F-250 diesel trucks, ...I need schooling

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I have a friend who's specialty is rebuilding diesel engines and has said many times that of all the pick up class of diesels, the Dodge Cummins has the worst reliability. I don't want to start a war here, it's just what I've heard from a professional, he also stated to stay away from the Ford 6.0"s but there was an after market fix for them if you wanted them to last beyond 100K
I’m not sure what he’s seen, but it must be something different than every other mechanic I’ve ever known or met. The same 6bt (very minor differences) is in a bunch of dump trucks, small semis, wheel loaders, dozers, and excavation equipment whose owners would disagree as well.
 

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Thousands and thousands of stock 6.0l lasted beyond 200k and 300k. No mechanic should tell you to stay away from any unreliable vehicle, that's how they make their money! :)
Religious maintenance and old-man driving will see a 6.0 go a long ways. And if you spend money to fix the inherent factory issues, it’s a pretty good motor. But that same money into a 5.9 will do some pretty incredible stuff!
 

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if you want to save some money on purchase? then go with a ford 6.2 gasser, maybe spend a little more on gears or dual rear wheels etc. i changed over from powerstroke to the 6.2 and 4.30 rear axle gears with the ZF 6 speed transmission and i think it pulls right up there with the 7.3 anyway. just have to let the six speed do it's job and let the engine rev.
Great advice. I’ve been more impressed with the V10 than the 6.2 for reliability, which comes down to the bolt on parts of the years the motors were being used and not the motor themselves. I’m hopeful that new big block 7.3 will antiquate both, as I’m not interested in owning any more new diesels and its hard to keep the old ones on the road when the bodies and frames rust away
 

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Great advice. I’ve been more impressed with the V10 than the 6.2 for reliability, which comes down to the bolt on parts of the years the motors were being used and not the motor themselves. I’m hopeful that new big block 7.3 will antiquate both, as I’m not interested in owning any more new diesels and its hard to keep the old ones on the road when the bodies and frames rust away
The V-10 Ford's I had were both gut less, had one in an F-350 and one in an Excursion. They just don't seem to have any torque and remind of a small block. They were both reliable though never had any engine issues I just didn't like terrible gas mileage and no power.
 

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The V-10 Ford's I had were both gut less, had one in an F-350 and one in an Excursion. They just don't seem to have any torque and remind of a small block. They were both reliable though never had any engine issues I just didn't like terrible gas mileage and no power.
I agree, their performance is lackluster, but similar to GM’s 6.0 they’re known to reach over 300k miles with no internal work needed. It’s not fun driving a stock gasoline motor, but it is sensible.
 

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I agree, their performance is lackluster, but similar to GM’s 6.0 they’re known to reach over 300k miles with no internal work needed. It’s not fun driving a stock gasoline motor, but it is sensible.
I have a 6.0 in a GMC and just rolled 250k the other day and it's been a good one. I wouldn't be scared to buy another one. As far as I know it's never had anything done to it other than maintenance. But it doesn't get good fuel mileage, 12-13 is about it.
 
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