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duramax vs powerstroke - quality and mpg compare

looking at both of these trucks for purchasing, i want some of the duramax drivers and powerstroke guys to chime in and talk about the concerns of quality of the 6.7 and 6.6 along with mpg
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I have a 2000 F-250 7.3, sorry don't know much about the 6.7's and my dad has a 2010 duramax again not sure if that is the 6.6, cause i know nothing about the duramax. I do know that my dad has had his truck in for repairs in the last year more than mine has been in the last 11 years (okay, that maybe a bit of an exaggeration). It could be he just has a bad motor that can happen, but i wouldn't buy a duramax after witnessing all has happened with my dads truck

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I have owned both, and currently own a 2011 F350. Brand loyalty aside, they are both good trucks. The new technology for all of the trucks put them light years ahead of the old models. There will always be a test or an ad that "proves" that one is superior to the other, but most of it is personal preference. The hsp and torque are very similiar, and it depends on how the 6 speed auto puts it on the ground. I am very happy with my 2011 F350. It is comfortable and powerful. With only 5500 miles, it is a little early to tell on mileage, but it is much better than my 7.3. It ranges from 15-19.9 so far, with lots of idleing.
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I would expect the Duramax to do a little better on fuel, slightly better ride and have a better exhaust brake and the Ford to have a better interior, power folding mirrors, electronic locking diff, hill descent feature (no big deal), color info screen and a better quality interior.

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I would expect the Duramax to do a little better on fuel, slightly better ride and have a better exhaust brake and the Ford to have a better interior, power folding mirrors, electronic locking diff, hill descent feature (no big deal), color info screen and a better quality interior.
I have a different opinion on the ride. My dad had a 03 Duramax and that thing rode like a log wagon.

I was seriously thinking about buying a GMC after my first 6.0 and many injectors later. My dad, a die hard GM man talked me into staying with the Ford because of the ride.




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One of my guys that works for me just bought a 2011 GMC Duramax. I think it rides a little nicer than my 2011 F350. His is a 3/4 ton, vs. my 1 ton, so that may have something to do with it. BUT his has also been to the shop a couple times for urea problems. keeps warnign about going in to limp mode. This is apparently due to the cold weather up here in Alberta. GM figures that they have it fixed, we will see.
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I cant chime in on the newest motors but my boss had a GMC 3500 duramax and I have a powerstroke and his left him stranded 3 times and I had to come pick him up. I will say I think the GMC rode better just not as heavy duty.
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