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RE: Love My 6.0L Ford

The court documents pretty much laid out the fact that the later model 6.0L was only marginally better in 06-07. The 6.0L in circa 06-07 cant even seriously be mentioned as being equally as reliable as the Dmax and Cummins engines of the same years. The root problems with the 6.0L were never addressed until the aftermarket addressed them.
ksss 12/21/14 10:13am Tow Vehicles
RE: Love My 6.0L Ford

OP, I agree. Mine has been really good to me. Of course, all of us 6.0 owners know we are idiots and we should have bought a Cumapart or a Maxipad. But, I wanted a solid front axle with hubs I can lock and unlock with a diesel engine. If I listened to what half of these K Mart cowboys had to say, I would be living under a rock shaking with fear. I've got good friends that have both vehicles, it always makes for a fun and enteraining time when sitting around knocking back a few cold ones. I especially love how Dodge's always have an invisible trailer behind them. Bottom line, I'm happy with my purchase as you seem to be. My .02. x A billion. I'm sure that the no-good thieves that stole my F350 didn't get too far before the engine blew up and the cops should be calling any minute now to tell me where it is....oh, wait, that was stolen 8 years ago now. Just another example that crime does not pay. Just think how much the thieves spent to get it bullet proofed, tow bills etc. That has to make you feel good, probably saved you money and headache in the end.
ksss 12/18/14 04:48pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tires

I just put a set of NITTO EXO Grapplers on my 2500HD. I pulled the Hankook ATM's off and when my 3500HD gets here I will take the Michelin AT2's off that and will be traded back on the NITTO's I have on now. The ATMs will end up back on my 2500HD when it is traded in. Interestingly I made this deal about a month ago and did the deal with my tire guy on my take off Michelins. He now has a whole room full of take off Michelins which have come off of new or near new HD's. It appears no one is staying with the Michelin AT2, they are now only giving $100 per tire trade for the Michelins. I gave $300 plus my new take offs for the NITTO's. Maybe it is just this area, but no one is digging that AT2. The Hankook ATM is an excellent tire in my experience, decent traction and I was getting great wear out of the tires. I just needed something a little more aggressive. The NITTO EXO's have been excellent in snow and ice and mud so far. Hopefully they wear well, but the traction is certainly there. My tire size is 275/70/18.
ksss 12/16/14 07:45pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Love My 6.0L Ford

This post really proves one point. The OP stated he really loved his 6.0. The same bunch of Ford bashers that bash every 6.0 post jump in with nothing to add to his post but just to spout the same old c---p you always do. You guys need to get a life. Just stating facts you all know. I seldom bash FMC itself, certainly no more than GM. I don't have an ill word to say about the 6.7. I have actually praised it. I don't start 6.0/6.4 threads, but if I think a point needs to be made in my opinion, I will make. If my thoughts are flawed, in error or just BS feel free to correct me. Since your more interested in me "getting a life" than specifically what I have to say, I will assume it just upsets you that I am right, which is likely a fact you already know.My point was the same people including you cannot just let a poster be happy with his 6.0 without bashing it. If he said my 6.0 is a pos then I would expect all the negative comments you make. You made my point by continuing your 6.0 rants. Just point out fact. Well said... O come on Fish, that was a ridiculous statement!
ksss 12/15/14 07:22pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Love My 6.0L Ford

This post really proves one point. The OP stated he really loved his 6.0. The same bunch of Ford bashers that bash every 6.0 post jump in with nothing to add to his post but just to spout the same old c---p you always do. You guys need to get a life. Just stating facts you all know. I seldom bash FMC itself, certainly no more than GM. I don't have an ill word to say about the 6.7. I have actually praised it. I don't start 6.0/6.4 threads, but if I think a point needs to be made in my opinion, I will make. If my thoughts are flawed, in error or just BS feel free to correct me. Since your more interested in me "getting a life" than specifically what I have to say, I will assume it just upsets you that I am right, which is likely a fact you already know.
ksss 12/14/14 12:15pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Love My 6.0L Ford

