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Old 08-16-2016, 08:01 PM   #21
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Is this old man loosing it, or what?

Originally Posted by Seann45 View Post
Keep what you got.. a chevy gasser beats any dodge any day..

X2... The Cummings may have many miles left but the rest of the truck may not. Then again I'm not buying anything with anywhere near 100k miles....

I'd keep the proven gmc 6.0 gas motor for what you're towing.

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Old 08-16-2016, 08:26 PM   #22
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Originally Posted by Camper_bob View Post
The 5.9 Cummins are very popular and sought after. One user on here recently found one that was babied with only 70K miles. If you want one, keep looking, you might just find that jewel.

But you still can't get around the rest of the truck having 250,000 miles (everything from the radio controls to the seats to the air vents to the suspension...) and so THOSE are the problems I would be worried about.

Have to agree with Camper Bob. 8 years ago I found an '05 3500 Quad Cab with a longbed with only 20,000 miles on it for 25K. At the time diesel was approaching 5 bucks a gallon but I jumped on it b cuz we had just purchased a fifth wheel from a couple in California, and the Tundra I had was not the tow vehicle for the job. But, that 'jewel' has nickle dimed me to death with everything from a complete front brake job including rotors at 44000 miles, to constantly dealing with water leaks from the doors sills and 'A' posts, to the marker lights on the roof, and oh yes the steering wheel radio controls. The engine and transmission are fine, everything around them.........not so much. But, it's paid for.

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Old 08-16-2016, 09:19 PM   #23
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Originally Posted by TCNASHVILLE View Post
I'm assuming your referring to the Navistar made 6.0l/6.4l. Of course the Navistar 7.3l was one of the most reliable diesels ever made and the Ford produced 6.7l seems to be holding it's own. Diesels are not grocery getters and should never be put away cold.
Yes. Unfortunately we still have quite a few 6.0l left and we rebuild when they go down, the 6.4l we scrap and retro a new cummins.

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Old 08-17-2016, 04:01 AM   #24
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At 112K+ my 06 PSD is still humming along.

I may be the poster boy for them as I plan to see how many miles it will go before I run out!

Purchased new and now that all the bugs are out of the 6.0, I have only had minor problems with the rest of the mechanics. Zero electronic problems.

Currently it's getting 11 to 12 mpg towing and 13-14 around town.
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Old 08-17-2016, 05:09 AM   #25
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I run an '06 6.0 and have no issues. I bought it used and now have 231,xxx miles. The only upgrade I am missing is head studs but am no showing any signs of head gasket trouble.

And the truck is not falling apart around the motor.

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Old 08-17-2016, 05:30 AM   #26
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Yeah, not every 6.0 PSD was junk as many may think. Sure, I've seen my share of 6.0's with the same old problems everyone complains about. But, I've also seen some come in the shop with 200k, 300k, and even 400k and above with 0 issues. Not sure why that is but, it's true. We have a customer that comes in all the time for routine maintenance and he swears by his 6.0. And he has over 300k on his and has never had any major issues that you hear about. I'm also a firm believer in preventative maintenance and in most cases, it helps tremendously in keeping vehicles out of the shop with major problems. Remember, ANY vehicle line can be problematic if the owner doesn't take care of it.
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Old 08-17-2016, 12:29 PM   #27
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We do have a handful of 6.0's that haven't been opened up yet but not many. When the lifters go it sure causes a mess.. we have one apart right now. I hope you guys running them continue to have good luck with them!

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Old 08-17-2016, 02:45 PM   #28
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Originally Posted by Poppy View Post
The diesel in question is a '06 with a 5.9, but it's no longer part of the equation now.
The reason I'm considering making a trade is because it is getting more difficult to climb in and out of the 4x4. In my looking I came across the Dodge that I mentioned. My wife will soon be retiring, and we plan to spend a lot of time camping and sight seeing and I thought the diesel would be the best choice. Now that I put that all out there to read, I see how bad a choice it would have been with possible breakdown at every town.
Based on this statement I would take the $ and a serious look and going to a Motor home and towing another vehicle. Reverse your situation.
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Old 08-19-2016, 08:26 AM   #29
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I tried talking my wife into a motor home, but we couldn't come to an agreement then, nor now. Same with a 5er. So we're happy with what we have and try make my truck easier to deal with for us.
My gas 6.0 chevy has almost 94k, so I thought it would be nothing fot a diesel to have 100k, for which I've seen many. Then I seen the one with ad with 225k with pictures, and was told it looked like it was really taken good care of. My post proved me wrong.

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