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Old 05-24-2011, 05:56 PM   #57
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yeah, I know it's a priming procedure. Would your wife automatically know about that if they ever ran the diesel completely dry, and then managed to get a few gallons into it somehow (good samaritan, walking to a gas station for a can, etc) ? They never had to do that when they ran out of gasoline...
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Old 05-24-2011, 06:50 PM   #58
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The 2011 Ford Diesel's have automatic priming now (I'm sure the others do also) and we spent a good hour going over all the relevant owner's manual sections on emergency's. My wife is a lot smarter than you're giving her credit for.
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Old 05-24-2011, 07:32 PM   #59
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That's good to hear. I have been living outside the USA for six years, and the diesels I am familiar with require you to raise the 'bonnet' and get greasy. I am looking at TVs and still flipping back and forth between gas and diesel. So you're saying she doesn't need to know about the fuel line air lock because it's automatic now. Great!

That's a good approach, though. I doubt I ever had to go over an owners manual with my wife for five minutes total in my life. That must be some manual to take an hour just for the emergency parts.
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Old 05-24-2011, 08:02 PM   #60
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The Diesel Supplement manual says;

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Do not run your diesel vehicle out of fuel as this will allow air to enter the fuel system which will make restarting difficult. Longer engine cranking time may be required once air is in the fuel system. If air enters the fuel system (either through running the fuel tank(s) empty or during a fuel filter change), the engine will self-purge the trapped air once it starts running. The engine may run roughly and produce white smoke while air is in the fuel system; this is normal and should stop after a short time.

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Turn the key on for 30 seconds, then turn off. Repeat the procedure six times.
Haven't had to test this yet. I'm usually the one that is lost, with a flat tire, out of fuel, or crashed and totaled the vehicle. I also know where the fuel pump automatic shut-off switch is in case of "substantial jolt".
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Old 05-25-2011, 06:22 AM   #61
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Did you see HHendrix comments on his new diesel, on another thread? Sounds like the voice of experience:


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OK, latest test. Route was Portland, OR I5 south to Grants Pass, then west on 199 to Crescent City, CA then north on 101 to Brookings, OR. A total of 594 miles averaging 70-75 mph on I5 then maybe average of 55 over to the coast thru the mountains. The truck now has 3200 miles on it. Average mpg was 19. I'm still a little confused about the mileage to empty calculator as it said I had 30 miles left but there was still 4.3 gallons left in the 37.5 gallon tank. Just a word of advice, don't run out of fuel. It's a major PIA. Took a very long time to purge air out of the system. If the mileage to empty calculator says 30 miles to empty, BELIEVE IT.
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Old 05-25-2011, 09:21 PM   #62
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I have the 2011 F350 turbo diesel and couldn't agree with you more - they are awesome trucks
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Old 05-26-2011, 06:35 AM   #63
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We rented a 2011 F350 with the new diesel in Houston to take our new AS home from the dealer. I was drag racing other trucks with it at red lights ( without the trailer). that thing will flat smoke the tires. And nobody beat the one I was driving at the red lights.
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Old 05-27-2011, 10:58 AM   #64
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Original Post Update

It has now been 13 months since I purchased our 2011 F250 SD deisel and posted the original thread here. Since we purchased the truck we traded our Flying Cloud 27FB for the newer Flying Cloud 30 (actually about 31FT).

After putting 12,000 miles on the truck (about 4,000 w/trailer), I can still report that this is one solid, fun to drive truck that I would highly recommend. The rock solid towing ability, combined with the quiet comfort (according to my wife).

Possessing such a large margin of reserve tow capacity was my intention from the beginning, and I've been totally pleased with our truck and it's ability. You'll have no issue with any mountain pass, however step the incline or decent, and no crosswind or semi-passing will require two hands on the wheel.

My only grip is that some day Ford will be able to develop a suspension system without the live jumpy axles for every day driving. There are a number of quality electronic smart systems that would recognize when you have a load or don't, to improve non-loaded ride quality. This may be the one area that the GM products excel with their independent suspension, but overall the Ford is still my first choice by a wide margin. Plus I just like the way it looks.

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PS: Mileage update: When I keep the rev's under 1,500 under acceleration, my mileage jumps from 13 or 14 to 15 to 16 without trailer around town. Towing, I'm now averaging about 12.9 MPG in warm weather which increases to about 14.4 in cooler climates. With a heavier foot I loose 20% when towing.

PPS: Has anyone added a 50 gallon fuel replacement tank?
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Old 05-27-2011, 12:07 PM   #65
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EpicCowLick has a few nice videos on things he's done to his SD, including adding the Titan Tank.

YouTube - ‪2011 Ford Super Duty Titan Fuel Tank Installation‬‏

He just posted a video of changing his fuel filters and the fuel priming procedure at the end.

YouTube - ‪Fuel Filter Change 2011 Ford 6.7L Super Duty‬‏

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Thanks for posting that "Titan Tank" install video - I really want one for my Short Bed F-350...
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A fine looking pair!

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I have had a 2001 PSD Ford. With 198,000 miles no problems. My 07 has 75,000 miles on her and no problems. What are these problems you hear?

Back to the OP, I have driven the 2011, and yes I want one. They are only offering me 24,000 trade on my 07 Lariat. Thats what I owe. I got her at 3.9% financing, so I'm paying huge on the principle now.Since the 2010 are still on the lots and they are knocking 15,000 off sticker, I understand why they are offering me so little.NADA says trade in should be around the 30,000 mark. Gonna have to wait till this winter, or buy a 2011 in 2012. I can wait. My truck is awesome. I just like NEW things.....


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Thank you.. But I upgraded to the 2011 f250. A lot more luxuries.
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Thank you.. But I upgraded to the 2011 f250. A lot more luxuries.
One of the best decisions i' made.

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Neither were/are silver or grey. The one in the pic above was tan..called Arizona beige. I like earth tones. On a side note i hate grey interior on a vehicle. Waay to many rent cars come that way.

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