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Old 05-03-2011, 03:44 PM   #11
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This is my opionion if you have not bought your quite yet.
The old 7.3 powerstroke were awesome as far as power but were heavy and u-joints went out often.

The 6.0 you either get a good egg or a bad one? Which one you getting? The 6.0 you can have about 1000-1100 dollars worth of after market parts put on to help with the problems and then it should be solid again. But that's just a couple after market parts not the labor new head gaskets..BLAH BLAH shop cost/gloves LOL.

The cummins/dodge I love the 5.9 . The 6.7 has emissions stuff added to it so it has the power but not the fuel mileage to back it. The 6.7 does have the engine brake as a standard which I LOVE. If i could decide again I would still look hard into the 5.9 as they get great fuel mileage and have plenty of power. The other thing I love about cummins is the inline 6. It is "Usually" not always cheaper to worth on vs the duramax and powerstroke V8 syle.

As far as the duramax it has the 6.6 which is a very strong engine. I love the inside of GMC/chevy the most.

I choice the dodge mostly cause I love the engine brake. The inline 6. and the deal/price was good. They have made the 6.7 for a few years so I know they are good vs powerstroke which has changed a few times over the last few years. The chevy/gmc which i traded in.

The dodge 6.7 does have a weaker tranny behind it.
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Old 05-03-2011, 03:47 PM   #12
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The 6.4L has more power and is less trouble than the 6.0
Interior comfort is much better in the 08+

If I were to buy mine over again, i would have gotten a 350 simple for the payload. The 250 payload is much smaller than the 350. That is my only regret.
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Old 05-03-2011, 04:29 PM   #13
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Yep I understand, I have always been a chevy/gmc man, never owned a ford. The interior of the chevy is very nice. Ive never had a dodge either. As ususal money is the driving factor here, I have a chance to own a f250 with the 6.0 which will make pulling a heck of a lot better. I just don't have 35 to 45 grand to put in a truck that will spend most of its time sitting in the garage until camper time!! So thats one of the reasons this f250 is appealing to me right now. We probably won't put more than 5 to 8 thousand miles a year on this truck.
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Old 05-03-2011, 05:38 PM   #14
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I cant speak well on the 6.0 other than I personally would not have one unless it was at a VERY cheap price, I have known way too many people with them that had nothing but problems, but also know a few that love them and have had no real issues.
I recently switched to a ford diesel too, but went with a 7.3. I have always been a gm guy and was not looking to change, just happened across a superduty I really liked and decided to get it. It will see MAYBE 5k a year, 80% of that towing. At that rate it should last a long time. $100 synthetic oil change hurts, but its only once a year for me. The extra pulling power is nice to have too! And, even thoigh diesel is going for about $.35 more than reg gas right now, the superduty is getting 12 towing where my almost identical setup chevy gas burner got 8 towing, so it isnt costing more to operate. My chevy only got 12-12.5 mpg unloaded.
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Old 05-03-2011, 06:42 PM   #15
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Jammer, I would say check craigslist.org or ebay for your truck. Be picky and patient then you can get something a touch better for the price you want. Like i said about 6.0 you can have a great apple or a horrible one. The resale on 6.0 is bottom. I know my 6.7 should be rebuilt after 350K, that being said you may want to look into getting something older price wise since miles does not really matter in a diesel.

Like me I usually put about 10-12 K of miles on a year. I have 100K on my truck. It will be about 10 years but I get to 200K which is still somewhat young for a diesel.

I seen a 5.9 with 130,000 for 24 fully loaded cummins/dodge/mega cab. Just letting you know something to compare to with price.
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Old 05-04-2011, 08:24 AM   #16
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yea guys, I have just about come to the conclusion that there is a lemon every now and then! At this point I just can't see putting 45000 into a truck that is gonna spend most of its time sitting in the garage! Like you scubieman, this truck is only gonna see approx 10 to 12 tops a year. But gonna take my time and look at several, craigslist is a great resource and also autotrader. There seems to be a lot more f250s out there for sell than the dodges and chevys !!!! Hmmmmmm probably a clue huh !! Anyway, thank you all for the feedback, has helped me tremendously!! I appreciate it. Will let you know if I come up with a cream puff !!!
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Jammer - you might also want to look at the 08-10 F250/350 with the V10.
If you are only driving it periodically, then that V10 might be the long term cheaper option. I've seen several in the 20-25 range.

Also, I think Ford sells more HD trucks than Chevy and Dodge, thus why you see more for sell. Not saying any is better than the other, but Ford sells more fleet trucks thus has more in the HD range. Just a thought.
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buckeyefan already mentioned it, but Ford sells as many (or close to it) HD trucks as Chevy and Dodge combined, so yeah, expect to see more Fords for sale.

Another note...if looking at an F250, get an OASIS report to check for warranty repairs. A dealer should do it for you if the truck is at a dealer, or you can request one on TheDieselGarage.com web site.
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Old 05-04-2011, 12:26 PM   #19
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Hey fordman, not familiar with the OASIS report, have used carfax before, a bit pricey but good info. Will go research OASIS reports. I am going friday to look at a 2007 250 6.0 2wd with 32000 on it. We will see if its a cream puff or a toasted puff !
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Jammer - a Ford dealer has to pull the OASIS report. They should be more than happy to do that if they want to sell a HD truck. The OASIS report highlights all the warranty and non-warranty work that has been don on the vehicle using the VIN. If they don't want to pull the report, I would be concerned.

The 6.0L were known to blow the bolts off the heads in the 04-05 model years. They only contained 8 bolts (I think) which was too few for the 6.0. A few 06 were impacted. I think by 07, for was putting more bolts onto the heads or had it under control.

If you are looking at an 07 that has low miles and hasn't had any modifications or computers added, consider an extended warranty.
That head replacement runs about $4000 plus.

The 6.4L seems to be better, although there is more emissions crap to deal with. I have an extended warranty to 100K Miles because any repair deep in the engine requires a cab off fix. I've been told that the cost to take the cab off before they start work to fix a problem can be over $2500.
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