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Old 08-24-2013, 10:13 AM
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Decision Time 08-10 F450 or 11-12 F350 DRW

Not sure which one is the best option for me. I currently drive a 2011 F250 but I'm looking at a larger 5th Wheel and need both the payload and towing. I will be towing 18000 lbs with a 3k+ pin weight.

My concern is that in the price range I am looking at (under $35k) my options are an 08-10 F450 with 45-90k miles or an 11-12 with 120-150k miles. I really like my 11 F250 but I'm a little concerned about having over 100k on my tow vehicle.

It will be 90% used with trailer in tow. Not my daily driver. Is the 08-10 F450 reliable enough or is the 11-12 the way to go even with the miles.

I am in Southern California so the DPF delete is possible but not anywhere legal. I would prefer to leave it stock if possible. I just need reliability as this is what tows my family and toys out to the desert and back. Sitting on the side of the road is not our idea of a fun time.

Please give me your opinions or relate real facts to my decision if you could. I appreciate all the ideas you may have.
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Old 08-24-2013, 10:36 AM
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i would go with the 11 or 12, and get the 6.7, more power, and its a diesel, so 100k is just breaking it in if it was properly maintained, should be able to see 300k+ out of the 6.4 or the 6.7 if maintained,

the 6.7 is also common rail, i think the 6.4 is still using the high pressure oil system on it, so the 6.7 has a better fueling system
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Old 08-24-2013, 10:45 AM
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i would go with the 11 or 12, and get the 6.7, more power, and its a diesel, so 100k is just breaking it in if it was properly maintained, should be able to see 300k+ out of the 6.4 or the 6.7 if maintained,

the 6.7 is also common rail, i think the 6.4 is still using the high pressure oil system on it, so the 6.7 has a better fueling system
Wrong, both the 6.4 and 6.7 are Common rail. 2007 with the 6.0 was the last year for HEUI.

OP, go for the new 6.7. More warranty and more power, plus more reliable in stock form.


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Old 08-24-2013, 11:19 AM
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Thanks for the opinions. My wife hasn't quite bought off on the 11 or 12 just because I have to keep it under $35k and that pushes me to trucks with 120k+ unless I might be able to get her interested in an XLT cloth interior. Then I can probably get one in the 80k mile range.
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I just went through this same situation for the same reason. What I determined is it you are going to keep it stock, 6.7 for sure. Tuned you could go with either. In the end it came down to the tranny. I think once you tow with a 6.7 you won't want to go back and I didn't want that regret.
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Old 08-24-2013, 01:02 PM
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I would say under your circumstances to look for a 2008-10 F350 drw. You can find a low mileage Lariat or King Ranch in your price range, add a warranty and hit the road. The 6.7s don't get much better mileage than the 6.4s with that kind of weight behind them anyway.
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Old 08-24-2013, 01:10 PM
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Definitely get the 6.7. My bossman had a 2010 F450, 2012 F250, 2012 F350 SRW, and now the 2012 F350 DRW and he wishes he would have done this first. The 450 had a full 4" exhaust, Spartan, EGR Delete w/ CAC Pipe and elbow, Intake and the fuel mileage while towing his 4 horse living quarters trailer sucked really bad compared to his 6.7. Im not talked 4 mpg difference while towing, but when fuel mileage is at or under 10, 1.5mpg is a big difference
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Old 08-24-2013, 01:32 PM
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Going from 2 6.4s to now 3 6.7s I've only seen roughly 1 mpg difference when towing. Now running around empty on the highway the 6.7's are significantly better.
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Old 08-24-2013, 04:15 PM
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Thanks for all the replies. A warranty is one thing but reliability is really what I want.

I've been towing my 25ft toy hauler with my 6.7 so I feel as I might miss the ease it tows if I go down to the 6.4.

Is there anything I should look for when looking at 6.7's with 80k+ miles?
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just went through the exact same situation as you and ended up with a 2011 f350 and couldnt be happier and i found several of 2011 lariats with 80k and under for anywhere from 30-40k . look around some more finding a 2011 for under 35 is pretty easy. i came from ram though and couldnt be happier about my decision on going with the 6.7 . i bought my truck through woodhouse maybe try looking there ??
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