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Old 08-19-2013, 03:13 PM   #31
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Really depends on your preference. As a reference point I have friends that run a horsey business who have had an F-350 power stroke turbo diesel for 5 years or so that they use to pull up to 8 (or 10?) horses at a time. It is an automatic. They had an F-250 version of same for many years prior to this one and never had many repairs except when she put gasoline in the tank. Oops! Tough as nails, which as a Chevy guy is *really* hard for me to say!

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What about a manual truck?? Is this better or worse, for towing???
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I have a 96 f150 v8 with a manual. IMO a manual transmission will outlast an automatic, less moving parts. I hate these 8 speed automatics they put in cars they won't last long at all, all for gas mileage.
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OK- yes, parts CAN wear on a MT, but guys, throw out bearings and even a new clutch?? There is no comparison to these low cost fixes, both which can be fixed by a DIY (not usualy so with AT's). Also, the key thing is that when/as these 2 wearable parts wear/become old. you have ample, ample, ample time to repair it- schedule the right time. Not so with an AT. It can go anywhere- thats the big gripe with me on AT's.

When an AT goes, its $2000-5000. Clutch on a MT- $600 , and while its out they pop in a new T.O. bearing for an extra $15. No comparison. One's a thunderstorm, the other is a hurricane.
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Now that we got the transmission out of the way, what about the difference between f150 and 250 I know it's the engine, but what else comes into play??? Help
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Now that we got the transmission out of the way, what about the difference between f150 and 250 I know it's the engine, but what else comes into play??? Help
the f250 also has upgraded suspension and brakes. You may also find an upgraded interrior package on the 250
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the f250 also has upgraded suspension and brakes. You may also find an upgraded interrior package on the 250
And rear end.
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I want the power if a chevy 350 what in the ford line is close to that??
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I have a 96 f150 v8 with a manual. IMO a manual transmission will outlast an automatic, less moving parts. I hate these 8 speed automatics they put in cars they won't last long at all, all for gas mileage.
a manual will most likely outlast an auto, but not due to the moving parts. if anything, a manual has more moving parts than an auto, at best, the same. the biggest difference being - a dried up gnat turd in an auto could destroy it. the same piece of insect fecal matter in a manual would be pulverized into oblivion between two chromemoly gears.

all transmissions, manual or auto, have their own inherent strengths and weaknesses. OP - you'd be better served perusing message boards that cater to the vintage of the truck youre looking to buy, and see what those owners say about each transmission.
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