck!!!