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Old 02-28-2012, 04:29 AM
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Ford Engines, V10 vs 6.4L diesel

Hi everybody,

I'm sure this has been covered before but it never hurts to get up to the minute advice. I'm looking for a new work truck and have been making a short list. So far the two stand outs are an '04 F350 SRW with the V10 gas and stick shift, and an '08 F350 DRW 6.4L diesel.

Both trucks are more than powerful for my needs, mainly city driving for mowing routes, and occasionally towing a boat to the lake with family, etc.

The trucks are basically the same price with the '04 having fewer miles and generally looking nicer but the '08 seems good value for the year and miles. My question is basically which is better?

I've been reading and it seems I'm only finding positive things about the V10 other than fuel mileage, but the 6.4L seems to be more controversial. With fuel prices going up and diesel still very high a gas truck seems tempting.

Thoughts?
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Old 02-28-2012, 04:31 AM
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Guess I might as well show you guys what I'm looking at just so you can have a better idea.

http://wichita.craigslist.org/ctd/2862866551.html
http://www.garygrossautosales.com/20...t=CreationDate
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Old 02-28-2012, 07:30 AM
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Seems like the gas truck is overpriced and the flat bed is underpriced. The flat bed might tell you a story when you go look at it.
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Old 02-28-2012, 07:40 AM
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i agree, but can attest to the v10, we have 3 currently, and have had 5 at one time. flawless and powerful, kinda sucky on gas in a 350, but a 250 has seen a cool 14mpg
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Old 02-28-2012, 09:53 AM
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I love my v10 and will be upgrading it with another v10.

But between those two trucks. I would jump on the diesel. That price is too low to pass up.
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Old 02-28-2012, 10:10 AM
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I would vote for the v10. They are reliable or more reliable than the 6.4. It will use more fuel but diesel costs more. Gas engines are cheaper to maintain.
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Old 02-28-2012, 10:17 AM
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Wow, this is what I was worried about, it seems opinions run about half and half on this one. The V10 does seem a little expensive but it was very nice for its age/mileage and the actual purchase price would probably be around $10k. I'm going to go drive the 6.4l again today and maybe haggle a little and see what happens.

Probably leaning towards the V10 just because it sounds like it might be a little more reliable and cheaper to run. But, if that 6.4l is just a cracking deal I might be able to run it for a year and sell it for a profit.
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Old 02-28-2012, 11:35 AM
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But, if that 6.4l is just a cracking deal I might be able to run it for a year and sell it for a profit.
Or sink enough money into it to go broke......
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Old 02-28-2012, 01:06 PM
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I did not see the pricing on the gas truck, but it is probably an ex Fed. Government vehicle.. Either Dept of Agriculture, or Forestry service. That is their standard color of green, and not a common color sold to the general public. It is also a standard. Those std. trans/clutch setups are VERY expensive to repair if it should need a clutch. In fact, the clutch alone, can cost as much as replacing an automatic trans. in one of those.
Why do you need a 1 ton? Stick with a 3/4 ton to get a little better mileage and pricing.
Be aware that ford has not offered a good trpublefree diesel since they quit offering the 7.3 Powerstroke. That diesel model is problematic and a hard sell to prople who know diesels well. Resell price will not be good with that diesel in it.
The V10 is a great engine and it is too bad you can no longer get them in the 3/4 or 1 ton Fords. The pulling power is awsome and fuel mileage is not great, but no terrible if you are carefull how you drive.
I happen to have a 2010, F250 pickup for sale in the "for sale" section of this forum. It has the V10 and an auto. trans with a towing package. Check it out. Almost like new at less than half the price of new.
come have a look at mine. I am in Denton Tx, right on I35, not far from you at all.
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Old 02-28-2012, 11:07 AM
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Will this be for more stop&go or heavy hauling? Gasser favors the former, diesel favors the latter.
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