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Something to consider before buying Ford

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by BrandonV, Sep 29, 2012.

  1. jrs.landscaping

    jrs.landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 2,763

    We have a 6.4, it has been in the shop only once in over 60k miles, and for a minor oil leak at that. I should probably cross my fingers now that I've talked about it.....
  2. GQLL

    GQLL LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 846

    You got a bad truck it happens. i have two 6.4 one with never had any major problems with them. only had a steering damper in one and the other been problem free. I am glad people keep posting these problems cause it just lowers the used market price and i can pick them up cheaper. just like with the early 6.0 you can get them cheap all day long and spend about 3k and have a bullet proof motor.
  3. cgaengineer

    cgaengineer LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 15,778

    Something to consider before buying a Ford...most of its made in Mexico.
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  4. BrandonV

    BrandonV LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,616

    Ours was the 5.4 and I'm ok with getting a bad truck but when something is bad you expect it to be fixable. I gave for over 4 months to "fix" it and before returning it on lease had some aftermarket guys look at it to which they told me to run. I'm surprised how you can write off the idea of spending upwards of $75k on something that never worked properly and then the company you purchase it from telling you it's designed to overheat and stall out. Thats like you installing an irrigation system that has a valve stuck in the open position and flooding someone's yard and telling the HO that its operating within spec.
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  5. ClassicLawnCareInc

    ClassicLawnCareInc LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 744

    Yeah, Im one that if its not right and after multiple tries I just get rid of it. Its cheaper to trade it and move on than to have it broke down all of the time.
  6. BrandonV

    BrandonV LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,616

    hence the downside of leasing: you're stuck with it for the term
  7. LibertyFarmLandscaping

    LibertyFarmLandscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
    from NE TX
    Messages: 1,091

    Dodge and GM kindly thank Ford for all the new Diesel pickup customers.
    Luckily I had one of the last 7.3's and got to see my brother suffer through a 1st gen sick.0. So I've had 2 trouble free Dodges since then.

    My current 11' Dodge lost the emissions junk at 10k and currently has 31k trouble free miles.

    My brother now has an 07' Dmax he bought new currently with 75k miles. Only problem is to replace a u joint and that is with a 32' GN pulling skid steers, sky trac, and scissor lifts all the time.
    Last edited: Oct 1, 2012
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  8. Ready to Mow

    Ready to Mow LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,897

    Unless I missed something I don't see the problem here, the fan is a little noisy? Does it lock up and spin fast when taking off from a stop? That's normal, to keep air flowing over the ac condenser. The fan on my truck 6.7 cummins will do it almost everytime too, unless you put the ac on recirculation mode. Then it won't do it very often.
  9. BrandonV

    BrandonV LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,616

    Old thread. Truck was constantly overheating. Was going through fan belts and fan clutches every 7k mikes. Curious as to how and why you revived this thread?
    JLSLLC likes this.
  10. On a call

    On a call LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,402

    He dug deep :)

    So did you ever see that truck again on the road ?

    I think I would have hid bussiness cards here and there in the truck with a note saying to call you :)

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