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Which option would you choose if you were me?

  • 2 yr 24K PremiumCare warranty

    Votes: 1 2.5%
  • 2 yr 24K ExtraCare warranty

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • 3 yr 36K ExtraCare warranty

    Votes: 4 10.0%
  • Delete, Tune, and Cross Fingers

    Votes: 35 87.5%

PremiumCare, ExtraCare, or Delete

5278 Views 44 Replies 14 Participants Last post by  Doss
So, I've been following and reading these forums for a long time (about 2 years... ever since I wanted an 2008-2010 Super Duty). Yes, I know this gets asked all the time, but rarely do people list what kind of health their truck is in or which warranty to get.

Now, I've come to that point where I have to decide what to do:
2008 F250 4x4 with 79,000 miles (put about 15k on it a year)
OASIS was clean (no issues)
Pretty easy on it besides city driving
Maintained thoroughly

I've had it for almost 16,000 miles and only had 3 issues:
1. One time (literally once), the trucked "bucked" hard at about 45 MPH like something was wrong with the trans and it failed to accelerate or respond to accelerator pedal. Did this for about 30 seconds. Parked it. Turned it back on... hasn't happened again (over 12,000 miles).
2. A/C turns off occasionally while previously on and will not blow air at all. Happened 3 times and each time was fixed by simply restarting the truck.
3. Under medium to heavy acceleration, black smoke out the tailpipe. Not smokescreen quality, but viewable in mirrors pretty easily.

So, what to do now?

Assuming I can get one of the following:

1. 2 yr 24K PremiumCare warranty
2. 2 yr 24K ExtraCare warranty
3. 3 yr 36K ExtraCare warranty
4. Delete EGR and DPF plus tuner and cross my fingers

What would you do? Thanks everyone.
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Certain components are not covered, and if they cause major components to fail, you are screwed. Also, say you happen to get a bad batch of fuel and your HPFP fails, destroying your motor, and Ford investigates to discover bad fuel caused the problem--say bye to your warranty...
I would read the fine print thoroughly, several times. It will state, not-so-clearly what is not covered. Most often, the cooling system, exhaust systems and seals and gaskets are NOT covered....and it will also say something like "failed components caused by non-covered parts are not warranted". Well, that sounds like a good way for them to weasel out of most warranty claims...especially on the 6.4L where most major failures are caused by these non-covered systems/parts.

And you will also have to keep very good records and all receipts if you do your own maintenance, as proper and complete maintenance according to the manufacturer service schedule is also a prerequisite for warranty claims.

I say: put the would-be warranty money away, delete & tune with money out of your pocket and maintain the vehicle well....this should go a lot further in terms of longevity and reliability of the vehicle than relying on some piece of paper full of loopholes for the warrantor and no recourse for the warrantee.

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