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Old 03-03-2014, 06:05 PM
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Anyone have experience with Powerstrokes?



Found a deal on an 06 King Ranch 6.0 in the exact color combo I want! Bone stock, one older owner. A friend is after my Duramax, and is willing to pay me what the gentleman is asking for the King Ranch.

Anyone have experience with these trucks? I know about the EGR/coolant issues, but other than that, how are they?

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Old 03-03-2014, 06:19 PM
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don't buy a 6.0, that is a bad idea.

Many issues with that motor. The money you save not having to fix the 6.0 powerstroke when it breaks, you can just spend to paint your duramax the color combo you want.

7.3 IDI = good
7.3 powerstroke = good
6.0 powerstroke = bad
6.4 and 6.7, no experience, sound better than the 6.0
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There were huge issues with the 6.0 when it came out. I would pass unless it was really really cheap.
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Old 03-03-2014, 07:14 PM
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dont just walk, run away. even after they have been "bullet proofed" they still fail. egr problems, head gasket problems, injector harness problems, turbo problems, and a bad design on the valve train. the valves get "side loaded" during operation.
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Old 03-03-2014, 07:15 PM
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go to azbasszone.com and do a search. lots of info on the issues. several guys were still making payments when the engine failed.
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but other than that, how are they?

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Old 03-03-2014, 09:37 PM
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think of it as the opposite of owning a ram with the cummins. the ram is a beautiful motor housed by a pos truck. the 6.0 is a pos motor housed by a beautiful truck
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I have been looking at pickups in the $8,000 to $10,000 range. I noticed that Powerstrokes after 2000 can be had cheap. I suspect that my 2000 F350 Powerstroke has gone up in value in the last year or so. People just don't want the newer ones. The EPA has made it tough on this type of truck. Personally, I would avoid a 2006 model.
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7.3 powerstroke.6.0 powerjoke.
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Old 03-03-2014, 09:52 PM
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I have been looking at pickups in the $8,000 to $10,000 range. I noticed that Powerstrokes after 2000 can be had cheap. I suspect that my 2000 F350 Powerstroke has gone up in value in the last year or so. People just don't want the newer ones. The EPA has made it tough on this type of truck. Personally, I would avoid a 2006 model.
the 7.3 is bulletproof and a powerhouse. i just sold mine. i was more than happy with the truck, but it was time to downsize a little. for what i sold my powerstroke for, i bought the wife an 03 expedition 4x4 and an 02 ford escape for myself. the expedition will pull my trailer just fine.
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I've owned a 7.3 and a 6.0. After the 6.0, I quit diesels. The 7.3 was great - had the common crankshaft sensor failure, but that's about it. The 6.0 had more power than the 7.3 when it was chipped. I liked the 6.0, but they were really a bad design and I had met many, many people/customers who dumped them after major issues (I sell auto parts for a living). I sold the 6.0 gladly - there was a fear in driving it. Like a timebomb.

After those, I've been doing gas engines. Same mpg. More reliable. Way cheaper oil changes, fuel filters, and air filters. Unless you tow a lot, they're just not worth it.
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By the time 06, 07 rolled around, the 6.0 was pretty well sorted out. I've seen them run back to back with the 7.3 and the 6.0 is a much more refined engine. 4 valve heads and it sounds like a beast with a good exhaust next to the oddly fluttering 7.3.

Plus, a plug in box will provide upwards of 400 HP.

Don't get me wrong, I enjoy my 7.3 but it's old tech compared to the 6.0. Also keep in mind that the 6.0 wasn't just made for the F-series. It's well utilized, working hard every day as the VT365 in the 4000 series International trucks.

Oh, and one last thing: The 6.0 has the excellent torque shift automatic while the 7.3 has the troublesome A4OD or whatever it is. Mine is a manual 6 speed.
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Old 03-04-2014, 12:12 AM
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I tow with an 06 6.0 fx4 lariat crew cab with the 8 foot box, 146k Has EGR, and stock head bolts on it. At 140k the vnt turbo needed cleaned out. Original motor original trans. Change the coolant annually, change the ATF annually, and have kept it dead stock. Its not the horrible motor people who have never owned one will blindly repeat that it is.

Get 13-15mpg pulling a trailer, and seen as high as 20 unloaded. It's been a great truck.

Have another buddy with a dead stock 06 6.0, 150k, original motor original trans original turbo.

05-07 had many improvements over 03-04. Its worth doing research outside a Mercedes forum where very few commenters will have ever owned or worked on one.

Key to the 6.0 seems to be not chipping it. All the guys I've met with "6.0 problems" had a tuner on one. A stock 6.0 will run down a chipped 7.3. Keep it stock, plenty of power.

Its not the weld the hood shut maintenance plan the old 7.3 was but, coming from a 6.6 duramax you ought to be familiar with more modern, more complex diesels.

6.4 has more cab off service and with its DPF they get much lower fuel economy than the 6.0.
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I have one friend that pulls a huge toy box with no issues with his king ranch 6.0 other than a couple sensor issues, however that is not what you usually hear with this motor. I have another that has a 6.7 and i think they have had to pull the cab like 4 times now at the dealership.

I have had 7.3 and 7.3 powerstrokes in work trucks that went several hundred thousand miles with 0 major repairs, the all ran great when i sold them.

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