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Old 11-06-2010, 01:38 PM
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Question 6.0L Mechanic/Service in Vancouver, WA?

Hi all, Im new to the forum and new to the 6.0L. I recently bought an 04 F350 CC LB. I love the truck, but after reading tons of posts on this site and others, Im beginning to question my decision. Had I researched prior I might not have bought this. But I guess every MY and engine has their issues, so if its 75% maintenance and 25% poor design. I keep up on the maintenance and hopefully mod around the design flaws where possible.

So far the truck has been perfect. No issues at all, and I want to keep it that way. I'm just now at 60k and want to get it serviced. To my knowledge, its completely stock with no mods. Does anyone have a recommendation for a good mechanic who services 6.0L in Vancouver, WA? How about advice on who to avoid?

After reading a bunch about the 6.0L, i've become paranoid (filters, fluids, service intervals, etc.). Makes me think i should just take it to the dealership and pay the higher prices. Ultimately i want to learn to maintain this rig on my own, but given i bought the truck used and dont know the "real" history behind it, I want get a good thorough baseline to start with.

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Welcome to FTE L Train Read through the Tech Forum and ask questions, it is all about learning your new truck. I came here looking for advice on maintaining my vehicle, others come for the obvious reason they had trouble or a bad experience. No matter the reason we are here to answer any questions you may have.

As far as a dealer choice, ask questions, do they have a certified diesel technician employed. Filling up at the gas station you can run into other owners in your area, strike up a conversation.
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I'm now in Vancouver myself. I have seen these guys advertising around the web, not sure how they are though.

fleetservicenorthwest.com

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Thanks for the replies Sean and Maximum. Looks like a good reference with FleetServiceNW. Im going to give them a call on Monday to ask some questions.

Sean, where you at in the couv? Im up in Salmon Creek. I have a grey 350 crew cab long bed. Maybe I'll bump into you. Have you taken your truck anywhere in Portland/Vancouver area? Or are you doing all your own maintenance?

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L Train, I'm East of 205 off of Gher exit. I have not taken my truck to any one up in this area. I have learned so much in this forum that I'll try a few things my self.

I do my own maintenance. I'm just trying to find the right place to fuel at. High volume station. I work in Portland, so my options will be on the route to and from.
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Sean re: fuel, if you travel the I5 side, check out the 76 station on the corner of Killingsworth and Interstate in north Portland (Google Maps). Easy in and out, they have a desiel only island and they are consistently $0.25 or more cheaper than any other station in VanWa.

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Sean re: fuel, if you travel the I5 side, check out the 76 station on the corner of Killingsworth and Interstate in north Portland (Google Maps). Easy in and out, they have a desiel only island and they are consistently $0.25 or more cheaper than any other station in VanWa.

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thanks for the info. I'll stop buy there next fuel up.
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Sean - The best auto shop in Vancouver, WA is Gaynors. My wife and I have lived in Vancouver since '71 and they are the best we have found. They are not a diesel-only shop but they do work on diesels and their rep is excellent. They have several shops in this area and we use the one out on 134th St. past the Fred Meyer store. Note that 134th St. turns into Tenny Road along about there so watch the signs.

Caveat - I don't have a diesel yet but hope to get one soon.

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You may also want to look at Columbia Ford in Longview. Thats where I am going to get my work done. I bought a car from them years ago and they seem honest.

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