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Old 01-29-2009, 03:05 PM
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'06 f250 1st time diesel owner

Hey guys, I am brand new to all this diesel stuff but a long time off roader. I recently bought a 2006 Ford F250 4x4 fx4 lariat about 5 months ago with 22k miles. On March 24th, 2009 my factory warranty will be up. The engine is 2 yrs longer, 5 yr/60k but the rest of the drive train will be out of pocket if I have a problem. I only have 27,000 miles on it now and I LOVE the truck. I have about 7 weeks left to get a Ford ESP warranty. I found some dealers online and can get a 7/75 extra care for $1825 or premium care for $2285. Or I can do 6/60 for approx. $1200 extra care and $1500 premium. I have other vehicles so 8k per year is about right for me. With all the pro's and con's of the 6.0 PSD, I am concerned with future repair costs. I took my truck to the dealer after I got it to have them run a report and get my keyless code. There were no repairs except a couple of tailight bulbs replaced. I was told I had a good truck. I knew when I bought it, but that was reassuring. I have put a 4" magnaflow catback and egt gauge. I have a granatelli fuego tuner on a 50hp tow mode and it runs xlnt. Towing uphill with 10,000 lbs never over 800 degrees. Normal driving is about 500-600. Is this good?
I welcome all feedback and as you can tell have a ton of questions. Thanks for any input you can give me.
Doug
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Old 01-29-2009, 03:20 PM
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You should have 100K on the engine... I don't believe in warranties, I would just sock that money into a "emergency" fund and insure yourself that way... Otherwise, if you must, go with the 6 year, as many people don't keep a car forever...

Maybe just Dave Ramsey talkin through me in spirit, but that is what I do...
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Old 01-29-2009, 05:25 PM
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Thanks for the reply. My truck looks just like yours but in blue. Did you do anything to your suspension for the 35's. It seems the fx4 is a little higher from the factory. I already have 33.1" tires stock.
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Old 01-30-2009, 03:54 AM
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I am not up to snuff on suspension but It looks like theres an additional block in the back and a leveling kit up front...

Yes the FX4 has a rancho suspension different from the 4x4's... Not sure they are any taller at stock tho...
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Congrats on the powerstroke!
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Thanks for the reply. My truck looks just like yours but in blue. Did you do anything to your suspension for the 35's. It seems the fx4 is a little higher from the factory. I already have 33.1" tires stock.
If you have 18" rims then you have the ability to run a narrow set of 35's from Toyo. You can get them in either the AT's or the MT's. The size is 285x75R18. They are load rated E at 4080lbs a tire which is rather high. Now they are only 11.5" wide and some people have told me that the tires look "different" I love mine. I have never had a problem with rubbin on any part of the wheel well. The offroad shop that put them on told me I was going to have to run a leveling kit and I asked multiple times to mount them and put them on the truck and then we could find out. I won that battle
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