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Old 03-12-2009, 07:42 AM   #1
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Bought F-350 w/3 days of warranty!!!

I bought a used truck yesterday. Seems fine. It's a 2006 F-350 V10 FX4 and it's warranty expires in 3 days.

Although it seems pretty much fine to me, I'm unfamiliar with such things. It's possible something that I could have fixed on warranty for free is wrong with it, but I don't know how to find it.

What would you do?
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Old 03-12-2009, 07:47 AM   #2
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I bought a used truck yesterday. Seems fine. It's a 2006 F-350 V10 FX4 and it's warranty expires in 3 days.

Although it seems pretty much fine to me, I'm unfamiliar with such things. It's possible something that I could have fixed on warranty for free is wrong with it, but I don't know how to find it.

What would you do?
I'd go drive it A LOT today to see if I could find anything wrong....no kidding!
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Old 03-12-2009, 07:53 AM   #3
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I checked the things I know how to check - lights, radio, seat operation - not the big ticket items. I just wouldn't know if there's a problem w/the drivetrain or not. I don't know what to look for.

One thing I know is that between 53 and 56 MPH it shakes. Sounds like a non-covered wheel balance issue, but could it be something else?
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Old 03-12-2009, 08:24 AM   #4
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I would certainly spend a few $ and take it to a non related mechanic aqnd have it checked very well.
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Old 03-12-2009, 08:32 AM   #5
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Old 03-12-2009, 09:43 AM   #6
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Go to a Ford forum and ask what the trouble things are with that model. You should get a quick answer. Or, stop by a Ford dealership and talk to a service adviser, they know what problems people have on certain models. Doing waranty work is something they get paid for by Ford so they should tell you and be glad to check it out to get a potential new customer.
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I agree with WillyD. If you are not an above average owner/driver with good mechanical abilities, I wouldn't trust myself to catch a problem. The shaking you mention could be as simple as a tire balance. It could also be a very major item. Although I don't want to jump on you after the fact, for the sake of others who may read this, don't invest tens of thousands of dollars in a vehicle until you have it thoroughly gone over by a trusted pro. A couple of hundred spent on a complete inspection might save years of grief! This is especially important when considering a diesel whose injector pump and injectors could top six or seven thousand dollars.

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Old 03-12-2009, 09:57 AM   #8
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Drive to the Ford dealer and tell them you just bought the truck.. i bet they are running a free multipoint inspection as everyone is these days.. (deception for upselling work) Most of their techs are going home by noon in this current economy and would be happy to notice something under warranty for you. They are not allowed by the manufacture to upsell warranty but you could suggest that they take care of any open recalls or campaigns or (known issue's) that they might come across. Tell them that you are going to be a regular customer and do all your servicing with them. They wont want to have the conversation that goes like this on your next visit.. Mr. Service Mgr, My truck was just in here two weeks ago and you told me everything was ok and now your telling me the transmission is going out? Why didnt you address while it was in warranty??

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If you are unsure and not capable of doing your own repairs Id opted for an extended warranty. I think Ford may offer such a plan for a fee and there a lots of co's out there that are selling extended warranties. I get the ads every week.
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Old 03-12-2009, 10:22 AM   #10
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When you go to the Ford dealer, ask them how much the factory extended warranty is. It'll probably cost you a thousand dollars, but if the transmission goes South next week, it will cost 3 times that amount to repair. Not saying it will, just reminding you that Murphy is alive and well. If you don't get the warranty, that may well happen, if you do, you will probably have many years' trouble-free use from the truck.
I wouldn't get the aftermarket extended warranties if I had a choice, they can be more trouble than they are worth in many cases.

Also, some Triton V 10 engines had an issue with piston galling, this was fixed after the second or third years' production, but the chance of this happening with any of them is greatly reduced by using synthetic lube oil in the proper SAE rating.
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Old 03-12-2009, 10:59 AM   #11
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On an unrelated note, I would strongly suggest that you get yourself one of these towing if you tow that pretty new Airstream with a 1 tonner:

Receiver Air Hitches

Back to your question, lots of great info here. My favorite is to go onto the Ford forums and see what they say and also check with your local dealer to see what an extended might run ya.
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Old 03-12-2009, 11:06 AM   #12
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  • I have had several Ford trucks. All of the late model ones I had suffered from transmission problems....right at the time that the warranty ran out. (I went to Duramax/allison a couple years ago and no problem yet.) Have a dealer check the tranny for you.
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When you go to the Ford dealer, ask them how much the factory extended warranty is. It'll probably cost you a thousand dollars...
Make that two thousand -

I was looking for the same warranty when I purchased the Excursion - shop several dealerships for the warranty - I found a huge price differential for the same warranty - from $1700 to $2600. The less expensive policies came from shops who apparently wrote a lot of insurance, and also knew much more about it. Ford Truck Forums Ford Truck Enthusiasts Forums - Ford truck and SUV owners and enthusiasts Community And Information Source. was a good source of info for me.

IIRC, the 2 grand got you out to four more years or 100,000 miles, whichever came first. The better dealerships would write the adder even if the time since initial purchase was slightly over the 36 month max.

Most of the mechanics I talked to in researching the purchase volunteered that the 6.8 liter V-10 was fairly bullet-proof - some blown spark plugs the first year or so of production, but no real problems after Ford increased the thread area on the plugs (2002?). Most owners have stated pulling and performance on par with the 6.0 liter Diesel, but without the clatter, fumes, and black oil associated with a diesel - and you don't have an expensive turbo to worry about.

If your trucks mileage is low enough to take advantage of the 4 year coverage I would think that the Ford Extended Warranty would be very attractive. I am pretty sure it is almost "bumper to bumper" (covers things like alternators and starters) and , again, IIRC, the non-covered portion of each event (deductable) is 50 or 100 bucks.
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I bought a used truck yesterday. Seems fine. It's a 2006 F-350 V10 FX4 and it's warranty expires in 3 days....
What would you do?
If you are only going to tow the airstream, and never (or very seldom) really load the bed, I would suggest changing the rear (also maybe the front) springs - Ford's spring setups are surprisingly universal (4 X 4 only - non FWD's had coils on the front) on the F-250+ and Excursion series. B, C, P, X, and W springs are some of the options - and Ford also has a variety of front and rear block heights to keep the thing level.

The Excursion has a really soft spring both front and rear to compete with the Suburban suspension - most of the load on my Ex is almost totally supported by the primary (soft) spring - both front and rear.

A 350 ride does not have to be harsh as long as you are willing to compromise some of the load carrying capability for a softer suspension.
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