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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 06-13-2019, 03:15 PM Thread Starter
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Looking to purchase a 6.4l powerstroke

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I've been searching a bit but would like input from people who have owned a 6.4l. I'm looking at purchasing a 6.4l powerstroke...am I crazy? These trucks really appeal to me. I've had experience with many diesels over my short 30 years from a 6.9l IDI to a 6.0l powerstroke to my current 5.9l common rail. How much work is needed to do typical maintenance on these engines? I've searched a little bit and know that the engine can be pulled with the turbos on and cab on. My old 6.0l was no issue working on it with the cab on. My old Dodge is starting to get old on me. I still owe on it for the next 4 years with 320k on the clock. I know thats not too many miles on the cummins but its more of the 47re that I worry about. The 6.4l is much peppier, has a better transmission, will pull what I need to and rides much but with more luxury then my current truck. Basically, if the 6.4l has emissions in tact should I run or just plan on deleting asap? Talk me out of it with your experience, not hearsay internet BS.

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Re: Looking to purchase a 6.4l powerstroke

Save your money and just get a 6.7. You will be sorry you got the 6.4.

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Save your money and just get a 6.7. You will be sorry you got the 6.4.
This is out of the question. I can’t afford a 6.7 at this time.

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Re: Looking to purchase a 6.4l powerstroke

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This is out of the question. I canít afford a 6.7 at this time.
If you can get an already deleted and tuned 6.4 go for it...

I get chit all the time because of my love for this motor. I agree to some extent that out of the box from stock it's a nightmare with it's radiator and fuel and every other issue. It sucks to have to throw upwards of ten grand at something you just threw a wheelbarrow of money at just to work on more.

That said, by today, I'd be leery of a stock 6.4 having run all these years not unjunked. I have an 08 and an 09, both tuned at the expiration of the warranty and I've not had a single major issue.
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Re: Looking to purchase a 6.4l powerstroke

If you can't afford a 2013+ 6.7 (the good years from what I've read), then you definitely can't afford a 6.4's repairs lol.

I know 6.4s can make RETARDED amounts of Hp and Tq, but even in stock form they are not a reliable engine... there's a reason a lot of shops will not work on them anymore, including Ford dealers.


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If you can't afford a 2013+ 6.7 (the good years from what I've read), then you definitely can't afford a 6.4's repairs lol.

I know 6.4s can make RETARDED amounts of Hp and Tq, but even in stock form they are not a reliable engine... there's a reason a lot of shops will not work on them anymore, including Ford dealers.
"......but even in stock form....". Should say "ESPECIALLY in stock form.

In what I've thrown into two 6.4's I could've almost bought another truck. But you can get in either of those two trucks, mash the go pedal in 4wd on dry pavement and they'll spin round and round in a smoke filled circle.
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Re: Looking to purchase a 6.4l powerstroke

To clarify my original "I'd be leery" statement... you can pick up stock 6.4's fairly cheap today. But to make it right you gotta dump some money in it and I don't know how well a motor that was condom-ized for that many years would react to suddenly being able to breathe. Fuel pump, valve train, all of it's weak parts suddenly getting called on to do twice the oomph...
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Higher mile six sevens can be had for what a motor costs in a six four....
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But a 6.4 is 6.7 times what a 6.7 could ever pipe dream of having.
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If you can get an already deleted and tuned 6.4 go for it...

I get chit all the time because of my love for this motor. I agree to some extent that out of the box from stock it's a nightmare with it's radiator and fuel and every other issue. It sucks to have to throw upwards of ten grand at something you just threw a wheelbarrow of money at just to work on more.

That said, by today, I'd be leery of a stock 6.4 having run all these years not unjunked. I have an 08 and an 09, both tuned at the expiration of the warranty and I've not had a single major issue.
Thank you for your input. The two trucks I'm looking at are both deleted & tuned with both also having the radiator replaced and good service history according to the car fax. The problem with a high mileage 6.7 is not being able to get financed. Also, just because I cant afford a decent 6.7 right now doesnt mean I cant afford parts for a 6.4 as I do my own maintenance and repairs.

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