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Old 06-28-2009, 02:33 PM   #1
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Hello Masters of all information, I know little to nothing about trucks, so I'm turning to you magnificent bastards to enlighten me. We want to get a tow vehicle for pulling a horse trailer-- most likely a goose-neck @ ~10,000 lb when loaded.

We're looking in the <$15k range, and so far we have only considered Fords ('03 F250) but I'm willing to broaden that to other brands based on what advice we're given, in particular if there are any brand & MY combination that are either especially good or especially bad. There are so many option packages and trim levels, all changing yearly, it gets pretty overwhelming finding the right setup.

Other details, it has to be a 4x4 and while a diesel would be nice, they seem to command a higher price. But, are they more reliable/durable? This is definitely something we hope to get many years of use out of, so longevity is desirable.

One final note, this vehicle will see daily driver usage too, so some degree of day-to-day livability also would be nice.

Looking forward to your responses, thanks.
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Old 06-28-2009, 02:36 PM   #2
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My sister has a 96 F250 that she uses to tow a 3 horse gooseneck. If I remember correctly it has the 460 ci engine. She's never had any problems with it.

As a daily driver, it doesn't get the best mileage. And it's ****ing huge to parallel park in town. Other than that, it's fine.
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Old 06-28-2009, 02:40 PM   #3
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You can't beat a Ford Diesel 250. It will run forever. 4x4 Diesel in that price range would net you a 2002-2004 most likely. The water pumps are really the only component that has been known to wear prematurely. About $700-1000 @ a dealer if you don't work on your own stuff.
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Old 06-28-2009, 03:56 PM   #4
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Get a 6-speed Cummins. Or 5-speed if you can't find one of the H/O 6-speeds.

Or if you must have an automatic, Ford will be fine.

The Dodge will get the best fuel economy and has the most power potential, as well as being the most durable. Cummins designed the engine for actual medium duty trucks (think straight trucks, chassis cabs, etc) and Dodge shoe-horned it into a pickup. The Powerstroke and Duramax were designed for light duty truck use, and adapted to medium duty trucks.

Ford even offered the Cummins as an upgraded engine choice in the F650+
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Old 06-28-2009, 08:00 PM   #5
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What? That's crazy, I never knew Ford offered a Cummins, awesome!
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If that doesn't say it ALL...

You'll note that it's the only option under Engines. Transmission choices are Eaton SureShift (I think that's what it was called) and the Allison automatic. It's been several years since I last looked, and the Powerstroke was the base engine. Apparently now the Cummins is the only option.
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