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Old 08-18-2014, 06:21 AM   #21
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2001 F350 7.3 280000 miles. I had a 2005 F250 6.0 and sold it. The 7.3 is a much better truck, no Cat, or EGR valve. 7.3s are million mile motors if maintaned. Diesels require periodic maintnance and frequent oil changes at $100 each.

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Old 08-18-2014, 06:54 AM   #22
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2013 F-450 CC,DRW. 5500 barely driven.

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Old 08-18-2014, 08:53 AM   #23
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Both TV's were bought stock and used (I was a mechanic for about 20 years, so I was thorough in the "check out").

TV#1, bought in 9/2009 for $15,000: 2007 F350 XLT Ext Cab DRW 4x4 6.0L with 148k miles. Used it for 4.5 years and traded it in at 182K miles. Unit was trouble free in the engine. 9mpg towing RV (11klbs 36' TT) and about 14mpg hwy unloaded.

TV#2, bought in 6/2014 for $31,000 (less trade of TV #1): 2011 F350 Lariat (loaded) Crew Cab DRW 4x4 6.7L with 112k miles. Currently in use and has 114k+ miles. Unit is MUCH better for towing. 10mpg towing RV (14Klbs 40' 5er) and about 16mpg hwy unloaded.

Personally, I prefer buying good, stock, used vehicles for towing. They are *SO* expensive new. The diesel's generally can be expected to provide as much as double the life of a gas counterpart. Maintenance is the key. I always buy and configure for more than is needed (performance / capacity wise).

Good luck with your decision. But is your current TV is doing the job and is reliable, 155K miles on a well maintained gasser, that is currently in good condition, should be fine. For the same on a diesel...

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Old 08-18-2014, 09:13 AM   #24
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2008 Chevy duramax diesel.
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I try to keep mine OFF the Dynamometer

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Old 08-18-2014, 09:13 AM   #25
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Old 08-18-2014, 09:24 AM   #26
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I try to keep mine OFF the Dynamometer


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Old 08-18-2014, 09:31 AM   #27
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2001 Dodge 2500 Cummins, about to roll over 300,000. I bought it used with 49,000 on the odometer.
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Old 08-18-2014, 09:43 AM   #28
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Flint-made Chevy Silverado passes million-mile mark in six years | 3 to 4k mile oil changes are the ticket I guess.... and you got to take care of the pump rub or a new transfer housing is required
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Old 08-18-2014, 10:32 AM   #29
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2001 F350 7.3L Lariat 4x4 SRW 133,000 gets 9 to 12mpg pulling 41' 5er at 16,000lbs. loaded depending on hills. I bought it new in 2001 to pull my trailers around and that's been his job since day 1, no problems to speak of yet. I think next time I might look for a F450 used, but this truck has been a good one so far.
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Old 08-18-2014, 11:04 AM   #30
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Bought both my Dmax's new. 2011 2500 4x4 CCLB had 34000 on it in 19 mos. Traded for the '13 GMC 3500 and turned 17k in 11 mos. I typically do better buying new, around here, than if I was to buy used. The dealer who sold my '11, sold it for $37,900.

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