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Howdy folks,

I’m about to purchase a 2018 truck with the 3.0 engine but haven’t been able to find anyone who owns one (until I found this forum).

Wanted to ask y’all...would you buy your truck again? Has it been a pain in the butt to own or just the opposite?

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I definitely would, this truck has been perfect for me. If you do lots of touring it's great. Its excellent on fuel, tows well, and is super smooth all around. I've had no issues, just make sure your EGR recalls have been completed before you take possession and you should be good to go.
 

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I bought a brand new 2019 Lariat Sport 2 WD and have had NO problems whatsoever. I would buy this 3.0 liter diesel again. Like the other member mentioned, make sure it has had the recall done.
 

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100% would buy again. I might go for a higher trim package but that's the only change I'd consider.
If you're one who likes to accelerate quickly it may not be for you but the smoothness, capability and fuel economy combine to make the perfect truck for me.
 

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I already did! This is my 2nd 2018 3.0 and if I lost this one today I would try to find the same truck again. I never was a sunroof guy I am manage to find a platinum without one.
 
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@XraySierra - as I see this is your 1st post, first order of business is to welcome you to the forums!

A bunch of other forum members have chimed in already with their thoughts and I have been thinking carefully about how to respond to your question/poll. I added a "Maybe?" category to your poll, as I am still undecided at this point.

First off, my 2018 Platinum F150 is my third F150, after owning 2010 and 2015 Platinums. I love the F150 platform and all of the creature comforts that the Platinum trim level offers, and will most likely get another F150 Platinum if I were to ever buy a new vehicle.

I think the more specific question you are asking is if I would buy another F150 PSD (PowerStroke Diesel) This question I am a bit more undecided on, as there are things we have learned (like 100-150 mile regen cycles for city driving) that had I known may have made me think differently or arrive at a different decision.

I think the 3.0L V6 "Lion" Diesel is a strong little engine, but I have expressed my desire for it to be a little bigger (3.2L or 3.3L I think would be the right size) but Ford (and other US manufacturers) have zeroed in on 3.0L as the magical size that provides the torque necessary for towing but also small enough to achieve the mythical 30MPG highway mileage rating for a 1/2-ton pickup, which is achievable now on the F150 XL/XLT trims due to the aluminum body panels introduced in 2015 and 10-speed transmission introduced in 2017.

With the above being said and I've stated this before, this platform excels for someone who is doing a lot of highway mileage or is looking to do light-to-medium towing w/o owning a SuperDuty. Watching my tachometer settle in at ~1600 RPM and the transmission locked into 10th gear on the highway is where this platform really shines.

I've responded to a bunch of new forum members unhappy with their < 5K oil change intervals, which we as a group have determined is due to primarily short trips and "around town" driving style. My fear is that maybe a new F150 PowerBoost hybrid might have been a better choice for some members with < 5 minute commutes to work who didn't get their F150 for towing...

COVID -19 and WFH (Working From Home) have definitely altered my driving style, as without the daily 15-20 minute commute to work, I am doing even more city driving and shorter trips than I was when I first got my 2018. I guess lower mileage is good for me in the long-run but I'm not sure it is good for this platform that really likes to be driven.

The "double" recall on the infamous EGR By-pass valve (18E02 and 20E04) was more than an annoyance and surely left a bad taste in the mouths of those owners who ingested a screw trashing the engine in their brand new trucks.

Maintenance costs are definitely higher with a F150 PSD (takes more oil, DEF, fuel filters should be changed more frequently, etc) compared to any of its gasoline powered brethren, so make sure you take that into account in your decision.

Long-term performance and durability of the emissions systems are still in my mind unknowns, but do carry an 8yr/100K warranty from Ford.

I do love my truck but I wanted to provide an honest assessment of what 1/2-ton diesel ownership is really about. I know that @snowshew up in Alaska wrestled with the same decision you are facing, and after months of reading posts & feedback here, he came to the conclusion that while he really wanted a F150 PSD, he couldn't justify the cost based on his driving patterns. I suggest you search for his profile and click on the Discussions link in his profile to find some of the discussions he got involved in, or maybe if he is still around, he can chime in on why he ultimately went with EcoBoost over PSD.

