bugs..what bugs? I'd say if you want one now buy it now. This truck is pretty sound. No matter what year or manufacturer it is there will always be lemons. And of coarse you're going to hear more about the bad than the good...that's the way the world works. Everybody nit picks at one thing or another but i bet the consensus is that 99% of 08 SD owners are more than happy with their trucks.
I'd like to know what this Ford rep was admitting to? I do believe the the whole reason for the release of the 6.4 was because the 6.0l would not meet 2008 emission standards just like the Cummins 5.9 (correct me if i'm wrong).
I know of a few bugs. Axel seal blew out dumping much grease out the side of the rearend finally resulting in a Chevy hauling a loaded trailer home and limping the Ford back to the dealer. Dealer said it was a smart move on our part since the gearbox was very low at that point. It took 6 hours just to get oil residue off the whole side of the truck and trailer. This was at 2k miles.
Next, truck missing and smoking on many occasions resulting in a couple of trips back to the dealer. The fuel was the problem the first time but not the second. It may happen again tomorrow. Who knows?
And there was that time at 3.6k miles when it left us sitting on the side of the interstate with another loaded trailer at 1am in the morning. A rollback took it back to the dealer and a Chevy pulled the trailer back home. Injector wiring issue that time. Mechanic said it possibly could happen again but he hopes not.
I would call 9.5 mpg empty a bug myself when our 7.3 gets 16, our 6.0's got 18 and our former Duramax got 20! I just calculated how much it's costing us to run this truck per year versus the others and it was disgusting.
Would high idle 2 to 3 time per week be a bug? I think so.
I just asked the Ford guy in Atlanta if there was any good news for us 08 owners and he offered all this info. I finally had to walk away from him because I had no more time to chat. He might have went into depth if I gave him the chance. I have no reason to make anything up or lie about it. Sure sucks to have a $63k truck and be able to write about all the problems with it at just 9k miles.
Yes there are lemons. Reminds me of a 1999 Dodge dually once owned that was even worse than this new Ford. But, after talking to a couple of other 08 owners locally, a Ford rep in Atlanta and seeing the same Super Duties sitting at the local dealer for over 4 months with nobody buying them I think they may have a pretty high percentage of lemons currently.
I love Super Duties! I love their look and the cabs are the most comfortable out there. They also handle a load better than any other truck we have owned. But after 2 6.0's laying down on us and now all the problems with this current F-450 the love affair is fading.
Glad you are having good luck with yours. Hope the good luck keeps up for you.