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KrayzKajun
08-06-2008, 09:39 PM
Anyone own a F250 with the 5.4L triton V8?
how does it tow?
mileage you got out of it?
how many miles you have on it?
thanks for all the info Jacob

kps2389
08-06-2008, 09:50 PM
Changing your mind again?
Well my buddy had in F-350 with a 5.4 in it. It was kinda under powered in my opinion and got like 10-12 towing and max like 14 daily driving. Hope it helps.

Grass Happens
08-06-2008, 10:00 PM
Krazy, from another ford truck forum i belong too, i got that they are a decent engine, but with below-par fuel milage (or for a ford, par fuel milage). they have had an issue with f spark plugs getting spit out; yes it does happen, but not very commonly. I am looking at a 99 LD 250 with the 5.4, so i did alot leg work. but KPS is in the ball park for the milage numbers from what i could garner, as the 250 and 350 SD are durned similar.

treeman574
08-06-2008, 10:59 PM
i drive an 02 f350 with 5.4 for work and my personal truck is an 04 f250 with 5.4 my personal truck gets between 14 & 18 on the highway and 10-12 around town depending on how many fire calls i go on. I use this truck to tow a 7700 pound 30' camper with no problems i did add firestone airbags to smooth out the ride with trailer on. my work truck gets about 8-10 only driven around town and its a govt. model we tow our bobcat 763 around with these trucks with now problems.

mybowtie
08-06-2008, 11:11 PM
Dont have it anymore, but had a 2000 f250 5.4 4x4.. Had 165k HARD miles on her, and still ran good. Didnt burn any oil, and had the original clutch(5spd).
Had a 8' plow for the last 3 winters I had it. Got around 13-14 in town. Maybe 17-18 hwy. Good truck, but like others said a little under powered.....:usflag:

Cooter
08-07-2008, 04:50 AM
I drive an 01 reg cab 4x4. 5.4 auto w. 3.73s. As others said a little underpowered. Does fine with an 8' blade in winter though. Does everything its asked to just a little slower. I wish I was even getting the mileage others are. Just checked mine 8.5 mpg mixed city/highway all with trailer. Will sometimes get 11 empty. The newer 3 valves are supposedly more powerful and better on fuel.

Signature Landscaping1
08-07-2008, 09:11 PM
I have an 04 f250 5.4 4x4 reg cab for work and personal use. It tows great, it has 97k on it and i get about 12-14 mpg city and about 16-17 highway.

lawnspecialties
08-07-2008, 09:42 PM
Here's a recent thread with my '04 I just bought. As it says, I'm getting around 8-9 mpg around town. It has a 3.73 rear end and I keep OD turned off. This mpg average is 100% towing an 18' trailer with two Gravelys. It does "OK" with power but I expected that. If I need muscle, I break out the 6.0L.

http://www.lawnsite.com/showthread.php?t=240953

SouthernLandworks
08-07-2008, 09:48 PM
I drive a '00 250 crew cab 4x4 with the 5.4L. No complaints. Decent towing. Decent mileage for the size. Great truck.

KrayzKajun
08-07-2008, 09:52 PM
thanks for the info guys!!

RedMax Man
08-07-2008, 10:17 PM
My '99 F-350 reg. cab. has 154,000 original miles on the 5.4L and runs awesome. Been very dependable and i'm not the original owner. Hasn't been a dissapointment yet and it definitly gets worked.

KrayzKajun
08-07-2008, 10:56 PM
Here's a recent thread with my '04 I just bought. As it says, I'm getting around 8-9 mpg around town. It has a 3.73 rear end and I keep OD turned off. This mpg average is 100% towing an 18' trailer with two Gravelys. It does "OK" with power but I expected that. If I need muscle, I break out the 6.0L.

http://www.lawnsite.com/showthread.php?t=240953

wow! I really like yur utility body!!!

