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Old 07-30-2016, 08:39 AM   #1
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2008 Ford F-250 XL RWD 6.4L V8 Cyl Extended Cab Truck Towing Pkg

I just bought a 27 foor 2017 Airstream International Serenity. Does this look like a good TV for it?

2008 Ford F-250 XL RWD 6.4L V8 Cyl Extended Cab Truck Towing Pkg

Year: 2008
Mileage: 68,832 Transmission: Automatic
Make: Ford Body Type: Pickup Truck
Warranty: Vehicle does NOT have an existing warranty
Engine: 6.4L V8 Power Stroke Diesel Engine Vehicle Title: Clear
Drive Type: RWD Fuel Type: Diesel
For Sale By: Dealer Sub Model: XL RWD 6.4L V8 Cyl Extended Cab Truck Towing Pkg
Manufacturer Interior Color: Gray Cloth Exterior Color: White
Manufacturer Exterior Color: Oxford White Interior Color: Gray
Number of Doors: 4 Doors Number of Cylinders: 8
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Old 07-31-2016, 09:19 PM   #2
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I also have a 2008. The question is how well as the maintenance been done, and is the truck modified?

That is ultra low miles, half of what I have. Anyway to answer your question is this is the last model run using the International engines (2008-2010). Strongest engine to date of any pickup manufactured.

All makes and models have issues specific to its design. In nearly all cases poor maintenance is the cause of problems in diesel pickups. New trucks tend to have more complex systems that don't help either.

With low miles, and if you can verify the maintenance you should have a good tow vehicle.

Hopefully you will receive many more replies. On some threads you might find discussions about the merits of the new style diesel trucks. With their price premium, higher maintenance cost, and repairs tend to cost more too, such as the 60 inch diagonal width radiator cost nearly $1000. Makes a used F150 look pretty good.
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Old 08-01-2016, 05:29 AM   #3
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Thank you!
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Old 08-01-2016, 06:54 AM   #4
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Depends on your intended use. For two people touring the country without carrying a lot of heavy equipment in the bed of there truck, a half-ton truck would give a better ride for you and your Airstream, a better daily driver at your destinations, and less expensive to purchase and maintain.

The latest model half-tons with 8 and 10 speed transmissions give smooth power delivery when needed and good engine compression brake assist, a low axle ratio (we use a 3.92) is essential for best performance and braking.

We have a strong preference for 4 wheel drive trucks/SUV's in the North for snow, towing out of difficult campsites, and resale value. I haven't seen 2 wheel drive pickup on a new vehicle lot in some time; light weight on the drive wheels, they don't sell here.
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Old 08-01-2016, 11:19 AM   #5
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After all the 6 liter problems fords had, I would not buy another two cents worth..
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Old 08-01-2016, 11:51 AM   #6
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What you have with the '08 F250 Crew Cab 6.4 is a pulling horse!!

Just dont forget your 27 footer is behind you.

I have owned that particular vehicle, albeit 4 wheel drive Super Duty which I believe is also the one you are looking at.

If possible, get an after market warranty. In that way, you will never need it. If you did have an issue with say the injector pump, replacement of said pump, lifting the cab for replacement and labor will set you back $11,000.00. Been there, done that, have T-shirt. But, l purchased the 75,000 mile full meal deal warranty and it cost me a wopping $100.00!

My issue was a small wire that sends data to the computer. This wire is between injector pump and the turbo on top of engine. The pump must be removed and thus the cab to replace is. When it fails, the engine goes to half power (45 mph max) and you either limp to the dealership or call roadside assistance.

This was the ONLY issue we had with the '08. Not all 6.4's had the problem and it IS covered as a recall.

Go to a Ford house and demand an Oasis Report on this vehicle. That report covers everything done to that vehicle from factory to the grave. If your particular '08 has pending recalls it will be on that report.

6 out of 10 FoMoCo salesman have never heard of that report, but the service department has. Demand the report and it is free.

Other than that, clean fuel, change filters timely and oil every 7000 miles and drive it! You will get very good utility out of that pickup. Oh and enjoy the flat folding back seats. They fold flat, not like the joke that is in the '12's thru '16's.

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Old 08-01-2016, 11:57 AM   #7
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I would pass it up for a 2012 and up. Those engines use the "regen" cycle and a "soot box", very erratic and expensive.
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Old 08-01-2016, 03:36 PM   #8
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Should be a lot of truck for the job, but a lot of people like a little extra capacity in their TV.
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Old 08-01-2016, 11:14 PM   #9
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The 6.0 & 6.4L PS engines that replaced 7.3L engines have more complex emissions systems to meet the stricter recent Federal standards.

The extra heat, fuel injected during exhaust stroke, & TTY head bolts have saddled these engines with failures not previously seen in light truck diesels.

I've gotten smart on these engines as I was considering a Dynaquest motor coach built on a 2007 F550, 6.0L PS.

The world authority on fixing problems with these engines appears to be Bill Hewitt @ He has customers from all over the US & Canada.

Bill has many Youtube videos that cover the PS sad story, but he offers hope, too.

Utimately, I dropped the F550 based DQ. Not due to the engine, but because of the low placement of the cab seats relative to the coach floor.

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