Originally Posted by Thero
I'm always the first to admit that I'm not always the sharpest knife in the drawer, but I fail to see how that applies to my comment in any way ... and I'm stretching to see how it even makes sense. The Ferrari is an extreme sports performance car, the F250 is just a regular ol' superduty truck designed to be a work horse. It's not an extreme performance vehicle that .01% of the population owns. And I'm going to go out on a limb and say if you have the $250k+ to buy a Ferrari you probably don't sweat the repair costs....
This isn't a matter of maintenance, I'm perfectly happy to maintain my truck on the extreme schedules that the 6.4 demands, in fact I thoroughly enjoy doing it. My statement and issue was about designing an engine bay that requires the entire cab to be pulled for major engine work / repairs because the large majority of owners don't have the means to do that on their own.
The correlation is that the 6.4 is the most potent factory diesel truck, performancewise. You pay for it by having to remove the cab. Funny thing is, once the cab is off, the engine is a lot easier to work on than most trucks leaning over the grill/fenders.
If you don't have a 2 post lift and don't have a good, competent mechanic who does, and don't want to rely on the dealer? You can either break your back trying to do work cab-on, you can pull the engine, or you can not buy a truck that requires cab removal to do repair work. Seems like a pretty simple equation to me.
If you sweat the repair costs, why buy a truck that isn't shade-tree friendly?