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2004 F250 6.0L v. 2006 F250 5.4L

I’m in the market for a new vehicle for hauling my horse trailer. There are two vehicles I’ve looked at that I find very comprable in milage and function, but I’ve heard some rumors about the 2004 F250 6.0L having some serious problems. What I don’t know is if these are anything other than personal grouchiness about having to fix the problems that happen as trucks get used.

Similarly, I’m concerned that there might be a decent towing loss with a 5.4L.

Have any of you heard meaningful statements about either of these two trucks?



I have also heard the 6.0L Power Stroke was a troubled motor from the time it was introduced. The 7.3L was much better, and much easier to work on. Depending on how heavy your trailer is, the 5.4L may be sufficient. It’s pretty strong, and easier to live with on a daily basis than a diesel, particularly in the cold. You may also consider other makes. The Chevy 2500 (or 1500HD) comes with a 6.0L gas motor that is very powerful and excellent for towing.

I actually don’t have any problems with other makes, but there just isn’t a whole lot in the way of HD pickups around this college town unless I want to get into fancy duallys, which I don’t particularly want to do. These two were just the two that were around here.

Of the 2, I’d go for the newer truck. The 5.4L has been around for a few years, so it’s got most of it’s bugs worked out and parts should be readily available.