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Old 11-04-2013, 08:52 AM   #11
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While I don't have an F250 I do have a 2012 F450 with the 6.7. It is very comfortable for my family of 5 and it does not do much more than tow my toys to the sandbox so I can't really give you a non-towing estimate.

However I do average between 10-11 MPG towing my rig (28,500lbs GCVW) and that towing is here in Colorado with a minimum of 4 6% grades 4+ miles long each and up hill the rest of the way.

I have been impressed with the job Ford has done building their own diesel VS the problems them and navistar had.

I did own a 2006 F350 SRW with the 6.0 and it was a nice truck but the injector pump did die at 10K but no problems after that.

I am a Ford guy so keep that in mind as well.

Hope this helps.
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Old 11-04-2013, 09:55 AM   #12
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I did own a 2006 F350 SRW with the 6.0 and it was a nice truck but the injector pump did die at 10K but no problems after that.

I am a Ford guy so keep that in mind as well.

Hope this helps.
My 2004 F250 SWR with the 6.0 had a bad ficm, oil cooler and egr go out at 90000 miles. I haul my 5th wheel and car hauler8000 lbs with no issues after repaired! I am also a Ford guy myself. This is my first diesel.
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Old 11-04-2013, 10:19 AM   #13
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I don't know enough about trucks to tell you one is better than the other. For us, when we were buying this truck - we knew that we wanted to be able to seat 6 comfortably. We picked based on personal feel in the trucks. Dodge was the roomiest to us followed by Ford. Wife felt the Ford was more "work truck"-like and wanted a more comfy existence, so Dodge it was.
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Old 11-04-2013, 10:22 AM   #14
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My preference is the dodge but i think you will be happy with either truck. I had a 04 dodge that i put 80k on with no problems at all. I now have a 06 mega cab that i have owned since new with no problems. I get 18mpg empty and 12 towing 14k 5th wheel its been a great truck and i love the mega cab because of the room for my 3 kids and dog, but mine is a 5.9 so it is before they put all the emmisions stuff on them. The only problem with the ford is that every one I talk to likes their truck but no one has high mileage on them so hard to tell about durability if you do buy the ford i would wait till 2015 because they are putting a different turbo on it to give it a better exhaust break which is what most ford owners complain about with current engine. Once again i would buy dodge because my trucks have been good to me and i love the mega cab, but believe the ford is a good choice as well. Good luck
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Old 11-04-2013, 10:41 AM   #15
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I'm torn between the excellent quality of every Ford I've ever owned and the reputation of the Cummins in the Dodge. I have a couple of friends with the Rams, and they seem pretty happy so far, though both are fairly new. Chevy and GMC are out for me for my own reasons, which I'll keep to myself. I have never owned a diesel before and I would very much like to know real world experiences including mileage, (towing and not), service costs, repairs, options, and general quality.

I really don't want a bunch "mine's better'n yours" BS so if that's all ya got... please save it...

Thanks in advance...
Here is my real world experience: I have a 2012 F350 SRW CC short bed Lariat with the 6.7 diesel and have 16,000 miles on with 6,000 miles of that towing a 30ft Rockwood TT weighing around 8,000 lbs loaded. Fuel mileage is 15mpg city, around 22mpg freeway, and 11.7mpg towing (that was my average going from Columbus ohio to Myrtle Beach this year, around home on flatter ground I get around 13 mpg) I have the ford dealership change oil, add DEF and rotate tires every 5,000 miles at a cost of $142.75. Fuel filters I have changed every 10,000 miles at a cost of $155.00. No repairs thus far (knockin' wood) and I have nothing but good to say about the F350. I am like you, always have had Ford's and never owned a diesel but I love how the whole truck pulls, drives and performs. It is my daily driver and also with no issues. The truck pulls like a dentist on a bad tooth even through the mountains and never had an issue with the exhaust brake like mentioned above. I would look at getting the F350 instead of the F250 because of the payload in case you want to move up on your TT. The 350 is not that much more. Would I buy it again if I had to replace?... no doubt I would. good luck and let us know what you decide.
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Looks like I'm going with the Ford. I get a great deal through my company that's almost as good as Ford employees get. All that's left is to make the deal and take the money out of savings... Thanks all...
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Looks like I'm going with the Ford. I get a great deal through my company that's almost as good as Ford employees get. All that's left is to make the deal and take the money out of savings... Thanks all...
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I have always been a Ford guy. I just recently traded in a 2011 F250 with the 6.7. It was a great truck. Got very respectable mileage- much better than what Dodge owners are reporting- and pulled great. By far the best tow vehicle I have ever owned. I did get nervous, however, when I started researching the fuel pump issues. Apparently the Bosch pumps they use(GM uses them, too- Bosch CP4.2, I think) aren't lasting because the fuel in the US is insufficiently lubricating them. There are some conflicting accounts about whether warranty covers it, but most evidence seems to indicate they aren't. My truck had warranty for another 3.5 years and 35,000 miles. Ford acknowledges the issue exists, but sidesteps responsibility in a document provided to the NHTSA. The occurrence appears to be increasing exponentially with age and mileage according to Ford's own numbers. (5% occurrence by 4 model years out). My main concern was that this problem would become apparent in the next few years and, at a repair cost of 10-15K, the majority of the value in my truck would be gone. Used value would take a huge hit if prospective buyers knew it was a ticking time bomb waiting on a $10K plus repair bill. With all of this being said, I think if I HAD to have a diesel, I'd quite possible lean toward the Dodge. Fuel mileage would likely be 2-3mpg less, from what accounts I read. I opted for an F-150 with the Ecoboost. I'm maxing it out with my rig, but 95% of my driving is short commutes of less than 5 miles and the F-150 will be much more at home doing these than the diesel. You most likely won't encounter a problem with the Ford 6.7. Just be aware that there COULD be some issues lurking that will cause the Ford to take a hit in value later on. Until then, I think you'll love it. You might use the Ford approved diesel additive from day one to help with lubricity of the fuel. Just my .02.
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Looks like I'm going with the Ford. I get a great deal through my company that's almost as good as Ford employees get. All that's left is to make the deal and take the money out of savings... Thanks all...
The 250 and 350 are the same truck.
I don't believe it. It can't be true.
Why would Ford build a chassis that is capable of over 7000 lbs payload, put a 250 badge on it and sell it for less $$ with a payload of 1800 lbs??
A diesel F250 is capable of towing the same amount of weight as any SRW F350.
A diesel F250 is capable of hauling the same amount of weight as any SRW F350.
The yellow sticker will give you numbers that you have to use.
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