I also suggest you read thru some of these ownership-related threads so that you understand what you are getting into by purchasing a used F150 PSD, so that you are not surprised as Ford isn't exactly upfront with these details:
Not trying to be a "Debbie-downer" or scare anyone here but rather presenting you with as much information ("good" and "bad") to hopefully combat your exuberance and the allure of the F150 PSD to help make the right decision for you.

Read up on these topics and post back with any questions you might have before you decide.
 
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Howdy folks,

I’m about to purchase a 2018 truck with the 3.0 engine but haven’t been able to find anyone who owns one (until I found this forum).

Wanted to ask y’all...would you buy your truck again? Has it been a pain in the butt to own or just the opposite?

Regards,
XraySierra
I drive a lot and it has paid off with me with the amazing gas mileage and can still pull 25ft+ boats.
 

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i just did my EGR this week...no biggie
Do my own oil changes. Fuel filters tomorrow. Pull 10,000# boat/trailer with ease. Great mileage and fun ownership experience.

picked up a new air-cooled airplane engine for a friend today. Tow/haul mode is so nice for smooth diesel braking even when hauling heavy load in the bed.
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i just did my EGR this week...no biggie
Do my own oil changes. Fuel filters tomorrow. Pull 10,000# boat/trailer with ease. Great mileage and fun ownership experience.

picked up a new air-cooled airplane engine for a friend today. Tow/haul mode is so nice for smooth diesel braking even when hauling heavy load in the bed. View attachment 2208

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I didn’t know tow haul mode helped braking? I thought it was just the shifting?
 

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I didn’t know tow haul mode helped braking? I thought it was just the shifting?
Diesel “braking”...down shifts early and let’s motor carry more of the load...all the way down to 2nd gear. It’s great, especially with fragile heavy loads like I had today
 

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Hi, Welcome to the Forum. Would definitely purchase again. I'm sure your family has known of the PowerStroke engines for work and play. I'm sure you know that F-150s are one of the most ergonomic tools in the vehicle market. We have waited for the rumored Ford F-150 diesel and some of us wanted to show Ford with our purchase that these are in demand. As you notice, decades of research factor in, yielding a proven engine in your choice of configuration. There has been ZERO changes to the powertrain since it was released on the 2018 model so you are getting as good as new. Some of us fill up once a month, see over 25mpg average, and have a warranty that will last quite a while. Congratulations on finding one. I will never sell or trade mine; But I might buy more just to say thank you to Ford. Enjoy power on demand from your favorite truck brand!
 

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I have 2019 with 23k 2in level and 32 tires and still get 23 in the winter with 20min warm-ups. I have 1200 slide in camper and still get 18mpg with it. I owned a few diesels and this one has the best power band and the 10 speed is a work of art. But one downfall to mention is the engine really doesn't have any engine braking. Which is only and issue with heavy trailer like 8k or more. I had a diesel colorado before this and that thing could slow down a freight train with just the engine. But if you are just on flat land it wouldn't be big deal. The engine is relatively simple compared to the gm and ram engines and has been in production in Land Rovers for some time. I decided on the f150 because I could get 4wd auto and the rear locker for a bargain and the drivetrain was not know for major issues. GM has be dealing with 8 and 10 speed issues for some time, the first gen gm 3.0s were having overheating issues. Ram was way to expensive for the options I wanted. As mentioned above new diesel trucks are not for everyone, if you only drive in town under 60mph you are more likely to have issues with the emissions system. I have never had any issues with my last 3 diesels but anytime they start we drive at least an hour at 65mph because we live in the country.
 

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Can't wait till the aftermarket offers a jake brake! (I doubt they ever will LOL). I am so used to it in other vehicles I miss it in the F150. Still, if you don't mind doing it manually it is easy to shift the transmission to "M" and keep pressing the down shift button till you get to a stop. The computer won't let you over rev the engine, it will just stay in the correct gear for the speed. That is the only thing I use the "M" for.
 

