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2005 F-250, I'm now even more confused
Here's the quick version: I currently have a F-150, 5.4L, tow package, 3:73. I am towing a toy hauler, 27 ft, total weight of both vehicles: 14,560 lbs. 15,000 is max in the book. The truck doesn't like hills pulling that trailer, and I don't have confidence in doing so. Therefore I'm looking at a diesel. Been looking since April.
I found a good deal on a 2005 F-250, king ranch. So, once again, I look at this forum, and others to try to make an informed decision on a 2005 diesel. I seem to hear just as much negative as postive on just diesels in general, which scares me. And I've about talked myself out of one.
I have to use this truck as a primary driver. i drive 20 miles to work, most of it highway, trips to the store are 6 miles or more. I haul the toy hauler about 8-10 times a year, with round trips ranging 200-800 miles.
I also read all sorts of maintenance issues, having to warm the engine up properly, and having to let it idle for X amount of minutes before shutting it down, etc.. Seems to me I have to baby such a tough truck. Or am I just mislead here ? I want a truck that I can treat like a gasser, and is just as dependable. Also, my current truck gets 15 MPG with my weekly driving, and i hear all sorts of MPG differences with a F-250, which I don't like to see.. ya know.. 10 MPG to as much as 17 around town.
Help this newbie guy out.. For my personal needs, is a 2005 F-250 diesel the way to go for my primary vehicle ?