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bobbyg18
07-12-2006, 03:27 PM
ive tested two f250 v8's, and one f250 v10...the v8's are priced $20,699 (2003) and $20,999 (2002)...the v10 is at $19,500 Lauriat edition (2002)...

all three have similar mileage between 35K-43K and all drive well and have the towing package...however the V10 has a crew cab the v8's both have extended cabs, i really like the crew but will the extra power be too costly (that is my question)

is the price lower becuase of the rising cost of gas worldwide?...

i will be towing a Bobcat (6200 lbs) and a trailer rated 10,000 #s

any advice?

jazak
07-12-2006, 05:10 PM
I hope you know that many dealers are selling 2006 V8 4x4 for $23K-24K. I would say a diesel is best for pullin you can get a good used one for under $25K or a new one for $30K.

DodgeTruckMan731
07-12-2006, 06:57 PM
depending on what you want to spend on gas go with the v8 it will be much cheaper in the long run.

bobbyg18
07-12-2006, 06:58 PM
cheapest ive seen new is at least 30K...with no options...

this will be my primary vehicle also...

i will hopefully be towing 2-3 days per week as this will be a part time business...

jazak
07-12-2006, 07:12 PM
Come get one out here they're going for $26K with plows or $23K without!!

hosejockey2002
07-13-2006, 01:59 AM
Get the V10. The V8 will move your load but as long as you have a light foot the V10 should not get any worse mileage.

Keith
07-13-2006, 06:52 AM
I agree with that to a point. CC V10 vs. CC V8 towing, the V10 probably will do no worse on fuel, and maybe better. CC V10 vs. SC V8 towing, probably still won't be much difference. But without the trailer I wouldn't be surprised if the V8 wouldn't do a couple mpg better.

Really, every truck is different. One truck might get a mile or two per gallon better mileage than an almost identical truck. You never can tell. :hammerhead:

On a side note, I never remember hearing anyone with a V10 saying they wished they had bought a V8. I've heard a few with V8's say they wish they had gone for the V10. If you are towing regularly, it's about the biggest bargain on the option list.

sefh
07-13-2006, 08:21 AM
I own a 99 F250 SD w/V10 extended cab and I would never change my mind. Gas mileage is only how you drive the truck.

biglawndog
07-13-2006, 10:56 AM
GET THE V10! The v8 is fine if your not pulling any weight but once you start pulling it sucks down the gas. The V10 will actually give you better mpg when your pulling and and have plenty of power.The V8 is a dog pulling any significant weight. The V10 will have plenty of power. Watch out though,one of the years, and it may be 2002 the V10 have a tendency to spit out spark plugs. Check into that first. Heres a link to check out.

http://www.ford-trucks.com

notoriousDUG
07-13-2006, 11:08 AM
In all reality you are not loking at enough truck for your application, and fuel economy is going to be a false savings.

While the gasser is going to be less then an oil burner in initial purchase in the long run you are going to pay more for fuel and maintnenance. As soon as you hook a trailer of any wieght to the back of that gas motor it is going to kill the fuel economy.

Plus the 250/350 is seriously underbraked in the rear if you plan on pulling any kind of load, they will destroy rear pads and rotors, warp front rotors and just generally stop for poop with a load. Even using Motorcraft pads it is a regular occourance to see the friction material debond and cause the pads to go metal to metal on one rotor. This usually happens on the piston side of the caliper and then causes you to loose a caliper as well.

lawnmaniac883
07-13-2006, 07:00 PM
Have fun with the spark plug shooters ford calls and engine.

J&R Landscaping
07-13-2006, 11:44 PM
A dealer around me has a brand new 2006 F250 XL 4x4. 6.0L powerstroke, Auto A/C snow plow prep, tow package. Mainly a bare bone work truck. $29,977 for a regular cab. $30,977 for an extended cab.

Luvs2Play
07-14-2006, 12:02 AM
In all reality you are not loking at enough truck for your application, and fuel economy is going to be a false savings.

While the gasser is going to be less then an oil burner in initial purchase in the long run you are going to pay more for fuel and maintnenance. As soon as you hook a trailer of any wieght to the back of that gas motor it is going to kill the fuel economy.

