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post #21 of 25 Old 07-30-2012, 06:41 PM Thread Starter
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my spark plug job cost me $600, My GF's cost her $800. And like I said I am a marine engineer and tend to do my own maintenance. What is really bad is it is so common the sho has an exact chart on what to charge you based on how many they break, And Napa sells a Ford 5.4 liter engine spark plug removal tool. Probably would work ok if the engine wasnt in the dashbored. Sorry to be slamming FOrd, but geeze Loiuse MY NAME IS JOE FORD ! I am related to the owners and paid for my barn making a killing on ford stock. And I am driving a frikking dodge. That being said my search criteria included a 2003 7.3 Ford, or a 2006 cummings dodge.
Holy Toledo! That is rough, don't be driving the Dodge to family reunions...
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post #22 of 25 Old 07-30-2012, 06:55 PM Thread Starter
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So, all this is making me very concerned about buying anything. It seeems like it is a crap shoot anymore to get a decent vehicle, even though they cost a fortune new. I was very fortunate with my truck it seems, and I don't want to mess that up. Of course, it may be ready to be replaced anyway, which is another reason I was searching.

I may just have to make two trips with my Brenderup or find someone to carry a horse. I still like the idea of a van the best, cause I could use it on trips.

Anyway, time to go to work.
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post #23 of 25 Old 07-30-2012, 07:59 PM
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Ford isn't the only one that's made spark plugs hard to change. My dad used to have an International Scout that required dropping or pulling the engine just to reach the back two plugs. A co-worker was given a Pontiac (don't recall which) that required rotating the transverse V6 to change the entire back bank.

What Ford does do better than anyone else is deny for year or even decades there is a problem and refuses to fix it. Fixing a problem is admitting you had a problem to begin with and just might open them up for lawsuits. So they believe it's better to put their collective heads in the sand and go Lalalalalalalala.
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post #24 of 25 Old 07-31-2012, 09:29 AM
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Percentage wise, it's pretty low.

I really like a diesel for a lot of reasons, one of them being no spark plugs.

I think if you were to talk to my wife about her F350, she'd tell you she loves it and would be hard pressed to sell it.

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
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post #25 of 25 Old 11-18-2013, 12:27 PM Thread Starter
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Just a quick update, it took me a while, but I finally was able to find a van that fit most of my requirements...esp my budget...

I purchased a 1999 Chevy E3500 conversion van with a 7.4 gas burner. It was a 1 owner vehicle with 167k miles and already set up to tow with hitch and brake controller. It does have a bench seat that converts to a bed, but is not a camper. I plan to pull out the middle seats and add at least an electrical hook-up so I can have some heat/air but not until after my teens move out. Right now, although it sucks gas badly, it pulls my Brenderup easily and manuvers great. The bed is comfy, but needs better airflow to be comfortable when it's hot out!

I'm not buying the 3 horse slant as of now, because my 17 yr old has pretty much stopped riding for the time being, so I only need space for two

Overall I am pleased with the van, it is clean and in great condition.
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