Good Morning! My first post in years. I was on here with my first KR F250- 2003, 6.0, but after driving GMC Sierra Denali for last 1.5 years, couldnt wait to get my hands on new 2011 with the Scorpion. So yesterday I drove 24 hours in 2 days, another story for another day, to North Carolina and picked up my new baby! A 2011 F 350 King Ranch DRW with the 6. 7 Scorpion.
For a little history;I've been a Ford truck guy for 25 years or more. The GMC mentioned was my first NON Ford truck owned and I was VERY happy,just not a Ford . My last Ford Truck was a Short Bed King Ranch with 6.0, 2003. One that I never had a problem, so I was a big fan of that truck. I bought a big Pusher so I sold it , missed it and now back in the Ford Family . Note , Ive never owned a Duelly either .
Lets start with my biggest concern; was a Duelly gonna be a bear as a daily driver? After 800 mile trip , multiple construction zones, toll boths , narrow two lane roads , a big ole NO is the only answer. In fact it was easier to maintain than the Sierra Denaili 6.2 AWD . No idea why , but I was on the same roads so had a good frame of reference. Amazingly this big rig is pretty darn nimble ! Firm for sure , with great dampening and very little body shake , if any. I mention because my only SMALL personal issue was the firm ride of a F350 DRW.
Being a first time DRW owner, I was ready for X and got X1 if you know what I mean. I think 100 % of DRW owners would say the ride was spectacular for a truck like this and what did I really expect!
. I think I was being a little naive.
Ive ridden in friends DRW and got bounced all over . That doesnt happen in this truck. This truck is firm ( F350 DRW 8ft bed 4x4) I did let a little air out of the tires, which didnt really help. By the end of the trip , I just was rolling with it! I think the big problem was that Denali made me " soft " .
Overall pretty amazing ride !
It was a great trip and wont bore anyone reading , so I ll get to my quick thoughts based on my prior due dilegence and now actual owning experience.
I should also mention the truck had 22miles on it when I left NC and almost 900 two days later after reaching Boston.
Oil changes are computer based on driving . The Truck will tell you when to change based on driving , heat , towing , torque etc. The system , god forbid it shuts down , could run a small Star Ship if you get my drift.
very slick ! I mention because I ve been told other stuff about the expense ( which is between 175-200 per oil change ) and frequency . I'm a 5000 per mile guy but have been told my multiple people with Ford , on average it will be 10k per change. That surely helps with the expense in my book. Anything sooner is fine but a waste of money they say .
The power and torque are spot on! Wow ! The Scorpion rocks! I dont think I ve been " flashed " yet. Let me say the Sierra Denali was " fast" ( over 400hp) ,but the Scorpion feels like your being shot out of a cannon. When you want to pass someone its a touch of the pedal and no downshifts or waiting ; just hold on!
Driving almost all highway , without tow I averaged 17mpg , with .2 variance. Speeds 55 to 80 . Significant time at 73 with Cruise on . I did pass someone dilly dallying and looked down to find myself quickly at 90 . No big downshifts just a little turbo boost .
The fuel additive is every 10k miles or oil change. If it gets low it will also tell you so that wasnt an issue.
Interior Db's were lower than the Denali also. I know that from yapping on the phone and friends could not tell I was driving , doing 70mph . The Truck is tight , and very quiet !
Small fun stuff for me ; the Sync Stereo is incredible. I have Nav with Prem. so it has all the bells and whistles. The Nav Map had me buzz around an accident in Danbury CT like I ve never been able to do before . Followed the little arrow and missed an hour back up in 10 min. It was impressive. Sound quality with the Sirius and my IPOD were first rate for an OEM stereo.
Its nice to be able to drive with Sunroof and sliding rear window open and be able to hear the Stereo .
Pumping gas and having people check out your truck is a nice touch.
My butt likes the AC cooling King Ranch seats ! Also the AC in the seat is for both your butt and back . I had read only your butt . That s not the case. At one point I had roof open ,90degrees with window down and the SEAT AC only on. A nice touch on a sunny day !
The King Ranch wheels are really nice in person !
Love the locking case under the rear seat! Guns, money , valuables etc.
Tons of plugs and cup holders!
Big back seat!
It was a great first trip for sure! The ride , power , fit , finish , performance etc all exceeded any of my expectations ! Its a very quick , powerful , luxurious, useful , workable workhouse that also looks incredible ! Its also wonderfully built! What more could a guy want... a ton of power to pull the balls off a T Rex while looking great doing it. Hats off to Ford !