Re: Any f250 owners
I have an '06 Power Stroke. How new are you looking to go? Are you looking for gas or diesel? Mine rides really well as opposed to Chevy and Dodge 3/4 tons that I've been in, and actually rode better than my 04 Chevy 1500 did.
Do you haul a lot, and if so what kind of weight and what kind of distances. Diesel fuel in my area is around $4.05 a gallon. That is also something to take into consideration.
Overall, you will get much better fuel economy and an engine that will last longer, but going diesel, your parts are more expensive, and for an oil change, it is 15 quarts of oil, and something around $20 for a filter. I run the 15-40 Motorcraft oil and Motorcraft filter and it runs me around $80 for an oil change. Fuel filters are recommended to be changed every other oil change, and that runs you about $50 for the primary and secondary filter.
As far as diesel goes, your options are the 7.3 (made from 94-03), the 6.0 (03.5-07), the 6.4 (08-10), and the 6.7 (11-present).
The 7.3 is very reliable and relatively low maintenance, but doesn't have the power of the newer trucks, and not near as good of fuel economy.
Despite the 6.0's bad reputation, it honestly isn't that bad at all. To be safe, don't run a performance tuner without head studs. My truck is stock as far as performance goes. I have an EGR delete and a 4 inch turbo back straight piped exhaust, and they sound awesome!
A 6.4 is known for some issues, but you can make lots of power with them. For your best fuel economy, delete the DPF and run a turbo back exhaust. The only downfall with deleting the DPF is that you need a tuner with the capability to erase the whole DPF option from your computer in order for the truck to run. H&S, SCT, and Spartan are popular tuners for this, but very, very expensive.
The previous three engines I mentioned are International engines, but the 6.7 is the first in-house Ford engines. So far, the reviews on it are very positive. The 2011 model is the only one where you don't need DEF (Diesel Exhaust Fluid). That's an emission thing that sprays it in the exhaust for it to burn cleaner. Those trucks cannot run without DEF. If you were to run out of it, I've read that it will not allow you to go more than 5MPH until you add more.
My brother had an '03 F250 with the v10, and to be honest, the fuel economy wasn't that bad. It towed everything he needed it to tow, but he sold it because he kept having electrical issues, and also had a spark plug that blew out on him (common issues on the 5.4's and v10's).
All in all, I actually love my diesel and really cannot see myself going back to gas unless the price of diesel becomes even more outrageous than it already is. Sure it is more expensive to maintain, but you will have an engine that will last twice as long and get much better power and fuel economy. Think of your needs that you have for it and make your decision based upon that because in the end, you will be the one paying for it.
Hopefully this helped you a little bit, and any questions you have at all, don't hesitate to ask.
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