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post #1 of 41 (permalink) Old 01-10-2007, 02:10 PM Thread Starter
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Question diehard Ford guy making a Jump????

I bought my dream truck, 99.5 F450 crew cab dump. It is nice to dream. I have had a series of problems and now have a cracked block on my 22 month old reman engine. I am in Western New York and the truck is sitting in Ocala FLA.

I am going to have it towed back here to get the engine replaced, my local shop will do it under warranty no questions asked but the shop in Ocala is going to call in a ford rep for authorization. I know it will be denied based upon the mods I have done.

My local shop is a "Level 1" shop and does not need a Ford rep to look at it.

I am thinking of trying a Dodge, and you have no idea how hard it is to say that. I have always bought Fords since my first one a 67 F100 with a 240 straight 6 and "3 on the tree" tranny. My 96 7.3 went 256,000 miles with only a new tranny, it never let me down. I sold it and last I heard it was still running.

I tow alot. 14000 lbs horse trailer all over the east coast.

Is the dodge going to make me happy??? I am deciding between a 6.4 Ford and a 6.7 Dodge, cant do a chevy, sorry chevy guys

Also I usually run a standard tranny, I have heard bad things about the dodge 6 speed,



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post #2 of 41 (permalink) Old 01-10-2007, 11:38 PM
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my dad was in your same position. well not the same but similar. he wrecked his beloved '95 PSD a year ago today. he had bought it new when the PSDs came out. he loved it. last may he went with a 6.0L PSD and hated it to death. didn't have enough power to take off with a trailer with a bully dog programmer, exhaust, and intake on it. he got p'd off and jumped ship. bit his tongue and got an '07 6.7 Cab & Chassis put a flatbed on it and has put 500 towing miles on it in a week. he loves the low end torque and it has more than enough power to satisfy him. it has the 6 spd and he likes it so far. the problems with the other 6 spds have been takin care of my dodge in the last couple of years i think. now the only way he'll go back with ford is when they put the cummins in it since our friend at ford said it wasn't too far off from happening. you'll love this new dodge. yes it is very quiet and yes it does not have the "quality" of interior and other pieces as a ford but my dad just wanted the motor. best of luck to you in your decision
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I too have only owned fords my whole life, until I took a chance & bought an 06 dodge. So far ( 24000 miles ) I have not regretted it. I own or have friends with 05 & 06 chevy`s & fords . I like them all & can tell you good points on all of them. Would I go with dodge again? Yes. All the talk about the dodge body not being any good is crap. It does seem more like a tough work truck & less like a weekend play truck but thats what I wanted. Just my .02
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I am glad you guys are enjoying your trucks. No matter who says what about what brand, as long as you are happy, and are satisfied with your purchase, then that is all that matters.

I have no brand loyalty...I would buy whatever fits my needs.
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I can feel your pain!! I have an 05 w/ 6.0 and had nothing but problems. Now it's at the dealer getting the motor replaced. They say the block is warped. They have a ford rep coming to look at it also but, I don't have any mods done. I can't keep it out of the shop long enough to put anything on it. What really makes it ironic is that when I got the call from ford I was at a dodge dealership looking at a new truck. I have always had fords and now you couldn't give me one. That stinks; I think ford has the best looking truck out there. The 6.0 is junk in my opinion. Maybe thatís why ford cut off dodge from the Cummings?? Maybe you'll see them pop up in future fords. For now I'm switching to Dodge..
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Im sorry to hear that you are having problems. Hope your next truck is better.
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My 2 cents id get a 5.9 cummins 12 or 24 valve. You can not beat those motors. BUt if your looking for something newer go for a 3 rd gen 5.9L cummins in the 04-06 range, before all the emissions :censored was put on the motor. Thats just my thoughts but it is up to you on what you want and if the truck will suit your needs.

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You will not be dis-appointed with the new 6.7. Cummins has many, many real world testing miles on the engines before they were ever released and only better things will come from them once the aftermarket items start to hit the market.
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There is a guy that I know on another forum that I am also a member of that owns a 6.7 Cab Chassis Dodge, and he has had it in service for about 10,000+ miles now. He is saying that its great, and that he hasnt had any problems whatsoever. He is enjoying it.
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With my current job, I get to drive chevys, fords, and dodges every day (I just grab whatever is available). I don't think that you will be dissapointed with any of the later model Dodges. I have had zero problems with my 05 and the new 6.7 that we just had delivered has had no problems to date. Give one a try and I believe you'll end up a convert.
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