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Old 01-02-2008, 06:15 PM   #1 (permalink)
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2005 6.0 liter, Powerstroke Turbo Diesel Reliability?

Hi All, brand new guy here both to the forum and to the world of diesels too. The folks over at the Airstream forums sent me your way as I need to buy a tow vehicle for a 31 foot Airstream trailer. I have an opportunity to buy a 2005 F250 4x4 with the subject engine, in doing some study I found that reliability may be an issue so I figured it best to ask those folks here. So, what do you all have to say?

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Get the Oasis report, if that is good, I'd get it.
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Re: 2005 6.0 liter, Powerstroke Turbo Diesel Reliability?

Welcome to the forum.

How about some more information on the trailer? What does it weigh? Is it a bumper pull or 5er? (Does Airstream even make a 5er?...forgive me for not knowing that.) If you will greatly exceed the GVWR when you're hooked up the trailer, then you might want to consider going to an F350 with higher GVWR.

As far as 2005 engine reliability goes, I haven't had any major issues to date with my engine. I've had it in the shop three times for a hanging drip of oil on the bellhousing. It still has the hanging drip, I just don't worry about it anymore. I wipe it off everytime I change the oil and forget about it.
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Re: 2005 6.0 liter, Powerstroke Turbo Diesel Reliability?

The trailer is a 31 foot Airstream and weighs around 8100 pounds fully loaded. I would imagine it would somewhat less on most days though. Empty I think it is around 4500 pounds.

What do I do to get an Oasis report, do I just take the VIN to a Ford dealer?
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Yep take the VIN to a ford dealer or see if one of the techs on here will do it. With that weight a 250 should be more than enough.
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Re: 2005 6.0 liter, Powerstroke Turbo Diesel Reliability?

I pull a 14k fifthwheel with my '05. I pulls very nicely. 30k on the truck and no problems period. If the Oasis report is fairly clean, I would not hesitate to buy it(if the price is reasonable).

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Here are the specks on the truck, just FYI;
4 door, air, power windows, locks, mirrors, & seat, tilt, cruise, AM/FM in dash 6 CD shuttle, tinted windows, alloy wheels, leather, power sliding rear window, spray in bed liner, tow package, Lariat trim, FX4 4X4, 6.0 liter, Powerstroke Turbo Diesel, automatic, 58,000 + miles.

They are down to trade in value at 29.5k.

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The OASIS report lists all the warranty work done on the truck. At 58000mi it will probably have had the EGR valve cleaned/replaced and a couple of oil leaks fixed. If it's not had any serious warranty issues it should be a good truck with more power than you will ever need. (you will have trouble keeping under the speed limit towing the trailer) If you get greedy and "chip" it, keep at least 10k in your savings account for new head gaskets etc.
PS give it plenty of exercise, sitting in the driveway is hard on these trucks!!!
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52K on mine and only had a recall (05e15) done. Other than the recall its never been in the shop. No oil leaks and runs great. This is the best truck I have ever owned. Thanks FORD
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OK folks, according to the local dealer the Oasis repair listed that there were some minor electrical problems, something to do with the fan in the heat and air, replacement of an EGR cooler and 2 injectors. Evidently it didn't want to start on occasion.

By 58 k miles would more sever problems have shown up yet?

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Re: 2005 6.0 liter, Powerstroke Turbo Diesel Reliability?

Should be a good truck. Maintain it by the book, drive it often and beware of Powerstroke Syndrome!
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Re: 2005 6.0 liter, Powerstroke Turbo Diesel Reliability?

EGR seems normal... injectors could have been bad gas, but who knows!? The electrical stuff I dont think I'd worry about too much, just mostly motor/tranny stuff to look at. I'd like to see what others think about the injectors.
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Powerstroke Syndrome? What is it and is it curable....
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You will know you have Powerstroke Syndrome when your wife complains about your sitting in your truck at 2 AM just to hear it idle. Or you get an overpowering urge to pass every corvette you see. The only known cure is to put on an aftermarket intake, a extreme preformance chip, oversized wheels and drive like a twit. The truck will let you know when it's fed up with you.
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Further on Powerstroke Syndrome
Therapy:
Signs that you need therapy with your Ford diesel problem.
These were all sent by users who have undergone therapy at some point. Unfortunately, they are all beyond cure. Consider these warning signs and see a therapist as soon as possible if you exhibit more than 3 of these signs:
•After getting out of your truck you can't take more than ten steps before looking back to make sure it's still there.

•The racket it makes when it's started in the morning sounds sweeter than the opening chords of Beethoven's 9th.

•You honestly think no perfume smells as good as diesel exhaust.

•Your spousal unit begins to wonder why you're suddenly volunteering to run all the errands.

•You record fuel consumption, mileage, oil changes, and other significant events in the life of your truck with such care and accuracy that the most picky NASA scientist would conclude you're overdoing it.

•Three different neighbors have called the police after they've seen you just sitting in your truck - at 1:00 o'clock in the morning.

•You're rolling out of Las Vegas headed for L.A., it's 110 degrees at 10:00 a.m. and you're pulling 11,000 lbs of trailer up the stateline grade when you see a Dodge Cummins ahead and know that life as you know it will end if you don't pass and render it a speck in your rearview mirror.

•You hear the word "bible" and immediately think "owner's manual."

•You find yourself looking at maps to see if there isn't some way to drive to Europe instead of flying.

•Every Monday morning as you drive up the street, your neighbors are frantically running to the curb with their trash cans thinking that the garbage truck has arrived three hours early. You laugh with glee.

•The kids waiting for the school bus begin to pick up their books only to find out someone put a t444e in a pickup. You grin and wave as you motor by. You roll down the window on a cold day while driving just to hear the motor.

•When driving through a tunnel or long underpass you slightly slow down just to hear the motor reverberate off the walls.

•Your wife dabs diesel fuel behind her ears when she "wants your attention".

•You drive around with a ton of gravel just cuz it seems right.

•You can't eat and drive when you are not carrying a load.

•You pull up to places that have valet parking and purposely make sure your exhaust is placed so that you can fill the main entry with diesel fumes.
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