I have the opportunity to purchase a used 2005 F250 Diesel 4x4, with 84k miles for $25,000. It's a Quad cab. Everything looks fine (looks like the last owner installed some custom gauges in front of the front middle seat - not sure what they are yet). I'm going to test drive this evening, but wanted opinions. I have never owned a diesel before. I know this won't have an issue with my trailer - but have heard to stay away from some Powerstrokes, but couldn't remember the years...
This would replace our 03 chevy 1500 reg cab. It would be a daily driver to work (10 miles) and then used for a horse trailer occasionally and for our TT about 5 times a year - longer trips.
Any reason not to buy a 2005? Opinions welcome! Thanks!
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2004 Dodge Ram 2500, long bed, 2wd, 5.7l HEMI, 3.73
2012 Grey Wolf 28BH
The 6.0L PSD has the WORST reputation of all the diesel pick ups.
No way would I consider one.
I will add there were some decent 6.0's. and there are aftermarket mods that can be done to correct the known issues. However at this point. I would not become part of the 6.0 mess. The 6.0 has been a nightmare for Ford. My advice is to stay away. There are other options.
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Ford didn't make a Quad cab, so the truck is either a SuperCab (similar to a GM extended cab, with suicide rear doors), or it is a Crew Cab (4 regular doors).
I agree the price is high. I also agree the 6.0 diesel is not the best choice in a used diesel, although the 6.0 diesel in our '05 E350 van has been fine so far.
In that year truck, I would look for a Dodge/Cummins 3500SRW or a Chevy/GMC diesel 3500SRW. The 250/2500 diesel trucks have low payload capacity compared to the 350/3500SRW trucks. The 350/3500SRW have 1000-1500 lbs more payload capacity in the same size truck with same fuel mileage and same used price range.
too much money...the 6.0's checkered past has driven down the prices on these trucks. There are good ones out there to be found but you need to do your homework...and be a little lucky.
06 and 07 are better years to consider
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I just got rid of my 6.0 and moved up the the 6.4. The head gaskets went and were covered under warranty. The 6.0 is notorious for blowing head gaskets. I had the dealer put in ARP aftermarket studs. The gasket blew again 2 years later, even with the ARP's. I traded it right there.
However, if you do go with it there are some things you need to do.
1. Just because there are gauges doesn't mean they tuned the truck (but it is more likely). I have gauges in my truck and have not tuned or chipped it. Every once in a while the EGTs or coolant get hot towing up a long steep hill and I have to back out of it a bit.
2. If there is no coolant filter, put one on. It is really easy.
3. Change the oil and get an oil analysis done (Blackstone Labs is who I use). They will tell you exactly what is going on with your engine. This is how I found out my head gaskets were going.