Originally Posted by wsa308
I just thought I'd post some pics of my 2007 F-350 6.0L and also ask the question as to waht to replace it with. I am trying to get an honest opinion on all the 08's (Ford, Dodge and GM) any insight would be greatly appreciated. I will be posting this similar thread in each of the three message boards and plan on putting together a summary for those that are as confused about the options as I am.
I am looking for issues addressing the most common downfalls associated with that particular brand as well as options for modifications such as lifts, tire size, tuners and DPF delete options.
Thank you in advance for all your information.
Nice truck you have there already!
To answer your question, I personally feel the GMC with its DURAMAX 6.6L Turbo Diesel V8 and Allison 6-speed automatic tranny is the better all around selection with proven reliability and performance. The aftermarket is pretty robust for the new GMs and you can do a lot with them.
However, the GMC/Chevys sit too low to the ground for my taste in a heavy duty truck but they do give you a nice ride. I personally feel the styling is a bit bland, as the interior although much better than my previous GM trucks. Their powertrains are stong, and make for a fairly quick truck. They also get decent mileage (compared to Ford's new F250s). For towing, I believe the GMCs have a slightly higher rating in 3/4 ton Crew configurations over the Fords.
But still, that didn't stop me from ordering a new '08 F250 with the 6.4L PSD.
For one thing, Ford is on Job 3 with these trucks so I am thinking (hoping?) that most of the issues you still read about from others have been addressed. And, I just loved the smooth, quiet power delivery and surge of the twin turbo setup. I know looks are subjective, but I also find the new Fords to be a much better "tough truck" design over the GMC/Chevy designs and I enjoy a higher ride height as well. I also thought the new F250 interior to be outstanding especially in the FX4 trim (again, a personal preference), and additional features not yet found with the other makes.
I did a lot of research with the aftermarket products as well, and there are a lot of neat performance upgrades and accessories available for the new F250 that influenced me some too. The Fords seem to respond the best to aftermarket upgrades in terms of all out performance, and have a stouter frame and suspension over the GMCs. In my eyes, the Ford just had the better presentation and "feel" of a real rig and it won me over the GMs and Dodge offerings. The new F250s ride and handle very well despite their heft, and their construction seems to be a cut above the rest. I considered a new Dodge 2500 with the Cummins diesel as I had one before and really enjoyed the engine, but didn't like the "cheap" impressions from the interior (dash and seating) and thin body panels. I had the uplevel Laramie with leather and all, but just didn't hold up against the newer GM designs (and recent Ford design). If you are serious about Dodge, wait a year as the newly redesigned trucks are coming out with much better interior materials and designs and you can get the Cummins engine.
Hope this helps and good luck!
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