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Help the newbie

I just bought a pontoon boat and pulling it with a 2005 Denali 6.0l and I have to say the boat has way to much wind resistance. The truck runs at about 2800 rpm and gets approx 10 mpg. I just started looking at ford diesels and I think they look sharp. I have never owned a diesel in my life so I have a few questions:

1. If maintained and treated well what kind of miles can I expect the truck to last?

2. What kind of mpg in town for a stock f250 cc 4x4 with 3.73 gears (mpg vary so much on everything I have read....would it be as good as a f150 4x4 with a 5.4l)

3. I could get a gas truck but I don't think it would pull any better do you think diesel is the way to go (I need an excuse to buy a diesel).

4. Ford trucks look the best would you consider another brand.

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I am getting a 08 F-250 4x4 Fx4 diesel to pull my 27ft tooner. I too needed an excuse to buy a diesel. After seeing the mpg that my buddy's 5.9 cummins got I was sold, on the Ford of course
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If you do any sort of towing, that right there is the excuse.

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Diesel power = almost unlimited towing capabilities, no one wants to drive all day towing on the redline. Gas trucks are for NERDS.:cheering If you want to drive a truck that can walk all over subarus, mustangs, ricers, HEMI's, gto's, almost any chevy product, you need a :smoke with an SCT of course..
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I just bought a pontoon boat and pulling it with a 2005 Denali 6.0l and I have to say the boat has way to much wind resistance. The truck runs at about 2800 rpm and gets approx 10 mpg. I just started looking at ford diesels and I think they look sharp. I have never owned a diesel in my life so I have a few questions:

1. If maintained and treated well what kind of miles can I expect the truck to last?

2. What kind of mpg in town for a stock f250 cc 4x4 with 3.73 gears (mpg vary so much on everything I have read....would it be as good as a f150 4x4 with a 5.4l)

3. I could get a gas truck but I don't think it would pull any better do you think diesel is the way to go (I need an excuse to buy a diesel).

4. Ford trucks look the best would you consider another brand.

Thanks for taking the time to read and answer.
If properly maintained, the truck will last about 500K miles. MPG should be about 13 - 17 in town, depending how heavy on the go pedal you are. My excuse for buying a diesel was that I wanted one. Oh, and I didn't like how my F-150 would come out of O/D while towing on the highway. And as for the last question, HELL NO. Ford > ALL. :deal:

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Ford has the best offerings right now when it comes to quality of the trucks..interior comfort and such. You will have this truck for a very long time, so those are important factors to consider when purchasing.

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you hit that right on
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Thank you Kip. Think about this, you get what you pay for. Even though it may cost you a bit more up front, think about the comfort, power, and style that you would be comfortable with for many years to come, and whatever will best fit your towing needs. A few points I thought up after that other post.

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I had a 2004 SCREW 4X4 with a 5.4 and my fuel mileage has not changed. 14in town and 17-19 on the hwy. But the towing power is waaaaaaaaay better. This truck is awesome.
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