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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 01-30-2016, 11:18 PM Thread Starter
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Buying a used '11

Alright, so I'm looking at getting a used 2011'. I've heard good things about these 6.7's. I want to make sure I don't get something that's going to require a bunch of repairs right off the bat.

What should I look for and how many miles is too many? I'm gonna have to get something with probably +50K but, I wanna know how many miles is too many.

I want to get 2-3 years of reliability and want to stay away from major repairs for 4-5 years.

I drive around 8-10k miles a year if that helps. I would appreciate any advice anyone could give. Should I look at 11's or go with 10's or 09's?
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One more thought. 8-10k miles a year makes me wonder if you wouldn't be a lot better off with a gasoline truck. Diesels are great if you tow heavy (>10k) a good part of the time, or drive a lot- 25k+ a year. Modern Diesels are crap for idling, and even worse for short around town driving. I would describe a 25 mile one way comute in the same way - not long enough. Diesels take a lot longer to warm up and are terrible on fuel until they do. Short runs dramatically increases the frequency of regens, and this very dramatically increases overall fuel consumption.

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Thank you for the response. I've thought about gas and I'm not sure yet which option to choose.

I've heard mixed responses on having a diesel as a DD. Really the biggest complaint I've seen is that the cab takes longer to heat up but, that's not that big of an issues.

I appreciate you taking the time to comment and give advice.
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I get heat in my 350 faster than in my Obamaru. Seriously, the supplemental heat really works.
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I was referrin to the engine and transmission getting up to operating temperature. Mpg is crap until then. It take a full 10 minutes at 70 degrees.
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I have both a 1996 7.3 and a 2011 6.7 that I alternate as daily drivers. My commute is only about 10 miles each way. Bought the 2011 in 2013 as a CPO with 27k miles. Have 56k now. I tow my boats (16' & 19') with it on weekends. Haven't have any issues. Average around 14-15 MPG.

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I have an '11 I bought brand new from a build-to-order. I literally have just about every option you could get, including dual alternators and a provision for a PTO on the transmission. I have about 73k on the clock now. I'm on the fence with Ford.

I think their customer service training consists exclusively of this script:

Customer: "I am having this issue with my truck, and..."
Agent: "Sorry sir, that is a normal characteristic of the vehicle"

Test drive it on the highway (get up to about 80 or so) on a particularly windy day. Even better if you can find a crosswind. See if your windshield sings like a kazoo.

Look for radiator leaks. They are prone to this as well.

Power folding mirrors are notorious for failure, even if you fold them about 3x a year. That repair alone was going to be $1200 until I went all the way to the State AG.

I didn't spend $65k (in 2011) for the truck and another $2500 on a factory extended warranty to nickled-and-dimed to death.

I may sound bitter, but I am just being honest and practical.
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Everything about these trucks is expensive. Just know that going in and be prepared. Not everything will be covered by warranty. Especially fuel systems.

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Be prepared as in asking for a bottle of KY after you plop down $2500 for additional coverage?
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I have read the 2011 & 2012 Turbochargers are prone to fail due to ceramic bearings being used in them.
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Is it smarter to go for a truck that's cheaper with more miles and prepare for repairs or go for a newer one with more miles but, could possibly have hidden issues?
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Some "11" tranny's have issues.

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[QUOTE=T diesel;4060297]Some "11" tranny's have issues.[/QUOT


and exhaust valves breaking off trashing the engine.....

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I had AC evaporator failure at 75k $1200...turbo went at 99500.....power steering seals at 110000 $500. Trans was going or acting up at before and up to 125 when traded in. I read 4500 for that. Mirror stopped telescoping out if I brought it back in all the way. I had to leave it about an inch. That would of been $1200. For the memory,power fold,etc. one.
I guess it could of been worse..I dumped DEF into it a couple of times.. Just drained the filters and poured lot's of powerservice in. That was way back around 30k and 55k. But it gave me good service compared to some issues I've read here. Radiators,etc. I just had the above issues.. I towed with it alot..

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I bought mine with 145,xxx miles; I've never regretted it. I was a little hesitant because of the miles but I had a suicidal 7.3 and I was eager to get rid of it. So far the only thing my 2011 6.7 has been in the shop for is an alignment, airbag system sensor, ignition sensor, and air in fuel issue (turned out to be my own dumba** fault). I think these are some awesome trucks. I wouldn't be afraid of one with anything under 200k imo.

As far as the 08-10 6.4L Powerstrokes, I almost bought one instead of the 6.7, they are cheaper but I heard too many horror stories about them, I went with the 6.7 instead and I've never regretted it. (Plus 11-16 look alot better imo) Currently rolling with 166,xxx miles and no problems for months!

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