- Jul 8, 2019
- Reaction Points
- Austin, Texas
- Current Ride
- 2017 Ford Raptor
- Current Ride #2
- 2020 Diesel Tremor
It's been a long time coming, but it's finally here! After owning my RAM Diesel for nearly 7 years, it's been replaced by a 2020 Magnetic F250 Diesel Tremor. As some of you know, I've been excited about the Tremor ever since it was first announced last year. The idea of having an off-road capable factory truck that could still tow and haul was a dream! I'm also a huge Ford fan. I had a Ford F150 Ecoboost that was a half ton tow monster, a fun daily driver Focus ST, and still have my Ford Raptor (which will probably be on the chopping block soon). Honestly, one of the hardest decisions purchasing the new truck was selecting the color and motor. I went back and forth for months. I was excited to try out the new 7.3l motor and exit the diesel world for a while. The grunt that the 7.3l has is amazing and that's probably all the power I actually need. However, I couldn't get the idea of having over 1050 lb-ft of torque out of my head. I also liked the idea of having a little more range in the fuel tank while traveling, so eventually decided I would give the Powerstroke a shot.
Super impressed with the new Iconic Silver Ford introduced this year I thought that would be the color choice for sure. I've always been a fan of the Magnetic color so that was my second choice. Now it just boiled down to the deal. I tried to work with a few local dealers, but both here in Austin considered the Tremor such a limited truck that no discounts were available except for the $500 cash rebate. Searching a little farther out, I found a dealer that had awesome up front pricing and a great selection of Tremors on the lot (5 yesterday!) I called about a month ago on a Magnetic Lariat Sport that had just finished production and was scheduled to ship first part of August. I owe a big thanks to @plethoragreen for helping me lock in a POC last month.
The truck arrived at the dealership this week. I made the 200 mile drive to check it out and see if it's something I wanted to do. The plan was just to go up drive it and then think about it for a few days to make sure that was the one. The test drive went well. Gary, my salesman at the dealership, gave me the keys and let me take it out by my self. I now know what you guys are talking about with the tires making the truck feel a little loose and not planted on the road. I also felt a small vibration at 70mph and thought maybe the tires were just out of balance. Well, turns out Gary was a Tremor owner as well and invited me to check out his truck. He had a white XLT tremor with some mods and the 7.3l. He mentioned noticing similar issues with the tires until they had some miles on them. . Something we've all talked about on here for a few months. These guys were able to give me a really fair price on my trade in and I decided to pull the trigger.
I got in last night around midnight. I had a blast driving it home 200 miles with the stereo cranking all while playing a game of dodge-a-deer. I took it easy on the drive back averaging between 55-75mph. The end result was 21.4MPG! This new 10 speed tranny paired with the diesel is incredible. I'll have a follow up post with my thoughts once I have some more time behind the wheel.
I really want to thank Gary @ Jim Bass Ford in San Angelo. I can't tell you how nice it was dealing with a fellow Tremor owner and enthusiast! Be sure to check out their Tremor inventory and reach out to Gary (3259494621 ext. 397) if you have any interest or questions. He's the man! - https://www.jimbassford.com/