At a time when many on here bash GM for their ignition switch issues (which is deserved) it is interesting that when the wind blows the skirt up at FORD over the 6.0 issue, it is not very pretty either (save it, I know no one has died over a 6.0L engine issue). Deleting emails to save themselves from lawsuits, and masking repair issues to get the engine past the warranty period so the costs were transferred to the customer is not very ethical either. T-he 6.4 had fewer issues after its initial 1.5 years in service than the 6.0 had in its "most problems have been resolved" years of 06-07. It is interesting because the 6.4 is not known for having a stellar reliability record either. I think it is also interesting that the according to Navistar, the 06-07 models while better than previous models from a repair standpoint, still had far to many issues. Kind of kills the chorus here that says the later versions solved the problems that plagued the issues of the early versions. Ford clearly was not willing/able to solve any of the root design issues through out the production life of the 6.0L. Only the aftermarket was willing to do that, with some degree of success. It is evident that the engine was flawed. If you were one of the original 6.0 purchasers I can understand MAYBE why getting it "bulletproofed" could make sense. However why people keep posting on here "I can get a great deal on a 6.0, should I buy It?" escapes me. Than you get the 6.0 owners that have not seen the issues typically displayed by the 6.0, chime in how it is the haters that bring the reputation of the 6.0 down. Ford and Navistar themselves in their own words, through emails that did not get deleted, can be shown here telling the truth about their own product and it is ugly. Why some of Ford's own customers refuse to acknowledge what Ford/Navistar themselves clearly admit, shows that brand loyalty can become much more powerful than the product itself. That brand loyalty has served Ford very well. Given that Ford still commands the sales lead in diesel pickups, many of the current 6.7 owners were 6.0 and 6.4 owners, the majority I would say (given what we know about the reliability record of the 6.0 and 6.4) had been kicked in the junk by Ford in the past, yet are able to see past that to own another. Even after knowing or suspecting that Ford was transferring costs of repair from Ford to themselves. Powerful mojo. Let's not forget the recent thread about the Duramax with all the failed injectors that you couldn't wrap your head around. :W Duramax Injector Failure BTW... Loved my 6.0 PSD truck. I didn't know anyone cared, but just for you Fish, the guy PMed me. The situation makes a little more sense once he explained himself in more detail.:W
ksss 12/14/14 11:38am Tow Vehicles
RE: Love My 6.0L Ford

At a time when many on here bash GM for their ignition switch issues (which is deserved) it is interesting that when the wind blows the skirt up at FORD over the 6.0 issue, it is not very pretty either (save it, I know no one has died over a 6.0L engine issue). Deleting emails to save themselves from lawsuits, and masking repair issues to get the engine past the warranty period so the costs were transferred to the customer is not very ethical either. T-he 6.4 had fewer issues after its initial 1.5 years in service than the 6.0 had in its "most problems have been resolved" years of 06-07. It is interesting because the 6.4 is not known for having a stellar reliability record either. I think it is also interesting that the according to Navistar, the 06-07 models while better than previous models from a repair standpoint, still had far to many issues. Kind of kills the chorus here that says the later versions solved the problems that plagued the issues of the early versions. Ford clearly was not willing/able to solve any of the root design issues through out the production life of the 6.0L. Only the aftermarket was willing to do that, with some degree of success. It is evident that the engine was flawed. If you were one of the original 6.0 purchasers I can understand MAYBE why getting it "bulletproofed" could make sense. However why people keep posting on here "I can get a great deal on a 6.0, should I buy It?" escapes me. Than you get the 6.0 owners that have not seen the issues typically displayed by the 6.0, chime in how it is the haters that bring the reputation of the 6.0 down. Ford and Navistar themselves in their own words, through emails that did not get deleted, can be shown here telling the truth about their own product and it is ugly. Why some of Ford's own customers refuse to acknowledge what Ford/Navistar themselves clearly admit, shows that brand loyalty can become much more powerful than the product itself. That brand loyalty has served Ford very well. Given that Ford still commands the sales lead in diesel pickups, many of the current 6.7 owners were 6.0 and 6.4 owners, the majority I would say (given what we know about the reliability record of the 6.0 and 6.4) had been kicked in the junk by Ford in the past, yet are able to see past that to own another. Even after knowing or suspecting that Ford was transferring costs of repair from Ford to themselves. Powerful mojo.
ksss 12/13/14 09:40am Tow Vehicles
RE: Motor Trend 2015 Truck of the Year

Since when did Towing become the main purpose of a small pickup? Well, except here on an RV web-board, I guess. I'd just like a small truck for the stuff I have to use a utility trailer for now -- going to the dump, grab some cement bags, and pretending I can fix stuff myself. I don't need a freekin F350 for that! I think the issue is these are not the mini trucks of past but approaching the 1/2 ton market relative to size. So now we wait and see if GM can successfully carve out this niche that is really a blurred small truck/half ton truck. I personally would be up for a small truck just to do errands around town or lugging the bikes to the trail. But the Colorado is so close to the 1/2 ton market I would just go slightly bigger. That is why I think the diesel version of the pickup can become the anchor of this program. IF the Canyon can deliver mid 30's mpg with respectable tow ratings. The MPG will make the decision to go compact easier for those on the fence between the Canyon and the Silverado. If they build a Trailblazer off the same chassis with the same powerplant options, I think the potential is there for a significant homerun for GM.
ksss 12/12/14 06:01pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 10k lbs vs 3 half tons vs the Ike Gauntlet

