I'm in the same boat, truly not sure which way to go since both are so new...I’ve been looking at all diesel boards since I've owned a few diesels and each one had their strengths and weakness. Please let me rant for a few and I don’t want to upset anyone other than dealers! Here is my thought on each...My 98 dodge 12 valve, 4x4 extended cab was probably my favorite truck, loved the layout and fuel mileage, wished I saved it for my son. The only got rid of it was, we needed a crew cab. So I bought my loaded 05 duramax 4x4 crew cab dually, got a great price 38k out the door in early 2005 for a new truck, nobody touched the price happy as a pig in….. That truck out the door pulled superior to anything that I’ve ever towed with. It could pass anything but a gas station, after it turned 50k it would jump to the high side on engine temp just before the red line then typically get 7 to 8 mpg towing my enclosed 24 foot tag along with my buggy inside, from 30-50k I was getting 12-13 mpg. The dealer blew me off every time said it wasn’t getting hot so there was nothing to do, it was costing me a fortune to drag my jeep from AL-VA and back to go wheeling 5 to 6 tanks each way only 820 miles. So I traded it in on my 07 Ford crew cab. I could and still can make it in 3 tanks every time dragging the same load, but it doesn’t tow like that duramax, plus this truck has been into the shop a few times with issues that were covered under warranty, however ford is really slow on getting my truck out of the shop each time. It took them 5 days to chase down and replace the O-rings in the high pressure side of my injectors, the bill was close to 2k, and thank god it was covered under warranty. However, I had to hitch rides back and forth to work the whole time…On pick-up the mechanic states this is a common problem with the 6.0’s…well it has started happening again just like last year, but this time, no codes! So once again it’s me against the dealer and the dealer isn’t going to do anything and I’m screwed since now the truck has 99.5K and the warranty is about to run out. BTW, ford can’t even fix my wife’s 09 fusion, the headliner keep popping down after about 100 miles of driving and hits us on the head. Nor can their computers seam to catch a pesky tire pressure sensor code and remember it long enough to where the dealer can pull it. So far they’ve changed 6 sensors and I still get a warning light after about 4 hours of driving, funny thing is now my wife’s car is out of warranty so I have to live with it.
So what’s with the rant…If you’re feeling lucky go buy a new ford/dodge, no matter which truck you’ll buy you’re gonna have fit and finish problems. In my opinion neither ford nor dodge has figured out how to deal with the new emissions laws and they’re both overpriced, comon50-63K for a truck! My opinion; continue driving your old Ford for a few more years! BTW my son is driving a 86 F-250 with an international 6.9 with a T-19, 4x4, regular cab, with crank roll up windows and A/C and cruise. The only thing he’s *****’n about is he has to shift gears in traffic and the truck is too slow off the line and he can’t jump into traffic. Kind of reminds me of my favorite truck, my 98 dodge! Funny how some things come full circle.