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Old 07-07-2013, 05:44 PM
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What engines to avoid?

-I'm buying a new truck in the future, it's going to be gasoline, and an extended cab (not that really has to do with anything). In the 1997-2002 range. There's a lot of 5.3l chevys, and 5.4l fords.

What engines are good, and what do I want to avoid.
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Old 07-07-2013, 07:34 PM
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I've had great luck with 5.3 Chevys. I know several people with 5.4 fords that have had some major issues, plus for whatever reason everyone I hear seems to rattle and tick. For a Chevy it'll be 99 or newer for a 5.3, anything older will be the 5.7
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Old 07-07-2013, 08:27 PM
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Great thank you. I'll stick to the chevys then
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I've had great luck with 5.3 Chevys. I know several people with 5.4 fords that have had some major issues, plus for whatever reason everyone I hear seems to rattle and tick. For a Chevy it'll be 99 or newer for a 5.3, anything older will be the 5.7
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That's funny I hear it the Chevy 5.3 has more problems vs 5.4 Ford I have 3 5.4 trucks in the SD models not much problems at all Coil packs about all I ever done all 3 are above 100k on miles

But never know about anything these days
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That's funny I hear it the Chevy 5.3 has more problems vs 5.4 Ford I have 3 5.4 trucks in the SD models not much problems at all Coil packs about all I ever done all 3 are above 100k on miles

But never know about anything these days
As a mechanic who has had to do the dreaded plug changes on the 5.4 i hope you have done yours early. once they get past 50xxx there is little to no hope of them coming out without having issues. not to mention the problem solver plugs are close to 30.00 bucks.
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Old 07-07-2013, 10:24 PM
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As a mechanic who has had to do the dreaded plug changes on the 5.4 i hope you have done yours early. once they get past 50xxx there is little to no hope of them coming out without having issues. not to mention the problem solver plugs are close to 30.00 bucks.
All trucks I have I owned since they was new
I never had issue on the 5.4 My 99 dually I replace the plugs once when I did the coil packs back in Feb and truck hit 120k with np
I have 99 crew cab replace coil packs/plugs at 100k with np
My 02 has 80k and haven't touch it

I did them all my self

I had problems with my 87 460 ford The plugs would break off

Maybe I'm one of the lucky ones in the world on the 5.4 who knows

I did hear about some the new models sucking in plugs
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That's funny I hear it the Chevy 5.3 has more problems vs 5.4 Ford I have 3 5.4 trucks in the SD models not much problems at all Coil packs about all I ever done all 3 are above 100k on miles

But never know about anything these days
I'm sure there are a ton of them problem free on the road, but personally i know of 3 people that have had major issues with them under 100k.
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I'm sure there are a ton of them problem free on the road, but personally i know of 3 people that have had major issues with them under 100k.
I know more then 3 that hasn't had problems. I do know some had problems but they have problems with anything they own

I think its how they are treated That's the key on anything
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What about the dodge 5.9l?
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gas engines? i can only comment on the ford stuff..

F150s... the 04 or 05+ got the 3valve heads and thats the ones that have the sparkplugs snap when trying to remove them unless someone changed them or added antiseize early on...

F250s+/superduty trucks with the 5.4L got 3valve heads in 05 i think, don't quote me on that, were basically told a high mileage 2007 F250 needed a whole engine because shop couldnt get the last 3 plugs out, or pieces of them... Had a neighbor finish the job for $400 and truck is perfect now.
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