How long does it takes to swap a blown 6.4???
I own a beautiful 08 F-450 with a 6.4, looks good, it's big and scary and usually small car drivers are intimidated when I get too close behind them, most of them just pull over so I can get in front of them which, plays in your favor in a city like New York. I was doing 7.4 miles to a gallon until I installed a K&N air filter,I got it up to an average of 10.2 miles per gallon. I call it my Sunday truck, probably pulled my 14000 Lbs tool trailer no more than 10 times in 3 years. The only problem I got with this "beautiful" truck is enough for thinking twice about buying another Ford. The truck as been smoking thick and "BLUE" for a while, not full time, seems It was more frequent when the humidity level was high outside. I went to 2 different dealers but no codes where stored onto the computer and as most of the time, when you get there, your darn vehicle runs fine.
On May 25, coming back from south Jersey, The Engine Blew Up, 27,000 miles on this truck. It made a loud explosion sound, it filled all 3 lanes on the Jersey Turnpike with a heavy black smoke, the temp went all the way to the max. I called the nearest Ford dealer which was in Woodbridge NJ. I had bought the extended warranty and they wouldn't even come and get my truck. They just suggested that I wait until the engine cools down and drive it to their dealership, which I did. It was about 24 hours before they even checked my truck and, yes, I did wait every minutes of it, good thing there was a Days Inn across the Street. Diagnostic: 3 melted piston and a blown Turbo. It was suppose to take them a week to fix-it as per the service manager. Since May 25th. I have been calling them every Mondays, their answer was always that it would be ready on Friday. I should have asked which Friday cause, my "beautiful" F-450 is still sitting in their chop. I spent over $4000.00 on a rental so far, Ford Customer care assured me that they would pick up the tab but, wouldn't confirm it in writing and want me to wait until the truck is fixed before sending them the bill. I just hope they will respect what they are saying. As for the help from Customer Care, Ford Motor should just close the department, they would save a few Millions a year. Their reasons for the delay is the exact same thing the service manager is telling me every Fridays when I call him to find out if I am going to be driving my "beautiful" F-450 on the week-end. seems like Customer Care just don't seem to put any pressure on the dealership to fix the problem.
The service manager is telling me that Ford Motor sent them a bare block after spending 2 weeks trying to repair the original motor as per the suggested repair procedures of the Manufacturer, Since then, they had to remove the motor 3 times for a lack of compression on piston #5, each times removing and reinstalling the cab.
Isn't cheaper for Ford Motor just to send a new motor?
As I was saying on the last e-mail sent to Ford Motor, I just want my "beautiful" truck back, that's all I want and, having a small steel erection company, I can afford a spare tire but, not a spare truck.
This year, I got to replace a 1 ton pick up truck in the fleet and, to tell you the truth, I am seriously thinking about getting a duramax. I am not saying I will never buy a Ford again but, I will never buy a First year vehicle. Ill give them a couple years to fix the problems first, instead of having to feel like being a manufacturer's guinea pig. I just feel like I am currently paying for someone's design or fabrication's screw-up. It has been only 75 days that my truck is collecting dust.