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98Prostar205
04-14-2014, 12:42 PM
I am in the market for a new tow rig. I am interested in the F-250. I currently have an F-150 and had a 2500HD before it. I miss the power/towing ability of the diesel. I want to stay with a Ford because it has so much more leg room for back seat passengers and I'm still a bit angry with GM after some issues I had with my last Chevy truck.

Anyway, I know ford came out with e new 6.7L diesel in 2011 and had the 6.4L previous to that. What are your recommendations/experiences with these 2 options?

Aric'sX15
04-14-2014, 12:55 PM
6.7 hands down over the 6.4. Ive spent a LOT of time in both trucks, towing a john deere 4320 tractor on a massive trailer. Load well north of 12k. The 6.7 averages well higher mpgs both towing and unloaded! Think that 6.7 averages around 16 mpgs mixed. (2012 lariat fx4) not downplaying the 6.4, as it is a powerhouse too. But all around the 6.7 has more power, and is a lot quieter.

milehigh970
04-16-2014, 03:23 AM
If rear leg room is a deciding factor nothing beats a cummins mega cab!!

curver900
04-16-2014, 09:54 AM
I would stay away from a 2011 unless it has all the issues fixed and you know the person they have lots of issues transmission flares, cold air intake mounted where snow plugs them (great for here in MN), intermittent leaks, go to www.thedieselstop.com/forums/ and look it up, there are allot of them as it was the first year of a new motor and tranny...

I have the 6.4L with 70k and no issues... but maintenance is the key... I would look to a 2012...

Dodge was bought out by the US government and went bankrupt again and was given to the Fiat and the UAW... ... and GM was also given a free ride, not that Ford hasn't taken some gov $$ but at least it wasn't 10B (what GM still owes) and Fiat ows 1.3B and is no longer headquartered in the US but in Italy.

And just because one manufacturer on one truck was a bust for you don't exclude them... remember they ALL have someone (manyone) who hate one brand or the other based on a past experience... Of course Ford pickups are still the best... let the flaming begin... :popcorn:

jschildm
04-16-2014, 11:07 AM
I haven't owned either of the above models, but know people that have. From what I have heard the 6.7s have been pretty reliable, with good power and efficiency, even with the emissions equipment in place (obviously there are some issues as mentioned above, and later models likely have some of those addressed). I have some friends with 6.4s and they have also been reliable and powerful. The drawback I see with those is fuel economy if they haven't been deleted.

Forrest-X45
04-16-2014, 06:38 PM
If you are sticking with ford I would look for a 6.7. Better power and seem to have less issues. Granted they all have issues, you just pick the make that you think has less. ;)

clrussell
04-16-2014, 08:20 PM
If you are sticking with ford I would look for a 6.7. Better power and seem to have less issues. Granted they all have issues, you just pick the make that you think has less. ;)

I'm worth Forrest, I've seen my share of 6.4s with problems. However they weren't stock or driven easily

Waterskibum
04-17-2014, 01:37 PM
I am a loyal GM guy; but I personally do not care for the new body style of the 2500HD's. Will not support Fiat by ever purchasing a Ram. Test drove my 11 F-250 and fell in love. Before lifting it I was getting 19-20 highway, and 15-16 city. Knock on wood, the only issue I had was the batteries died a few months ago, and had to be replaced.
Good friend has an 11 also with 135K miles on it and never had any issues. Neither does his girlfriend's 11 with 60K on it.

Hammer
04-17-2014, 01:51 PM
I have had the 7.3, 6.0, and the 6.7. The 6.7 is the most powerful, most refined, and quietest. I only had the 6.7 for a little over a year. No major problems. The shocks failed under warranty, that's about it. Mine was the dually and tires were bald at 30k. Only averaged 13-14mpg over the 30k. Sold it to free up some cash for other ventures. Will most likely go back to it in the future.

Jerseydave
04-17-2014, 10:42 PM
I have to ask, why diesel? Are you towing over 10K lbs. most of the time?
Logging over 35K miles/year?
You're going to need to add DEF fluid when needed and diesel fuel costs a lot more than regular gas too. Oh and you have to plug it in at night during cold winter weather.

Take a look at the F-150 Eco-boost..........I love mine. And I was a die-hard GM owner. 109455

76S&S
04-18-2014, 09:05 AM
6.7 or if you want an even older truck 7.3. I would stay away from the 6.0 and 6.4 for various reasons.

I have the 7.3 with 240k on it.