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Old 03-30-2014, 01:42 PM
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Question To upgrade or not to upgrade (Advise needed)

Hi all,
New to the forum. I am thinking of buying a F-350. Here is my situation, I bought a F-150 (2013 Eco, Screw, fully loaded (gorgeous truck) about 8 months ago, but I am now thinking I made a mistake. (I know, I know, I should have known better, but it is too late for that now :-))

I am close to retirement age and I am giving up on my MC riding life and getting into RVing/camping. In looking at 5th wheels I realize I would be pushing the 150 weight limits on most 5th past what I am comfortable with. Because of that, I am considering trading my truck for a 350 (I know I will probably take it in the shorts in the trade in...).

I have never owned a diesel. I always heard diesels are made to be driven long distances and because I am still working (1-2 years before I can retire) I will not be putting too many miles in the 350. I want it now as I want to buy both the truck and the RV and hope to have them close to paid off soon after retirement.

Does it hurt a diesel to be driven only 10-15 k miles a year? My commute to work is only about 15 miles each way.

Do these new (looking at 2015 F-350) diesel engines need a lot of maintenance and care (other than the normal fluids and filter type changes)?

Should I consider the F-350 gas instead? (I have read that fuel economy and power are better in the diesels).

Sorry for the long post... Thanks for your opinions/advise.

Hector
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Hi all,
New to the forum. I am thinking of buying a F-350. Here is my situation, I bought a F-150 (2013 Eco, Screw, fully loaded (gorgeous truck) about 8 months ago, but I am now thinking I made a mistake. (I know, I know, I should have known better, but it is too late for that now :-))

I am close to retirement age and I am giving up on my MC riding life and getting into RVing/camping. In looking at 5th wheels I realize I would be pushing the 150 weight limits on most 5th past what I am comfortable with. Because of that, I am considering trading my truck for a 350 (I know I will probably take it in the shorts in the trade in...).

I have never owned a diesel. I always heard diesels are made to be driven long distances and because I am still working (1-2 years before I can retire) I will not be putting too many miles in the 350. I want it now as I want to buy both the truck and the RV and hope to have them close to paid off soon after retirement.

Does it hurt a diesel to be driven only 10-15 k miles a year? My commute to work is only about 15 miles each way.

Do these new (looking at 2015 F-350) diesel engines need a lot of maintenance and care (other than the normal fluids and filter type changes)?

Should I consider the F-350 gas instead? (I have read that fuel economy and power are better in the diesels).

Sorry for the long post... Thanks for your opinions/advise.

Hector
Welcome to the Addiction!!

I cannot speak for the new trucks except to say that all I have heard is good things about the 6.7's I wish I could afford one. Never let the thought of a V10 gasser enter your mind again you will hate it unless you like buying fuel every time you pass a gas station. Get the diesel and love life.

There is a 6.7 section in the forums that you can check out to see what they guys have to say about theirs as well.
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I'd go with a F350 SRW, in a Gas. With the limited amount you will pulling it does not justify the greater expense all the way around with a Diesel.

Services are higher, fuel is higher and it's $8k just for the motor.

Just my 2 Cents.
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Thanks you two. I will try to figure out how to move the post to the 6.7 section, or does a moderator have to do that?
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I'd go with a F350 SRW, in a Gas. With the limited amount you will pulling it does not justify the greater expense all the way around with a Diesel.

Services are higher, fuel is higher and it's $8k just for the motor.

Just my 2 Cents.


I love my 7.3L, but I would have too agree with STX79, I'm a diesel guy all the way but with the 6.7L having some issue's at first I'm not sure if I want that headache. But Please do not take my word on it, many, many guys are having great success with the 6.7L. I would read the 6.7L section then make the a choice on engines, but if I had the extra $65K I'd go all out and get a F-350 6.7L CCDRW 4X4

Another option is there are many slightly used 6.7L that you could save some money on IMHO
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