2004 Ford F350 6.0 liter diesel and 5.4 liter gas
Great trucks, just avoid the 6.0 diesels
Diesel - Turbo issues, transmission failure.
Gas - No problems with power trains.
Ball joints have a short life.
Seat covers don't hold up well in working conditions.
Windshields crack easily.
Tailgate handles break easily.
As a business owner, I have owned fourteen F-350 super duty crew cabs. Four of them were 6.0 liter diesels, and the rest had 5.4 liter gasoline engines. All but two of them were purchased new. All of them were worked hard, and were maintained by a fleet mechanic.
Surprisingly, the gas engined trucks held up better than the diesels. Most of them giving over 200,000 miles of good service (pulling large trailers and hauling materials). There were a few minor issues, but nothing that kept them from getting the job done. Would recommend them to anyone.
The diesels were a huge disappointment. I would have expected greater reliability from the diesel engines, but no such luck. Two of the four had complete failures of the turbo system, and the other two had to have some (shady) bypassing of some of the EGR systems in order to prevent reoccurring power loss. The transmissions failed in three of the four diesels with less than 100,000 miles on the clock. My father also owned a 6.0 that blew up, and (sadly) will never own a Ford again. Again, the 5.4 liters were excellent trucks.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 19th February, 2012