We recently upgraded our travel trailer after the insurance co deemed our existing trailer a total loss. Unfortunately, the new trailer pushes my 1/2 ton to the very top of it's published limits. I have long considered upgrading to a F-250 Powerstroke Diesel and this seems to be the right time to make the jump. I have done a lot of reading, watched a lot of videos, and tried to understand enough to make a solid informed decision.
The truck will NOT be a daily driver. It will be our weekend getaway vehicle to pull our 40' travel trailer (conventional) with a GVWR
of 9600 lbs. While the weight is not excessive, the 40' length is what is pushing me towards a heavier truck. On the downside, while I have always been comfortable working on my vehicles, I have ZERO experience with working on a diesel engine or the maintenance required to prevent early failure.
My budget is somewhat limited as we just bought the new travel trailer and I do not need another high payment. Based on the vehicle I have to trade and the amount i am willing to finance, I have set my budget to $35K-$40K.
From the research i have done, these are the things I have learn (right or wrong)...
Do not consider a diesel engine manufactured before 2013
A properly maintained diesel engine can last 500K miles or more
Diesel engines are much more expensive to service, even for something as simple as an oil change
The increased cost of diesel fuel will not be offset by increased MPG
, while a diesel will get better MPG
than a gasoline engine towing, overall MPG
is not significantly high enough to offset increased fuel costs
Pay attention to Idle Time. Engines with a high ratio of idle time as compared to overall runtime should be avoided
The turbo WILL fail and there is no preventative maintenance that can prevent it
Do not have an EGR/DPF/DEF delete as it is not worth the eventual problems it will cause
Now, I do not know if all of these are true, but they seem to be the most repeated things I have found while doing my research. Please let me know if this list (or any parts of it) are just blowing smoke.
Now to my real question... I have found a reasonably priced truck locally from a used car lot. It is a 2013 F-250 Lariat, 6.7L with 156K miles that seems to be in extremely good condition, has most of the features I WANT and all of the features I NEED, is a one owner vehicle (personal use, most likely a farm/ranch truck), and with a little TLC and a lot of cleaning and detailing would be a sharp looking rig. The dealer put knobby off-road tires on it which makes for a really rough ride but has agreed to replace them with Michelin Defenders. Total engine runtime is 4650 with Idle Time of 1870. It cranked over effortlessly in the cold (-2 degrees that day) and really smoothed out once it was warm. The only issues I have found are cosmetic (loose trim, cracked windshield, stained bedliner, etc) and the dealer has offered a good trade for my 1/2 ton truck. The Check Engine light did come on while test driving it, but the dealer claims it was probably because of the cold and has two Master Diesel Mechanics that will resolve that issue. Being unfamiliar with owning a diesel, what questions should i be asking? What are some warning signs?
At this time I have narrowed my decision down to 2 vehicles, the truck I am asking about (2013 F-250 6.7L Diesel) or a 2 yr newer, 2015 F-350 King Ranch with 96K miles on a 6.2 Gasoline engine, both within my budget. The issue with the 2015 F-350 is that the dealer is 180mi away and somewhat low-balled my trade... hence my increased interest in the local F-250 Diesel.
Please share your opinions and advice. I am open minded and willing to listen to whatever anyone has to say (positive or negative).