J.Z.Smith Landscaping
08-15-2008, 09:26 PM
I have a 2003 F-350 5.4 and I love it. Its got about 102K on it and doesn't have any problems at all. I have had it for about 3 years now and its got a downeaster 8ft dump insert and hauls a CASE 440 CT no problem. For a truck like that it gets fine mileage depending on what your pulling.

Az Gardener
08-15-2008, 09:49 PM
I have a 00 1/2 ton with that engine and it is a dog but it is near 200-K without so much as a alternator needed. Just seat, steering wheel, lock and window actuators and I did put on new wheel bearings at 160-K.

I have to confess the only thing I have to compare to is either 70 Chevy w/454 :weightlifter:03-3/4 ton HD Chevy :weightlifter:and my Dodge w/Cummins:weightlifter::weightlifter: so I guess the comparisons are not really fair. I pull a 16 X 8.5 enclosed with a few small 21"-27" mowers and a lot of pruning tools. So it is not very heavy.

Isobel
08-15-2008, 09:58 PM
I have an 04 F250 with the 5.4L in her. I like it. She usually gets about 12mpg doing city and hwy--but I also keep it fairly loaded down with tools and materials. I pull a 3ton dump trailer about 30% of the time. The truck will pull it, slowly, and the rpm will shoot up to 4k, but she will pull it.

davis45
08-15-2008, 09:59 PM
No good for towing, they are a dog, your foot will be smashed in the accelerator. I'm not just bashing the truck's either, we use to be big into motocross and stock cars so we have had alot of trucks to tow our trailers around. Ford gas motors were some of the worst we expeirenced. Learned to stick with chevy gas motors and dodge cummins.

D&B Sharp Finish
08-16-2008, 12:02 PM
I had a 5.4 in a 1/2 ton, and I hated towing my mowers with it, it was a total dog... But it did have 179,XXX on it when I sold it and I never had a problem with it... I also only had it for a few thousand miles, and every other truck i've had has had a built motor in it so I really havent had any other "stock" trucks to compare it to. Oh yeah, my mileage was never above 10 unless i was unloaded on the highway.

FDuce
08-20-2008, 10:40 AM
they have had an issue with f spark plugs getting spit out; yes it does happen, but not very commonly.

The 2000 and older 5.4's had heads that only engaged 4 threads of the spark plug. 2001 and up they changed the heads and now engage 8 threads. With that said, my 2001 spit a plug two weeks ago but it may have been due to the plug being improperly torqued (aftermarket plugs). Didn't cause any damage to the head or plug and was able to just put it back in. Did need a new coil since it broke as the plug shot out.

lyube
08-21-2008, 12:38 AM
Here you go Kajun

2002 E350 Box truck
131k
5.4l triton
Typical load-5k pounds-2 ZTRs, 2 walk behinds, 4 trimmers, air compressor, 3 workers
Mileage-13 or so on the highway, 9-11 in town. Seems to get way better than that, we can go an entire day in town on 1/4 tank.

Runs like a raped ape :)

George Mason
08-21-2008, 12:56 AM
I just threw my tags on my "new" F350 5.4 yesterday and got her on the road. I hooked the trailer up, which weighs at least double what a standard landscape trailer weighs because my grandfather built it homemade to haul a tractor back and forth and then gave it to me when I started up this year. Its heavy with it's 14' length, two cast iron I Beams running down the sides and most piping coming from demoed cast iron fire sprinkler system scrap he had, but it was free and nothing beats that! At any rate, I took it over and hauled a 6' blade for my tractor about twenty miles on back roads and 4th was a bit shaky on some hills and especially when not running hard into them but 3rd nailed it each time I asked and took it on home with no problem and that was here in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mts. The trailer and the blade had to equal what a regular landscape trailer and two mowers would amount to if not more. My old Dodge that I just got rid of had 5.9 gas V8 and the Ford was even with that, if not better, and I am not biased at all, I loved that Dodge for 202,000 miles.

