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Old 06-19-2013, 06:31 PM   #31
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Any can have problems & will .....

I had 2 Ford diesels a 6.9 and a 7.3. The 7.3 was a great engine but.......I could not keep a transmission in it.... (My heaviest trailer at the time was 4500 lbs) but getting ready to put the third transmission at 112K was too much....
You sound just like me. 3 transmissions myself on my 91.
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Old 06-19-2013, 07:11 PM   #32
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Dovetail, you have been given some great advice so far. I will give you a few more things to consider, I have had both Dodge and Chevy Diesels, as well as Chevy gas and have driven my share of Fords both gas and diesels at work and here are my thoughts and observations for what it is worth. My Dodge dually with a 5.9, great engine, 3 transmissions, less than luxurious interior and wind leaks galore, but a good truck, would pull a wal mart if you could get a chain around it, I put 273k miles on it, it was flat wore out, one set of injectors and regular maintanence and got a good dollar trading it for a Chevy. I currently have a 2013 2500 Chevy with the Duramax and Allison, I got it new at the end of October and it turned 25k today, I just scheduled my service for Friday, I must say it is the best, most luxurious truck I have ever owned. It is quite, drives like my wifes cadillac and makes me smile everytime I think about it. I just got back from towing 3500 miles with my 36' work and play and it is fabulous. I was loaded with a golf cart and a touring Harley and lots and lots of everything, I am guessing just over 10k# of trailer weight, I averaged 14.7 mpg figured on paper and I run 70 mph when I can, did I say I like this truck lol.

Anyway, back on topic, think long and hard on a diesel, everyone say's get one, consider a few things first.
1) how many miles do you drive yearly, I just figured when I traded, and I have all the records from previous maintanence etc. that for it to pay off with the additional costs my break even to have a diesel is about 35K miles per year, I currently do about 50K so it worked for me.

2) Diesels maintanence is less, but more lol, consider and oil change every 5K miles, this is a filter and any where from 2.5-3 gallons of oil,$60-$90 average.

3) Every other oil change add the fuel filter, another $40-$60, like you I don't crawl under them either lol

DEF , this cost varies with mileage and your type of driving, as your fuel consumption increses your DEF consumption increses, averages for me about 1 gallon every 1K miles, not a big deal but at 50K miles per year this translates to 50+ gallons of DEF @ roughly $3= an additional $150 in fuel costs, and I won't even mention that I paid $4.25 a gallon yesterday for diesel in N Florida,, ouch.

Also, as I have said many times, gas trucks nickel and dime you, diesels hundred and thousand dollar you !!!

If you dont drive alot, and I mean alot of miles a year and need the diesel for towing really consider your options, I love mine, but if and when I no longer require that type of vehicle for towing I will be back in a gasser.

No matter what you do, if you go used have your mechanic look it over, ask him straight out if he knows diesels other than service, if yes have him inspect it, if no take it to a reputable diesel shop not affiliated with the seller, diesel engine repair is very expensive, ie, the 5.9 cummins, the block is not sleeved, it is either pull the engine and bore if it has a cylinder problem, or buy a raman at roughly $10k, as said before, if it looks too good to be true, it probably is.
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Old 06-19-2013, 07:58 PM   #33
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It would be hard to go back to a gas motor since I bought a diesel. Mine is only 1 yr old and I have 10,000k (3500 of it towing) and is my daily driver. Yes it is more expensive no matter how you look at it, but I tow at 65 mph and my tach stays at 1600 rpm in 6th gear and only downshifts on the bigger hills. It's like the motor is almost bored when it tows 8500#
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Old 06-19-2013, 08:54 PM   #34
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Dovetail, you have been given some great advice so far. I will give you a few more things to consider, I have had both Dodge and Chevy Diesels, as well as Chevy gas and have driven my share of Fords both gas and diesels at work and here are my thoughts and observations for what it is worth. My Dodge dually with a 5.9, great engine, 3 transmissions, less than luxurious interior and wind leaks galore, but a good truck, would pull a wal mart if you could get a chain around it, I put 273k miles on it, it was flat wore out, one set of injectors and regular maintanence and got a good dollar trading it for a Chevy. I currently have a 2013 2500 Chevy with the Duramax and Allison, I got it new at the end of October and it turned 25k today, I just scheduled my service for Friday, I must say it is the best, most luxurious truck I have ever owned. It is quite, drives like my wifes cadillac and makes me smile everytime I think about it. I just got back from towing 3500 miles with my 36' work and play and it is fabulous. I was loaded with a golf cart and a touring Harley and lots and lots of everything, I am guessing just over 10k# of trailer weight, I averaged 14.7 mpg figured on paper and I run 70 mph when I can, did I say I like this truck lol.

