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Old 01-16-2014, 07:18 PM   #1
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F150 With HD Payload Vs F250 6.2l

Since I bought a White Hawk 33BHBS last fall, I have been considering upgrading my truck. Interestingly engough I priced out an F150 XLT Ecoboost SCREW 6.5' box HD payload package vs a comparably equiped F250 XLT 6.2 l SCREW 6.75' box and they are essentially the same price. This is not really a 1/2 ton vs 3/4 ton question as the F150 will give me 2200 lbs of payload vs about 3200 lbs on the F250. Besides the fact the F250 6.2 l will give me lousy gas milage I would like to hear from the experience of the towing community the pro's or Con's of selecting either option.

My existing truck tows the trailer really well, but I want some more payload to put more in the bed of the truck when on long trips.

Diesel would be great (800 ft-lbs of torque), but it's a $8k option!! so I'm not really considering it.

Any comments on ride quality?

My dad worked for Ford so I get Z plan so not considering other than Ford.
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Old 01-16-2014, 07:34 PM   #2
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Ride quality in my F150 was awesome for its capability. And, my DD/ tower was a 5.4, I had a 6.2 for work. That thing was a powerhouse and as solid as a rock, but it really liked gas. That being said, ecoboost reports show only a marginal return u loaded depending on how much you like the turbo whistle, and while I have no experience other than reading forums with it- I wasn't willing to trade a bit better unloaded economy for a potential problem child. Had I gone back to the Fords, would have been a 6.2 F250 without a doubt. The ride was pretty good for a 3/4 ton IMO and the 6.2 has a lot more on tap than people give it credit for. Sometimes it gets a bad rap because it's not as technologically advanced. Heck, I chose a 5.4 over the eco for that very reason and was happy as a clam with it. Many of the oil companies here are using the 6.2 in their SD's for the lower maintenace costs, simplicity and good power. If those guys run them and they're reliable- it's a pretty sure bet it's a decent package.

For my money- the 250 with the 6.2. I think it will prove more than capable for you, and really you're getting more truck for the same money. Opens a few doors up
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Old 01-16-2014, 09:52 PM   #3
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2500 for sure . Lot more truck, I would bet the farm the towing experience would be far more stable too. Mpg wouldn't be the best though ....
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Old 01-17-2014, 06:12 AM   #4
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I should note that we are planning our fist long trip this year out to Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons so we wil be pulling through some pretty hefty mountains.

I have no doubt the F250 would be overall better than the F150, but as I mentioned our first trip last year with my existing F150 was great. Not a bit of sway and pulled at about 64 with 9 to 10 mpg on my 4.6l 3.73. I did get a lot of downshifting going up and down the rolling hills on I-75 in MI. That MPG of the 6.2 l scares me though (from what I've read on forums is about 13 mpg on the highway - not towing !!), so looking for solid reasons to swallow the overall poorer gas milage when not towing.

I did read the thread on this forum that Ford has a new intercooler for the ecoboost that supposedly solved the condensation problem that caused the shuddering and loss of power. They just announced a new ecoboost (2.7 l) at the detroit auto show to go along with the all aluminum bodied F150 (700 lbs lighter). I can't imagine they would launch another ecoboost if they were still having issues with the 3.5 l ecoboost. I can't wait until the 2015's come out though as I need one this summer.
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Old 01-17-2014, 07:11 AM   #5
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I did read the thread on this forum that Ford has a new intercooler for the ecoboost that supposedly solved the condensation problem that caused the shuddering and loss of power. They just announced a new ecoboost (2.7 l) at the detroit auto show to go along with the all aluminum bodied F150 (700 lbs lighter). I can't imagine they would launch another ecoboost if they were still having issues with the 3.5 l ecoboost. I can't wait until the 2015's come out though as I need one this summer.
They did come out with a new intercooler (CAC is what they call it). Unfortunately it does not solve the problem. I've read countless threads in the F150 forums of folks still shuddering out after the latest 'fix'. And these are forum members w/ many hundreds or in some cases a few 1000 posts so its not the fly by night crowd just making noise.
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They did come out with a new intercooler (CAC is what they call it). Unfortunately it does not solve the problem. I've read countless threads in the F150 forums of folks still shuddering out after the latest 'fix'. And these are forum members w/ many hundreds or in some cases a few 1000 posts so its not the fly by night crowd just making noise.
This^^. Were it my hard earned cash, right now I would avoid the eco. Thats just me though. For every 1 complaint you read there are thousands of happy owners, but in my opinion that same type of issue over and over is unsettling.
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Old 01-17-2014, 08:24 AM   #7
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How many empty miles do you put on the truck, and often do you tow? If you're empty most of the time, and towing once a month, I'd go with the F150. If you're towing every weekend, I'd go with the F250. Both trucks will do what you need - get you back and forth to work or errands, and pull your trailer. Get the one that best suits your needs for what you do MOST of the time.
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How about used Diesel? (if you can find a 6.7) The 6.7 would give you the mpg's for daily driving and better mpg towing.
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I've also heard a lot of complaints about the ecoboost engines becoming absolute fuel pigs when towing as well as the turbos screaming enough to drive you insane.

What you save when you aren't towing might not be worth the headaches in the long run.
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A good used Duramax, if you would be willing to look at the GM models, would give you around 11-12 mpg towing whatever weight you have and probably around 18-19 on the highway at reasonable speeds. Our newer one, 2012 GMC D/A combo crew cab short bed with 4WD will tow our FW and boat up over the mountains to Grand Teton and back and will give us around 12 mpg overall, including putting the boat into and taking it out of the lake numerous times as well as sightseeing around the park. We towed with a 2003 D/A combo as well and got similar mileage towing our FW and boats. I'm sure there are some good ones out there if a person was willing to look.
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