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Old 08-19-2013, 04:53 AM
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2W vs FX4?

I'm beginning to think about selling my '04 F250 for something newer ('11 or '12). I use my truck to get me back & forth to work and sometimes haul a few items. The main reason I drive an F250 is to pull my 5th Wheel.

So far, my 2W drive has been sufficient and served me well (except for the one time my son tried to take it up a steep grade off road ).

In my initial search for a replacement truck, I could only find FX4 trucks. I'm not sure if this is because they are extremely popular, or if the FX4 trucks have more problems than 2W trucks, and so those folks are more likely to get rid of them early.

So, I'm just wondering, considering my rather gentle use of my truck, should I keep looking for a 2W drive, or give in and go for the FX4? How much more maintenance is involved?

I was getting about 16.5 mpg in my '04 until Texas raised it speed limits to 75 mph. Now I only get 14.5 mpg.

What are folks getting with the FX4?

Anything else I need to watch out for if I switch?

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Old 08-19-2013, 05:46 AM
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Never had a 2W drive SuperDuty but my '06 FX4 got around 17mpg and this one gets 19.5mpg as a daily driver to/from work and occasional errand running on the weekends. I would bet it would get over 20mpg on the way if I ever took it on a trip without my 5er.
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Old 08-19-2013, 07:35 AM
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Look at the gear ratios that would be the largest factor. The 3.31's should net you the best mpg and as long as you dont plan on running 35's or anything like that, will give you plenty of power to pull the 5er.
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Old 08-19-2013, 08:31 AM
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2x4 is okay for towing, however if you ever for some reason need to go someplace where there is no pavement, you may regret that decision to go with 2x4. 4x4 is the only way to go in my opinion because I go places frequently where I use 4x4.

It takes very minor maintenance for the 4x4 over the 2x4. Only difference is a transfer case, and a solid axle in the front. Thus after 100k miles a fluid change might be smart for your axles and transfer case.

If you can find 4x4 easier then go for it because you may find more of a truck you want if you don't have a preference between 2x4 and 4x4. Also 4x4 allows you to do more things if you need to, no more worrying whether your truck will make it somewhere. Slap it in 4x4 and crawl your way out every time.
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Old 08-19-2013, 09:01 AM
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I have to agree with The Stig. 4X4 is the way to go and as factoryflood stated, if you can find a truck with the 3.31 or even the 3.55 gears, you will have plenty of towing power and decent fuel mileage. Never had an issue with the drivetrain on my '06 or my '12 FX4.
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Old 08-19-2013, 06:52 PM
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You will also have much better resale value if you decide to get rid of it down the line with the fx4. I know in my area you just don't see any 2wd's because nobody wants them. Not trying to offend 2wd owners, just my opinion.
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Old 08-20-2013, 05:04 AM
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^Another true statement. Resale is difficult, especially if you buy the truck new, odds are the truck is going to depreciate in value quicker if it is a 2x4.

And you never know when there is going to be another ice age
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Old 08-20-2013, 06:12 AM
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Wink OP.......

Fuel mileage will be a LOT better with the 2wd. If you don't go off-road and only use it for towing/DD take a ride in both. I bought a 12 FX4 dually with 15k on it, and never saw better than 18-19 going less than 65. (you drive any faster and it REALLY drops off) I didn't want to buy a 4wd but the dealers in my area didn't have any in the configuration I wanted. They told me the mileage difference was only one or two mpg. NOT!!

Anyway, I kept looking and found a used (20k) 2011 dually to take for a test drive. As soon as I cleared the mpg screen and took a cruise it was quite apparent the 2wd rode smoother and got better mileage. So, I ordered a new 2013 f350 2wd dually and am VERY happy with it. (gears were 373 in all 3 trucks)

I live in florida and do ALL highway miles, so my dec. made sense for me. I do agree resale will be tougher, and 4x4 is awesome when you need it. Try to find a version of both and take them for a drive. I think your choice will be easy at that point. Good luck in your hunt, Scott
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Old 08-21-2013, 05:41 PM
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I have always owned 2wd trucks, never thought I would need it, even towing boats and my 35ft TT. Recently got a 12 cc 4x4. What a difference. I won't own another 2wd.
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Old 08-21-2013, 06:17 PM
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My FX4 hasn't had any issues and doesn't present any real maintenance additions...you have transfer case fluid but that has high change intervals. It can't be reliability issues causing you to see a lot of FX4s...it is because they are popular here.

For what it's worth, I think in Texas you find a lot of 2WD trucks on the 1/2 ton side, and a lot of 4WD trucks on the 3/4 and 1 ton side. I went from a 2WD Tundra to the 350 FX4. I decided with all of the driving I do, sometimes on dirt and gravel, coupled with the flooding and heavy rains we get - that the 4WD will come in handy.

There is the standard 4X4 and then there's the FX4 option. It gets you stickers on the bed, skid plates, hill decent control, and Rancho shocks. My mileage is 16.7 consistently unless I'm towing...then it seems to stay around 15mpg. I have no modifications.
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