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Old 07-15-2012, 03:22 PM   #11
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Mine. Really. If you can get a low mileage 7.3 Powerstroke it's the best, most bullet proof diesel light truck engine ever built. And while a good one brings a premium for an older vehicle, you'll save a whole, huge amount of money! And while the newer engines from all three makers have a lot more power, most don't have a lot of history behind them. Ford is on its third redo since dropping the 7.3 so I'd be wary of the 6.7, seeing as how their 6.0 and 6.4 engines were such failures. Hate to say that because I've been a Ford fan for years.

Don't know much about Chevy's engine. I will say that where we live, diesel pickups are as common as Beemer in LaLa land, but very few of them are GM types. But if I was looking for a new one today, I'd look real hard at one.

Lots of Dodges here, so I drove a 3500 a few months ago. Riding in the cab reminded me of the difference between my '87 Bronco, noisy and cheap inside, and newer Expeditions. But the engine and transmission were impressive for a short drive. And they are known to be darn good engines. You see one on the side of the road every now and then, having fallen out of its rusted compartment.

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Old 07-15-2012, 05:20 PM   #12
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Drive them all and go to the diesel truck forums and make an educated decision based on what is important to you.

Early GM trucks had over heating problems--- - - - - - -like 10 or 12 years ago.

Ford had engine, turbo, tranny problems- - - - - - - - - - just a few years ago.

Dodge had a weak transmission -- - - - - - - - - - - - - - two transmission models and 9 years ago.

Last time I checked it is now 2012 and they all work well. Unfortunately, some people are still stuck in the past.

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Old 07-15-2012, 06:09 PM   #13
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just bought a 2012 f250 3 months ago. i love it so far. i did my home work and got the dealer to find me a xlt with only the options i wanted.
4wd,center console, 4 door, rear back up camera.
got for 10k off sticker with rebates.

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Old 07-15-2012, 09:23 PM   #14
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We just bought a 2002 ford excursion with the 7.3 diesel. This is my first diesel and I love it! I know the duramax is a good motor too.
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Old 07-16-2012, 04:37 AM   #15
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Not in Arizona. lol

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Old 07-16-2012, 07:29 AM   #16
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GM Duramax.. tried tested and PROVEN..
Ford keeps reinventing the engine every few years...
Dodge the Cummins is a great engine too bad it comes in a Dodge.. :hihi:
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Old 07-16-2012, 10:44 AM   #17
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2500 duramax, two years away and counting....
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Old 07-16-2012, 10:10 PM   #18
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In Nov I bought my parents 2005 5.9 CTD 6 speed manual. Has a bit over 100k on it now and running strong. No issues in its life beyond general maintenance. There is a leak in the hydrolic break booster that I'll have to fix soon - couple hundred bucks as far as I can tell.

I'm happy - pulls like a mother and is pre-bad-to-diesel-emissions stuff...

~15 MPG around town
~19 MPG highway at 70mph
~13 MPG towing @ 65mph

Or at least that is seems to the be the case if I ignore the computer and measure myself.....

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Old 07-18-2012, 02:45 AM   #19
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I'd say get which ever brand catches your fancy. Check it out well, do some research and don't look back. I myself have an 03 F350 with the 6.0.

We recently had a family outing. Of course the 3 major brands were there. One with a dodge was worried about overheating, the GMC was worried about tranny temps. There is a rather long hill approx 7 km/ a little under 5 miles I guess. It starts at an 8% grade and continues with 7%, 8% and the upper portion is 8.5%. I pulled pretty close to 10.000 lbs up that hill without a care in the world. I would love a newer truck but can't find any good reason to replace the one I have. It's a beast.

Ok enough for my Ford plug. Look around and get what you like. I'm sure you probably have a preference in the back of your mind.

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