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Old 07-13-2010, 08:17 PM   #11
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Geez... I have always been a Ford truck fan and my wife and I have been considering upgrading our F150 to a diesel F250. Based on this thread I doubt we will make this move now. I hope when you get your truck back it purrs like a kitten and last you for a long long time. Thanks for sharing.
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Old 07-14-2010, 10:05 PM   #12
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Hondo as far as I know the gas motors have never had any major problems. the newer 6.4 diesels arent any better than the 6.0's, and the 6.4 mileage is horable. As mentioned maybe the new ones will get it together. I do believe the new head gaskets and removal of the emmisson controls will make life much better
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Old 07-24-2010, 08:17 AM   #13
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I have an 08 and no problems with 30,000 miles (knock on wood) We have pulled our Designer or Cardinal about 18.000 of the 30.000 miles.
Just my $ .02
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Old 07-24-2010, 10:57 AM   #14
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barrelslime,

Sorry to hear about your problems with the 6.0 PSD. Agree with earlier post that you can learn a lot more about this issue at http://www.thedieselstop.com . You might also check out http://www.powerstroke.org for more info on your specific engine. Most folks love their older 7.3 PSD; the 6.0 PSD had a lot of problems with head gasket leaks and turbo burnout (EGR emiisions valve allowing coolant leak to gunk up the oil cooler and turbo). I almost bought a used 2006 6.0 PSD King Ranch, but lost my nerve after researching the engine history.

Many 6.0 PSD owners seem to make the following modifications: have a mechanic tack weld the EGR valve (emmision pressure regulator) closed; replace the weaker head studs with high performance (racing) grade (not cheap); and then add a performance chip for higher fuel mileage and torque.

I finally bought a used 2008 6.4 PSD F250 a few months ago in anticipation of upgrading from our pop-up to a larger bunkhouse TT. I love my F250 and it has more than enough power to tow our G2 32BHDS. Fuel mileage is less than desired thanks to the newer emission requirements: 16mpg highway; 12mpg city; and 10-12mpg towing the new trailer.

Good luck and let us know how you make out.
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Old 07-30-2010, 09:54 AM   #15
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Many 6.0 PSD owners seem to make the following modifications: have a mechanic tack weld the EGR valve (emmision pressure regulator) closed; replace the weaker head studs with high performance (racing) grade (not cheap); and then add a performance chip for higher fuel mileage and torque.

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This is what we are having done. They still have it 2 weeks now. DW wife is getting agrivated cause we cant camp again this weekend
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Finally got the truck back from the shop and we are gonna hook it up and get back to camping this weekend.. So far so good. No problems and she is running great. Hope it stays that way..
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Happy camping Barrelslime and I hope your truck runs great and lasts a long time.
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As a mechanic and who works on busses that have the 6.0 and the 6.4 , these 2 Ford diesels are known for all sorts of problems , from EGR cooler leaks , fuel injectors and yes turbos , the new 2011 Fords have a new redesign diesel, we will see what the future brings with them , as for the 6.0 and the 6.4 good luck if you have one .
One a recent trip to the Smokies, we had to replace the radiator on our 6.4 F250. Sure glad it was still under warrenty. Also, while on the trip, the trailer brake module went out.
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I have a 2000 F-250 7.3 that will hit 250,000 miles, over 100,000 towing, this week. Every 5,000 miles I change oil and filter. Every 25,000 miles I have changed the air filter, fuel filter and transmission oil/filter.

To date, besides routine repairs such as brakes shoes etc, I have replaced the alternator twice, the left front wheel bearing, and $600 worth of front end work. At 8 years old and about 200,000 miles, as preventative maintenance, I replaced the serpentine belt and all water hoses. Still has the original transmission, air conditioner etc. Dependent upon speed, I get 15-17 MPG not towing and average 11.4 towing. My tow speed is 64 MPH which is 1,750 RPM and seems to be the sweet spot on this diesel. California's & other states 55MPH costs me almost 2 MPG towing. The lower RPM causes much earlier downshifting climbing hills which kills the MPG.

I am very pleased with my F250 Diesel, also the Designer. In fact, trying to talk my wife into Alaska next summer and would not hesitate to head out in the 2000 Ford. I have not heard more bad than good comments out of any of the subsequent to 7.3 Ford Diesels.
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I have a 2000 F-250 7.3 that will hit 250,000 miles, over 100,000 towing, this week. Every 5,000 miles I change oil and filter. Every 25,000 miles I have changed the air filter, fuel filter and transmission oil/filter.

To date, besides routine repairs such as brakes shoes etc, I have replaced the alternator twice, the left front wheel bearing, and $600 worth of front end work. At 8 years old and about 200,000 miles, as preventative maintenance, I replaced the serpentine belt and all water hoses. Still has the original transmission, air conditioner etc. Dependent upon speed, I get 15-17 MPG not towing and average 11.4 towing. My tow speed is 64 MPH which is 1,750 RPM and seems to be the sweet spot on this diesel. California's & other states 55MPH costs me almost 2 MPG towing. The lower RPM causes much earlier downshifting climbing hills which kills the MPG.

I am very pleased with my F250 Diesel, also the Designer. In fact, trying to talk my wife into Alaska next summer and would not hesitate to head out in the 2000 Ford. I have not heard more bad than good comments out of any of the subsequent to 7.3 Ford Diesels.
I have a friend who had a 7.3 and he like you has not had any problems, but then again it is a completely diffrent animal from the 6.0.
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