Our feild mechanic sure loves his brand shiny new '09 F-450 Powerstroke. Two scattered engines in 27,000 miles. It's currently getting engine #3 installed. He's driving his "old" '06 Chevy 6.0 gas motored truck with 238,000 miles on it because the Ford's always in the shop having the cab removed.
Crapped #2 piston and both turbos on the factory motor, in the Ford house a month, scattered the rods/mains on the replacement motor after only 12 days.
Our other two stores run '08-'09 Powerstrokes too, out of seven trucks, four blew the engines, plus a trans or two, several repititious leaky radiators, various no-starts, and one caught fire under the hood while running down the highway, burned to the ground in the ditch and took several acres of pasture with it, only 7800 miles on the clock.......
Not bustin' your chops, just tellin' it like it is.
I don't know what these people are doing to destroy two engines in 27K mile but it sounds like they need to quit driving it like they stole it. I've got two 6.0L's.......the famed bastard from International and so on
. First one is an 05 with 245K miles on it which is my work truck and my personal truck is a 07 which now has 71K miles on it. Both trucks have been worked hard since day one......note I said worked, not to be confused with beat like a red headed step child and driven into the ground afterwards
The 05 has puked two EGR valves and one cooler.......not that it will have the chance now that the EGR system has been blocked off. The 5R100 auto tranny took a shit at around 80K miles and I replaced it with a built up aftermarket and it's still hanging in there......will not have to worry about this on the 07
Aside from a set of front unit bearings and ball joints, the truck has had nothing but normal maintenece done that any truck would require.......and is still on the oem radiator. Not bad for a truck that was condemned to being a 100% workhorse when my 07 showed up off the assembly line in July of 06. It now spends 75% of it's times with 20,000 lbs plus hanging off the gooseneck ball unless of course it's pushing snow in the winter.
The 07 hasn't had any problems up till the last couple weeks with excessive white smoke at idle and when jabbing the throttle.....classic symptom of EGR cooler starting to leak. Well I ordered on block off kit, I sure know how to order another. Ball stud broke off the clutch pedal where the pushrod for the master cylinder connects at around 40K miles......$120 from Ford for a whole pedal assy. Put a set of tires on it at 60K miles. It's now getting to the point I'm gonna have to put a set of brake pads on the front end and get the rotors turned
Both these trucks pull loads ranging from 15K to 30K pounds on a regular basis and I will say that I am a spirited driver but do take into account the toll the equipment takes as I am the one making the payments on both of them every month and i'm the one that has to pay for the parts and spend my time fixing them. Neither of these trucks has seen the inside of the dealer's shop since they had they're dealer prep done there. Using some sense while driving and proper maintenace is key to keeping a 6.0L healthy and happy. Most owners don't even have a clue about monitoring the DCA levels in the coolant to prevent cavitation which the 6.0's are prone to have issues with on the rear two cylinders especially. They run oil fired injectors so people that are too damn lazy to service the engine when it needs it wonder why they drop injectors, have hard start issues or have a junk high pressure pump in a couple of years.
I'm not posting this to start a Powerstroke vs Cummins fight. I love the old 12 and 24 valve 5.9's just for the sheer torque and the durability over the course of time. It's a proven fact that I agree with that a I-6 will outlast a V engine time and time again. However at the time I bought both of these trucks, I shopped both Ford and Dodge and both times Ford made me a better offer on price. Especially when I ordered the 07 as I demanded a 6-speed truck this round and neither brand could find me one within 3 hours that was at the specs I wanted. It's usally pretty hard to haggle on price when you order a truck versus pick one out of the masses on the lot. I love my old W250 to death and will never part with it.....I'll probably end up riding staight to hell in it one day
. However I don't have a back yard full of money trees at my disposal so for daily driver/work truck/tow rig, I was forced to look at the overall features for the buck I had to spend.
As far as the durabilty of the new 6.7L Cummins.......I've heard alot of bad juju on the mid year 07 intro engines with constant engine lights and low power problems and dealers that just throw part after part at them taking blind guesses. My dad is one owner who is in the middle of sueing the dealer over all his troubles and lost money as the truck is his source of income. If it's down, he's broke. You can't exactly get a 1-ton truck that will pull a 45ft hot shot trailer from Enterprise rent-a-car
Also a guy I do work for on his Bobcats and dumptrucks has one for his personal truck and has had nothing but dpf and turbo problems since almost day one. Been to the dealer 11 times over this crap in 41,000 miles.....how sad is that. So crack and slam on the International engines all you want.....neither one of mine have been back to the dealer