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Should I buy this 6.0?

I have my 96 7.3 supercab, but the wife wants to try and make babies this year and I'll need the crew cab soon enough. I use the 7.3 sparingly to tow the toy hauler and RZR to the dunes. Fully loaded the trailer may weigh 10k. I have a small tacoma as my daily driver that gets pretty good mileage.

I found an Arizona rust free, 2 owner F350 Lariat 6.0 (original owner was the guys uncle). He is asking $9,000 obo...
- 193k miles
- original motor and tranny
- everything is stock
- truck has done very occasional and light towing - under 5k lbs.
- CC long bed with 4x4
- never had a chip or gauges
- White exterior and all leather tan interior - looks to be in good shape outside and in

I have heard the horror stories over in the 7.3 forum, but I wanted to get both sides of the story. I dont want to make a ton of horsepower, I just need a reliable tow rig that wont leave my wife and kids on the side of the highway.

If taken care of and properly set up, do these motors go 300k + like the 7.3 is famous for? and how much money will it cost me to get it set up and remedy all of the 6.0 weak links???

Thanks in advance guys, I know I am asking a lot, but the people in this forum are incredibly helpful and knowledgeable!

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The weak points are different for the various year models. Please post that.

Also, you need to get a gauge system to monitor a few critical parameters.
Need to know oil and coolant temps to determine health of oil; cooler and EGR cooler.
Need to know ICP and IPR data when cranking (on a hot engine) to determine health of the high pressure oil system.
Need to know cranking voltages for battery and alternator health.
Need to know cranking voltages for the FICM to determine its health.
Need to know what coolant is in it.

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Rookie mistake! My apologies guys, the truck is a 2003 f350 4x4 CCLB.

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The weak points are different for the various year models. Please post that.

Also, you need to get a gauge system to monitor a few critical parameters.
Need to know oil and coolant temps to determine health of oil; cooler and EGR cooler.
Need to know ICP and IPR data when cranking (on a hot engine) to determine health of the high pressure oil system.
Need to know cranking voltages for battery and alternator health.
Need to know cranking voltages for the FICM to determine its health.
Need to know what coolant is in it.

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Most any vehicle over 200,000 is going to have issues. The big hits will be the tranny, and in your case head gaskets (maybe). The little stuff starter, alternator, brakes, ball joints, shocks, U-joints, ect will start to fail also. If you can do most of the work yourself it is not overly expensive. If you have to start paying labor it is going to get expensive. No right or wrong just things to consider.
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Having previously owned a 2003 and a 2006 F350 with 6.0, I would look for an 05 and newer. Better brakes, far better ride and turning radius, much nicer package overall. The 03 had lots of surge under load. My dad’s 04 never ran right. I traded the 06 to buy an 11 at just under five years because the turbo center section quit operating the variable vane turbo correctly. Repaired under warranty that would have been on me three months later. The 2005- and up chassis’s are much better.
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Another thing to look at is the 05 and up F250 has the same GVW as the 2004 and earlier F350 and the 05 and up F350 crew cab GVW is in the 11,500 pound range. My 99 F350 is only 9900 GVW (actually 9700 since it a California truck) Lots of better lower mileage trucks like you’re looking at on Craigslist Bakersfield that aren’t much more money than you’re looking at.
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Thanks for the info guys.. It just seemed like such a good deal that I couldn't pass it up. I looked at the truck and it looks good and sounds great. He said he would take 8k, but I am starting to think I should just wait and save up some more cash. I have atleast a year until a baby actually arrives haha

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Another thing to look at is the 05 and up F250 has the same GVW as the 2004 and earlier F350 and the 05 and up F350 crew cab GVW is in the 11,500 pound range. My 99 F350 is only 9900 GVW (actually 9700 since it a California truck) Lots of better lower mileage trucks like youíre looking at on Craigslist Bakersfield that arenít much more money than youíre looking at.

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Another thing to look at is the 05 and up F250 has the same GVW as the 2004 and earlier F350 and the 05 and up F350 crew cab GVW is in the 11,500 pound range. My 99 F350 is only 9900 GVW (actually 9700 since it a California truck) Lots of better lower mileage trucks like youíre looking at on Craigslist Bakersfield that arenít much more money than youíre looking at.
My 2001 F350 is 11,500 lb gvwr. If you want to carry a lot of weight, get the 11,500 lb gvwr, not the 9900 lb gvwr.

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Mine are all single rear wheel trucks, not dual rears
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For 2005, the gvwr is up to 12,600 for drw and 10,800 for srw.

2001 F350 XLT 4X4 crew cab, dual rear wheels, long bed, black, 7.3l turbo diesel, automatic transmission, 4.10, shift on the fly, running boards, sliding rear window, 38 gal fuel tank, Odyssey extreme 65-PC1750T batteries, Michelin LTX-MS2 rear tires, Sumitomo Encounter front tires, Shell Rotella Ultra elc, 11,500 gvwr, 20,000 gcwr, 7500 gvw, completely stock, 114,000 miles when purchased, now has 240,000 miles, repairs so far: two starters, batteries, cps, brakes, tires, alternator, ball joints, locking hub, wheel hub, AC compressor, serpentine belt, power steering pump, driver's side window, ignition switch, o-ring, Spectra premium radiator, water pump, fan clutch, fan blades, thermostat, thermostat housing, tensioner. Stolen twice so far, but recovered both times with major damage.

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