View Full Version : Ford V-10

05-01-2007, 12:35 AM
Tell me what you guys think about the Ford 6.8L V-10... I'm sure it's gonna be a hog on the gas but what else do you guys think I'm looking at an 02 with 35k miles. Thanks.

05-01-2007, 01:46 AM
Sure, it likes gas, but show me a 7000 lb truck that doesn't. They are actually quite efficient for a gas engine in such a large vehicle. Typically there is not all that much mileage difference between the 6.8 and the 5.4. In fact it would not be unheard of to see a V10 knocking down better mileage towing than that same truck with a 5.4.

As far as reliability, the only real known issue that I am aware of would be the spark plug blowout thing. Most of those happen when people try to push the plug life for all it's worth. Or when they are improperly installed. You do it properly and don't push to see how many miles you can go between plug changes, and you likely won't have any problems.

05-01-2007, 02:15 AM
I drove one on a bucket truck and wasn't all that impressed. But it was a very heavy truck.

05-01-2007, 09:40 AM
I had an 01 and it got 2-3 mpg better than my 05 5.4 did. The spark plug issue was taken care of by 2000 so if you are looking at a 02 you shouldn't have any problems. It was a great running engine with tons of power for towing. I put around 40k on mine and never had a problem and I had an intake, throttle body spacer, and chip in it as well for the last 10k or so although I didn't need it. I was trying for better mileage. I got 12 around town and I took it to SC once and squeezed 18 out of it on the way down and 16.5 on the way up. My 5.4 never did better than 12.

05-01-2007, 10:28 AM
I have a 2004 F250 with a V10. I have 36,000 miles on it. It pulls great. Gas mileage as stated isn't great. I get around 10-12 mpg in town, and around 14-16 mph on the highway. I haven't had any mechanical problems with it yet. Knock on wood.

Brett's Cutting Edge
05-01-2007, 12:11 PM
I have a 2000 and love it. Tons of power. I pull my dump trailer fully loaded with 12 yds of woodchips and pulls like nothing is back there. Ive never had a mechanical problem with it. Knock on wood. But on the gas mialage is what is expected out of a big truck like that.

05-01-2007, 01:43 PM
Thanks for the info guys. I've been hesitating due to the price of gas advertised in the newspaper today saying it's going to be $4. I'm torn between 2 trucks they are the same Ford ext. cab lariat one is a 2002 with the V-10 the other is a 1999 with the 7.3L diesel. They both have around 30K miles which is good for their year and around the same price ($20k). Tell me what you guys would go with.

05-01-2007, 02:48 PM
I love my '01, but I'm looking for a new truck. It is a towing machine. Pulls 12K lbs. like nothing. Gas isn't bad at all, I get about 15 empty on the highway. If you are interested in mine, PM me. It is mint!

05-01-2007, 10:51 PM
10-12 and 14-16 on the highway is bad dam i would kill for that mileage. I have a dodge v10 8L it gets consistently 6mpg and 8 on the highway talk about a gas hog but when i factor in the amount of miles i drive gas is cheeper then diesel gas trucks are cheeper to buy then diesel and cheeper to work on i dont think i can justify the extra cost and i dont need a ton of torque like the diesel has i only pull 7-8k pounds so my v10 does ok for me. Not to mention that everyone is so scared of big engine trucks that i couldnt get more than a couple thousand trade in for it i think ill keep it till it dies

05-02-2007, 12:28 AM
i gat 12 to 14 pulling my skid i have a2000 v10 with a 5 speed i have 175,000 on it now it will out pull the powerstrokes i had but they were autos i have been very happy with it

montana jack
05-03-2007, 03:25 PM
I have an '06 V10 and am very satisfied. I think Ford modified the engine around '03 from two valve to 3 valve per cylinder giving it about a 62HP boost over the old engine. The older ones also had 3.73 rears, hence there are some with negative comments on the V10s power & towing ability. The newer ones come with either 4.10 or 4.30 rears. I have heard nothing but rave reports from owners of 3 valve, 4.30 V10s for towing, fuel efficiency and reliability. Many have 200,000 with no trouble & some have reported as much as 400,000. The spark plug problem was in the earlier models.

05-03-2007, 08:44 PM
The 3.73s are a good all around gear. I have them and like them. I have towed a few miles with 12K lbs. and there are no problems merging onto the highway or driving around town. I have had one hill that gave me a little problem. It caught me off gaurd and I had to press the gas down pretty far to recover. The 3.73s really help with the gas mileage. The only problem with the V10 is you can't get them to sound like a throaty V8!:cry: :dancing:

05-05-2007, 02:11 AM
I love mine. my v10 in my 350 dulley with a dump bed and 4x4 gets BETTER gas mileage than my 6.0 chevy srw 4x4. Now if someone can explain that one.

05-05-2007, 11:17 AM
I heard somewhere that duallys get better mileage for some reason. Mu uncle has both a Chevy 2500 pickup 6.0L and a Chevy 3500 dually dumo 6.0L and the dump gets about 1.5 MPG better than the pickup.

05-06-2007, 01:25 AM
I wonder if it has to do with the weight being distributed over a larger surface area so the tires dont squat as much? there would be less rolling resistance if the tires were more in a round shape which they would be if the weight was distributed over 4 tires insted of two i would imagine. just and idea but if anyone knows for sure then i would like to know.

05-06-2007, 10:53 AM
That's what I was thinking pclawncare. Then I thoguht about the added friction fron the two extra tires. I have no idea lol.