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vikingcompany
01-08-2007, 04:30 PM
I am getting back into property maintenance and am planing on getting either a Ford e-250 or e-350 4x4 diesel. Which one of these two would you suggest? I really like the Ford brand. I plan on pulling a 7 x 16 Wells cargo, hauling my grass clippings in a dump insertion from Truckcraft with the leaf box and also doing plowing. I would like to know your opinion on if you think the E-250 is heavy duty enough and/or if the E-350 is an overkill on the durability side and a gas waster. Thanking you guys in advance for your answers in this important decision.

KrayzKajun
01-08-2007, 04:33 PM
do you mean F-250 or F-350? the E-250 and E-350 are work vans.

grassmanak
01-08-2007, 04:34 PM
I've never seen a plow on a van before, and how are you going to put a dump insert in a van, i dont think the roof will support it.

BSDeality
01-08-2007, 04:36 PM
if you're set on a van I would look at the MB/Freightliner/Dodge Sprinter Vans. I was eyeballing one and they are very efficient, strong (MB turbo diesel) and look to be reliable for the most part.

hmm, I just re-read it before I posted... you mention a dump insert and leaf box, which would be impossible to use with a van. Also, hardly anyone plows with a E250/350. Did you mean F250/F350?

vikingcompany
01-08-2007, 05:42 PM
Whoops, I meant F - 350 and F - 250. :hammerhead: I still have the cobwebs from the weekend

qualitylawnmanagement
01-08-2007, 05:46 PM
I would go F-350 Diesel if you are planning on adding a dump insert.

KrayzKajun
01-08-2007, 06:20 PM
I would go F-350 Diesel if you are planning on adding a dump insert.

I second that

MysticLandscape
01-08-2007, 06:40 PM
350 diesel is what I got now. Had a 250 gasser and the diesel is alot better when its under a load.

GG386
01-08-2007, 09:46 PM
Viking,

You did not mention if your looking at new or used.

If new, find an 07 NOT an 08. Ford no longer manufactures the 07 model. Starting this year emissions has put a stranglehold on diesels (Chevy and Dodge inc.) Ford's new 6.4 is a recipe for disaster. There is some really heavy rebates out there for the super duty's, take advantage if you can swing it!

If used, opt for either a 7.3 turbo or go with an "05" or later 6.0 litre. I have both models, the 6.0 is a little more snappy but tends to eat a liitle more fuel than the 7.3, but I do have a lead foot:nono:

Don't even mess w/ the 250's if not just for the brakes and cooling upgrades
good luck on your search

vikingcompany
01-08-2007, 10:30 PM
GG386,
Why go with an '05 or later 6 litre? Was there something the matter with earlier models like the '03 six litre? That is actually the model I was considering.

GG386
01-08-2007, 11:10 PM
GG386,
Why go with an '05 or later 6 litre? Was there something the matter with earlier models like the '03 six litre? That is actually the model I was considering.

The "03" model was there 1st generation diesels, lots of problems- namely head gaskets and turbos coughing. I know they still made some 7.3's in early 03 model year, maybe try to get one of those.

I am by no means a expert, but I do keep my ear to the ground on trucks. I do know of 2 units that were "lemoned" back to Ford because of that early model motor. I'll bet if you did a Google on that topic, you can get the skinny from people with a higher paygrade than me!

Regards

BSDeality
01-09-2007, 11:38 AM
yes, there were a lot of problems with the 03 6.0's I would look for a 7.3 or jump to an 05 6.0.

I have an 05 F350 SC/LB 6.0 PSD, been a good truck so far but hogs the fuel a bit more than the 7.3

Total.Lawn.Care
01-09-2007, 11:45 AM
GG386,
Why go with an '05 or later 6 litre? Was there something the matter with earlier models like the '03 six litre? That is actually the model I was considering.

I own an '03 6.0 PSD Excursion that was bought back by Ford. As was explained to me by several Ford Diesel Techs, the first 6.0 engines were produced on the same assembly line as the 7.3 engines were. Due to this, a number of 6.0 engines ended up receiveing 7.3 computers, which cause the electronics to mess up and eventually cause injectors to fail, glow plug modules to die and if not fixed properly, a number of other things to go wrong.

My Excursion has the computer flashed and re-programmed to the 6.0 specs, the injectors, glow plug module and the Injector Pressure Control Module Replaced. We have not had a problem since. We bought the truck with 25K miles and currently have 48K miles.

jkingrph
01-09-2007, 12:53 PM
I own an '03 6.0 PSD Excursion that was bought back by Ford. As was explained to me by several Ford Diesel Techs, the first 6.0 engines were produced on the same assembly line as the 7.3 engines were. Due to this, a number of 6.0 engines ended up receiveing 7.3 computers, which cause the electronics to mess up and eventually cause injectors to fail, glow plug modules to die and if not fixed properly, a number of other things to go wrong.

My Excursion has the computer flashed and re-programmed to the 6.0 specs, the injectors, glow plug module and the Injector Pressure Control Module Replaced. We have not had a problem since. We bought the truck with 25K miles and currently have 48K miles.

I have an '03 F 250 6.0psd and have no problems, One recall for a potential wiring(ground) problem. This has been one of the best running most trouble free vehicles I have ever had. Bought new in April 03

GG386
01-11-2007, 10:37 PM
I'm not diss'n 6 litre's in there entirety, but to be helpful to Viking he should be aware of the potential out there. Hell, I own an 07 6.0 F350 crew cab 4x4 and have nothing but kudos for that thing. Snappy, pulls hard but seems to like fuel a little bit more than my 02 7.3.

One thing to remember, the diesels carry a 100,000 mile warranty for motor and trans, so if you can get a unit under that mileage you should be good to go. If you do find one like that, take it to your dealer before the warranty expires and have them go thru it, it's free:clapping:

K&M Lawn Care
01-12-2007, 01:10 AM
If you are considering an 03-04, you may want to have a Ford dealership run you an OASIS report on it. That will tell you any and all warrantee repairs that have been done on it. Really I guess it's a pretty good idea to have it done on any used vehicle. That way you can see if it has had a history of certain problems or if it came from the factory with more bugs than normal.