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Old 02-11-2014, 09:59 PM   #1
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might be time for a new TV

So my F250 is in the shop for the umpteenth time. It's a 2009 F250 with the 6.4L PSD. We bought it used in 2012 with 32000 miles on it. While I love towing with it and enjoy driving it most of the time, I'm tired of the issues. To date it still has several mystery issues that can't be diagnosed. It smokes really bad in regen phase on cold wet weather as well as gives me frequent regens in the winter. This has been looked at in 3 different dealerships and am unable to determine a cause or a cure. It shifts rough, will occasionally have a brief loss of power at speed and sometimes have a roar when idling or at low speeds. 2 dealerships have been unable to establish what is going on because the temperamental thing will only do it for us and not the dealership.

Today, I took it in for hesitation when starting and yearly inspection. Not good. Not only do both batteries need replacing but the rear axle seal (or something along those lines) is leaking and there is an engine oil leak. Surprise, can't find the source of the engine oil leak so now we get to put dye in the oil, drive for at least 1 week and then bring it back. The rear seal is covered under my extended warranty and they believe the oil leak will be as well but can't be 100% sure until cause is determined. So glad I went with the extended warranty on this one.

The auto show is in Raleigh this weekend, guess I'll head up there and check out the new 3/4 and 1 ton gassers. I'm gonna miss my diesel but for towing approx 10 trips a year I can't really justify the expense of going diesel again. Those of you that tow heavier 5ers (11000 lb dry range), how has the Silverado or ram gassers handled the hills? I'm a little burned out on ford right now.

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Old 02-11-2014, 10:29 PM   #2
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I would look hard at the the new Ram with the 6.4L Hemi.
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Old 02-12-2014, 06:37 AM   #3
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Hate to hear that about anyone's car troubles and especially your 250.... but it does sound like it's time ! The new ones are light years ahead of those even 3 years ago - this 6.7 350 is a hoot to tow with ! Do I recognize that username from ford-truck.com? been there a while myself - they can offer some guidance.

BUT, with all due respect ,
it was a used vehicle that could have been treated horribly with maybe no maintenance and think it's past being ford's fault

Personally, I would blame the previous owner... and the fact that the dealers can't fix it is also not ford's fault - I've run into some horrible dealers (right now it's an rv dealer ) but when I found the ford dealer with the heavy truck shop, I was golden !!! They treated my 'lil' Excursions as a coffee break after the big ones they work on !

(Oh yeah, have not had either the 2012 250 or 2013 350 back to the shop for anything other than oil changes - both were flawless !)

good luck !
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Old 02-12-2014, 08:59 AM   #4
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Sorry to hear about your trouble with your truck. Glad to hear you got the extended warranty though.
I see your point about getting gas instead of diesel. I understand the GMC 6.0 liter is plenty powerful, but not sure if the Allison is available with it.
Anyhow I hope you get everything straightened out.
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Old 02-12-2014, 11:33 AM   #5
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Sorry to hear about your problems with your truck.

In regards to your question about the Dodge or GM gas motors. I have heard from a few friends in the auto industry that the new HEMI is a beast. I have never driven one though, or came across anyone that has towed with one yet, so I am not able to provide more knowledge than that.

I can tell you about the GM 6.0L engine though. I have a 2007 Silverado 2500HD with the 6.0L engine. At the time I bought, I could not justify spending the extra money on the Duramax. Especially considering I only put about 3,000 to 4,000 miles on my truck a year. It would have taken me 15 to 20 years in order to see the savings because of the higher MPG's.

I am a weekend camper and we do one long trip each year up the UP of Michigan. For me to get to the campground in the UP, it takes me about 5.5 hours from my house. Both years we have done this, my truck has averaged about 9 to 9.5mpg while pulling this distance. I don't pull a 5er, but I pull a 9000lb travel trailer when she is all loaded up.

All I can tell you is that my truck does great! It isn't going to set any land speed records, and won't keep up with the diesels going up hills, but that doesn't matter to me. All I am looking for, is to get to the campground safely and in one piece. If it takes me an extra 10 minutes because I slow down slightly on hills, who cares. Now, if we start doing more traveling to other states that have a much more agressive terrain (mountains, etc), I may think about going to a diesel. But for the terrain I have here in Wisconsin, my gas motor takes care of the job just fine.

I can't say one bad thing about my truck.
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I understand, I feel the same way
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What do you have for a transmission in your Silverado, and does it have the tow mode ???
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Old 02-12-2014, 01:10 PM   #8
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What do you have for a transmission in your Silverado, and does it have the tow mode ???
Being the gas motor, I don't have an Allison. I just have the 6-speed automatic transmission. It really pulls the trailer well. I just put the tow-haul mode on and go. I usually go about 60mph when pulling and I have never had a problem.
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Being the gas motor, I don't have an Allison. I just have the 6-speed automatic transmission. It really pulls the trailer well. I just put the tow-haul mode on and go. I usually go about 60mph when pulling and I have never had a problem.
I have heard the new six speeds are great for towing.
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Old 02-12-2014, 02:35 PM   #10
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Another nice feature on my truck is what I call the "engine brake" (not sure of the official name) that is installed. I can only assume this is factory, but when I am headed down hill and applying brakes, my truck will automatically shift and shoot the RPM's up, helping me slow down. Just like an exhaust brake would in a diesel pickup. It is very nice and has helped me slow down and come to safe stop on a couple occasions where I was getting a little nervous.
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