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post #1 of 8 Old 01-06-2011, 06:10 PM Thread Starter
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Problems with a 08 F-450?

There is a 2008 f-450 with 37,000 miles for 40k near me. Is it worth it? I have a 1500 dodge right now and its just not cutting it as far as pulling power or payload capability. I plan on using this truck to pull a custom powerwashing trailer and god knows what for my step dads farm. I want to make sure I get something heavy duty enough so I dont have to trade it in on something bigger in a year or two. Ive seen a fair amount of bad reviews on these, has anyone here had any bad experiences? What kind of fuel mileage can I expect? How are they as far as pep? Will it get out of its own way with a tune?
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Mine has power. Lots of power. Gets 9 to 10 empty. Loaded with a trailer 7 to 8. They have 4.30 or 4.88 gears. The truck is made to pull HEAVY LOADS. I have had my dpf replaced, a sensor in the exhaust, and an oil dipstick tube.

The radiator was replaced before I bought it.

Mine is a loaded Lariat with just under 62k and I'm asking 35k obo for it. I bought to much truck. PM me if your interested.

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Will they tow more than you want - yes
Will some trucks have problems - yes
Will you read bad reviews about every brand - yes
Will I trade my F450 for another brand dually - No
And this coming from a GM guy.
These trucks are built to be work trucks.
With a tune they run great and get much better mileage.
Job 1 and a some Job 2 you could get 4.88's. Really they say only Job 1's, but mine is a Job 2 with 4.88's, so maybe mine was an order that never got picked up.
4.30's are actually a better all around gear. Less RPM, great towing, my brother has 4.30's. The only place where my 4.88's are better is towing in the mountains. The 4.30's will get about .5-1 mpg better pulling or unloaded.
Get a Job 2 or Job 3 in 08. Any of 09's or 10's would be fine also.
How you tell is the build date. Search on here for the dates, I dont remember them off the top of my head.

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I just bought a 08 F450 with 16150 miles on it and I traded My 2010 F150 in because it was not cutting it as far as towing goes and besides I had 2 Diesel Trucks before and I am use to the way they pull, I Love mine and do not regret it, it says on the DIC 10.5 MPG but you have to remember this is a Heavy Truck also so I can live with it for now and will see about a programmer later to help with things, I find this Truck very easy to drive for its size and it sits up higher. I can tow just about anything also. I would look around some for other Trucks as they are Pricey, I got a steal on mine at
$32000.00, I bid on it on Ebay and won the Auction, I was the only bidder,
Good Luck with your search!
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My opinion, stay away from the 6.4l and 6.0l. They are both unreliable engines and get horrible fuel mileage. I just got rid of an 08 f450 with 6.4 because of all the problems I was having. If you can find a good 7.3 jump on it. They are strong proven engines. Another option would be hold out for the new 2011 models.
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I would go for a job 3 build 2009 or 2010

The new 6.7 motors are not proven yet and the 6.4 is a great motor IMO.

The only negatives are: Bad Mileage, and DPF..Take the DPF off and your mileage will go up.

I love the heck out of mine.
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40K also seems pretty steep for an 08 compared to several other similar F450s I have seem on the market.

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NOLAFISHR: Tell us some more about your $32K F-450. CC, 4X4,???????? King RAnch,
Thanks. My '08 is Job 1, 4:88's, MiniMaxx with DPF delete and total exhaust. Absolutely love the "new toy". Mileage is still nothing to brag about...but who cares!!
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