I love my 08 450. Almost 30k miles on it, only issue was a leaky radiator, got a free one and haven't had a problem since. Loved having the 19.5 rims, sets them apart from other super duty's. Ride isn't as bad as you'd expect for such a heavy hauler, fuel economy stock I saw about 9.3 mpg, with the Spartan 275 I see 13-14 mpg, plus excellent power. Can't say I've ever hauled much of a load other than my ***, had a good load of hardwood flooring in the bed once, would trust it to pull anything anytime. Great truck in my book!
Thanks for the input
2011 is lighter frame and they have done a lot to try to lighten the truck for better mileage. I think the 6.4 version is a much heavier duty truck that will last forever. If you look at the underside, it is built like a tank. Much heavier duty than the 350 model.
I have had my 08 since new and love the truck. Keep in mind, these are very heavy trucks and you won't get the mileage of the 250's and 350's. Mine weighs close to 10,000 pounds. I get close to 11 mpg in the city and 13 to 14 mpg highway (tuned of course). It drops when towing.
That's why I'm leaning to a 10 as opposed to an 11...for that extra bit of fuel mileage its not worth having smaller brakes and such.
If you can get a 6.4 with a manual and let me drive it at a g2g, I'm game.
If money isnt an issue though, id go with the 6.7 personally (only I'll never own one cause they dont come with manuals) just cause of the more reliable power from the factory.
No you cant drive it...I'm pretty sure ford wouldn't warranty a $50k pickup after I cut a hole in the floor for a hand shaker
The 2011 no longer comes with the 19.5 wheels or the spicer 110 axle in the rear. They have basically turned it into a F350 with heavier springs to bring up the gvwr. Would go with a 10 or earlier if you really want a 450.
These are my thoughts exactly. We will use it for mainly OTR hauling with no less then 15k lbs in tow every time. I would prefer the bigger brakes, axle, wheels, etc. IMO its not worth losing that for a mpg or two.
I love my 08. I use mine mainly for towing the fiver, 18000 range. Before tune I would 6.5-7 to the beach and back. 11.5-12 unloaded on the freeway. I kept it 65 range to do that unloaded. Faster it drops quick. Tuned now I get in the 14.5+ range.
Radiator is the only thing replaced on my truck also. Like above the new 450's are very comparable to the Tow Boss 350's. If I was going to get a new truck it would be a 550. Reason is why down grade. But I have no intentions to trade. I love this truck. Tows good, MPG is good for what it is. Mine is over 10,000 now with the 60 gallong tank in the bed.
Thanks again for the input...Now we just need to see who will give us a better deal the ford dealer on a 450 or the Dodge dealer here in Oklahoma we are buying a new 30' trailer from. I really don't want a dodge but as of yesterday we could get one for at least 10k less. Only problem is the 3500 is the biggest they go with a bed. My mother has decided that she wont have another pickup with a flatbed over her dead body
Guess that means it will be easier to get the ford!