3/4 Ton Truck Recommendation

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Drose

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Looking to upgrade trucks from my single cab 2012 F250 6.2L. Family and farm are both growing so I'm needing something with more room but still able to pull and work with. Got 197K miles on my old Ford and the only thing it's ever needed was a fuel pump. Reliability has been excellent. I'm liking the thought of the newer 7.3 gasser from Ford but I can get a used F250 with very low miles in the 6.2 for a much better price. I am not brand loyal but if I have had good luck with something I tend to stick with it. I am only interested in functional and reliable. I don't need all the bells and whistles of the higher trim packages. Any recommendations on what else I should be looking at?
 
If you've had good luck with the 6.2, and it can haul what you need, I would look for another one, just with a crew cab. That engine and transmission in those trucks are hard to beat for reliability.
 
We've got a 2019 F350 with the 6.2 for farm use and it has been great. Fuel milage is terrible though.
 
If you don't mind a little older. I've got a '05 Chevy 2500HD crew with the 8.1 and the Allison transmission. It pulls anything, and will pass anything but a gas station.
 
I like the new 7.3 gas burners. They are simple and been out long enough to have gotten the teething pains behind them.
 
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Any sense in looking at the 6.8 since its basically the same engine as the 7.3? I like the idea of the 6.8 or 7.3 due to the simplicity of the engine. Whatever I get I will drive it until it basically falls apart. I don't like buying and changing vehicles.
 
I like the idea of the 6.8 but haven't seen much on them yet. Our next gas rig will be the 6.8 or 7.3. I started a thread on picking up a set of cows with the 6.2 and how it handled a fairly long trip, not sure how to link it though.

On a side note I know the diesel is 10-12 k more but think it pay you that amount backvin fuel savings over a 100,000 miles. We drive around 20k a year so a 5 year payback for us. The maintenance on a diesel is what can really cost you though.
 
If you're in the salt block I'd go ford and aluminum body all day. Personally I just found a 6.6 duramax LMM one owner with 135,000 miles. Adult farm couple owned since new. $15,000. Got 20mpg on the 400 mile trip home. Gonna be my daily while my 02 LB7 is my farm truck.

That said - im dreading the emissions failures on the newer one. As such my top pick being in the salt block would be the 7.3 aluminum ford. But I can't afford one yet!!! :)
 
Looking to upgrade trucks from my single cab 2012 F250 6.2L. Family and farm are both growing so I'm needing something with more room but still able to pull and work with. Got 197K miles on my old Ford and the only thing it's ever needed was a fuel pump. Reliability has been excellent. I'm liking the thought of the newer 7.3 gasser from Ford but I can get a used F250 with very low miles in the 6.2 for a much better price. I am not brand loyal but if I have had good luck with something I tend to stick with it. I am only interested in functional and reliable. I don't need all the bells and whistles of the higher trim packages. Any recommendations on what else I should be looking at?
I've been using nothing but Dodges for many years now. The cummins have been bulletproof. As I've drove them for quite a few years I've given them 2 my boys and they're still rolling. I've bought 3 gas Dodges as well, They have proven to be the same. Oldest farm truck is an 01 with a 318 and it is unstoppable and gets good mileage, my oldest son finally sold the gasser I gave him, an 06 I bought at an auction from Bossier parish that had 80,000 snd then went to 220,000 for him and he finally bought a new one to replace it. My going back and forth to Houston truck is a 2500 6.4 liter gas truck (bought it during covid and couldn't get a diesel) and it gets about 15 16 mpg and is really strong and fast. And the resale value if you do sell one is a lot higher than I've seen in other brands.
 
I've been using nothing but Dodges for many years now. The cummins have been bulletproof. As I've drove them for quite a few years I've given them 2 my boys and they're still rolling. I've bought 3 gas Dodges as well, They have proven to be the same. Oldest farm truck is an 01 with a 318 and it is unstoppable and gets good mileage, my oldest son finally sold the gasser I gave him, an 06 I bought at an auction from Bossier parish that had 80,000 snd then went to 220,000 for him and he finally bought a new one to replace it. My going back and forth to Houston truck is a 2500 6.4 liter gas truck (bought it during covid and couldn't get a diesel) and it gets about 15 16 mpg and is really strong and fast. And the resale value if you do sell one is a lot higher than I've seen in other brands.
I've went from Chevy to dodge since 214. Had both the 5.7 hemi and now a 2018 6.7 Cummins. Took it empty 350 miles yesterday at 21 mpg. Bought it new, not near as fancy as the ford or Chevy but about 7k cheaper.
 
The way truck prices are now you can get a Ram Cummins diesel for less than the other 2500 series gas engines. I'm not sure what makes more sense money wise.
lol if you say that out loud I think you answered your own question. Worked that day for me
 
I like the new 7.3 gas burners. They are simple and been out long enough to have gotten the teething pains behind them.
After reading about them, I decided I wanted to try out one of the new 7.3 gassers - til I drove one. While the HP was impressive, the torque was identical to my old 1997 7.3 diesel which I was looking to replace. I was severely underwhelmed based on what I had read about them.
 
I've got a'22 ford 7.3 gas. Been pleased with it so far. Got 21k on it. Over half of that is towing. Avg about 8 mpg according to the dash. Biggest complaint I have is that it is the spinning-est truck I've ever had. I think it's just too light in the back end. But overall I am very happy with it
 

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