Last post on Dec 12, 1998 at 12:00 AM
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#737 of 746 Good News - Bad News
Dec 05, 1998 (12:42 am)
mroffshord, it sounds like you have had one heck
of an experience with your SD but I would have to
be just like you, if my truck comes in not exactly
like I ordered, then I will re-order. Speaking of
my truck, I received a call today (friday) from
my small town dealer and he says he is pretty sure
my order was pulled last night but will confirm
monday. Said if so should expect the truck on his
lot first week in Jan. Close enough to be a nice
Christmas present. That would make the wait about 16 to 17 weeks. I will let you know.
The brown fish man.
Dec 05, 1998 (9:20 am)
lemans: I ordered my F250 XLT SC V-10 4X4 LB on the same day you did. My dealer told me today that it was picked up. I think he pushed a little to get them to pick it up (or at least that is what he told me). I was told the CD players were in short supply when we ordered it, but we wanted to wait. My dealer didn't have a VIN or a build date, but he is expecting it to be here in 3 to 5 weeks. If that is true, that would make it about 10 to 12 weeks.
sd99: Your dealer either can't read or will tell you anything to get you to shut up. My guess is the latter. According to Ford's 99 brochure in front of me, the 5.4 has 235 hp compared to 275 for the 6.8. Probably even more important, the torque for the 5.4 is 335 ft-lb compared to 410 ft-lb for the 6.8. I ordered the V-10 for all the same reasons everyone else did. More power and torque if and when I need it with very little cost in gas mileage or initial cost. Good luck.
Dec 05, 1998 (2:53 pm)
The dealer said the problem with the V10's is getting them. Supposedly they are in high demand and changing the order from the 5.4 to the 6.8 will delay the building of the truck to who knows when. Trying to decide what to do. Thanks for your imput.
#740 of 746 ENGINES? Power vs Price
Dec 06, 1998 (11:55 am)
For those considering whether to wait for the long lead times on the V10.... you may want to consider the PS Diesel. I am planning to add a slide in camper to my F250 CC Super Duty... so yesterday.... to see how it would handle the weight, I went into work and loaded a 2,800 lb. skid of steel onto the bed. Yes the springs sagged a little...(but still had some travel left).
But more important, during the test drive, I noticed the Diesel engine acted as if the additional weight wasn't even there!! Along with super power you get milage in the 17-21 mpg range. Ford also gives you dual batteries. I am not sure I will ever have a gas engine again.
Oh yea.... my dealer offers free oil and filter changes for life on V8's, but not on diesel. I asked him about this and a day later he called back and said he would do every other oil and filter change for free! I pay for one, he pays for one. So don't let the cost of maintenance keep you away from a diesel.
Dec 06, 1998 (4:56 pm)
The diesel is the more powerful, but make sure you crunch your numbers when it comes to your GVWR. The diesel weighs 740 pounds more than the V-10, so your payload is reduced by an equal amount. The available payload on a F-350 PSD SRW 4x4 is 2,254 pounds. Ford factors in 150 pounds per available seat. If you back out four of the passengers, the payload is still under 3,000. The extra 740 pounds of payload you get with the gas engine could be the difference between staying under the GVWR and exceeding it.
At the same time, alot of people with slide-in campers and SRW are obviously over the GVWR. You can probably eliminate the sag with airbags aka airlift and/or Rancho 9000 adjustable shocks.
If you have a battery in the camper and long enough cables, you essentially have two batteries.
Dec 07, 1998 (6:01 pm)
blight: looks like the wait is almost over. My delear called me this morning 12/08/98 and said that my order had been pulled and my truck should be here by 1/11/99 if not sooner.
Dec 08, 1998 (12:17 am)
The last 10 days will be the worst period of the long wait. After having the truck for a week, you forget all about ever having to wait. You will not be disappointed with the Super Duty.
#744 of 746 sd99
Dec 08, 1998 (11:33 pm)
I wouldn't let the long lead time on the V10 scare you away if you want it. Depending on what other options you get, you will probably wait the same amount of time for the V8 or PSD. I ordered the V8 and am at 16 weeks and counting. My advice is
order what you want. You don't want to be disappointed after waiting any amount of time by getting less than what you really want.
Dec 11, 1998 (2:00 am)
This is a very entertaining topic list filled with good info.I heard today my build date is 1/14/99 with delivery around the 1st of Feb. Ordered the truck on 11/1/98. Considering the factory will be shut down for 2 weeks, that's not too bad. Thanks to all for the good tips and info, and I will continue to follow this topic. Thanks again.
#746 of 746 ruz
Dec 12, 1998 (12:00 am)
This topic is getting long, so I'm going to freeze it. You can continue discussing the Ford Super Dutys in topic #463, Ford Super Duty.