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Old 08-03-2014, 05:42 PM
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Opinions on buying 1st diesel- 2012 6.7

Hey guys. Just sold my Dodge 1500 and I'm now in the market for a 3/4 ton diesel. Me and the wife plan on getting a 5th wheel camper and that's the main reason I got rid of the dodge. I've read a lot of the pros and cons on the big 3 and each have their own issues it seems. I love the look of the fords, so I figured I'd try those out first. (Really don't like the looks of chevys so trying not to consider those honestly) I'm going to look at a 2012 6.7 f250 tomorrow. I've read about 6.4 problems and the cab off repairs kind of scare me honestly. The 6.7's seem to have fewer problems from what I've read online. One of my buddies tells me the 6.7s have turbo issues that were fixed in 2015. Just wondering if anyone could give me any advice or reasons why I should or shouldn't get this 2012 6.7 and anything to look for when I inspect the vehicle. I honestly don't know a lot about diesels, since this would be my first. Looking for a reliable truck that will last, but seems harder to find in these epa diesels lol. Not looking to tune it for crazy hp torque etc, But maybe deletes and a tow tune if it really improves the reliability of the engine.Any help?? Heres a link to the truck I'll be looking at. Original Owner, 22k miles.

2012 F250 SuperDuty Lariat FX4 Power Stroke Diesel
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Old 08-03-2014, 05:56 PM
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For $1800 more you can buy a new 2015 that comes with a Lifetime Powertrain warranty as well as the full factory warranty, plus you'll probably get better interest rate.
Here's an example. This is the dealership where I bought mine, near Baltimore Md.. They offer the lifetime powertrain warranty with every vehicle they sell at no additional charge, (not all do).
New 2015 Ford Super Duty F-350 Lariat

Good luck on whatever you choose. If you are thinking of buying a Ram look at this thread (link below), particularly the comments by John_P who had been a Loyal Dodge Man for a couple of decades. He still drag races his 96 CTD, but won't buy a new one, he just bought a new Powerstroke. John is a moderator on another Diesel site and he builds Cummins race engines from time to time. If John won't buy a new Cummins, you know there's a good reason.

My 2015 Test Drive

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Old 08-03-2014, 06:06 PM
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I haven't seen a new one anywhere near 45k..That one is a gasser you linked
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My Bad,,,Sorry about that.
They do have a Diesel XLT for $43,795. New 2015 Ford Super Duty F-250 XLT

And, a Diesel Lariat for $48,869 New 2015 Ford Super Duty F-250 Lariat
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Old 08-03-2014, 07:30 PM
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Thanks for info! Around here new lariats have been going for 55k or so. I could get this one for 42k with only 22k miles. Have there been many issues with the 2012 6.7s? I just don't want to strike a good deal on a '12 and it have major problems that I could have known beforehand. Or do you guys recommend a cummins? haha
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The early 2011s had a few problems, but I think the 2012s were fine.
Good luck and keep us posted with what ever you kill and drag home.
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Old 08-03-2014, 07:54 PM
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I've had mine for the last 18 months and have only had a few issues... The majority of them, like most all dealt with the DPF system. I've had several sensors fail, putting the truck into limp mode. One in the def tank, and the EGT #2 has failed twice... Part of the reason I deleted. Other than that I had a few of the solenoids in the tranny replaced ( there was a TSB out on that one: had a rough shift that would not be fixed by the transmission reflash update). Just this weekend I discovered I've got a slight oil seepage from the drain cap and lower pan. Depending on the build date, the 11's and early 12's had a polymer plastic type lower pan with quick release drain plug... They're prone to leaks around the plug and bolts. Again, covered under the power train warranty and they'll replace it with the metal style pan they went back to. With only 22k that truck should still be under warranty for any of the issues I listed above... But like others have said, for that price, if u can find a '15 or '14 for not too much more may be worth a look.

Don't get me wrong, I'd still buy the truck again if I had the chance. Few minor issues but worth the few trips to the dealer.
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Old 08-03-2014, 08:48 PM
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Problem with buying new is its over budget..I really set a 40k budget and I'm already pushing it. I could definitely find some '14 XLT's low miles below 40k, but I really like the lariat interior. Idk if nice interior is worth it though. So choices are 12' 6.7 lariat, cheaper 14' xlt, or even 10' 6.4 and save even more...Just drove a buddy's brand new 6.7 lariat and...
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I cant answer the question as far as which scenario is best for you, however I can tell you which scenario would be best for me...

Over the years I have come to realize that I am never satisfied unless I buy exactly what I want. So my advice would be decide what it is that you really want and if necessary save a little longer to make that possible.

Normally when I settle or make do I end up trading in in a couple of years. I personally save money in the long run by paying more up front. If you end up settling for something (lariat vs xlt) make sure u will be happy in the logn run.
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Old 08-04-2014, 08:23 AM
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If you can get it for $38,000 or lower I'd go for it. Looks like a nice truck.
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