Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: MONROE NC
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
I had an early 2003 F350 6.0 liter and put 65,000 miles on it before trading it. The only problems that I had was a bad actuator on the turbo that I had to fight for Ford to pay but they finally did after I told them that I did not put the turbo on there, Ford Motor Company did and they needed to pay for it; and then I could not get the blasted water in fuel light to go off and they reprogrammed my truck twice and I think the last reprogram was to basically turn the light off so that it did not function. They also told me that my AFE stage 2 air intake kit was causing problems so they took it off and put the original back on supposedly. Anyway, I never had any major problems really with it like some guys did.
I traded the 2003 for a 2006 F350 6.0L and I love it. No problems, seems to be strong and feel good. Only have 15,000 miles on it now but I pull loads of hay (11 bales=16000lbs + trailer 4000lbs=20 lbs), tractor with bushhog and loader, and then I have a Featherlite trailer that we haul alpacas. Never had any problems with it and I think Ford just had to work out bugs with the engine. I think that every new engine will have quirks that have to be worked out. This is normal.
My brother has a 1999 F350 with the 7.3 diesel and he has normal maintenance with it. He swapped out the tranny at maybe 150,000 and put in a BTS tranny. I think this is the weakest part of the 7.3s maybe because I have heard many people say that the trannies just will not hold up like the torqueshift. I don't know much about the 7.3 but he currently has over 200,000 on it and drives it everyday and running good.
Which ever one you go with, just be happy with your decision. You know what the problems can be with each. Sorry for the long paragraph but just letting you know my experience to help you decide what to do maybe.
2006 F350 Lariat Dually Crew Cab 6.0 Liter 4.10 gears, SCT Excalibrator 2 with tunes from Innovative Diesel--these guys are awesome to deal with. AFE Stage 2 enclosed air intake with new part to fit the 2006 model trucks. SIRIUS SAT RADIO, Garmin 2610 GPS, Cage off road leveling kit, 5100 Bilstein Shocks, B&W gooseneck hitch, LINEX bedliner, CAMLOCKER toolbox, MBRP SINGLE 4" EXHAUST.