Re: Looking to buy a F250 - Have some Questions
An F250 is a good choice as a weekend hauler. Unless you want a bit of performance, a crew cab short bed with the 5.4L V8 will easily handle 5K towing and whatever else you dare throw at it. if you want a diesel, the 7.3L is the only one I'd get at the moment, and it's been the most reliable to date. Personally, for a V8 setup I'd stick with a gas engine, or get the V10. The V10 will get slightly worse mileage than the diesel, but initial cost, more regular maintenance, higher weight all lead to costing you more money in the long run. Unless you plan to tow 9-11K every weekend, a diesel isn't worth the money.
The only problem you'll find is that the used market is flooded with the crew cab trucks with the 6.0L diesel, which has several problems, from leaks, to failing injectors. A few members on a landscaping site I'm also a part of complain of the 6.0L diesel on a regular basis. One member in particular has a 2007 6.0L V8 and has all the injectors replaced, three of which were done under warranty and the others were at 52K! Then he had a seal blow and the turbo become a problem shortly after that. He traded it in last month for a 2009 Dodge Cummins.
Another thing you'll find is that most crew cabs are uplevel trims, which means they have more things (options if you will) that will break over time and cost you money should you decide to repair them. I'm not a fan of the in-dash 6CD changer for instance, or a sunroof - after all I consider the F series a work truck. Ford only builds them in higher trim levels to increase profit and to make people who want to spend their money foolishly, look good.
To my knowledge all F250s and up come with a transmission oil cooler and a power steering oil cooler as well. On diesels, I believe you also get an engine oil cooler. My choice would still be the 5.4L V8. You won't win any races with any engine you decide to go with. A 5.4L crew cab short bed 4x4 for instance should go 0-60mph in around 11-12seconds, the V10 in about 10seconds and the diesel in around 8.5-10 seconds depending on the HP rating and block size.
As an example, my Dodge Durango (listed in signature) tows near it's limit on the weekends throughout the summer months. I'll hook up 6.5-7K and it's rated for 7300lbs, not including what's in the truck to stay within gross combined weight rating (GCWR). It has a 250hp 5.9L V8, which taking into account the displacement size the 5.4L V8 in early 2000 models was rated at 235-255hp depending on year. Newer 5.4Ls since I think 2007, are rated at 300hp. I have no problem with acceleration, passing, stopping, you name it. The F250 will weigh a good 1000lbs more than my Durango, but even with that I can't see it flinching one bit!
All told, get the newest, lowest mileage 5.4L crew cab you can find in your price range and you'll have a truck that'll undoubtedly last you 10-15 years - if you take care of it, it'll take care of you. Most F250s are used and abused, so when test driving just make sure EVERYTHING works, right down to the power mirrors (if equipped). If you see any dings/dents around the lower body panels you know it's seen some construction sites. If you can, get all vehicle maintenance history, such as oil changes, coolant changes, gar oil changes, etc. This will better give you an idea of what needs to be changed when instead of having to change all the fluids after you buy it.
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