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Old 07-08-2012, 07:20 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by jal0710 View Post
Can't wait to see if it gets better when it gets broken in. Truck had way more than enough power, and we didn't, and probably won't, chip it in any way.
First thing, that duramax will definately get better milage as you put the miles on it. Once I got to 45K, it was really a surprise how much better it got than newer and now at over 100,000 miles, I can't complain at all. The other thing I wanted to "throw out there" was chipping versus not chipping. I think you would want to chip if you decide to race that truck, otherwise for a couple more MPG, don't do it. My brother chipped his diesel after warranty and it went downhill from that point on (and he's too old and wise to race it). He ended up trading it with a vow to leave the new diesel alone. The next person may disagree with me, but I personally think the whole chipping thing is a slight bit over rated.

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Old 07-11-2012, 12:00 AM   #12
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Originally Posted by nylyon View Post
If you're looking at new, Ford does not have a V10 option in the Super Duty, just a 6.2 V8 gas and a 6.7 Diesel. I have a Diesel (the infamous 6.0) and love the power of a Diesel, wish I could afford the new 6.7
I have one of those nasty things as well. If I knew you could get one like mine I would say don't waste your time just get one. We took a trip last week with some pretty good hills. Thought about taking the long easy way. Then I decided to find out what it was really made of. The biggest one was around 5 miles long. Starting at a 8% to 7% back to 8% then the top portion 8.5% grade. No problems what so ever. My brother in law and his brother in law both have concerns with their Dodge and GMC. One EGT's and the other tranny temps.

I would love to buy a newer truck. I just can't find a good reason to do it. Mine does what I ask and more.

Good luck with which ever you choose. They all seem to have their strong/weak points.

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Old 07-16-2012, 08:16 PM   #13
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FWIW--I have a 2011 GMC with the Duramax/Allison, awesome, pulls whatever you want. I've only had one problem, the computer that controls the DEF needed to be reflashed, other than that, nothing. Approaching 30k for miles.

My hunting partner was a diehard GM guy, dealer here upset him, went to Dodge, think it was 2007.5, can't remember. Anyway, 2 transmissions later and numerous other issues he traded it in on the new 2011 Dodge, been to the shop countless times, believe the tranny was rebuilt, now he just drives it with "check engine" light on, LOL. Some people never learn. He is my "brother" though, and you have to love him. LOL, but I rib him every chance I get.

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Old 07-17-2012, 07:21 AM   #14
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I'm thinking about an F250/350 now. Any advice on models to look for? We need four doors with the kids. 4WD is not a necessity since we will keep the Rover and trade out the second car. Any years/features/options to look for or avoid?
Just try and find a 3/4 or one ton without fuelish 4X4 option...
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Old 07-17-2012, 03:43 PM   #15
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4x2's are out there, very rare, but out there. Try finding a 2wd in the midwest!! For some reason it isn't a "truck" without 4wd??


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