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What I Did Today

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Offline Al

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Re: What I Did Today
« Reply #30 on: July 20, 2011, 11:36:38 PM »
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I believe the "quiet start" is the truck doesn't honk the horn/ chirp whenever it is started.

My son has a little older version of that truck... same color too.

I've always been a Ford guy but in late '07 I was looking for an F250 4WD crew cab diesel and Ford had just come out with there twin turbo model so I passed (I'm glad I did) and bought an early '08 2500 HD Duramax. Last check on the odometer was 230,000 miles (I like to drive) and my daughter pulls her two horse slant load horse trailer all over the place with it. The Duramax / 6 speed Allison hasn't given me a single problem. My biggest complaint is that when the road is a little wet (not a big problem this year) and I get on it too hard it'll untrack the tires (even at 50 mph). The rear tires always wear more than the front tires so I'm guessing it does it dry too.

That said, if I bought a new truck these days, it would be a Ford. The new Chevy diesels look like they ran over a trash can and it got stuck under the truck. Apparently the newer diesels all have to spray some kind of magic potion in the exhaust to make them smell better (or something like that)

Going to 250's+ and 2500's+ with diesels is a whole nuther level of discussion.  I rode in a Chevy with the Duramax diesel off road last week.  Great truck.  Might be the closest a light truck diesel comes to being similar to gasoline engine performance across the normal rpm range.

Al

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SHANEA

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Re: What I Did Today
« Reply #31 on: July 21, 2011, 12:43:39 PM »
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I believe the "quiet start" is the truck doesn't honk the horn/ chirp whenever it is started.

Nope.  Horn does not honk or chirp when it is started with quiet mode off - seems to do the same thing where it is quiet or non quiet.  Makes no difference.  It's just some engineer and computer programmer tossing something in for grins - "I wonder how many idiots out there will question what quiet really is".  It's kinda like what is this switch - the switch that does nothing - kinda like some elevator buttons.  :)   

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Re: What I Did Today
« Reply #32 on: July 21, 2011, 07:39:06 PM »
I agree with Al here. One thing is to enjoy the F-150...HD 1500's. Those are good. However, if you are talking now diesel engines....Mister, you are putting on your gloves here. A different ball game , all together.

 Diesels stand in a whole breed apart.
Stay thirsty, my friends.

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Re: What I Did Today
« Reply #33 on: July 22, 2011, 01:18:34 AM »
Quote from: Lincoln MKX manual
To help make the vehicle as comfortable as possible, the engine idle can
be increased during a remote start. You can enable or disable engine idle
increase by selecting Remote Start Quiet in the message center. Refer to
Message center in the Instrument Cluster chapter.

Maybe it doesn't apply to yours but they just used the same menu...?
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Re: What I Did Today
« Reply #34 on: August 23, 2011, 12:51:40 PM »
Shane  - How are you liking the new truck?  Got all the bells and whistles figured out?

I did break down and buy a '11 Ram 1500 4x2 Big Horn.  It has many of the same features as the Ford, uses a "EVIC" (Electronic Vehicle Information Center) to turn off the light flash/horn honk, etc.
I like the coil spring rear suspension, rides very smooth on the highway.







I'm looking forward to pulling my Dad's '05 Fleetwood Tucson popup camper to Palo Duro Canyon in Oct.  My wife is running in a 20K cross country run.

How's your MPG?  My EVIC is a bit optimistic on the mpg on the 5.7L Hemi.  It says 17mpg, but my own calculations show closer to 16mpg.

Darin
« Last Edit: August 23, 2011, 01:05:11 PM by dkerr24 »

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Re: What I Did Today
« Reply #35 on: August 23, 2011, 02:02:21 PM »
Shane  - How are you liking the new truck?  Got all the bells and whistles figured out?

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Congrats on the new ride - between the two of us maybe we can get others to pony up and get new rides and get this economy moving along again.  There is a huge supply chain in the automotive industry with tens of thousands if not hundreds of thousands of jobs impacted out there by simply buying a new ride. 