Anyway, back on topic, think long and hard on a diesel, everyone say's get one, consider a few things first.
1) how many miles do you drive yearly, I just figured when I traded, and I have all the records from previous maintanence etc. that for it to pay off with the additional costs my break even to have a diesel is about 35K miles per year, I currently do about 50K so it worked for me.

2) Diesels maintanence is less, but more lol, consider and oil change every 5K miles, this is a filter and any where from 2.5-3 gallons of oil,$60-$90 average.

3) Every other oil change add the fuel filter, another $40-$60, like you I don't crawl under them either lol

DEF , this cost varies with mileage and your type of driving, as your fuel consumption increses your DEF consumption increses, averages for me about 1 gallon every 1K miles, not a big deal but at 50K miles per year this translates to 50+ gallons of DEF @ roughly $3= an additional $150 in fuel costs, and I won't even mention that I paid $4.25 a gallon yesterday for diesel in N Florida,, ouch.

Also, as I have said many times, gas trucks nickel and dime you, diesels hundred and thousand dollar you !!!

If you dont drive alot, and I mean alot of miles a year and need the diesel for towing really consider your options, I love mine, but if and when I no longer require that type of vehicle for towing I will be back in a gasser.

No matter what you do, if you go used have your mechanic look it over, ask him straight out if he knows diesels other than service, if yes have him inspect it, if no take it to a reputable diesel shop not affiliated with the seller, diesel engine repair is very expensive, ie, the 5.9 cummins, the block is not sleeved, it is either pull the engine and bore if it has a cylinder problem, or buy a raman at roughly $10k, as said before, if it looks too good to be true, it probably is.
Thunderalley, Thanks for those thoughts. Considering i drive the Tundra 15 to 20k a year, i certainly wont get to the breakeven you wrote about. This hás been a great read and pretty obvious that those that have tem love them. At
This point i need to have a beer and meditate for awhile. Maybe 2. Thanks to alo for your input. What a great fórum this is.
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Old 06-19-2013, 09:51 PM   #35
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way off topic... Ragin, how do you like that superglide hitch? We installed one for my father and he loves it! It does have some rocking in it partially because we had to install the 3 inch lift for clearance of the bed rails... other than the little bit of rocking he loves it!
I love the superglide to, BUT it is a whopping 215+ lbs of your payload.
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Old 06-22-2013, 01:58 AM   #36
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I have an opportunity to trade my 08 F150 SCREW for an 03 F250 7.3 L. They both book the same value and the dealer is open for a straight up trade if he likes my truck! Wish me luck!
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Good luck on the trade. How many miles on each?
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Good luck on the trade. How many miles on each?
My f150 has 73k and the 03 has 136k.
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Old 08-04-2013, 10:07 PM   #39
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Well I just traded my 08 F150 for an 05 Dodge Ram 2500 with the 5.9 L Cummins. This truck is absolutely cherry as the previous owner took wonderful care of it. It even came with Airbags. I'm averaging 21 mpg unloaded and around 15 towing our Tracer.
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Old 08-04-2013, 10:36 PM   #40
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Prove it!!! Pictures!!! Congrats btw
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