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Old 07-25-2014, 08:51 AM   #11
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Have you considered a F250 with the 6.2 gas motor? Ford's shutting down one F150 truck factory right now for conversion to the new aluminum body truck. After they're in full production, Ford's going to be closing their second F150 factory for conversion.

In the meantime, they're going to be running the F250/F350 factory 110% to make up for lost 1/2 ton production. And they'll be pushing large sales incentives and low APR programs trying to maintain as high a sales level as possible.

I just prefer buying more truck than normal for towing, especially if it's in the mountains. And the F250's are absolutely beautiful.

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Old 07-25-2014, 09:03 AM   #12
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Just need to be sure you are comparing apples to apples on the comfort level. A Lariat F150 compared to a 250 of the same trim level and options . . .
Once I re-read it, I am not sure we have enough info to really check the price. I paid 38K even for my every option (except max tow) FX4. It had 2,007 miles on it. To get the options I have in a 10,000 mile 250 of the same year, you will pay way more.

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Old 07-25-2014, 09:36 AM   #13
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Go to Fords website and build a brand new 2014 with the options you want. That will give you an idea of where a new vehicle compares in terms of price. It will be cheaper than that if you go onto a lot, plus there is always some kind of deal available like "$5k off or 0% financing", etc. I built an XLT that was pretty loaded (Ecoboost, 4 doors, 4x4, back up camera, power mirrors w/ defrost, power rear sliding window, etc) and it was $43k. I imagine you can get that truck with those options on a dealers lot for $38-$39k and it is brand new with warranty. You never know how a previous vehicle was driven. Or what may have caused them to trade it in.

I have an Ecoboost. I traded an '11 with the 5.0 for a '13 with the 3.5 Ecoboost and I dont regret that for a second. I got the 5.0 after trading in a 5.4 and I hated the 5.0. Just my $0.02

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Old 07-27-2014, 11:12 AM   #14
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$4k more will get you a brand new truck, custom ordered, loaded Lariat with HD payload and MaxTow. I know, I did that with my 2013.

As far as 3.5L EcoBoost vs 5.0L? The 3.5L will be the better tow vehicle hands down. That engine builds torque like a diesel.
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Old 07-27-2014, 04:29 PM   #15
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You can also get a tuner for the EcoBoost that can boost horsepower and torque even higher. Same for any turbo diesel--cheap improvement in horsepower.
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Old 07-27-2014, 04:54 PM   #16
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You can also get a tuner for the EcoBoost that can boost horsepower and torque even higher. Same for any turbo diesel--cheap improvement in horsepower.
Don't understand if they are so powerful and great, why do you have to get a tuner?
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Old 07-27-2014, 05:23 PM   #17
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This is the best performance enhancement anyone can do for the money. Not only do you get more horsepower, but the automatic transmission program is improved. Any turbocharged vehicle runs like a different vehicle with a tuner. You can see the dyno sheets online. I have a 80 hp econo tune on my 7.3 diesel, and it went from chirping a rear tire to where it'll squall the tires from a start--and from 20 mph.

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Old 07-27-2014, 08:05 PM   #18
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Originally Posted by Wags2237 View Post
Hello all,

I have narrowed my search down to the TWO following vehicles: 2013 F-150 Lariat, 25k miles with ECO BOOST (several very nice options)-selling for $38k


2012 F-150 Lariat, 38k miles 5.0 L, less options, selling for 33k.

I'm pulling a 23ss ROO, alot of mountain camping and climbing. Plan to do some longer trips to Canada and Texas as well.

What would ya recommend?
what are you towing? i had a 2012 that i liked for pick-up , but found out for towing it was not as good as was claimed , so i just bought an 2015 3500 duramxax and love it to pull the camper , i tried the 2012 150 eco boost on a tt and 5th wheel
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Old 07-27-2014, 08:07 PM   #19
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I paid 31k for my brand new fully loaded 2012 f150 XLT son in law paid about 32k for his brand new 2013 f150 XLT fully loaded ecoboost...I honestly dont believe the lariat is worth 6k more with 25k miles on it...definitely get the eco boost though with the 3:55 rear end in case down the road you want s bigger'll love it
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Old 07-28-2014, 11:29 PM   #20
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Is this a good deal to consider? Used, $125. No tax, no shipping. Pulling a 23' ROO.

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