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Old 10-29-2019, 02:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
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2006 F-250 diesel 4x4 ... advice please!

I have a 33 year old F-150 4x4 that I paid $1000 a couple years back. I live in VT and have been building a house. I used it as a real work truck ... hauled everything ... plowed out the driveway all winter long.

A few months ago, the engine spun a bearing. Found an engine (300 six) for $400 + $100 shipping ... took it to a "back yard" mechanic to install ($550) .. he killed it ... I can't even list how many things are wrong or that he broke ... I would not trust it to make it down the street.

So, this was my vehicle truck and I am a bit desperate .... my wife who is paralyzed from the shoulders down has been driving me around for the past few weeks (there is no drivers seat so I can't even borrow the van ... the wheelchair locks right in place).

So I am looking on the web at private and local dealers .... 2006 F250 XL ... regular cab ... 8 ft box ... 8 cylinder 6 L diesel ... 116,000 miles ... automatic ... with snowplow .... was government owned so the dealer (small local) probably got if from an auction .... looks like it needs tires .... seats are rough (foam showing through) .... $8,000

OK ... have only had one truck in my life and never even drove a diesel (let alone a turbo diesel).

Kelly blue book says it is a good deal ...

What do I need to know ... what do I need to look for ....

Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

Mike
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A 6.0 supposedly can be made reliable. But you need to spend a good bit of money to do it, probably half of the purchase price if the numbers I have in my head from 8-9 years ago are still applicable. Given your lack of diesel experience I highly recommend staying away from it. A 7.3 truck would serve you much better.
With that relatively low mileage, odds are the truck has lots of idling time and light useage, both of which are not the 6.0's friend.
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Old 10-29-2019, 04:14 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Run. The 6.0 are usually auctioned that low mileage for injector issues, egr coolers, etc.. I'm a fleet mechanic for a large utilities company; we replace 6.0 injectors, turbos and egr components like clock work between 60-80k interval on the 6.0 Powerstroke and it's not cheap.

Look for an older 7.3 or a Cummins 12v or 24v your wallet will thank you.
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Old 10-29-2019, 04:38 PM   #4 (permalink)
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$8000 is crackhead pricing for that truck
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Old 10-29-2019, 05:34 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Thanks!

And this is why I love this forum!

I don't know the first thing about diesel trucks and wanted to know what I am getting into.

Thanks so very much for all the advice !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Old 10-29-2019, 06:16 PM   #6 (permalink)
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8k would buy a lot nicer gas truck that will have less inherent issues, gas v8/v10 Super Duties are a lot of truck for what they cost.
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Old 10-29-2019, 06:44 PM   #7 (permalink)
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RV has a V10

I actually have a 20 year old RV with an F53 chassis.

Except for constantly breaking exhaust manifold bolts, it is still going strong at 150,000 miles.

I think I definitely should look to gas.

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Run from the 6.0 diesel; it will cost you a ton in the long run.
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boss just sold 05 6.0 /120K miles with alu flatbed for 2500

i didnt buy it bc of the 6.0
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Old 11-26-2019, 09:11 AM   #10 (permalink)
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I love the 6.0. But I don't recommend them to anyone who doesn't own a lift and who doesn't understand their weaknesses and how to solve them. The whole reason I love the 6.0 is their power delivery, the chassis they're in and how cheaply they can be had compared to the similar models.

But $8k for a single cab XL work truck package isn't really the kind of good deal I'd say makes the 6.0 issues worth dealing with.

If you search, you'll find plenty of posts I've made outlining what I've found to be necessary to make one reliable.

Also keep in mind that I paid $10k for my 06 F350 4x4 crew cab King Ranch with 100k miles. The value difference is 2:1 to the truck you're looking at. So I'd expect that single cab is maybe worth $5k if the interior was nice and miles were low.
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Still looking

Well, that one sold before I could take it in to be checked out.

Up here, diesels demand a very high premium.

I just put the old 300 six back together for my 86 f150 (took twice as long as it should have in the freezing cold) ... hope to shove it back in tomorrow if I can beat the rain.

So I now have a bit of time to look around.

I really use my truck as a work truck. I haul everything crush stone to a car trailer.

I plow out the driveway all winter (a lot of plowing here in VT) plus even use the plow in the summer to grade the driveway and push around dirt.

I will need to keep my eyes open for a "deal".

Thanks .... Mike
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I love the 6.0. But I don't recommend them to anyone who doesn't own a lift and who doesn't understand their weaknesses and how to solve them. The whole reason I love the 6.0 is their power delivery, the chassis they're in and how cheaply they can be had compared to the similar models.
That's my thoughts on em too, they run good, good chassis but if you can't wrench on it don't fuckin' buy one. I've seen many customers bled dry by a 6.0 they bought cheap but couldn't fix on their own.
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