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Old 07-25-2010, 06:56 PM   #15
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For those out there that are looking for a replacement... maybe on the "cheap" (over time)...

I purchased a 2003 F-250 7.3 Turbo Diesel... the cross over year for engines. I couldn't be more pleased. If you find a low mileage version, regardless of model year (assuming proper maintenance), that engine will carry you through. Bullet proof, and when pulling the AS, not too bad, ~16 mpg.

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Old 07-25-2010, 07:14 PM   #16
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I think you will be pleased with the v-10 as a tow vehicle. My dad has a 99 F-250 and now a 04 F-350 SRW, both with the v-10. He has been to Alaska, the East coast a couple of times and all over the western us with both trucks. They have performed FLAWLESSLY for him. Good luck on the drive out here next month to pick up you stream. It will still be plenty hot for you!

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Old 08-04-2010, 09:17 AM   #17
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I have been towing my 28' Safari for 3 summers with a GMC Sierra 2500HD SLT. Duramax/Allison crew cab. This engine combo is awesome and towing stability is superb. I will only tow with diesel from now on. However, the build quality of the cab is weak. The upscale interior is beautiful, but some GM parts are poor. ( I replaced a power door lock motor and the dealer says they get one a day in for that). I have a couple of rattles and creaks that they can't fix; in addition to buzzes from the platic panels. I believe they are generic to the design and parts sourcing. Because of these and other troubles I am selling it! I tested the new F250 Ford with the Ford built 6.7 diesel and I am sold on this. This truck engine is so quiet and refined that it re-defines the segment. The cab build quality seems excellent. One thing to keep in mind about the Urea injection that Ford and GM use for 2011 is that this provides the ability to increase power and mileage in the diesel. My 2008 GMC has 660 ft/lbs. of torque and it increase to 765 in 2011 in part because of the Urea injection! On top of that, the mileage increase about 15%. This is a win-win. The Urea tank is topped of at 7,500 miles or so. A minor issue, in my opinion. I would love to hear from other GMC/Chevy owners of the 2007- trucks about the build quality. But, I don't think my observations are unique. Ron
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Old 08-04-2010, 10:57 AM   #18
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My new 2011 F250 FWD Lariat SuperCab long bed 6.7 Diesel will be here in 3 weeks. I have a 2011 F350 FWD Lariat SuperCab long bed 7.3 Diesel now and it has been a great truck. Still the new all Ford is an awesome truck. I can't wait. First rallye will be to the Albuquerque Balloon Festival in October with our 2009 27' FB Flying Cloud.

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