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Old 04-07-2012, 08:15 AM
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Should I buy a 2006 F250 Lariat or 5.9 Cummings?

I had a 2005 diesel Excursion that had to have some engine work done to it. I am in the middle of buying an 2006 F250 but have heard of all the nightmares with engine problems. I really don't need to buy a vehicle that i have to worry about working on. It only has 35k miles on it and no history of performance parts.

Or should I just go with a 5.9 liter Dodge Cummings???

Just figured you guys could give me some insight? I heard the 2006 and up models have the engine issues figured out???

Thanks!
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Old 04-07-2012, 09:36 AM
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I will start by saying I love my 05 6.0 to death. It's been VERY good to me. But in all honesty if your wanting a vehicle that you don't have to do anything to then a 6.0 is probably not for you. There are a lot of preventative things that a 6.0 needs, and once they are done then you have a very dependable, powerful, and nice truck. On the other hand, the 5.9 Cummins itself is a good motOr. It's just the rest of the truck is junk. And if your thinking about tuning it then you may as well figure in your transmission going out. Unless your getting a 6 speed stick shift.
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Old 04-07-2012, 09:54 AM
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I agree^^

The nice thing about an F250 is you will find them alot cheaper than a cummins due to the reputation.
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If you don't know that it is a Cummins and not a Cummings then you mat be the perfect candidate for a Dodge. The Ford is for guys that want a real truck.

Just yanking your chain man. As stated earlier there are some basic preventive maintenance things you need to do with a 6.0 but it is a great engine in a great truck.

With a Dodge you get a great engine wrapped in a POS truck.

No comparison between a Dodge and a Super Duty.
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Old 04-07-2012, 10:46 AM
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It's tough to beat the Ford frame, body, suspension, interior..Ford also has a stout tranny. I battled with the same...either an 07 ford or 07 dodge cummins. Chose the Ford and couldn't be happier. I firmly believe that a ford is a REAL truck, not a POS body like the dodges. But the 5.9 cummins is a badd azz diesel

Do some research on both rigs and make the best decision YOU feel comfortable with.
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Old 04-07-2012, 11:06 AM
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just wished ford would have made a deal with cummins!
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Old 04-07-2012, 11:26 AM
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I just found a good deal on a F 250. I know the Dodge has the better engine, I just can't stand the look of them and hate the interior. Not to mention the Ford is 5K cheaper. I guess I just need to figure on spending an extra 2k or so getting a few things done to the Ford.
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Old 04-07-2012, 11:55 AM
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The thing I tell everyone is that from the oil pan to the valve covers great parts exist, it's just the crap surrounding those parts that drag the 6.0 down.

Dodge has the motor, just $30k worth of crap surrounding that motor.

The dodge I feel would be the cheaper should you decide not to tune it or throw bigger tires on it. Bigger tires mean new hubs very often. Tunes mean new transmission.

The 6.0 needs a monitor period, it's something I feel ford should cover or at least they should have put in guages that were useful vs the idiot sweeps they put in.
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well buy the ford yank the motor and sell it and use that towards slapping a cummins in there it will only cost you about a extra 12-15k to do it
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to the op the fact you came on here and asked questions means your an informed buyer and make a perfect canidante for 6.0 there just somethings that have to watched out for
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