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RE: 2020 GM/Chevy gas 6.6L max towing test

My biggest concern going diesel is with all the Emmisions **** on them, and the cost to repair it. I know some have no probs, but you read stories all the time of CP4 fuel pump grenading and costing $10k to repair, or $5k Emmisions repairs. I keep trucks well past warranty, my current truck I've had for 17 years, and 235k miles, and I've had 2 engine repairs. A fuel pump at 195k miles, and at 210k I had new rear main seal, oil cooler lines, valve cover gaskets etc replace because it was dripping oil all over the driveway. Total engine repairs over 17 years is less than $2500. I'm debating new trucks now, and diesel vs gas is part of the debate. There is no denying that the diesel is a beast towing, but I'm only towing 8000k lbs, and I'm in the southeast, so we've got little hills compared the out west. After 15-20 years resale is not real a huge concern. I believe the CP4 problem and warranty denial was a Ford problem. GM and RAM seem to have far fewer problems. If you are stuck in the Ford camp then I guess you get what you deserve. The new Ram Cummins welcomes you to the CP4.2 and all it's glory for years to come. I wonder if they will deny warranty claims - oh wait that was Ford.
Flashman 10/19/19 07:23am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2020 GM/Chevy gas 6.6L max towing test

My biggest concern going diesel is with all the Emmisions **** on them, and the cost to repair it. I know some have no probs, but you read stories all the time of CP4 fuel pump grenading and costing $10k to repair, or $5k Emmisions repairs. I keep trucks well past warranty, my current truck I've had for 17 years, and 235k miles, and I've had 2 engine repairs. A fuel pump at 195k miles, and at 210k I had new rear main seal, oil cooler lines, valve cover gaskets etc replace because it was dripping oil all over the driveway. Total engine repairs over 17 years is less than $2500. I'm debating new trucks now, and diesel vs gas is part of the debate. There is no denying that the diesel is a beast towing, but I'm only towing 8000k lbs, and I'm in the southeast, so we've got little hills compared the out west. After 15-20 years resale is not real a huge concern. I believe the CP4 problem and warranty denial was a Ford problem. GM and RAM seem to have far fewer problems. If you are stuck in the Ford camp then I guess you get what you deserve.
Flashman 10/18/19 07:08am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2020 GM/Chevy gas 6.6L max towing test

Spoken like a flat lander. I live in Southern Az and travel all over the inter mountain west - just got back from the Bighorns in Wy. Heck even north of Phoenix going up to flagstaff is going to really hurt with a gas motor. If you have the money to RV then get a diesel.
Flashman 10/17/19 08:42am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford knox sensor

Is this another Ford thing?
Flashman 10/09/19 06:43pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Jeep Rubicon Gladiator vs the Rubicon Trail

True that
Flashman 10/01/19 09:15am Tow Vehicles
RE: Has anyone looked at the Jeep Gladiator?

I wonder if some one will make a flat bed for the Gladiator? I could put my 570 rzr on it and flat tow it behind a motor home. Be just about perfect. The RZR is 9' long so you cannot side load this vehicle. It would have to ramped up over the cab since a 9' deck behind a Gladiator cab would put CG too far rear of the axle. 8 ft would be more than enough. Put the rzr in backwards - the rear is heavier and an aluminum flat bed would keep the weight down.
Flashman 09/23/19 02:41pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Has anyone looked at the Jeep Gladiator?

The current trail models are 107-109" long and have grown in size the last 8 years. My 2017 570 rzr is the same size as my old 2008 800 rzr.
Flashman 09/23/19 01:08pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Has anyone looked at the Jeep Gladiator?

I wonder if some one will make a flat bed for the Gladiator? I could put my 570 rzr on it and flat tow it behind a motor home. Be just about perfect.
Flashman 09/05/19 09:18am Tow Vehicles
RE: Has anyone looked at the Jeep Gladiator?

They are starting to show up in Tucson. Dealer couldn't keep them on the lot long enough for me to check them out. Bad timing for the Ranger to come out at the same time as the Jeep.
Flashman 08/23/19 02:03pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Break Out Another Thousand....

