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post #1 of 4 Old 12-28-2009, 07:43 PM Thread Starter Rookie
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Hey Folks,
I'm giving serious consideration about buying a F-250 4x4 w/ a 6.4L Diesel. I need the heavier truck(I currently have an F-150 2x4 w/ a 4.6L coupled w/ 3.08:1 rear end) to haul my 1955 Packard Clipper from CA to VA, amongst other uses. My brother is a very experienced (he has all three Ford Certs) mechanic and has told me (unofficially) that the 6.4L diesel has "issues". Should I go with the 6.8L gas V-10, or the bigger F-350 w/ a 7.8L diesel? I would much prefer the diesel but have heard mixed reviews about the 6.4. Some help would be appreciated....thanks
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Uhm all the F series(250-550) have the same engine.. i dunno bout the higher #'s anyway theres no such thing as a 7.8. anyway the 6.4 is a great engine.. as far as i can tell any of the earlier issues are resolved. I myself have a 7.3 and i'll drive it til it explodes. i mean that! 94-03 was the 7.3 03-07(i believe) is the 6.0(plagued with problems) and 08-10 is 6.4.. correct me if im wrong. the 6.7 is coming out next year supposed to be a tank of an engine more power and better mileage.
The v10 is a POS that eats gas like no ones business and shoots spark plugs out!
My honest opinion is to go find a good used F250 with a 7.3 its not the fastest but it'll pull all day and its solid and reliable. hope this helps
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Everyone I know likes their 6.4s pretty good, never had any problems at all, minus the bad MPG they get. But yeah you cant go wrong with a 7.3


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personally i hav a 6.8 v10 and the 7.3 diesel they both tow like its no ones business but the 6.8 gets like 10 miles to the gal towing and 15 not towing but i drive it like i stole it and the 7.3 is a beast it tows great i love to tow with it and it gets much better mgh like 18 with that same trailer the 6.8 is quicker but the 7.3 will move a house get the 7.3 u will be happy

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