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Old 03-10-2011, 07:53 AM
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Anybody come from a LBZ Duramax?

IF you came to the Ford Scorpion from a LBZ Duramax, how would you compare the two? I love the Ford truck, but I am getting worried I might regret leaving my LBZ. I have spent many hours now reading about the new Ford VS Chevy, and am convinced that the new Duramax is the better package. THat being said, GM trucks fall apart around the motor/tranny at about 100k miles in my experience. The king of the hill test was very decisive, but I also don't tow 19k at 11k elevation. I have no exhaust brake on my 06 duramax, but the transmission holds it back quite well when I'm pulling my 10k fishing boat on steep, winding, coastal roads here in Northern Ca. I also do a fair amount of off road stuff (4lo over big boulders etc) when hunting and family camping/fishing so the Ford again is the better choice. How ineffective is the engine braking and is the turbo on these trucks really not up to the task of moving enough air when towing up steep grades? I just hate to spend 60k and regret it. Any real world experiences, especially between the new Powerstroke and a LBZ duramax would be very helpful. I'm not looking to start a brand war, just want honest, first hand info. THanks in advance.
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Old 03-10-2011, 09:16 AM
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Each brand has pluses and minuses...some of which you've set out. If there were a Dodge dealer closer than 3 hours away, I'd probably be driving a cummins engine...that'd be my likely choice no matter what brand it was in.

That being said, I've had my truck for 3 days and don't have any pangs of regret for not getting the Dodge...except I prefer a manual tranny to haul with.

If you know the Chev falls apart at 100 k, then I'd stay away from the Chev and shop and compare the other brands.
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Old 03-10-2011, 09:40 AM
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thats kinda my deal too if there was a loaded lmm near me i would have got that over the ford but i do love my ford
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Old 03-10-2011, 09:51 AM
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thats kinda my deal too if there was a loaded lmm near me i would have got that over the ford but i do love my ford
...and I ordered my truck a couple of weeks before Dodge flashed up the power on their Cummins to the Ford levels...if that had occurred before I ordered...would have been a much tougher decision to make...
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Old 03-10-2011, 02:22 PM
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I had the 2008 gmc loaded and traded for the 2011 king ranch loaded. I think the ford is better for my use, i did't want to drive the gmc if i wasn't towing. It rode rough and was noisy. I really like getting in the ford f250 it is so quit and rides like a car, i did put firestone air bags on because with anything in the bed it sat down in the rear too much. My fuel mpg on the gmc was about 1 mpg better. But i like the ford much better. john
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Old 03-10-2011, 04:49 PM
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2006 GMC. I liked the truck but it was under sized for my trailer. When I ordered the F-350 it was because of the features, bells and whistles that it had over the GMC.
Haven't towed yet with the new truck. But non towing mileage is less then what I got with the GMC.

Overall I like just about everything better on the Ford.
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Old 03-10-2011, 05:46 PM
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Porthole, how much less unloaded are you seeing? I currently get 15 city 17 hwy and son't want to go any less, mostly because the crappy 26 gallon tank reduces your range towing to having to stop too frequently.
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Old 03-10-2011, 05:54 PM
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On the highway 65-75 about 2-2.5 mpg less. But the new truck is a DRW

My average so far with the new truck is about 14.5
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Old 03-10-2011, 06:27 PM
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Not good. I was hoping for better than what I have now considering the DEF cost.
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Old 03-10-2011, 06:41 PM
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if you got a srw it would be much better than that
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