What makes Jackson Pass tough in my opinion is you never are able to gain momentum. With the switchbacks steep grade, and of course altitude it is a tough climb. It is not a mistake that anything over 60k GVW is not allowed on the hill.
ksss 12/07/14 09:19am Tow Vehicles
RE: Motor Trend 2015 Truck of the Year

I think the potential is there for this market strategy to be successful. Personally I thought these would be dimensionally much like the S-10. I surprised when I saw they were as large as they are. A major factor in the success will be the quality of the product. I think we can say that GM fielded a quality product, something they did not do with the previous Canyon. The diesel version for this pickup could really generate sales in my opinion if it can hit mid 30's mpg. I had read somewhere that FORD was considering bringing a Unibody Ranger to the market. Between Ford and GM, they would have both ends of the compact pickup market covered (size wise). We would then see which (if either) was what the market wants in a compact pickup.
ksss 12/06/14 09:34pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Question About Ford 6.0 Diesel

Someone asked , a few posts back .. " whatever happened to the OP..? Well .. that is ME ...and I am still here, reading every single comment and learning with each one. It is quite hard to form a SOLID conclusion to my original question, with so much (sometimes) conflicting info ... but , so far , my conclusion seems to be that the 6.0 "CAN" be OK , but the odds are against it ! I have put mine up for sale, and expect to suffer a loss from the experience. I took it on a 250 mile trip a few days ago , one way , and will go back, in two days. It has performed very well , so far , but it seems that using it as a tow vehicle for a 14,000 lb FW , is RISKY .. at best. If I was driving it around town, I feel I would keep it, but that is not why I bought it. I really do thank all of you that have put such useful info here, and I certainly feel I have received an education from it. Thanks To All .... Richard That is the safest decision, even if it costs you some money right now. It is better than paying to fix or bulletproof the 6.0, which is money that will never come back to you. Dump it and move on, there are plenty of much better options without near the drama that the 6.0 brings. The evil that plagues the 6.0 is not only attributed to tuners, and not using Motorcraft oil filters, it is primarily from ****ty engineering, plain and simple. IH and Ford would not have spent as much money as they did on warranty work and lawyers if it was as simple as that. Anyone that doubts that needs to read the court documents, it is all there, and after reading it and you still defend and want to own a 6.0, you deserve what you get. Safest decision ??? REALLY ??? There are tens of thousands 6.0's on the road with no issues... IF maintained properly AND NOT CHIPPED , they are a decent motor.. IF I were to believe everything I read here , I would give up towing and live in a plastic bubble.. Because everything will blow up...crash.. or fall apart rolling down the road... To the OP... ONLY you can figure if the truck has been maintained... do some digging.. I would do that before loosing a bundle.. Good Luck That motor is a POS. You don't spent a Billion dollars on warranty work on a decent motor design. If you think the 6.0 issues are due to being chipped your delusional. READ THE COURT DOCUMENTS! The 6.0 horror story did not start on this forum. It started in 03 when the 6.0 was put on the road.
ksss 12/06/14 07:07pm Tow Vehicles
RE: GM Owner's Didn't Read the Motor Trend Report

Yea GM had a good month, and I am not sure why? They are not rebating the trucks very much (although that 20% off promo certainly did not hurt). Ford customers waiting for the new F150 to arrive certainly plays apart of that. Seeing a lot more HD GM trucks here, don't know if that is the same across the U.S. One strong month is not a trend, it will be interesting to see if they can maintain this pace for any length of time.
ksss 12/02/14 10:29pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Vehicle trade in

Question for those in the know. When trading in a vehicle towards a new one, does the dealer go by auction price of vehicle being traded in or by NADA/KBB? From what I have been told, the answer is auction price which is updated almost continuously. The auction prices drive the values. Any dealer that does not sell your trade, will take it to auction to dump it. So they are going to use auction prices to make sure that they don't over value your trade in a worse case scenario.
ksss 12/02/14 06:42pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Question About Ford 6.0 Diesel

