In 2006, I bought an F350, with a 6.0 litre engine. It had 145,000 kms on it and ran beautifully.
It was the truck with everything I had always wanted and I was prepared to spend some serious money to get it. I changed the oil every 6000 kms, along with the oil filter, and did the air filter at 165,000 kms. It suddenly started belching blue smoke that smelled odd, and I immediately took it into a Ford dealer, who kept it for 2 days. The diagnosis was a blown head gasket.
The truck was treated like a queen and never overheated. The dealership told me that every 6.0 litre would lose its head gasket and that, because of the design fault, there is an aftermarket stud kit to repair it. Because of the design of the F350, the cab has to be removed to do the repairs, at a cost of almost $4400. Ford says they will not do anything.
I am prepared to sue them in small claims court and will be proceeding this week. I have always driven Fords and currently own my last one. It will be sold as soon as the repairs are done, and I will withdraw my support of Ford and their products, after having bought them almost exclusively for 40+ years.
If you are interested in contacting me, please do. If we can get a class action suit going, so much the better.Mark Loan, (204) 837-5590
Product or Service Mentioned: Ford Repair.