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Old 11-03-2014, 08:04 PM
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I need advice. to trade in or to keep?

So I have an 05 6.0 f350. I LOVE the truck. Its been a great rig since I've owned it. It gets good mileage and has more power than a person would ever need.

However. It's eating coolant. With the egr deleted the only thing I can think of is heads/or gaskets. A quite expensive fix.

I'm thinking of downsizing. The truck is a crew long box and it's huge. The only thing I ever would want the diesel for is towing my boat. My boat isn't huge so a half ton would cover it effortlessly. I also use it to haul loads of firewood for winter heating. I originally bought it to tow my mud truck. Mud truck got sold before the powerstroke ever got hooked up to it....life.

I'm really stuck here since I do not want to get rid of my powerstroke because I don't think a half ton gasser would match it in ANY way. Except maybe ride quality...and parking.

So my question is...what would you do?

I can afford to get it fixed but it seems like 3 - 5 thousand is redamndicoulous. For a repair cost.

I would want to trade into a crew cad short box half tonner. OR I have considered going to the 6.4litre diesel.


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Old 11-03-2014, 09:21 PM
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Just fix the Damn thing and keep driving it...
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Old 11-04-2014, 08:12 AM
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To be clear, I won't be able to tackle this one on my own. It will have to go to a shop. And now that alligator isn't fixing trucks anymore. I don't even know where I'll take it.
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Old 11-04-2014, 08:39 AM
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So, 5k spread out over, say, 15 years seems pretty low if the trucks paid off... Equates to around $27 dollars a month payment...
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You won't be any less happy in a half ton once you get used to it. You still sit up high, you still have a pickup bed, you can still throw it in 4 wheel drive and get through weather or terrain. I was in the reverse position as you, wanting a super duty. Ultimately I ended up buying an F150. I like the truck, it's ridiculously reliable and cheap to maintain.

I dunno, I'd get a half ton, even though the 5.4 doesn't give you warm fuzzies when you floor it.

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What about a 6.8 Stupid Duty? Still has the abilities of your six leaker but less cost of ownership.
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Can you pressurize it and see where the coolant is going? It'd be bad to get rid of a good truck just because the cap was leaking.
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I would have the leak checked out 1st. Dont just assume its something terrible before its confirmed! I have a 6.8L just about 10mpg is all you will get with that.
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agreed i would pressure test it first... i thought mine had be leaking at the head gasket but turned out to be from the T-stat housing... wasnt finding any puddles till i pressure tested it... then it made a big one.. lost a gallon in only 4 months..
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