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I've been getting pretty sick of working out of my pickup, so I've been in the market for a van. This popped up on craigslist, and I've been giving it some serious thought.

My concerns are the reliability of the 6.0, but I've heard the van engines aren't as prone to problems as the trucks because of some tuning issues.

I'm also wondering if a 15 footer might be too big in the city.

Does anyone here have any experience with either of these issues?

pittsburgh.craigslist.org/cto/4533558883.html
 

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Jump on it...I have two 2000 14' cube vans with about 90,000 each in nice shape..Couldnt be worth more than $5000-$5500.. This one is diesel too..Worth even more. The money you save you can put into a paint job.
 

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Keep a watch on the fuel tank. I am not sure what years but certain e350 Diesel tanks have a coating that starts to delaminate. It ends up plugging your fuel filters. We have 2006 and when ever we change the filter they are always pieces of the coating in it.
 

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I will never work out of anything but a cube van again.

I have a 14' E350 with the 5.4 triton gas. 10mph loaded all day, ice cold air.

You will hate that door in back. Had a cube van with barn doors once, absolutely hated it.

Just gotta check the motor carrier regulations in your area. Some places it can get expensive to run one.

Here I can put a regular plate on it. 100 bucks. Don't need to letter it. All I need is a medical card, fire extinguisher and triangles. If you want to prevent getting pulled over-- the motor carrier guys I've talked to said to letter it but it's not required on anything under 26k. My van is 11.5k on the door. Under 10k here you don't need anything. The rules change for different uses here. But what I use mine for its legit and cheap to put on the road.

I think my next one will be a topkick gasser
 

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I got an E350 dually with a 14' box this past January. I will never work out of anything else. Its an 05 with the 5.4 gas motor. I work in the city every once in a while but mostly work in the suburbs. The size hasn't been an issue yet. Like you, I had some concern about it going into it.


I wouldn't touch a diesel, specially a 6.0, just my preference. I have an F250 with the V10 also to pull my enclosed trailer when needed. The diesels are picky and like to be run longer distances as opposed to short trips. Check out Ford Truck Enthusiests to get great info on the ford vans and diesel engines.
 

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Yikes! Hope you work close to home, couldn't stand the 2 hour commute to get 20 miles...
I live 20 minutes from town and drive all over. It's slow, get passed by old people with handicap plates allll the time.

I always have what I need and if I don't there is something in it to make it work.

Cheaper in the long run. Plus I can stand up inside and have a work bench.
 

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My first e350 was a diesel. It was a noisy money pit, with great low end power. Second was a 5.4 gasser. It was soooo much nicer to drive, drive to the decrease in engine noise. I bought at 102k, sold it at 225k, & still ran good. Third was/is a 5.4, & has been trouble free. I'm probably going to go with the new Ford dually transit soon for my long drives, & keep the box for over size loads. The last couple of years I mostly use an extended e350 at the rate of 25k/yr. I'm hoping the new Transit (v6 Eco boost?) will nearly pay for itself in fuel savings, as I do about 600 miles/wk in my Columbus runs.

I love the 5.4.
Joe

I doubt I will ever do a diesel again, unless it's a Sprinter.
 

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My last f150 had the 5.4. I loved that engine, it ran like a dream, too bad the rest of the truck rotted away from it. I'm still kind of up in the air about it, I might go check it out sometime next week.

I've never owned a diesel, so I'm kinda iffy on the whole thing, especially the issues I hear about the 6.0. I might call my friend who's a diesel mechanic and see if he has time to come look at it with me.
 

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My last f150 had the 5.4. I loved that engine, it ran like a dream, too bad the rest of the truck rotted away from it. I'm still kind of up in the air about it, I might go check it out sometime next week.

I've never owned a diesel, so I'm kinda iffy on the whole thing, especially the issues I hear about the 6.0. I might call my friend who's a diesel mechanic and see if he has time to come look at it with me.
Probably the only reason they are selling it has the 6.0 and that alone is a big mystery with Ford .They replaced all of the 6.0 work trucks at the company with the V10 2 years ago The mechanic could not keep them running Between the fuel tanks and the injectors we needed our own Tow truck. I would stay away from it..
 

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The Ford 6.0 diesel has earned its reputation. Ive read many stories about issues on FTE. For some its been great for others a nightmare. They are maintenance heavy and its still a tossup. Besides, a well tuned gasser will tow anything a diesel will.
 

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Almost a year and no issues here with my 6.0. Like anything else if you care for it and don't drive like an A hole it's very reliable.
A whole year.How many miles do you have on it .If you are close to 60,000 than start looking for another truck .I know a lot of owners of the 6.0 and they did not consider themselves A HOLES until after they bought the truck with that motor.If you use it to take your wifes bike to the beach or carry 3 tons of tools .It is going to be a nightmare.But then you might be one of the few lucky ones.The older 7.2 lasted until the body fell off the frame from rust .Minimum 200,000 miles
 

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Ive found a couple 5.4 fords and a few 5.7 chevys I might take a look at. The stories I hear about the 6.0s are kinda scaring me away. It is a nice looking truck for that price though. I might take a look at this 5.7 chevy with side accessible boxes. That would be mighty nice to have.
 

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The 5.4 is a very reliable motor. Only issues I've heard is an occasional spark plug ejection and occasional broken exhaust manifold bolts. Ive had one plug blow out and it cost me $400 to have it repaired. Thats out of 10 years with that van. My box van has the 5.4 too. So far so good.
 

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The 5.4 is a very reliable motor. Only issues I've heard is an occasional spark plug ejection and occasional broken exhaust manifold bolts. Ive had one plug blow out and it cost me $400 to have it repaired. Thats out of 10 years with that van. My box van has the 5.4 too. So far so good.
I liked the 5.4. When I first had mine, it had leaking exhaust manifolds, so I had to get those replaced. But that thing ran like a dream. The body ended up rotting away from the frame.

My current f150 has the 4.6, and its a pretty nice engine too. In the 13 years difference between the two trucks, the specs on this 4.6 have nearly caught up to the specs on the 97 5.4
 
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