LawnProLandCare
08-21-2008, 01:26 AM
the 5.4 is a good reliable motor that will get the job done itll just work a little harder at it. if you can though try and find one with the V10 gasser or a 5.4 with 4.10 rear end. like said before they had a problem with the plugs getting spit out but its very uncommon, and they had a service bulletin for different studs for exhaust manifolds which are a common problem on the sd's . youll be happy with the 5.4 im sure.

THEoneandonlyLawnRanger
09-02-2008, 08:27 AM
I have a F350 4x4 Crew Cab with the 5.4 (probably the worst combination possible except dual rear wheel which i dont have) and I would have to say 4.10 gears are a must with the 5.4, I couldnt imagine not having the 4.10s, with that said i have blown a spark plug and it cost 800 to get it repaired, I get around10-11mpg pulling a 6x10 trailer in town and probably around 14mpg on the highway not towing. If i had it to do over i would have bought a V10, but its still all the power i need right now, pulled a 19foot Older Camper across one of the big "Gorges" coming from NC to TN and it did fine coming up the big mtn's. It actually suprised me the other day when i floored it just for fun, acceleration wasnt bad for a crew cab beast. Overall pretty happy with its performance. OH by the way mine is the older 5.4 (2002) with lower HP numbers than the 05+ models.

AI Inc
09-02-2008, 08:31 AM
I have an 01 f 350 with a 5.4 Pulls 2 snowmobiles or the boat like its not even there. When pulling a landscape trailer with a 3500 lbs ditch witch ya can definatly tell its there.
I get about 10-12 not towing and around 8 mpg towing.
Truck has 176k on it and I still like driving it better then either the 04 van or 08 ranger.
I will probably replace it next yr and keep it as a snowplow only truck.
Steve

TPnTX
06-14-2009, 07:51 AM
Im on the fence right now with this truck. I buying a used 3/4 ton next week. I had it down to an 03 Chevy thats in pretty decent shape or I've found an 2000 that is very clean. Low miles(so it says) but the trucks condition backs up the ODO numbers.

Then I find this 06 F250. Overall it's in good shape. It was an oil field truck and the the inside bed and top of tailgate is pretty banged up. 150k which a little high for me.

The biggest problem I have is the ride. This is the very first time I've ever driven a F250. Compared to the 2500 it's like driving a semi. It has a tiny shake when you hit rough spots on the road. It's not really a shake something just don't feel right. Maybe it's just a Ford.

I hate to pass it up @ 6500.00 but my gut is telling me I'd be sorry if I bought this truck. My brother doesn't help. His Expedition kept blowing plugs out. As rocket firing the plug and the coil into the hood.


What Im doing is getting a crew truck to replace the 03 F150 with a 4.3L. It actually does fine pulling our trailer but I know it's too much for that truck. (16ft w 61"Scag 36"Scag WB, 2-3 21" and stuff.) Again the 4.3 does pretty good.

Grass Happens
06-14-2009, 11:57 AM
They fixed the 5.4 plug issue in 05, I think, you may want to check on that. As for the ride, It's a truck with a solid front axle, not IFS, so it's going to ride like a truck. The little shake you feel is probably the ball joints. It's a ford, and it's what they do; they will need to be replaced soon.

TXNSLighting
06-14-2009, 01:29 PM
an older oil field truck is going to have alot more problems than any normal use truck. I dont think id buy it for tht reason. Theres plenty of good non oil field used trucks out there. Fords are hands down the best work turcks out there, especially with the 5.4 v8 or the 6.8 v10. Also the two wheels drives dont have solid front axles.

Thats a great looking truck though, if it wasnt for it being an oilfield truck, id jump on it without hesitation.

Grass Happens
06-14-2009, 01:34 PM
Ah, I just assumed it was a 4x4, sorry!

Isobel
06-14-2009, 01:38 PM
an older oil field truck is going to have alot more problems than any normal use truck. I dont think id buy it for tht reason. Theres plenty of good non oil field used trucks out there.

