Advice SD Crew Cab - Used '08 F-350 Lariat or new '11 F-250 XLT
Used '08 Ford F-350 Lariat 4 Door Crew Cab Truck 6.4L V8 Diesel (57K)
New '11 Ford F-250 XLT 4 Door Crew Cab Truck 6.7L V-8 DIESEL
It will be used for a work truck as needed and for towing 32' Jayco camper (w/ 2 slides) & golf cart on occassion.
Right now we have a '02 F-250 XLT V10 and we have had tran. problems with it over the last couple years. (Even though it has less than 50k on it.) Looking to upgrade to a crew cab, switch to diesel & to get rid of what is beginning to be on going repairs with the '02.
Looking for the truck that will haul the camper with no problems and last as long as possible. Any thoughts? Pros & cons to one or the other?
The new truck definitely costs more but we are just trying to weigh if it will be worth it in the end. (We aren't looking to buy a new truck again for a long time. )
I would go with the 11. Only for I think ford did a really good job on it and the 08 were only here for two years and they don't get very good mileage from what I read about it. And the people that have the 11 say they are getting pretty good mileage straight out the box. But it all goes back to how much you want to spend.
I like my 6.4. It is a good motor if you get the right one...but what I would do if I were in your position is to buy new.
Couple reasons, first is the mileage increase. With the newer technology they have been able to scale back the amount of EGR and the regens.
Secondly, I don't really like to buy a used truck as you don't know how it was used in most cases.
What I would do though is wait till the 2012's come out. Then maybe get one of those. They are still having minor programming issues with the transmissions in the 2011's. They just did another update so I would wait to see if that is now fixed.
Transmission problems is definitely something we do not want to deal with. When do the 2012s come out? (He only had the Escort & Mustang in '12 models on the lot yesterday.)
Like everyone else, we just want to most for our money. If the '08 is a great truck, we'd love to save money. If it's gonna end with more prob. than the '11, we'd rather just pay more now. But we definitely don't want to pay more AND have problems.
I'm waiting for the 2012's myself before I make a decision. Many sources say the order banks open the middle of this month, but I'm not sure what that means to us, concerning the release of information?
the 2011 would be a better option being that you will have a full factory warranty, not have costly repairs, and you will not have to worry bout the history of the 08. Plus much better fuel economy not to mention tons of power. In the long run you will be happier
You probably won't be able to take delivery of a 2012 until Mid August. The 2012 will not have as large of a rebate as the 2011.The list I saw showed almost 500 P/Ns being changed in 2012. but nothing is major. It will be pretty much the same truck.
The 2011 with the 6.7L is a great truck, and the extras you get in the Lariat or as option will make you envious. But it is a lot of money.
As far as fuel mileage. the 6.7L is getting better mileage than the 6.4L. But I find I get about the same mileage as my 2006 6.0L Except for empty freeway driving. The 2011 with the 6sp tranny has a lower rpm at hiway speeds. And that helps the fuel mileage. 11-13 towing, 13-14 around town and 18-21 on the highway.
There is new software for the tranny shifting issues. and most report it has fixed their problems, Most folks have not had problems. I'm not sure I'll bother with the update as my truck has been working fine and I tow daily.
Overall there a very few problems with the 11. People post when they have problems. I've read the 6.7 has one of the lowest warranty problems for ford. If there is problems the trucks are so computerized that they can be updated easily. I love my 11 6.7,and I've been driving chevies for 20 years.