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Old 11-08-2006, 09:03 AM   #29
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on a similiar note, do most PSD owners tow with the overdrive off? Or just while in traffic? I have heard that turning it off spare the heat related trans issues.
With are 97 PSD, I have towed every mile in overdrive. Come to think of it, make that every mile its been driven. Ours currently has 84,000 on the clock, original auto trans, original brakes, and have had only the mechanical vacuum pump replaced thus far. Ours has been modified for years, improved chip, exhaust, and intake. No inter cooler for this year, but haven't seen a need to add one. Basically its how you drive and maintain these trucks thats keeps them rolling. I know I'm the exception here, Ford's are know for front brake issues and the 4 spd. automatic this year of production is a weak link. Jeff
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Old 11-08-2006, 11:07 AM   #30
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on a similiar note, do most PSD owners tow with the overdrive off? Or just while in traffic? I have heard that turning it off spare the heat related trans issues.
Overdrive on. There was (still is?) a Ford transmission engineer on TheDieselStop and RV.net or iRV2 forums who stated it was okay to do so on the 4R100 and 5R110 transmissions. I do punch OD off if it downshifts on a hill, and leave it off until I see what's on the other side.
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Old 11-08-2006, 11:12 AM   #31
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So just what was wrong with the engine?
an inquiring new 06 250 PS owner wants to know.
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Old 11-08-2006, 11:19 AM   #32
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I just purchased a F-250 6.0L diesel long bed, extended cab for $5,000 less than an 07. See my thread on "Little adventure into a big one" for the reason. So far I am very happy.
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Old 11-08-2006, 11:21 AM   #33
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I got my PSD with 198k on it. It looks good, and runs well, but I have had a few issues with the trans, one after a long tow where it poured out a quart or more of fluid, seems that was not unusual but scared the crap out of me as i expected the trans was shot. It was hot but did not burn the fluid. It shifts a bit hard when cold, so I baby it until it warms up. I am going to replace the thermostat and coolant shortly.
It seems like a great truck but after driving a newer F150 with a 5.4 I am probably going to make a change here at some point.
Also just an aside, I have been running B20 and B100 bio diesel in it, and it really runs quieter and smoother on that stuff.
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I am on my 3rd F250 6.0L. Ford gave up on trying to fix the other 2 and replaced them. They were 2003's. The one I have now is a 2005. It, along with the other 2 have had continuing oil leak issues. The 05 has 37000 miles on it and has been in 4 times for repairs. The first time was 13000 miles. If I had my way I'd stay away from any 6.0L. Either find a good 7.3 or wait for the new 6.4 which should be on dealer lots in January 2007.

If you decide on a used vehicle ask for the Oasis report. It will give you a history of any work that a Ford garage has done on the vehicle. 6.0's that are used and 2 years old or newer could be buy backs that Ford had repair issues with. In any case the the Oasis report is very useful.
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Old 11-08-2006, 02:51 PM   #35
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I bought a new '06 4X4 PSD because of the 100,000 mi. warranty and because from all sources I could find nearly all engine problems had been worked out by '05 and the remainder were fixed by '06. So I got a new truck with a great warranty for much less than an '07. Good luck in whatever you do.
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Old 11-08-2006, 05:16 PM   #36
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Okay, I have seen TONS of opinions on Ford vs Dodge vs Chevy-GMC. This question is for you FORD guys/gals out there in "Trailer Tow Land" - Which used MODEL YEAR F250 Power Stroke Turbo Diesel is the best one to have and why? I'm looking at a late model 2000-2006 pickup for purchase. I've been doing some research at NHTSA web site for recall and defect info and I have a year in mind, but I don't want to reveal until I hear from the more experienced diesel drivers out there to either confirm my suspicions or refute them. I will be pulling a 1996 25' Excella. My preference is a crew cab.
I've owned 3 different Power Stoke powered Super Duty Fords, an 01 F350, an 02 F350, and currently own an 05 F250. Both F350s had the 7.3 with a 6-speed manual. Great combination but a pain to drive in heavy traffic.

My F250 has the 6.0 and a 5-speed automatic. I have put over 30,000 trouble free miles on this truck in 21 months, nearly 10,000 of that towing my 30' Excella. This is my 2nd crewcab and the best overall truck of the 3 I've owned. Plenty of power and gets decent mileage.

Avoid the 03 6.0s at all costs. Don't know about the 04s but based on my experience I'd get an 05 or newer.
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Old 11-08-2006, 06:25 PM   #37
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I too purchased a 2006 F250 PSD CC when the 2007's were coming out. Got a great deal on it and I absoutely love the truck. 100,000 mile engine warranty, and tow command system. Tows my Airstream like a dream. I don't know if anybody has posted this link before but here it is. The Ford Truck Enthsiasts (FTE)forum is a wealth of information and is set up similar to this Airstream Forum.
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I have a 1997 7.3 California model with splitshot injectors. Mine has been modified with a chip, intercooler and a few other performance items. It has been very dependable.

There has been an ongoing debate about the 6.0. For more than you ever wanted to know, you can visit http://forums.thedieselstop.com/

Seems like a clean, low mileage 7.3 would be hard to beat as a tow rig.
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Old 11-08-2006, 07:58 PM   #39
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I have had a 2001 F250, 7.3 for about a year now and it's great. It had about 33K on it when I bought it and I got the extended warrantee, since they tell me that diesels are costly to repair if something goes bad. I have only added about 6 thousand miles so it is still in the break-in stages. Pulls the Sovereign like its a feather. Think I will keep it.
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Quote: If you decide on a used vehicle ask for the Oasis report. It will give you a history of any work that a Ford garage has done on the vehicle. 6.0's that are used and 2 years old or newer could be buy backs that Ford had repair issues with. In any case the the Oasis report is very useful.[/quote]

Hi, getting an Oasis is a great idea for open recalls and warranty repair records. These come from Ford Motor Company and do not have any customer paid records. The Ford dealer, where serviced, will have the customer paid records.

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Old 11-09-2006, 06:52 AM   #41
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Not being an automatic owner but knowing a little about alot. My under standing is when towing you should have the overdrive off, even when not towing if in town it should also be off. One thing that is of help with folks that have automatics, a transmition temp guage is highly recomended. The last thing you would want to do is over heat your trans.

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So when do you use overdrive - on highway, not towing perhaps?
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I am on my 3rd F250 6.0L. Ford gave up on trying to fix the other 2 and replaced them. They were 2003's. The one I have now is a 2005. It, along with the other 2 have had continuing oil leak issues. The 05 has 37000 miles on it and has been in 4 times for repairs. The first time was 13000 miles. If I had my way I'd stay away from any 6.0L. Either find a good 7.3 or wait for the new 6.4 which should be on dealer lots in January 2007.

If you decide on a used vehicle ask for the Oasis report. It will give you a history of any work that a Ford garage has done on the vehicle. 6.0's that are used and 2 years old or newer could be buy backs that Ford had repair issues with. In any case the the Oasis report is very useful.
Never even knew it existed (Oasis Report). I have a used 06 in mind as a possibility. Will ask the dealer about this report. Thanks for the info.
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