Plus the 250/350 is seriously underbraked in the rear if you plan on pulling any kind of load, they will destroy rear pads and rotors, warp front rotors and just generally stop for poop with a load. Even using Motorcraft pads it is a regular occourance to see the friction material debond and cause the pads to go metal to metal on one rotor. This usually happens on the piston side of the caliper and then causes you to loose a caliper as well.
You funny!!!
Go with the v10. I have a 5.4 with 225,000 miles and a V10 with 61,000. They get the same milage towing, the v10 pulls better by far, after all, it's about 85 cube larger with two more pops. My brakes have 80% left after 61,000 miles. Resale will not be that much less after it's paid off and the maintenance costs will not be near as much as the diesel. The PS would be the right choice for hauling distances but around town, gas is the best choice. I pull 12,000 lbs daily, not a problem at all.

DBL
07-14-2006, 12:36 AM
i know a guy with a v8 and v10 f350's and they get roughly the same mpg. adn with the same milage the v10 will pull anything you put behind it. im preferably a diesel guy but a v10 gas wouldnt be a bad truck to get

lafd04
07-14-2006, 07:53 PM
Depending on how you drive they'll get within a mile or two of each other but the 10 will shine when towing. I doubt you'll have peoblems with the spark plugs either since I haven't seen any come out of a head in years. Also whats this about rear brakes coming apart? I've been at a ford dealership for 3 years where at least half of our buissness is trucks (3 construction company near by along with untold landscapers and farmers) and haven't seen many trucks coming apart except for a few that where really really tooled on. motercraft stuff...ehhh

Jerry and Sons
07-14-2006, 09:24 PM
I have a 2000 f350 v10 great power but gas milage is not great. i tow a 20 ft trailer with 2 lazers and a walk behind and average about 8 mile a gallon.:cry:

JSMLAWNCARE
07-16-2006, 11:04 PM
Well, I have a 03 F350 w/ a V10. The power is okay... more than a v8 less than a diesel. My mileage is between 7.5 - 8.5 mpg. The brakes are pretty bad... and they do go out with no warning... About a month ago I replaced the front because they were warped... $250 for brakes and rotors. Then about 2 weeks ago the back started grinding... I never checked them because the back should hardly need to be replaced, so that cost me another $250... I still don't think they stop that well... Thank god for trailer brakes!!

JSMLAWNCARE
07-16-2006, 11:16 PM
I forgot to add that the truck has 40,000 miles on it

montana jack
07-18-2006, 11:17 PM
The newer V10s, I think about 2005, have 3 valves per cylinder & put out about 362 HP & 470 ft lbs. The cost of a V10 over a V8 is about $600. The V10 will probably do better on gas as the V8 is working harder. The big F350s with CC & LB weigh about 7,500 lbs. empty.
The 6.0 diesel has had a lot of problems & will be obsolete when it is replaced by the 6.4 next year. The anti pollution crowd is hard at work on diesels now so their milage isn't what it used to be, plus around here, diesel fuel costs about .40 cents more per gal then reg unleaded. Maintenance is higher for a diesel. The 6.0 is about a $5,300 option and the 6.4 will most likely be higher than that. The diesel engine weighs 500 lbs more the gas with more strain on the front end, tire wear & less payload. You have to tow heavy & often before a diesel becomes a practicle option.

RedWingsDet
07-19-2006, 12:37 AM
everyone with v10's wishes they got a diesel. at least in my case lol

Keith
07-19-2006, 01:09 AM
I'm certainly not one of those "everyones."

SOMM
07-19-2006, 01:13 AM
diesel !! diesel !! diesel !!

(unless u get your reg. gas 4 free ?)

Itsgottobegreen
07-19-2006, 01:15 AM
I just got the diesel. Good old 7.3 power stroker. V10 is a gas gussler.

Green Pastures
07-19-2006, 09:57 AM
Plus the 250/350 is seriously underbraked in the rear if you plan on pulling any kind of load, they will destroy rear pads and rotors, warp front rotors and just generally stop for poop with a load. Even using Motorcraft pads it is a regular occourance to see the friction material debond and cause the pads to go metal to metal on one rotor. This usually happens on the piston side of the caliper and then causes you to loose a caliper as well.


I pull an 8 x 20 enclosed (about 5K gross) and a 8 x 18 open with a Cat 257B on it (about 9K gross) with my 99' F250. I bought the truck used with 13K on it and it has 99K on it now. I did the brakes at about 60K and there was no excessive wear on rotors.

I use the Tekonsha brake controller and it's fantastic.