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kps2389
12-24-2008, 05:20 PM
I'm looking at a 2000 Ford F-350 with a V10. I don't really know much about the V10's so I have a few questions. What type of fuel mileage do they get?
Any major recalls/problems? I think its rated at like 310 hp . How do they feel for power? Thanks for any help guys.

Doug T
12-24-2008, 05:48 PM
I had '99 F450 with the V10. Lots of power and pulls great. MPG around 8, I had a 16' box weight was around 13K#

Only problem was the triton engines have a bad habit of blowing out a spark plug or two. Ford won't stand behind the problem. If you go to the Ford BBS you should find more info

Paradise Landscapes
12-24-2008, 06:30 PM
If you were to look at my truck comparing thread below here, 1 person mentioned about 05' or newer was recomended. I'm not sure about them due to to gas consumption.

Gravel Rat
12-24-2008, 10:07 PM
When I was doing some research on the V-10s I was told you want a 05 or newer the spark plug shooting was cured and the new engine is 3 valves so more power.

The older V-10s are okay but with the spark plug problems it is a expensive repair.

jd270
12-24-2008, 10:54 PM
on the v 10s as long as you tighten the plugs to the right specifications there is no problem i have 180,000 on mine and it has been a awsome motor plenty of power and with a 5 speed i get 13 mpg

Swampy
12-25-2008, 03:53 AM
I'd avoid the early Triton's. Not sounding like beating a dead horse but a buddy that was a Ford Dealership mechanic says it was the number one reason why there is dealership mechanics. Either it was injectors one day to the plastic connecting rods the other.

FosterLawnscaping
12-25-2008, 06:55 PM
I had an 01 250 with the V10 and it ran fantastic and got better mileage 13-16 with 3.55s or 3.73s cant remember) than the 05 5.4 I traded it for. I remember being told that the spark plug thing was pretty much taken care of for the 01 models but there were still occasional issues with 00s. I never had a problem or personally knew of anyone having one blow out other than hearing that someones friends uncles roommates barber had one blow up story but it did happen here and there.

thu cutting edge
12-28-2008, 09:59 AM
had an 03 f350 dually with a v10. it got 8-9. they can pull a house down. but they are very nice engines. the spark plug thing is rare in the vehicles that are out there. i know people with 200,000 on a triton engine and never had that happen.

mason dude
12-28-2008, 05:03 PM
had a 97 ford e350 van with the v-10 and I got 175,000 miles out of it and sold it locally 2 years ago and still see it from time to time. like jd270 said earlier just make sure you torque the plugs down to the correct tightness, I think it was like 7 lbs, I used a stubby ratchet about 3 inches long,any tighter and you strip the aluminum head $$$ any looser and you blow em out and strip the threads, there are several helicoil type repairs out there,, great engine though ,9 mpg, I think the spark plug problem was on some of the 5.4's also but not sure, chances are if this one you are looking at has made it to 180k then its probably a good one, I do miss the power

Chop Stuff Up
12-29-2008, 06:01 AM
I have seen an '02 5.4 pop a plug at 96k miles. I had a '99 250 pop a plug but this is at over 220k miles and she's still running fine using heli coil. I have a '99 150 at 232k miles and a '98 350 at 256k miles, neither have popped a plug yet and they have the 5.4. Yes they are still running. My '02 F450 box is the V10 and I don't think I've seen over 10mpg yet. I can load her pretty good and it still pulls like its empty. It threw a rod at 173k which it was quite an expensive engine to replace (5 grand). I don't know what caused it to throw a rod. I forget the exact mileage but the trans went out in the 140k range. I don't own a diesel but I have driven the 7.4 through a company and I love the way they run.

TXNSLighting
12-29-2008, 01:56 PM
I have seen an '02 5.4 pop a plug at 96k miles. I had a '99 250 pop a plug but this is at over 220k miles and she's still running fine using heli coil. I have a '99 150 at 232k miles and a '98 350 at 256k miles, neither have popped a plug yet and they have the 5.4. Yes they are still running. My '02 F450 box is the V10 and I don't think I've seen over 10mpg yet. I can load her pretty good and it still pulls like its empty. It threw a rod at 173k which it was quite an expensive engine to replace (5 grand). I don't know what caused it to throw a rod. I forget the exact mileage but the trans went out in the 140k range. I don't own a diesel but I have driven the 7.4 through a company and I love the way they run.

No such thing as a 98 f-350...No such thing as a 7.4 either...Im guessing you mean 7.3 powerstroke.

Chop Stuff Up
12-29-2008, 05:03 PM
No such thing as a 98 f-350...No such thing as a 7.4 either...Im guessing you mean 7.3 powerstroke.

lol... I was just headed to bed when I wrote it. its a '98 E350 van. I run cargo vans and I also have a F450 box truck.

TXNSLighting
12-29-2008, 10:01 PM
lol... I was just headed to bed when I wrote it. its a '98 E350 van. I run cargo vans and I also have a F450 box truck.

Gotcha! I had a feeling after i posted when all your above were vans.

genesis215
12-30-2008, 12:02 PM
I know about 5 people that own a V10 from '97-'00, and they all have had minor problems with spark plug shooting. Great engine though otherwise, very quiet, gobs of power. As the other person said, the higher the miles, you know better that it's a good one. The 6.8L V10 is exactly the same as the 5.4L V8, with the same bore and stroke, but streched to 10-cylinders. I saw one E350 that had 335,000 miles on the original engine and transmission, and it still ran like new. I bet they could go 400,000 if maintained well. As far as fuel mileage, everybody I know gets 9-12, but I did see somebody that got 18 MPG with the 3.55 gears in an E350 on the highway.

dura to the max
12-30-2008, 03:08 PM
i didnt read all the posts, so forgive me if this is a repeat...

we have a 2000 model w/ over 206k on it. 206k trouble free miles might i add. mpg's are 12-13 city, and up to 16-17 highway. its one of the best pulling gas motors ive ever towed with. ours is in a 250, but it definately has some balls. not very fast off the line, but more power than what you can legally tow w/ a 1 ton truck. i would recomend it to anyone.

CoupesCuts
12-31-2008, 11:41 AM
I had a 04 F-250 with the V10. Great motor. Pulls anything you want without the pricey diesel. I got 10mpg unloaded city/ 8mpg with 3500# trailer/ 14mpg unloaded highway. I wouldn't be too worried about the spark plug thing. If it hasn't happened yet, it probably wont.