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Posted: 03/26/19 11:43pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

A while back I had posted about replacing my 2000 Ford V10 Excursion. I wanted to stay with Ford. We've been looking and looking for something that will pull our trailer, 2017 Keystone Cougar 32RESWE-7360 lbs, length 35 feet.

We are looking at used and 4 wheel drive. The Ex sunk in the mud and had to be rescued by a Dodge. [emoticon]

So we are looking at a
2013 Ram 2500 SLT with 5.7L, Crew Cab, SLT

178,869 miles


2006 Ford F250 Super Duty with 6.0L, Crew Cab XL
180,599 miles
I am seeing on the CarFax reporta notation in 2009, Ford Motor Company had a Customer Maintenance Reminder, Vehicle Shimmy and Tire Inflation Pressure. Did any other Ford Super Duty owners get something regarding a shimmy?

What's your opinion?
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Posted: 03/27/19 12:37am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Any TSBs on a 13 year old truck would most likely be fixed by now and an 06 Ford chassis and everything else is as relaible as you can get, all things considered, Except for the engine. Since you don't know much about trucks, if you don't know much about trucks don't get a Ford 6.0 diesel. Any of them.
Ram will be a good choice, in general. Won't pull quite like your old Excursion, but as with any vehicle with that high of miles, the condtion of the truck is just as important as the brand.
All bets are off if it will have minor or major issues at 200k unless you have good assurance of the vehicle history.
Of those 2, I'd get the Ford because I'd want the power of a diesel, but at the expense of k owing the issues and it would have to be more of a deal tha other trucks and I'd plan on bulletproofing it.
For plug n play I'd get the newer ram. 7 years newer is more peace of mind that you won't have as many old vehicle problems as soon, but same due diligence is required with such high miles.

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Posted: 03/27/19 05:37am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I'd go with the newer truck regardless of the brand.

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Posted: 03/27/19 06:18am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Don't know what your price range is, but I would not be looking a a gasser with close to 200,000 miles.
Between the two listed I would take the Ram, if other conditions were equal as it is also seven years newer.
Personally I would be looking for something newer than a 2006.

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Posted: 03/27/19 06:40am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

While I haven't driven the 5.7, I can only imagine the amount of suck that would be. My work truck is a V10 Ford and my fellow worker has the same with the 5.4 V8. Both are later model 5spd auto with 4.30 gears, and weigh about 9500. The smaller engine is ok for in town but horrible in the hills, add a little bit of elevation and it can't maintain speed where the V10 plenty of power to spare (and runs in a taller gear as well).

Having a family member that owned an '04 6.0L PSD, personally pulled the turbo twice of the three times because of a stuck unison ring, replaced the egr cooler out of fear, plus a few trips to the shop for minor things. They make good power, well built truck, but that engine's emissions system is a time bomb. $5k to bulletproof from what I remember.

I'd hold out for a 5.9L Cummins, another V10, 6.2L Ford, or 6.4L Ram.

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Posted: 03/27/19 07:32am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I don't see a win in either of these. If your looking at trucks in this stage of their lives, than I assume you wouldn't be excited about paying thousands more in repair costs. That fact removes the FORD 6.0 from contention. Your odds would be better going to Vegas and putting your truck budget on the Roulette wheel and choosing red or black. I know you don't list GM, and I assume if getting something newer isn't an option or you would be doing it. If your looking at trucks with this kind of miles, do yourself a favor and consider the GM 6.0. There is not a more proven, bulletproof engine on the road today. There are many contractors here and everywhere that have more than 300K on them. Something to consider....or not.

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Posted: 03/27/19 07:48am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Have you researched a 6.0 PowerStroke? Lots of info on that. There is a reason resale is so much lower than Chevy and Dodge.

Personally I’d keep on looking and try to find a way to I crease my budget. I don’t want someone else’s 150,000 + mile truck.

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Posted: 03/27/19 08:22am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Agreed. None of the above.

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Posted: 03/27/19 08:35am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have a few family members that put well over 300k on 6.0L diesels. One was bullet proofed and the other tuned after the warranty was up. I would take a 6.0 between the those two especially since it is a 2006 and most of the issues with the 6.0L were resolved by then.



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Posted: 03/27/19 08:39am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thats dry weight on the TT. Probably 8500 lbs loaded up. 840 lbs dry hitch weight. 1,000 lbs loaded. You'll overload the 1500 instantly.
3/4 ton gas at a minimum.

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