Just curious, what makes it more likely to have problems having been an oil field truck?

not being anywhere near oil fields, I just don't know.

genesis215
06-14-2009, 07:14 PM
I have a '97 E150 with the 5.4L, and it gets about 16-17 MPG on the highway, and for in-town towing I get 14-15. On the highway towing with cruise control at 70 MPH it gets 10 MPG with 4000 lbs, and CONSTANTLY shifts down. ;=(

TPnTX
06-14-2009, 09:55 PM
an older oil field truck is going to have alot more problems than any normal use truck. I dont think id buy it for tht reason. Theres plenty of good non oil field used trucks out there. Fords are hands down the best work turcks out there, especially with the 5.4 v8 or the 6.8 v10. Also the two wheels drives dont have solid front axles.

Thats a great looking truck though, if it wasnt for it being an oilfield truck, id jump on it without hesitation.

I don't disagree with you at all. The 03 F150 ext cab long bed xl automatic that I bought back in march was a oil field truck from odessa. It had sandy dirt packed in every nook and cranny. Literally all over. The bed had some mounting holes in it that makes me think it was used to haul a tank or pump. Clearly it was a supervisors truck. It has turned out to be an excellent truck. As a matter of fact I don't even like Fords but I really have grown to like this one. I especially like the long bed. If I can help it I'll never get another short bed.

So there is one exeception

This F250 is extremely clean all over. It's an XL but has a power interior. No biggie but its there. All the service records from the dealer are with it.

The only thing I can see regarding hard labor is to the bed. It's had a lot of metal crap thrown in it. The plastic piece is missing from the top of the tail gate and it dented in pretty good as if they threw pipe in it alot. Nothing an after market tail gate cap wouldn't hide and I'm not worried about the appearance of the bed.

The question is what have they been pulling with it. This truck is not trashed.

TPnTX
06-14-2009, 09:59 PM
They fixed the 5.4 plug issue in 05, I think, you may want to check on that. As for the ride, It's a truck with a solid front axle, not IFS, so it's going to ride like a truck. The little shake you feel is probably the ball joints. It's a ford, and it's what they do; they will need to be replaced soon.

Yeah I didn't think of that. Thats nothing. Thanks

TXNSLighting
06-14-2009, 11:59 PM
Just curious, what makes it more likely to have problems having been an oil field truck?

not being anywhere near oil fields, I just don't know.

Theyre abused so so so bad. And usually not taken well care of. Lots of different employees will drive them and do whatever they want with em. Drive them places they have no business being.

TXNSLighting
06-15-2009, 12:01 AM
That is a clean looking truck. Maybe it was also a superviser truck. Not to bad on the price either. Id say if you can make the deal do it. 5500-6k is a good price for it.

birdturd9726
06-15-2009, 08:49 PM
2004 f-250 with the 5.4. has an extended cab and a dump insert in it. Tows a load of grass and my 7x14 enclosed trailer no problem. Gets around 6-8 mpg towing and maybe 9-10 not towing. Have a 2008 f-250 extended cab with the 5.4 also. driving highway 20 miles to school each day my mpg in the truck said 12 average, so i probably got around 14mpg highway and get probably 11 around town. hope that helps

TPnTX
06-18-2009, 07:57 AM
here is the carfax on this truck. Overall good service record but notice how many times the spark plugs where changed? I actually don't know what to think on that.

TPnTX
06-18-2009, 09:37 AM
actually I called the dealer listed and the service guy said that the last time they had it in was 75k. So after that it was some other "service facility". Also what isn't showing on this report is coil replacements.

Isobel
06-18-2009, 10:33 AM
look at that report, if it were me, I'd walk away. It seems like the truck was worked hard and I would fear other problems lurking ahead.

TXNSLighting
06-18-2009, 11:58 AM
My gosh theres no need for the spark plugs to be changed that much...how goofy.