Keepaeyeonit wrote:I have a 01' F-350 flatbed with a 7.3l and a 6-speed 318,000 and still going strong ,its my daily driver to Cleveland 5 days a week putting 500/mi week averaging 16 mpg/10 to 11 while towing my 38' fifth wheel love the truck and the power but its 13 years old and rusting like a bitch so I just started looking to replace it in the spring but I'm having cold feet on this one.The new EPA regs as some of you have said is killing the durability of the diesel engine,I'm not sure I could handle big step back in torque or the lack of in a gasser because I do tow and haul with my truck and you do get use to having all that power it but the cost is a hell of a lot less and at $50,000+ its something I have to look at.I had a 5.9 Cummins before the Ford and It was a ok truck but not nearly as good as the Ford,I like the looks of the Ram but the rest of the truck freaks me out and my family has had nothing but bad luck with GM stuff(not knocking them but we just can't own anything from them without it being a big PITA but I think it's just us)so If I get something I'm still not sure what it will be or maybe I will keep driving this one for another year,who knows. Keepaeyeonit
PS. I had herd that the Ecoboost is having coolant/oil mixing and turbo issues but don't go to the bank with that info!
That's why if you have a pre-epa diesel, keep it rustproofed with an oil-based undercoating (about 3 gal. or you're not doing it right for the average ford superduty trucks) and then the only thing you'll have to worry about is routine maintenance. I have a folder I put cash in every month for each of my vehicles - each have their own savings account as well. If, at the end of the year I have too much cash built up I put in savings; during the year I schedule maintenance and repairs before they go bad. This doesn't mean that things don't pop up, but, when they do I have the cash on hand to fix them. It also means my 10 and 20+ year old (250,000-500,000 mile) diesel vehicles look, feel, and drive the way they came out of the factory.