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Old 12-13-2007, 04:07 PM   #15
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Thanks for the pointers

I started this thread mainly in a panic and wanting to vent. BUT because of help from you folks (esp Terry- YOU ROCK!) I have been able to re-evaluate the serriousness of these issues. In the end, I have asked them to replace the bushing that goes under the dash for the clutch and I will probally hold off on the fuel system deal for a while. I should come in at about $150 more than I intended this morning, which in retrospect, I can live with. I do think the dealer here is on the up and up. The manager has taken plenty of time to explain things and go over them as much as needed. I imagine they will keep my business unless I find out otherwise. Thanks again everyone.
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Old 12-14-2007, 10:44 AM   #16
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I have owned 3 diesel Mercedes Benz's and 1 Datsun diesel pickup truck over the years. All of the Mercedes were "very used". The Datsun I bought new.

On the Mercedes, I would occasionly get a fuel leak on the high pressure fuel lines. I would just let them leak (small leaks) until I got really sick of the smell and motivated enough to fix it. It usually only took new washers used to seal the ends of the line where they connected to the pump or injectors.

I have never ever had to replace a pump.
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Old 12-14-2007, 11:15 AM   #17
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Ford

Even after many years after getting rid of my F350 Diesel I am still bitter about the experience with the truck and my local dealer at the time. It was no surprize to me to see the Ford Motor Company's reputation and value turn south of late.

How can a Company continue to make so many bad products and make so many customers unhappy and still be in business? Barely right now.

That was the last Ford product I will ever own. That is the only way to sned that Company a message.

Sorry, after three years of reading about Ford woes on this list I just had to unload. I feel better now. It will never happen again.
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p. s. why the need for a big diesel?
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Old 12-14-2007, 12:43 PM   #18
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why the need for a big diesel?
My F150 was not enough tow vehicle for the mountians and I had a chance at this truck at a good price. I wanted the diesel for the bennifits including power and better MPG towing.

For the record I have no indication at this point that the service dept was trying to do me dirty. There is a leak, that yes, will need to be taken care of at some point, and they may be correct about the tranny in the long run as well. To be frank, it was just a few days before a major trip and I freaked out. After getting some perspective and advice, it wasnt as bad as I feared (I hope). At this point, I intend to go back to the dealer there for future service.
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Old 12-14-2007, 12:46 PM   #19
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Old 12-14-2007, 01:27 PM   #20
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Rodney, What it sounds like to me is the lift pump, mine went bad last year, I kept smelling fuel but couldn't find it, finally got so bad it started dripping and I found it. Also this dosen't change the running of the engine it ran good while this was going on, about a month or more. It is in the back center of the engine behind the fuel filter. The pump is about $150.00 and 2 bolts, about a 15 min. job. I wouldn't take a truck or car to a dealer that isn't under warranty.


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Thank you Uwe

This is very enlightening.

Merry Christmas

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Old 12-21-2007, 11:13 AM   #23
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Update

I ended up chasing the winter storm across Missouri and spent a day photographing eagles and then dropped down into Tennessee where I am now. The truck towed like a dream the whole way, I couldn't be happier with its performance. Turned out to be OK I guess.
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Old 12-21-2007, 12:00 PM   #24
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Hi Rodney,

Sounds like you're A-ok for now!!
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