Man, it costs to keep these RV's / Trucks and trailers on the road. Having my transmission rebuilt this week in my 2500 diesel. There goes another $2000.... I guess that's better than making big payments every month for a new one though. Anyone spending any $$$$ on your rigs lately? Which tranny? Hoping my aisin tranny lasts as long as the engine (3 to 4 hundred thousand miles) - I paid enough extra for it.
Flashman 07/31/19 11:48am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2017+ Powerstroke 6.7 Fuel Filter

After having done it a couple of times - I find the CTD filter change using the fender cut out access very easy 15 minutes max. A filter cap is a must to keep from making a mess. Easier in opinion than the older CTDs and having to do it from the bottom.
Flashman 07/13/19 01:25pm Tow Vehicles
RE: I'm seeing a ton of new Silverados and sierras in my town

Not many in Tucson yet. Have yet to see one on the road.
Flashman 07/11/19 05:09pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ram Sales Increasing

Yeah Ford really knows how to take care of the customer. Head line from USA today: "Ford knew Focus, Fiesta models had flawed transmission, sold them anyway"
Flashman 07/11/19 03:10pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ram Sales Increasing

The Super Duty must have gotten more expensive with the new models. When I bought the 2015 in my sig the price difference between a Ram and Super Duty was negligible on comparable model diesel crew cabs. The GM was substantially more than either. I think MSRP was similar on all of them but the GM dealers in my area just weren't discounting as much. I haven't price shopped since so maybe things have changed. MRSP is still pretty close between the Ram and Ford. It's the discounting where the difference is. Ram's is almost twice as much. After some converations with some Ram owners who have recently purchased a Ram HD to haul their horses? (Rear wheel falling off with horse trailer on and another into the dealer on the average once a month) Think I'll pass on buying a new one. Just not prepared to risk it. Not at all saying I wouldn't have some issues with a Ford but I'd rather go with the devil I know than the devil I don't know. Thats rich. A Ford guy complaining about unreliable other brands. Let's not forget Ford's history with their trucks. 6.0, 6.4, CP4 - on and on.
Flashman 07/11/19 01:31pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2015 GMC Sierra Denali-catastrophic fuel pump failure

No extended warranty, not covered on drivetrain! Thanks for all the info....still trying to get them to pay for costs! Going to try the suggestion for "goodwill warranty" money as suggested Interesting that the fuel system is not covered under drivetrain warranty? Not to hijack the thread, but... I was going to buy a Ford extended warranty until I read that any part that failed as a result of a failure of a covered part was NOT COVERED. I suppose that sort of thing is standard fare in the warranty world. I declined the purchase. -Speak Don't worry - Fords got your back.
Flashman 06/29/19 04:55pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford has an answer to the Power Wagon

"I'm not sure why I can't resist responding to this ad hominem nonsense, but my axles have had auto lockers in them for 16 years. In that time, there have been precisely zero times when I have wanted the complexity of a selectable locker. I have wheeled some very tough trails, probably the toughest trails in North America on which a full bodied machine will fit. I'm not saying I've never taken a bypass, but when I did, it had nothing to do with the locker behavior. I've also idled over ledges on which the fancy Jeep Rubicons broke axleshafts, so I certainly wasn't babying it. I even have onboard air and I just set up a new set of ring and pinions this year, so other than cost, there really would have been no additional work to get the axles set up with selectable lockers. I don't think they offer any performance gain for the trail so I do not have them. If I was going to buy lockers for my pickup, I would buy selectables just to save on tire wear and for ice and snow. Outside of that circumstance, my view is anyone who tells you auto lockers are no good for the trail, quite honestly, doesn't know what he's talking about." Do you really off road? "Toughest trails in North America"? Kinda doubt it. Try having to traverse a off camber slippery slope at an angle with both axles locked up. You will simply slide down hill. Selectable is better in every way. Tell me where your non selects do better.
Flashman 06/28/19 07:08am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford has an answer to the Power Wagon

In serious off roading there are situations that you do not want your differential to lock. Therefore the only to go is with selective lockers. If there is such a place, I haven't found one yet. I wouldn't mind selectables in my pickup because I tow a trailer and deal with weather, but I do not have them in my offroader and I don't want them, either. Try going down and more import have to back down a very very steep hill that is loose sand or dirt. If your differential is locked steering becomes difficult if not impossible. This is why the Jeep Rubicon comes with selective locking differentials. Correct - if you think selectable lockers are not the way to go you don't go off road much. Have front and rear ARBs on my Jeep and love them.
Flashman 06/27/19 02:59pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ram CP3 swap

Two issues with the CP4 pump. Bad design - may be fixed with new ones - and Ford not honoring their warranties. GM VW and BMW cared enough about their customers to cover the bad pumps. Ford - not so much.
Flashman 06/14/19 03:12pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Why 4.1 axle?

My Ram 3500 SRW only came with a 3.4 rear end. I was worried but it tows great. Buzz up every hill in the western US without breaking a sweat - with a 12,000 lb toy hauler.
Flashman 06/13/19 01:30pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford Triton Engine Spark Plugs PSA

With this issue on their gas engines and the Ford diesel disasters 6.0, 6.4, CP4 one has to wonder why anyone would risk buying a Ford.
Flashman 06/11/19 02:05pm Tow Vehicles
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