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Old 05-11-2009, 07:58 PM
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my first powerstroke 09 f350: i`m scared!!

Hey,

Today is a momentious day for me. i`m very close to buying a my first diesel truck. my wife and i have been saving for this for a few years but today we decided to take the plunge.

1st i went to see the 09 ram 2500 cummins. we took it for a drive and wasn`t really that impressed. the ride has a little harsh and although the cummins had lots of power, it shifted hard when slowing to a stop. the sales guy explained that it needed to break in and the hard shifting was a type of "engine break".

anyway, i was close to purchase but my better half wanted to check out the ford. we pulled into the dealer and they had a 09 f350 on the lot. the sales guy opened her up and i thought i was in some kind of luxury sedan, and the fit in finish compared to the dodge was night and day. we took the bad truck out and i couldn`t believe the difference. the ride was much smoother than the mopar and the powerstroke lit right up when i dropped the hammer and kept pulling with no hicups. it was a real dream.

and it kept getting better, the price worked out the same as the ram with more options and a mega cab and 8ft box plus plus plus. of course my answer was yes but i`ve been browsing around the net and i`ve been reading some negative things about the 6.0l and i`m a little worried about the 6.4`s. i`m very noobish with any diesel but i`v also heard that the mileage on these aren`t anything to sneeze at. to be honenst, i`m a city guy that will not be using the potential of this truck now,will doing some longer trips a couple times per week. in a nutshell, no real reason at the moment for this truck, but I do want to haul a camper in the for-seeable future.

I was wondering if anyone has some experience with the 6.4? positive or negative since i`m a little scared about realibility issues as compared with the cummins.

thanks in advance............KH.
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Old 05-11-2009, 08:23 PM
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Your wife is a smart woman and a keeper...
"anyway, i was close to purchase but my better half wanted to check out the ford"

I am quite happy with an '07 6.0...cant say much about the 6.4 (firsthand)
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Old 05-12-2009, 10:21 AM
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i went out this morning to try a duramax and their was none to be found at 2 dealers. i took a 09 gmc 2500 gas for a run just to make a general comparison and the ride was rough similar to the dodge. it lacked bottom end grunt and didn`t have the exceleration of the powerstroke.

so i`m now a ford guy, haven`t owned a ford since my 1981 escort. my last 2 trucks were mopar`s: i hope i`ve made the right choice.
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Old 05-12-2009, 10:30 AM
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I think that you will really like the Ford. I know that I want one real bad. There are things that can be done to pull the mileage out of the gutter but some of them will void the warrenty but they can be reversed!
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Old 05-12-2009, 10:31 AM
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welcome.. post some pics
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Old 05-12-2009, 10:33 AM
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You won't be sorry. This truck is my first diesel and I will NEVER go back. The 6.4 is a hot motor I wish I had one!!! It is like anything else treat her right and she will return the favor. I also like your taste in women, she definatly is a keeper and Soooooooooo Smart too Beauty and BRAINS not too many of those around
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Old 05-12-2009, 10:56 AM
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thanks everyone! i will post pics soon, pick her up thursday afternoon...........
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