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Old 04-20-2004, 06:35 PM   #15
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I just have to throw my two cents in here.

You'll love the Duramax / Allison!

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You will OUT-ACCELERATE any gasser pickup on the road with only a few exceptions.

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Old 04-20-2004, 07:40 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by Craftsman
Can anyone give me some opinions on the Ford 6.0L Power Stroke V8 Turbo Diesel and automatic transmission.
I can only say why I did not shop Ford when I looked for trucks a few months back. The reports I got from owners was not all that encouraging: poor fuel consumption, continuing problems with the automatic, and possibly more than their fair share of engine problems. Keep in mind, this is an entirely subjective, unscientific report. The experience above by caadoptees is MOST encouraging.

I don't know about your area, but here in southwest Mo., the Ford dealers are getting VERY agressive on their pricing, which might bear looking into.

Oh yes, I also bought a Chevrolet K2500 Duramax/Allison. It has been absolutely amazing in every respect. Pitty about the ugly headlamps, though.


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Old 04-20-2004, 08:00 PM   #17
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Originally Posted by 87MH
I'm sure that Dodge and GM have their respective Diesel Forums.
Of course. The Dodge/Cummins one is here:

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Old 04-20-2004, 08:46 PM   #18
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I have heard rumors that Cummins diesels may be available in brands other than Dodge in the near future, which would interest me.

From the outside looking in, it appears that it took GM and Ford ten years to force Cummins to improve their 5.9 diesel. That is a long time to sit with a design in nearly any product.

Maybe Toyota is a candidate. Now that would be one tough combination.
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Old 04-20-2004, 10:06 PM   #19
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Chuck, thanks for the link to the diesel page for Chevy. I just cannot believe I am soaking in all this truck info! In addition,Wingfoot, I agree. If right now Toyota had a strong diesel in their truck that would let it compete with the one we get tomorrow, I don't think we'd have looked anywhere else. Maybe in the near future, they will join the heftier truck line and lure us back. Until then, I have to say goodbye to my LC tomorrow and adopt the 2500 HD. With the input of this forum, Iwe should be better prepared.
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Old 04-20-2004, 10:14 PM   #20
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Where to get aux fuel filters

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I'll second the recommendation for an aux fuel filter. I have a Caterpillar filter mounted under the pickup bed.
Where did you get the Cat filter? Did you have it professionally installed?

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Old 04-21-2004, 12:07 AM   #21
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I have the 2002 GMC 2500HD Crew Cab Duramax/Allison.
When I got it home the wife asked how I liked it...I responded it was a "beast".
It tows the 31' Excella as though it was a pop-up....70-75 is easy at 11.5 mpg into a headwind, and I have done 90 mph once.

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Old 04-21-2004, 07:21 AM   #22
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Originally Posted by silverback
Where did you get the Cat filter? Did you have it professionally installed?

Do a search on this foruml that's where I located it. I think it is also on the diesel pages. I would answer more fully, but I am on the way to a rally and leave in 30 minutes. I just logged on this morning to tell the other moderators that I will be out of pocket.

I installed it myself. Takes a little drilling and a $5 tool to release the fuel lines.
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Old 04-21-2004, 08:22 AM   #23
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i heard that there were some problems with the 6.0 when it first was introduced, and i would expect that they have been "ironed out" by now....
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Mark's comment about the Chevy headlights gave me a chuckle! I'm just waiting for some aftermarket company to develop a casting that would fit the Chevys headlight recess and provide a different look.

As for the Duramax/Allison combination - as well as my dually - I can't say enough good! The dually may be a bit of an overkill - since I was originally looking at 5th wheel rigs - but it probably won't hurt in the "stability" area. The dually is great on the highway and on other good roads. It can be a bit stiffly sprung for rough roads. I don't have that much road time towing the 30' Excella yet - but I sure am looking forward to it!

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I also heard the 03 Ford had some issues that were later corrected. I just bougth a 1997 F250 long bed 7.3 diesel to tow my 'new to us' Sovereign.
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I also heard the 03 Ford had some issues that were later corrected. I just bougth a 1997 F250 long bed 7.3 diesel to tow my 'new to us' Sovereign.
You will be happy with this model powerstroke. Ours has been a wonderful truck. Even though this generation of truck is not inter cooled, they are very reliable. Ours has a few modifications, producing more than sufficent power and a steady 16.5 mpg. pulling our trailer on the interstate. Jeff
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Old 08-27-2006, 08:44 PM   #27
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We just traded our 00 Suburban for an 06 Dodge 2500 Quad Cab with the Cummins diesel. I couldn't be happier. I have been a GM person all my adult life and have never looked at another brand until just recently. We are still in the break-in period and have not towed our 26 foot Argosy yet. Right now we are seeing 21-23 mpg without the trailer.

We talked to a lot of trailer pullers before we made the jump. Everyone liked their diesels whether it is a Dodge, Ford, or Chevy and would purchase another one just like it. With few exceptions, most of them told me not to turn my nose up at a Dodge with Cummins diesel.

As mentioned earlier by another member, be aware of where you purchase your diesel. Even when I purchase just regular ole gasoline I always go to a name brand high volume station.

We were very happy with our Suburban and it did the job very nicely. Really, I got a diesel just because I wanted one.
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Old 08-27-2006, 10:28 PM   #28
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Diesel pickups

Hi, [Not a Diesel fan here] All of these Diesels are very well built. As for Ford, the 7.3 L is a time tested tough engine. But the 6.0 L is very powerful and you can feel the difference when you drive one. [much faster than the 7.3 L] Although it has had some minor problems mostly computer related. I think they got it all ironed out; Great, now you are ready to start produceing the next Ford Diesel 6.4 L.
like I said, I'm not a diesel fan, but with Chevy, Dodge, and Ford You diesel people should be happy with your choice.
Many times, such as now, when talking about Diesels, I hear the word GASOLINE. Be very careful, one accidently, Diesel tank filled with Gasoline will not only stop your engine, but will kill it dead. Trust me, I have seen it first hand at the Ford dealer where I work. [unconfermed] Customers stated, "I loaned my truck to a friend and they put the Gasoline in it."


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