Someone asked , a few posts back .. " whatever happened to the OP..? Well .. that is ME ...and I am still here, reading every single comment and learning with each one. It is quite hard to form a SOLID conclusion to my original question, with so much (sometimes) conflicting info ... but , so far , my conclusion seems to be that the 6.0 "CAN" be OK , but the odds are against it ! I have put mine up for sale, and expect to suffer a loss from the experience. I took it on a 250 mile trip a few days ago , one way , and will go back, in two days. It has performed very well , so far , but it seems that using it as a tow vehicle for a 14,000 lb FW , is RISKY .. at best. If I was driving it around town, I feel I would keep it, but that is not why I bought it. I really do thank all of you that have put such useful info here, and I certainly feel I have received an education from it. Thanks To All .... Richard That is the safest decision, even if it costs you some money right now. It is better than paying to fix or bulletproof the 6.0, which is money that will never come back to you. Dump it and move on, there are plenty of much better options without near the drama that the 6.0 brings. The evil that plagues the 6.0 is not only attributed to tuners, and not using Motorcraft oil filters, it is primarily from ****ty engineering, plain and simple. IH and Ford would not have spent as much money as they did on warranty work and lawyers if it was as simple as that. Anyone that doubts that needs to read the court documents, it is all there, and after reading it and you still defend and want to own a 6.0, you deserve what you get.
ksss 12/02/14 06:30pm Tow Vehicles
RE: It is a BIG desert!

definitely annoying; and it isn't just rv'ers I also ice fish; a lot; out on a larger lake (~250,000 acre's). I'm on a section of water about 6 miles by 9 miles without any access. I'm out there in a tracked jeep pulling a large permanent house; all setup without another person as far as the eye can see and it'd be hard to get to me. all happy and cheerful In the late afternoon I can see a snowmobile coming across the lake; sure enough he drives within 3 feet of my door and setups up within 50 foot of me. Seriously; the entire lake, there is only two of us and this clown sets up within an extension cord of me. He moved about 3 times around my house; re-drilling holes and the like. Prolly didn't help that every 15 minutes I'd get the wife/kid to hoot and holler about how that was the largest fish they'd ever seen "awww dad, why do we have to let it go" :) :) :) I grew up ice fishing in ND, I have seen guys throw down over encroachment into "their ice". Ice fishing can quickly become a contact sport, in fact that maybe how hockey developed.
ksss 12/01/14 05:45pm Toy Haulers
RE: Synthetic oil

The event leading into the HG being taken out was brought back to an event a month prior when an employee got the truck hot until it went into limp mode, shut it off, and cooked it. I was really surprised when I was told of the wear on the valve train. But what caused it to get so hot?? It is VERY difficult to get a modern vehicle to overheat. In addition what it to say that the elevated temp, and probably load, didn't cause the oil to overheat and do damage? It takes a lot of heat to warp a head. climbing steep grades pulling a 20K excavator at 6.5K feet in a plowed field. It was operator error.
ksss 11/30/14 12:30pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Synthetic oil

I have/had been a believer in Synthetic engine oil for decades and am registered to sell Amsoil. I have always used it in my pickup engines and some class 8 trucks and heavy equipment that I ran during Winter months. I had a headgasket go out on my 5500 GMC. This truck had only 60K on it, but always had Amsoil 15-40. The valve train had a lot more wear on it that it should have given its miles and use of synthetic oil. I ceased all further utilization of synthetic in the engines. I still use Amsoil gear lube in all class 8's and pickup diffs and Amsoil for the automatic trannys. That's my story. Maybe reconsider your association of root cause... Maybe it was whatever caused the head gasket to go prematurely that also created a situation for the valve train to wear faster The event leading into the HG being taken out was brought back to an event a month prior when an employee got the truck hot until it went into limp mode, shut it off, and cooked it. I was really surprised when I was told of the wear on the valve train.
ksss 11/30/14 10:16am Tow Vehicles
RE: Synthetic oil

I have/had been a believer in Synthetic engine oil for decades and am registered to sell Amsoil. I have always used it in my pickup engines and some class 8 trucks and heavy equipment that I ran during Winter months. I had a headgasket go out on my 5500 GMC. This truck had only 60K on it, but always had Amsoil 15-40. The valve train had a lot more wear on it that it should have given its miles and use of synthetic oil. I ceased all further utilization of synthetic in the engines. I still use Amsoil gear lube in all class 8's and pickup diffs and Amsoil for the automatic trannys. That's my story.
ksss 11/29/14 10:00am Tow Vehicles
RE: It is a BIG desert!

Be friendly, introduce yourselves, & in casual conversation tell them that you just needed to get away for a few days & that you're still awaiting the "Test Results" :B Yea let them know you just got out of Africa helping Ebola patients, mention how bad being stuck in isolation for 30 days is. I cant imagine why someone would park that close. I find it pretty disrespectful but not everyone sees it like that.
ksss 11/29/14 09:27am Toy Haulers
RE: Is ram 3500 SRW 6.4 hemi enough?

Real life milage for the 6.4. Other than the one guy with 18.1 mpg the rest are about what you would expect to see from this engine.
ksss 11/22/14 10:32am Tow Vehicles
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