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To Buy or Not to Buy 2011?
So I have a 2011 F-250 sitting in my driveway. Hard loaded Lariat. Dealer let me borrow it back on Thursday night. I drove it to/from work on Friday and to run errands, etc.
The main reason I was thinking of stepping up from my current '08 to an '11 was the increased fuel economy. I was hoping the fuel savings would offset the payment difference. I kept hearing stories of these amazing numbers, but in reality, I only got 15.5 mpg... And I was pretty light on the truck.
I love the new vehicle smell, but I found a few problems with this 2011 as well:
1. It seems to have a surging problem in stop & go traffic. Several times I stepped on the gas to accelerate (from 5 - 20 mph) to change lanes and I got the normal turbo lag, then it picked up, but then when I took my foot off the gas, it kept accelerating for 1 - 3 seconds. I talked to another dealer and they said the truck needs to be reflashed? Is this a common problem? Almost caused the grill to be in the backseat of the car in front of me.
2. This truck seems a lot more jittery over small bumps. It's smoother over the large ones, like potholes, but it's way more jittery over little imperfections in the road. I have a F350 SRW SB. This is a F250 SB w/ camper package & FX4. Could the FX4 or Camper package be causing this?
There's a lot of things I like about the new truck, just want to make the right decision and hoping to get some feedback from y'all who have 2011's.