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Thanks for the responses and of course for letting me vent. I wish I had good news instead!
I would have to write a book to explain everything I have been told to do and not to do. The last two things the dealership informed me of was not to haul anything. Duh, that's what the truck was made for or did I buy it so my horses could haul the truck. That's like cowboy boots as a fashion statement - use them for what they were made for. Wow! I thought that was the last straw until I was recently "told" by the dealership that it had an 03 engine in it and to not use BP diesel. (Um...Ford reccommends BP and it is on the fuel cap, try another story, it's not the fuel). Am I suppose to believe it has an 03 engine in it after I was told not to haul anything or use BP fuel, sorry I wasn't clear on that one. Didn't mean to leave you all hanging. They handed my keys and said sorry there is nothing we can do. There is nothing wrong with your truck because codes are not coming up. When I started the truck to leave the dealership none of the gauges would work, it died, it would crank but not start again. I tossed my keys to the mechanic and said I no there is nothing wrong with it and you will find no codes. They kept it for another couple days, said they put an additive in the fuel system. Gave me a bottle and told me to use this everytime I fill up (which was the only thing on the "warranty" paperwork they gave me - they just replaced the trubo, fuel injectors, lines, pump, etc). You can only buy this additive from Ford and it cost an extra $5.00 every 400 miles. So I left with the truck and my bottle of miracle cure - had it floored the entrie 75 miles home at a top speed of 60mph downhill with a good wind.
I would love for FORD to "fix" it. But it's obvious that is not going to happen. I really don't believe it was all a manufacturing problem. The parts that were replaced did not fix the vehicle so I believe the mechanic did not know what he was doing and he is "Certified by Ford". He could never get it started and once he did something else went wrong and I never got the power back. One bad experience out of 8 trucks is not bad but it leaves a very bad lasting impression and makes me gun shy, don't want to go thru this again. Especially with no competent diesel mechanics locally (under ford warranty, that is!). I could take it and DUMP thousands more in it to get it fixed right without going thru Ford but I believe they are responsible for this yard ornament. Maybe after all this is settled I will be back with lots of positve comments or the next one will be built from the ground up:-)