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F350 4x4 5 speed: How reliable is the trans, tcase, clutch, rest of truck? Mileage?
I'm thinking of trying to find a standard cab 4x4 5 speed F350 to drive at least for the rest of the winter. I've owned, and still own several First Gen 4x4 manual Cummins Dodges, but have always been curious as to how the Fords are. Sorry for the noob post, I've already done a lot of searching. What is the life expectancy of a ZF5, are rebuild parts readily avaliable and are they expensive? Do these transmissions tend to self destruct if ran too long w/o new bearings? Are there any downsides to converting from a dual mass to regular flywheel, and who makes a good kit for close to stock power? Are the transfercases the same on the manuals and autos, and how reliable are they? How long does a set of glowplugs last, and how do these start if not plugged in at 0 degrees and in the wind all day? What about the rest of the electronics for the powerstroke, HPOP, injectors, etc? Thanks for any insight, some of this is a lot different than a Cummins.
Last edited by Bookshelf; 01-12-2012 at 12:40 PM.