13th Jan 2003, 11:24

I also agree, that is why ford quit making the 6.9liter diesel because of its durability. I have an 86 f-250 4x4 with 283,000 and it still runs like a top. It is a daily driver and is used for work and when cleaned up it still will turn heads. I also don't care for Dodge trucks in general, but if you think about it ford doesn't have there own diesel engine either. I would still take the International diesel over a Cummings.

21st Apr 2003, 02:35

I couldn't agree more. In fact, Ford owns Cummings, so without Ford, Dodge doesn't have a chance. And Chevy doesn't even come close to Dodge when it comes to durability.

29th Apr 2003, 11:58


Sounds like a preparation for a school exam in writing and spelling. As for comments, it also sounds like it's out the window with such overwhelming restrictions.

Please keep your Fix or Repair daily (Ford), and I will continue to get the great gas mileage and reliability of my Dodge.

Also, you cannot find many used Dodge diesel pick-ups for sale unlike the Fords, I wonder why that is? Why doesn't Ford put them in their trucks? Maybe because of a contract with Dodge.

Now, I hope that wasn't too obscene and offensive.

28th May 2003, 10:16

I think the IH Diesel engines are very well made. My Step dads company has an 89 ford with the 7.3 diesel. It has over 350,000 miles on it, and the truck still runs great. Now his company also has a 96 chevy with the 6.5 diesel and that truck has had so many problems its not even funny. The chevy has a turbo on it and it only get 195hp, the ford gets 185hp without a turbo.

29th Sep 2003, 12:14

I have some news for you gents.

Ford does not, repeat, does not own Cummins (notice that there isn't any g on the end of their name?). Ford sold off what ever interest they had in that company ages ago. Daimler-Chrysler and Cummins realize that they have a good thing going with this and are planning on keeping it that way.

Ford or Dodge? I really don't care, but I will say that the Ford 6.9L will run much better with a turbo on them when properly set up.

5th Oct 2004, 12:33

Well, I own both. a ford 6.9,and 2 dodges. the 6.9 runs well, but not a lot of power. in town its great, but going uphill--bring some food. the Cummins runs great and very strong. gets about 15 mpg pulling a concrete pump. it's a 96 1 ton 5 speed. the fords blow a lot (a lot) head gaskets. dodge parts are very costly. the dodge is best greg.

28th Jan 2005, 21:49

My 1986 f350 has 486.239.1 have put one water pump one alt best truck I ever had. the c6 trans strong!!!

2nd Mar 2005, 22:58

HI, It't sounds that ford F250 is a great truck. I just bought a 1985 Ford F250 XLT 460L (GAS) for $600.00 buks. I was so happy to find one, after looking for more than a month. Now please someone tell me where can find parts for it. Like: Carpet, seats, wheels. or can I fit from other models. like the new F250.??? Please HELP!

21st Sep 2005, 11:21

I own a 1985 ford 6.9L diesel and I have been dominating over the 80's Chevy's and Dodge Diesel and also it can out pull my 97 3500 GMC with a 454 with 4:11 gears with a manual transmission. I will keep the ford diesel until I die and will be taken to the cemmentary in the back of that truck with my coffin.

23rd Sep 2005, 19:56

I am looking at purchasing a 1995 Ford F250 2WD Super-Cab with the 7.3L Turbo Diesel. Do you know of any common problems with this truck?

2nd Oct 2005, 16:37

I have a 6.9 in a F250 it has 196000 on it, but it is missing do to lo compression on 4 passinger side.

Will a 7.3 Bolt in, are motor mounts the same? Are 7.3 a sleeve engine?

24th Dec 2005, 20:22

The only motor that a 6.9 navastar is better than is gm's early v8 gas/ diesel 6.2.

17th Jun 2006, 11:51

Hey, to get top of the line parts for your 1985 F250 XLT 460ci (gas), go to www.rockauto.com.

13th Jul 2006, 11:28

I think someone needs to get their info straight before they leave a comment (For owning Cummins lol) and as far as dodges having durability over Chev, well that statement in itself is just to funny to comment on.

2nd Jun 2007, 13:04

Hi I have a ford f250 1984 6.9 liter diesel and want to put a turbo on it. I have heard so many different things about them having too much compression. Some say you're fine for just driving, but I will be pulling loads. I would like to hear what other guys say let me know.

24th Jun 2007, 00:49

I found a 1986 F250 XLT Lariat with the 6.9L diesel. It has 169,000 miles on it. Would I be throwing money away by buying it? Am I inviting trouble?

26th Jun 2007, 01:48

I am in a similar situation as the previous writer. I just inherited an 86 f250 with a banks turbo, propane injection 4wd ,4 speed manual, (197,000 miles). I already have a 2000 f250 with a six speed manual that I am making payments on. I am considering selling the newer one and driving the old one because it is free. I am weighing this decision carefully. Is it worth selling the 2000 and driving the 86 to save money or is it better to sell the 86 to help pay down the 2000? what kind of mechanical failures should I expect from the 86? any input would be greatly appreciated.

6th Jul 2007, 00:48

Greetings >

International Harvester Diesel (IDI) Engines Rule!!!

I have a 1985 Ford F250 with 216,453 miles on it, a 6.9 International Harvester diesel engine, Banks Turbocharger, 4 speed manual transmission, 2wd (extended cab/utility body) straight body with no rust. I bought it a year ago for $2,400, I’ve replaced the glow plugs and solenoids, it starts every time and drives like a dream (highway or back road).

I run it on "Homebrew" Biodiesel, (54 cents a gallon) made from waste peanut oil my (from local Thai restaurant), methanol and “Red Devil” lye. For the rear larger tank, I fabricated a “Line within Line”, heated (w/hot water split of from the radiator) and filtered "wvo" (waste veggie oil) System (cost $500 for parts).

I use the Biodiesel for start up and when my engine warms up, I switch to the straight “wvo”. If I am out somewhere and I am running low on Biodiesel, I can mix it with regular diesel with no harm to the engine or performance and I am good to go!!!

The F250 is only the second Ford I have owned, but when I decided to go diesel, an International Harvester diesel engine is far superior to anything Chevy put out until they came up with “Duramax”.

I think Dodge with the Cummins engine is way overrated and to expensive for an older truck, plus not many Dodges have a second fuel tank and their body styles are limited (not many choices with extended cab with utility bodies).

I am totally satisfied with my 85 Ford F250 and I highly recommend it to anybody that is looking for a diesel truck. They are completely reliable, affordable and parts are reasonable and can be found everywhere.

Go Green

Grease Runner.