View Full Version : Ford V10 vs V8

03-19-2004, 11:01 AM
I need some opinions for a new truck purchase. F350 dump V10 vs V8. Any opinions on the V10 would be great, also any concerns with the 5.4 V8 not being powerful enough. At this point I think I am going to stay away from the diesel because of money. Although I do feel the diesel would be the best engine of all. Pros and Cons of V10 vs V8. Let see what you got!!

03-19-2004, 11:10 AM
I have had my V-10 F-350 since 2001 I love it power is unbelievable the only thing it does not pass is a gas station average 9 miles to the gallon alittle more on the highway but not if your pulling a trailer, my other ford is a diesel 2000 and to tell you the truth when comparing gas mileage it is just Little bit better but also a great truck love them both! the V-10 has 50,000 miles on it have not had any problems yet good luck I'm anyone you choose will be fine.


03-19-2004, 11:24 AM
Thanks, do you think the 5.4 V8 would be too weak. The reason I am not sure is because I would have to wait 6 weeks for the V10 and the V8 is ready now. I just don't want to be impatient and grab the V8 and it be a dog.

03-19-2004, 05:46 PM
The 5.4 is too weak. It would probably do the job, but would work harder therefor reducing engine life. The whole time you'd be wishing you had a more powerful motor.

03-19-2004, 07:15 PM
I had a 92 F-250 with a 5.8 and never had any problems. Pulled an open 16' trailer full of equipment and hauled a pallet at a time of ice melt. It handled it great. If the V-8 is a little weak for ya just slap one of those chips in it. I put one in my 02 Mustang and that was the only bolt on upgrade I've done that you could actually feel the extra power. And the V-8 should be a little easier on fuel when your not workin it. Good Luck

03-19-2004, 09:55 PM
The new 5.4 is 300hp.

What is the V10 rated at ?

03-19-2004, 11:12 PM
Is it an automatic transmission or manual?
I have an 88 F350 with 7.3 diesel IDI. Not a real powerhouse by any means but with the 5 speed and low gears, it pulls good. The gears provide the pulling power not so much the horsepower.

deere mowers
03-19-2004, 11:23 PM
We run two V-8s one being a '97 and the other a '01. No probs outside of a coil on the '97 ( $225.00) I wish they had a little more power but they get the job done for now. The '97 gets about 16 MPG , while the '01 gets about 13-15 MPG.

Doster's L & L
03-20-2004, 07:35 PM
Why not consider the diesel engine? They last forever and they're able to pull the tongue off the trailor and very fuel efficient.

03-20-2004, 09:50 PM
Originally posted by riches139
The new 5.4 is 300hp.

What is the V10 rated at ?

The new 5.4 is in the new F-150 only. The old 5.4 is 260hp. The V10 is 310hp.

03-20-2004, 10:13 PM
Good decision staying away from the ford 6.0L diesel. Apart from the fact that they cost alot they are also a pile of junk! Herd from ALOT of people that thay are a mechanically poor engine. If you do decide to get a diesel buy gm or dodge until ford workes their bugs out.


03-22-2004, 09:27 PM
I'd stay away from the V10 just because of gas prices.. For towing purposes, it doesn't matter what the size of the engine is or the total HP.. Torque is the important factor..

03-22-2004, 09:34 PM
I've driven both. The V10 idnt much worse on gas depending on rear end ratio. Yes, torque is the important factor. A 5.4 with 3.73 isn't gonna pull as good with only 360 torque. The 6.8 has around 400-420. The 5.4 towing is gonna use more gas than the 6.8, and gonna be hard on the truck...all depending on tow weight.

03-23-2004, 08:51 AM
I've got a F350 4x4 SRW w/ V-10, auto, and 3.73's. I consistently get 13mpg empty around town, 10-11 hauling a 7x14 enclosed trailer, and have gotten 16mpg runnin' empty on the highway.

Blades of Steel
03-23-2004, 11:15 AM
I have a 2003 6.0 ltr diesel with no problems at all. I have checked a few websites and there are a few with issues just like any other manufacturer. Do you own one? I personally didn't purchase the V10 because of gas prices. I get around 16 to 17 mpg in my deisel. They are a little pricier but the power is un matched when putting them against a diesel.