I'm looking at purchasing a new F350 SuperDuty for work & personal use from our Ford Dealers Commercial Truck Center. Would like the diesel, but can't afford it right now so here's what I'm thinking:
2013 Oxford White F350 XL
6.2L gas standard cab, long bed
3.73 or 4.30 gears w/ rear electronic locker
FX4 4x4 package
10,000 GVWR package
Heavy service front springs package
Power equipment group
Roof clearance lights
Trailer brake controller
17" 5 spoke cast-Aluminum wheels
4x4 electronic shift on the fly
HD 40/20/40 vinly front seats
1. The vast majority come w/ 3.73 gears, but they offer a few w/ 4.30 gears. Most of the driving will be w/o pulling anything, but it will pull some weight occasionally. Should I opt for the 4.30 (there's no additional charge) or stick w/ the 3.73s? Any idea what gas mileage will be for either gear ratio?
2. What axles, trans, & t-case does this truck come with? Are they any good?
3. Finally... MSRP on this truck is ~ $37,180 what should I be able to get it for OTD? They're giving me the 'ole rebate run-around...
2006 Ford F450 Power Stroke Super Duty 6.0L diesel 14' landscape dump
If you're going to be driving a lot, go with the 3.73's. Better gas mileage, but I can't quote figures. If the majority of what you're doing is working, go with the 4.30's for the low end torque.
The transmission is a 6R140, heard nothing bad about it on the newer ones,designed specifically for heavy duty trucks. Up until '05, they used a New Process NP271 or 273, even less data on the newer axles.
I take a different approach, I go into it knowing what I want for a payment and tell them to work it out from there. Either that, or I go into it with the total price (if I'm financing elsewhere) and tell them what I'm willing to pay. In today's environment, you probably got the upper hand, bid low.
Just so you know the 6.2L has a reduced output on models with GVWR at 10K or higher. I know Gm knocks it from 360hp to 323hp on their 6.0L V8 gas engine for greater long term durability; torque remains the same.
If you get enough snow, it might warrant the locker. If you do a lot of tight turning and the climate doesn't get very cold, avoid the locker, as it can eat through tires, more so with a dual real wheel. I'd also avoid electronic shift on the fly. A replacement solenoid can fetch several hundred dollars and it can fail anytime, 40K, 50K 100K 200K. It's a guessing game. I'd stick with the shift-it-yourself 4wd.
If you don't plan on putting anything on the front, such as a snowplow, don't get the spring upgrade package - it will make the ride quite jarring when not carrying or pulling anything.
I'd stick with the 3.73 gears. The 6 speed has the flexibility where unless you need the maximum towing capabilities of the truck (5th wheel), the 4.30 gears isn't necessary. If you do a lot of empty highway miles, the 3.73 will be plenty adequate.
Even with the 3.73 gears, I wouldn't expect anything higher then 15-16mpg highway at 60mph.
Dealers hate sitting on vehicles. As CatSkinner mentioned, bid low. Buying new can have more perks if you know how to talk. When I bought my Taurus back in '99, I got the sales manager to include services at no charge for the duration of the warranty. The car was also a demo model which I haggled down in price considerably.
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