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airdrew99
03-28-2007, 03:37 PM
I currently have a 95 F-150 with the 300cu I-6 and automatic transmission. I've been looking at some of the F-250 powerstrokes to pull my Prostar 190 with. I've driven a friends powerstroke with the six-speed manual and really like it. But I hesitate to get a manual for pulling the boat up the ramp. Can any powerstroke owners give me opinions on your own manual/automatic?

tones03
03-28-2007, 03:46 PM
I would get auto just for ease of use. They are tough transmissions, not as tough as an Allison, but still not bad. I know plenty of people taht have F250's and do mods and tow everything with no tranny problems.

Upper Michigan Prostar190
03-28-2007, 03:50 PM
Nice looking truck!:)

BrianM
03-28-2007, 04:14 PM
Go with the automatic. Much easier driving all around. That truck is going to have 0 problem with towing a 190.

Jkelly
03-28-2007, 04:22 PM
I currently have a 95 F-150 with the 300cu I-6 and automatic transmission. I've been looking at some of the F-250 powerstrokes to pull my Prostar 190 with. I've driven a friends powerstroke with the six-speed manual and really like it. But I hesitate to get a manual for pulling the boat up the ramp. Can any powerstroke owners give me opinions on your own manual/automatic?


It does not matter it is a personal perference. If you know how to start the truck, with a manual, rolling up hill and are comfortable with the Manual go for it.
I personally perfer Manuals. And have now problem pulling my 197 anyware

Workin' 4 Toys
03-28-2007, 04:59 PM
I put 80,000 on my 02 pstroke'd crew without an issue, auto trans towing regularly. I'd suggest auto. Manual up a ramp shouldn't be a big deal with 4x4 in low, You should practically be able dump the clutch and still pull it out.

G-man
03-28-2007, 05:11 PM
I had a bad experiance with an 06 powerstroke, now drive a duramax. A new shortblock at 15,000 miles should not be necessary, sorry I don't trust Ford. To answer your question it will pull the boat fine.

jimmer2880
03-28-2007, 06:50 PM
I had a 99 F250 Stroke with a 6-speed. I would keep the truck in 2 high. Put in Granny gear. Slowly start letting out the clutch while still on the brake. When the clutch was holding, I'd take my foot off of the brake & NEVER touch the gas. Did this with my 9,000 lb dock (was in 4wd then) and NEVER slipped 1 bit.

Personally, I'd go with the manual. You'll only use 3rd & 6th (assuming Granny is 1st) during regular driving. I've heard too many people with problems with the ford auto.

ctkiteboarding
03-28-2007, 08:36 PM
new fords are big trouble, id go dodge but the chevy is supposed to be ok,,
auto all the way, manuals trans are for heavy spec trucks ,, and now that i think about it many new heavy trucks are going auto as well,,

airdrew99
03-28-2007, 08:38 PM
Thanks for all the advice. I really appreciate it.

BriEOD
03-28-2007, 09:11 PM
sorry I don't trust Ford.
No disrespect intended George, but you are in the minority. According to Consumer Reports, the Ford F Series Truck is the #1 selling vehicle on the planet.

BriEOD
03-28-2007, 09:14 PM
I think that is overkill for pulling a 190. I have an 05' F-150 w/ 5.4L Trition, 4x4, automatic and I don't even know my boat is back there. Presently, I'm helping my father-in-law purchase an F-250. I purchased some pricing information and you are looking at a $10-15K increase betweent the 150 and 250. Just FYI. However, if money was no option, I'd have a 250.

airdrew99
03-28-2007, 10:20 PM
I think that is overkill for pulling a 190. I have an 05' F-150 w/ 5.4L Trition, 4x4, automatic and I don't even know my boat is back there. Presently, I'm helping my father-in-law purchase an F-250. I purchased some pricing information and you are looking at a $10-15K increase betweent the 150 and 250. Just FYI. However, if money was no option, I'd have a 250.
BriEOD, I agree with you when you say the F-250 is over kill. But the F-250 will hold it's value (just like the MasterCrafts). For me, it's knowing I have all that power.

JKTX21
03-28-2007, 11:15 PM
No one mentioned if you were driving the boat onto the trailer who was going to be driving your $45K truck? If it were me, I'd opt for the automatic. And I agree, you def. don't need a 250 to tow a 190, my 5.4 SUV tows the boat extremely well. (But Super Dutys are cool!)

Rallyspitman
03-29-2007, 07:38 AM
Overkill!!!! Not half, I've towed with my BMW E36 318is. Tows at 60 no problem, although it struggles a little on the hills and a bit of wheelspin. I now have an Audi A6 2.8 Quattro manual which is a bit better for the job. In the UK we have to make do with what we can get (and afford to pay the fuel bills for!)

flyingskibiker
03-29-2007, 02:15 PM
I put 80,000 on my 02 pstroke'd crew without an issue, auto trans towing regularly. I'd suggest auto. Manual up a ramp shouldn't be a big deal with 4x4 in low, You should practically be able dump the clutch and still pull it out.

impressive!!! in CA, the weight limit for big rigs is 80,000 lbs... :D type-o, right? 8p

anyway, just concider your total weight w/ gas, gear, and people in both vehicles and go from there. i would say most pickups can handle towing your boat. it's just a matter of fudge factor.

Workin' 4 Toys
03-30-2007, 08:41 AM
impressive!!! in CA, the weight limit for big rigs is 80,000 lbs... :D type-o, right? 8p

anyway, just concider your total weight w/ gas, gear, and people in both vehicles and go from there. i would say most pickups can handle towing your boat. it's just a matter of fudge factor.
Read it again....Miles....Sorry I wasn't specific enough.

Workin' 4 Toys
03-30-2007, 08:47 AM
I think that is overkill for pulling a 190. I have an 05' F-150 w/ 5.4L Trition, 4x4, automatic and I don't even know my boat is back there. Presently, I'm helping my father-in-law purchase an F-250. I purchased some pricing information and you are looking at a $10-15K increase betweent the 150 and 250. Just FYI. However, if money was no option, I'd have a 250.
I think in another year or so, I will be challenged with this decision...150(gas/ethanol) or 250(Diesel)...Although my opinion may be altered slightly knowing by then I'll probably be paying $4-$5 a gallon for gas/ethanol and $5-$6 for diesel.....





(Maybe the Hydrogen F150 will be released by then:rolleyes: )