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All of the 2003+ diesel owners... hows that diesel treating you?

Discussion in 'Ford Trucks' started by hoot, Jan 20, 2013.

  1. hoot

    hoot Senior Member
    from SE Pa.
    Messages: 156

    Since the disaster 6.0... and all of the changes since... has Ford finally gotten their chit together with the diesel?
  2. sthoms3355

    sthoms3355 Member
    from Detroit
    Messages: 87

    We got one of the last 7.3 2003 diesels. 225,000 and still running like a charm.
  3. hoot

    hoot Senior Member
    from SE Pa.
    Messages: 156

    Yep... the last of the good ones from what I hear lately.
  4. Buswell Forest

    Buswell Forest PlowSite.com Addict
    from NH
    Messages: 1,668

    You going to consider one? Maybe a 2013 F450 4x4 diesel crew cab platinum edition?

  5. gtmustang00

    gtmustang00 Senior Member
    from Berlin
    Messages: 752

    2006 6.0 and love it. No issues... Bought new.
  6. Drakeslayer

    Drakeslayer 2000 Club Member
    from Carver
    Messages: 2,803

    My 2003 blew up with 250K. My 2008 with 60K was just in for an oil leak and they ended up pulling the engine and replacing every gasket in the thing. It was still under warranty.
  7. Hawkeyestoob

    Hawkeyestoob Junior Member
    Messages: 13

    My 2003 6.0 is at 95,000 miles now with nothing beyond normal service and maintenance. It still runs great and knock on wood has not ever given me any real issues.
  8. exmark1

    exmark1 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,321

    My 2003 6.0 has 59,000 on it have never touched a wrench to the engine as of yet other than maintainance and service, have to 6.7 2011 F-350 no issues there yet either one has 9,800 miles the other 16,000 miles so far
  9. ken643

    ken643 Senior Member
    Messages: 821

    2011 6.7 with around 20,000 on it, no issues. oil changes and a fuel filter change thats it
  10. Dstosh

    Dstosh Senior Member
    Messages: 534

    I like my 6.0s. People who bad mouth them are usually those who dont own one and just hear stories.

    That being said. I am working on a 7.3 that I am looking forward to having.

    I had head gaskets and studs and egr delete done on my '05 Cost me $3,000

    The same guy will change an oil pan on a 7.3 for $2,000.

    Every motor has it quarks.
    Last edited: Jan 21, 2013
  11. hoot

    hoot Senior Member
    from SE Pa.
    Messages: 156

    I bad mouth them and never owned one. I drove one. That's about as close I would ever get to owning one. Ford lost their shirt on that motor. It's no secret. Wonder why it no longer exists? Same with the 6.4... see ya later...
    Turbulent times for them. I think Ford bought back something like 50,000 units in the first year. You all know the fiasco don't you? Or are those blue oval glasses a little too dark?
    Last edited: Jan 21, 2013
  12. 03fordboss

    03fordboss Member
    from Iowa
    Messages: 47

    And dodge trucks have no problems:dizzy::dizzy:
  13. rcn971

    rcn971 Senior Member
    Messages: 213

    Haha...I was just gonna post that my 6.0 is probably treating me a little better than his tranny or electrical system in his P.O.S. Dodge :laughing:
  14. got-h2o

    got-h2o 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,440

    239k on my 04, 291k on my 05.
  15. hoot

    hoot Senior Member
    from SE Pa.
    Messages: 156

    Had plenty of problems with my truck. I'm not preaching Dodge at all. She's 8 years old. No electrical problems to speak of. Trans or motor never let me down. Only 128,000 on it though. Biggest problems are front end not holding up to the big tires and the plow. I hear the Fords don't have that issue LOL

    Now the 6.o... I remember when they first showed the head design my first comment was... head gasket issue for sure. They sandwiched the thin cast iron head between an aluminum valve train case and the block. Extra long studs to squeeze it all together. When the head gasket goes, the body has to come up off the rails. I'm not telling you anything new. Turbos clogging up and egr clogging. My buddy had constant oil leaks that they never could fix. six leaker.

    I'll be honest. I have an oil leak myself that I finally figured out where it is coming from. Top of the gear case.. gasket is leaking.
    I just finished putting $1500 into the front end. Bigger, badder parts.
    Overall my truck has been good to me. 2004 was the last year you could get the Cummins with no EGR and no CAT and it's common rail. Super easy to work on if you like mods. Tons of room under the hood.

    I dyno 541/1036

    Last edited: Jan 21, 2013
  16. Raymond S.

    Raymond S. Senior Member
    Messages: 513

    I am a Ford guy. Had 2 7.3s and now a 6.7. Happy with all of them. I am NOT a Dodge guy but very fond of that particular body style crew cab short bed, especially being white. Very tough looking truck.
  17. Buswell Forest

    Buswell Forest PlowSite.com Addict
    from NH
    Messages: 1,668

    Why you beating up on an engine that has been discontinured since the end of '07, 6 model years ago now?

    And as for the 6.4...1,216 HP 6.4 Ford.
  18. 2006Sierra1500

    2006Sierra1500 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,758

    And the 6.4 is still being made, its the MaxxForce 7...it's no longer in the Ford trucks because of something about the contract and International doesn't provide engines for Ford anymore...
  19. kimber750

    kimber750 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,681

    I heard Ford sued Navistar for something around 500 million, maybe that ended the friendship with Ford and International. I think the 6.0 needs to be run. Have a friend with a 06 wrecker 220k+ on the clock, has only had egr trouble. Runs it everyday doing repos'. My brother had an 06 Amarillo, sold it with 67k because it lived at the dealer. Two turbos, injector remapping, and countless other issues but he rarely drove the truck. I will never give up my 7.3, when it finally decides to die I have a spare.
  20. hoot

    hoot Senior Member
    from SE Pa.
    Messages: 156

    Cummins in Dodge... since 1989. That's a track record.