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Old 09-28-2007, 08:41 AM   #1
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Question An F250 or an Escalade?

I know what you're thinking...apples and oranges. But it's really not. We're really having a hard time deciding. We just paid off some bills and are naturally in the market for another vehicle. I would love an escalade. I love the smootheness of the ride, I love the styling. I've already found one and contacted the seller. Both the Escalades and the F250s we've been looking at are in the same price range. It's just a matter of...which one. The largest thing that we could think of towing would be a car trailer, which both would be able to tow. We don't have a boat and don't plan on buying one The F250 would be diesel 4x4 (of course) and we would prefer the super cab (4 doors). If we didn't buy it lifted, it would be lifted within months. 6 - 8".


Just kind of a toss up right now. Any ideas?


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Old 09-28-2007, 08:44 AM   #2
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F250 FTMFW!!!! No question Amber!!
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I'd go for the F250....

Diesel is great and is better on mpg than the Escalade......plus if you need to tow anything you can.

I've had two powerstrokes, a 4x2 F350 crew cab and an Excursion 4x4. Loved them.....will be getting another in the future.
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i hate to say it, but F250 also, and i don't really like ford
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F250. Better mpg than the Escalade, better mpg when towing, and tows MUCH easier than the Escalade would. Brakes are better as well, which is important when towing.
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F250. Only the diesel model though.
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F250.

Have you looked at Excursions?
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yeah, i figured the F250 would get more votes, even though I secretly want an escalde more We test drove a brand new 06 model (back in 05) and loved it, but they wanted $50K for it Now you can find some gently used F250s for cheap. But , it's a diesel, so it's not really broken in until 100k miles anyway!

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F250.

Have you looked at Excursions?
yeah I don't really lilke them...

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I am a big fan of ford diesels, but first off STAY AWAY FROM THE 6.0. Find you a gently broke in 7.3 (2003 and older). The new 6.4 are not proven yet, so do what you want there. But whatever you do, stay away from the 6.0. They have a chronic oil pump failure, no notice, just blam and it is over. Seen lots of them like that. Ford just needs to go back to the 7.3. Oh and on the mileage, the 6.4 is getting 13.5-14.5mpg on the crew cab 4x4, so the escalade may not be worse on mileage, not to mention diesel is running 20-30 cents more expensive. After all that is said, I would still take the f250.
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Diesel is more expensive than regular, but is regular 87 octane recommended for the Escalade? I pay less for diesel right now for my TDI than I do for 93 for the bike.

MPG all depends on how it's driven. A friend of mine gets 18mpg with his F250 but he hwy drives a LOT.

I went with another buddy with his F250 (03) up to OKC towing a steel-decked car trailer with car and we averaged 17mpg. The Escalade would never get that much mpg while towing.

Basically, the diesel truck and the gas lux. Escalade are apples and oranges.
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Old 09-28-2007, 12:17 PM   #16
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uhh yeah I was a ford master technician and they stuck me with doing all the deisel's take my advise very clearly DO NOT BUY A 6.0 DIESEL!!!!
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I am an ex-Ford service manager @ Planet Ford.... if you are going to buy an F250 it needs to be a 2006-2007 (The 06-07 had revisions made for the problems but are NOT as reliable as the 7.3 by a long wayyyy.}
DO NOT BUY a 2004-2005 they have horrible egr problems and headgasket problems with some very very very high repair bills if it is out of warranty... I'd do my damndest to find a low mileage 2003 7.3l diesel. It will be stone cold reliable, get better mileage, and will run darn near forever! probably 250k with reg maint. The escalade is nice but value will rapidly decrease and will wear out befor you have it paid for. so.... my .02

btw...I have had an 01' Excursion 7.3l diesel, 2001 F250 7.3l,
2002 7.3l diesel, and a 2006 F250 4x4 lariat. 6.0.

7.3 all the way! and there are still nice used ones to be had!

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Of the two choices go for the F250. But the best in diesel engines is the Cummins 5.9, which I believe they stopped making in 06 IIRC, with the 6 speed manual transmission. The weak link in these trucks are the 48re auto trannies, which if you aren't towing a lot and often, will do pretty good. But the 6 speed manual is pretty dependable and can take a good bit of abuse. Daimler Chrysler QC can be spotty at best but they don't build the engines, so that will be rock solid.

FWIW the Escalades don't get good reviews in reliability.

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