I am interested in geting a 2003 F-250 with the 5.4/6 spd and have not had the opportunity to drive one. My question is for you guys and girls who have the 6 spd. Any regrets/problems/wish you had got the auto? My main concern is 1st gear a true bulldog? Ratio? By true bulldog or granny first I mean something on the order of 6.3:1, like my 78 chevy has. Most of my driving is rural, very little city driving and I really don't want the auto, but I don't want a 6 spd that will not hold up. Many thanks for your comments
2003 SD F250 XL Reg Cab 4X4 5.4L 6spd Oxford White/Med Flint
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I love mine. Wouldn't trade it for a slopamatic any day!!! Granny gear is pretty low. Reverse is a bit high when I am backin my fiver around the yard. I just drop it into 4-low and it crawls around real well. I would say go for it!!!
I love the 6-spd especially for towing. Low is 5.79 to 1, first is 3.30 to 1, and reverse is 5.23 to 1. With the 4.30 rear and the V10 I can put it in low or first and just idle around pastures. Even pulling a trailer you can idle around in low. This is with the V10 of course. So far I don't have any complaints, but there have been some problems reported. I think you won't be dissappointed, but then again it is a Ford
No regrets after 400 miles. :-X12 Especially given the complaints folks have had with the Superduty slushbox, I'd strongly recommend the manual. I test-drove a PSD and a V-10 with slushboxes, and there's no comparison; the manual feels more drivable (you're not fighting two computers).
>Thanks for the info. Fordrancher, What kind of mileage are
>you getting with the V-10, 6 spd, and 4.30's.
I can't comment on the 4.30 gear ratio,but I get 13 mpg in mixed driving with the 3.73's.With my performance mods.I have plenty of power.
IMO,the greatest single advantage the 6spd.has over the 5spd.is that all the gear ratios are close and that means when towing heavy loads you can always keep the engine in it's ideal power range.There aren't any "holes" between gears.
05,F350XL,Reg.Cab,4x4,SRW,V10,6spd.man.trans.4.10 LS axle.
96,F350XL,Reg.Cab,4X4,SRW,460,5spd.man.trans.3.55 LS axle,Banks Power Pack.
I'm averaging around 13 to 13.5 mpg with the 4.30 and V10 on short trips, such as 7 miles into town mostly or just driving the gravel roads. The best I have got was 16 mpg driving about 140 miles highway and then around town and short trip driving with a total of 200 miles. The worst I've gotten was a little over 8 and that was pulling a trailer. I've been keeping track of my miles and gallons of gas since the first of Oct but haven't figured it all out yet. I kinda figured it in my head one day and it was only about 10.5 the last two months but I was hooked onto the trailer probably 60-70 percent of the time. So far I'm very happy with the milage and power and everything else.
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