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I have 2019 with 23k 2in level and 32 tires and still get 23 in the winter with 20min warm-ups. I have 1200 slide in camper and still get 18mpg with it. I owned a few diesels and this one has the best power band and the 10 speed is a work of art. But one downfall to mention is the engine really doesn't have any engine braking. Which is only and issue with heavy trailer like 8k or more. I had a diesel colorado before this and that thing could slow down a freight train with just the engine. But if you are just on flat land it wouldn't be big deal. The engine is relatively simple compared to the gm and ram engines and has been in production in Land Rovers for some time. I decided on the f150 because I could get 4wd auto and the rear locker for a bargain and the drivetrain was not know for major issues. GM has be dealing with 8 and 10 speed issues for some time, the first gen gm 3.0s were having overheating issues. Ram was way to expensive for the options I wanted. As mentioned above new diesel trucks are not for everyone, if you only drive in town under 60mph you are more likely to have issues with the emissions system. I have never had any issues with my last 3 diesels but anytime they start we drive at least an hour at 65mph because we live in the country.
I have 74,000 miles on mine and drive the **** out of it with tune and delete on 35’s. I drive from NC to Florida every two weeks 80+mph and the dash stays on 21.3 mpg with the 35’s and 2 inch level.

I think I noticed some slipping between 3-4th gear the other day but the engine may have just been cold still.
 

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Howdy folks,

I’m about to purchase a 2018 truck with the 3.0 engine but haven’t been able to find anyone who owns one (until I found this forum).

Wanted to ask y’all...would you buy your truck again? Has it been a pain in the butt to own or just the opposite?

Regards,
XraySierra
I own and love a 2019 F150 power stroke with 18k miles on the clock (I purchased in May 2020). I had only ever intended to keep my truck long enough for a couple of model years of the electric F150 to come out.

Under no circumstances would I own this truck without a warranty in effect. I haven’t decided yet whether I will keep it beyond 5 years or trade it, however I will likely be purchasing the premium extended warranty package from Ford before the factory warranty expires. Here’s why:
I purchased my truck with 44 miles on it. At 5200 miles I experienced a significant transmission fault. Long story short, Ford replaced the transmission with a brand new unit in the crate shipped down from wherever they build the F150. I saw dealer invoice cost for the replacement at $8500. A month later I did the EGR recall. At 18000 miles currently the truck has been trouble free since the transmission incident.

I may be moving to a city lifestyle and won’t require a vehicle soon. If so, I will sell it while it has the factory warranty still in effect.
 

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Howdy folks,

I’m about to purchase a 2018 truck with the 3.0 engine but haven’t been able to find anyone who owns one (until I found this forum).

Wanted to ask y’all...would you buy your truck again? Has it been a pain in the butt to own or just the opposite?

Regards,
XraySierra!
Hello and welcome XRAY SIERRA!
I have a 2018 3.0 Ruby Red 4wd and I just love it. I tow three different trailers quite often and the towing performance is excellent. At this time Ruby is spending the night at the dealership and having the EGR Recall straitened out. The book says 3.8 hours but it looks as though that might be on the light side for time to repair.
(I had dropped it off at 09:00 this morning and the service writer said it was taking longer than they thought. So he said he would call me in the morning.

I really have had no problems or issues and would certainly purchase a new 3.0.

Honest John
 

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@HonestJohn Great to see yet another Ruby Red diesel on here. We call our Ruby as well and she is beautiful!
 

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I have 74,000 miles on mine and drive the **** out of it with tune and delete on 35’s. I drive from NC to Florida every two weeks 80+mph and the dash stays on 21.3 mpg with the 35’s and 2 inch level.

I think I noticed some slipping between 3-4th gear the other day but the engine may have just been cold still.
What tuner did you use? I'm running 35s with a 6" lift, having issues getting into the higher gears without using the cruise control.
 
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