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'08-'10 Ford Superduties- considering going to the dark side...

Discussion in 'Ford Trucks' started by mkwl, Mar 7, 2010.

  1. mkwl

    mkwl 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,361

    Well, I'm thinking about going over to the darkside and buying a new/slightly used F250 or F350. I'm wondering which engine you guys recommend, as well as known issues with them. I'm looking for a RC/LB 4x4, and am looking to spend less than $38K. Any thoughts on the V10? 6.4L Powerstroke? 5.4L V8? How's the Torqshift trans? I'm a GM guy so please enlighten me...

    It will be a daily driver, as well as towing trailers up to 13,000LBS or so 1-2x/week locally. Will also be used to tow a 3K trailer daily in the summer, and plowing drives in the winter.

    Thanks,
    Matt
     
  2. rob_cook2001

    rob_cook2001 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,181

    We have 2 09's and love them. (6.4 diesels) I would not even consider a 5.4, we have had them and they are very under powered. The v10's do ok but the 6.4 is leaps and bounds above them. With a few modifications our 09 RC F-350 gets right at 18mpg. The TQ shift is a great transmission. Crisp fast shifts and reliable, pretty reasonable if you ever have to rebuild it. I just wish I would have ordered a 2010 reg cab dually before the 2011's came out :{
    Robert
    p.s. how does your 6.0 run? I have a friend who is looking at buying one because he hates the smell of diesels lol
     
  3. KJ Cramer

    KJ Cramer Senior Member
    Messages: 481

    What modifications did you do, or did you yank the dpf off and tune?
     
  4. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    If your going over to a Ford then you only need a F150 to do the same work as a Chevy 2500!:)
     
  5. chasity2682

    chasity2682 Member
    from canada
    Messages: 76

    I have the 2010 V10 F350 and I can tell you the power is crazy I pull a Tandem trailer that weighs 2000 LBS with my mini backhoe that is almost 4000lbs with attatchments and you would never even know you had something on the hitch. The down fall is it cost me 100$ to fill the tank and I onlg make it about 380 KM, you can pretty much pass anything but a gas station. I picked up my truck for 38k plus tax and that was a build to spec XL model. If i were you though I would wait for the 2011. The new V8 Comes with more HP than my V10 :realmad: but it has a little less lbs torque. if you are using it for an everyday drive i wouldn't touch the V10 unless you got lots of Gas cards for Xmas
     
  6. Newdude

    Newdude Senior Member
    Messages: 878

    Yes...I am a GM guy...and I will be as non-biased as possible...if you really want to duke it out, wait untill the 2011 trucks come out this summer, and then compare and contrast the two if you are considering new, whether it be gas or diesel.
     
    Last edited: Mar 7, 2010
  7. silvetouch

    silvetouch Senior Member
    Messages: 336

    I have a 2008 F250 and just took it in to the dealer to get both exhaust manifold replaced.
     
  8. mkwl

    mkwl 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,361

    Which engine?
     
  9. mkwl

    mkwl 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,361

    I'm a GM guy too (obviously)... but looking at the new 2011 GM's, I'm not that overly impressed. I see that the DMax will have the new emissions item- more $$$, the chassis still retains the front torsion bars, and the same lower ride height. I also haven't exactly had the best luck with my '03 (have spent about $8-9K on it over the past 3 years in repairs- new front end, numerous leaks, e-brake, brakes, CEL issue, etc)... so I'm thinking of giving a Ford a shot- drove one over the summer with the PSD, and I've gotta say- the thing had some serious power!
     
  10. mkwl

    mkwl 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,361

    Let me ask this- who has more than 60K on a 6.4L PSD? What kind of MPG are you seeing (stock- no mods)? How about the rest of the truck- known issues?

    I'm looking at a Used '08 F350 6.4L RC/LB SRW 4x4 XLT... 17K miles, asking $34,000 from a Ford dealer with the balance of the factory warranty.... thoughts? How are the '08's?

    Would the 6.0PSD or the 6.4PSD be a better engine?
     
  11. silvetouch

    silvetouch Senior Member
    Messages: 336

    5.4 v-8 .
     
  12. mkwl

    mkwl 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,361

    Interesting- this is a common issue on the GM 6.0L's as well... hmmm...
     
  13. silvetouch

    silvetouch Senior Member
    Messages: 336

    yeah, i also have an 02 F350 with the V10 and a 97 f350 with the 5.8 ; both have the same problem.
     
  14. mkwl

    mkwl 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,361

    Any other big issues with your Fords?

    How's the V10 for reliability... dare I ask what kind of mileage you see highway?
     
  15. silvetouch

    silvetouch Senior Member
    Messages: 336

    not too many issues...it doesn't really go on the highway...its pretty much, just a plow truck.
    It just have all new trans lines put in and the oil pan is going to need replacing shortly.
     
  16. rob_cook2001

    rob_cook2001 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,181

    Ditched the DPF/DOC and the muffler. Sct custom tuning and egr blockoff's. Will be installing S&B intakes in a week or so.
    Robert
     
  17. rob_cook2001

    rob_cook2001 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,181

    I have a friend with a 08, 120k miles with no issues.
    The 6.4PSD is a much better motor then the 6.0PSD
    Robert
     
  18. mkwl

    mkwl 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,361

    Any input on the 6.0 versus the 6.4 PSD?
     
  19. rob_cook2001

    rob_cook2001 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,181

    I just gave my opinion lol
     
  20. mkwl

    mkwl 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,361

    Ok- I'm looking at a '08 350 with the 6.4- It's my understanding '08 was the first year for the 6.4- any issues to look out for?