Like your color as well.  Stands out - looks bold.

I like mine.  Zero complaints.  I think the remote start is my fav gadget - nothing like having the interior cooled down prior to climbing in.  Then, I really like the integrated tail gate step.  The rear view camera is also great - don't know how I'd back the beast up w/o it.  The sat radio and nav system are very cool as well - nothing like being able to check out the weather or movie times or gas prices while riding down the road.  Haven't had much chance to keep the sun roof open for obvious reasons. 

I did get the spray in bed liner done and also got a cover for the back end.  I really like this cover design, much like the Avalanche.  Safe and secure and the tool box is great as well - I hated to loose the side saddles in the Avalanche.  I rigged me up a light system for the covered box as well.  Shop around as you can get some great deals.  I got mine from www.svcustoms.com

http://www.bakflip.com/bakflip/f1.html - simple one person install and so far it's 100% water tight - based on washing it.   Be sure and get the BakBox http://www.bakflip.com/bakflip/box.html

I got these at SAMS http://www.amazon.com/Wireless-Remote-Control-LED-Light/dp/B003RPHV4I and attached with Epoxy a slew of high powered magnets to the unit and the remote control.  Attaches to the inside of the bed w/o any wires and can be easily removed for battery changes.  Got the remote right on the inside of the bed.  It really works great lighting up the interior and those units are not moving with the magnets I got.

Gas mileage sucks, but I work from home, so it's not a big deal and live in a small town.  Do like the 36 gallon tank, until I fill it up.   About 12-13 in town - about 16-17 on the highway - about the same as the Avalanche.  But, I knew this going in so it's not a surprise.  I wanted the 5.0ltr V8 - the 6.x ltr can't have skid plates and the new 6cyl, well, it's new and I avoid those things on a new vehicle. 

I did tow my off-road camper pop-up - boy, the rear view camera makes it a one stop process of hitching up - dead on.  Took the camper and got new tires for it, an extra  2nd spare for the camper, got a 2nd spare for the Ford, and got all the wheels and tires under road hazard from Discount Tire.   With the Avalanche, I always got my moneys worth out of the road hazard. 

So, what bells and whistles do you have?
« Last Edit: August 23, 2011, 02:08:47 PM by SHANEA »

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Re: What I Did Today
« Reply #36 on: August 23, 2011, 02:46:20 PM »
My Ram has the Technology package which included remote start, Bluetooth, reverse sensor, and a 10 speaker Alpine sound system.  You get a 1 year Sirius subscription with the truck (although I'm not impressed with that at all).  Also have the center console shift.

The Big Horn Package includes the 20" wheels, heated mirrors with puddle/turn signal lamps, fog lamps, billet chrome grill.  A 32 gallon fuel tank was optioned on the truck which I bought off the lot.  Over $5000 in rebates really got the price down into my ballpark.

I agree, the remote start is a handy feature.  The 5.7L Hemi has a cylinder deactivation feature that turns off the fuel injectors in 4 of the cylinders during steady speed cruising.  It's very seamless and I cannot tell the difference at highway speeds running 8 cylinders versus 4.

I've done a few mods on mine since those pictures were taken.  I went with the TonnoPro trifold soft cover for the bed.  $279 from Amazon.  A rubber bed mat from Amazon as well, with a tailgate mat. 

I also added a Curt Class III Receiver hitch.  The bumper already had the 4 pin and 7 pin plugs for trailers.  The Mopar hitch was just too pricey.

I'm not disappointed with the mpg, it was within the range I expected.  A 4x4 would have been nice, but the extra $3K and higher insurance premiums was just too much for my budget.

Funny side note... I was checking the part numbers for the oil filter and noticed a Motorcraft FL-820S fits the 5.7L engine!

Darin
« Last Edit: August 23, 2011, 02:53:01 PM by dkerr24 »

 


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