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Old 07-08-2013, 07:35 AM
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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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Old 07-08-2013, 10:34 AM
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I have a 5.3 with 276k. It went through two transmissions, exhaust manifolds, brakes and brake lines, starters.
need ball joints, lucky to get 15mpg.

I have a 5.4 with 154k. Muffler and tailpipe, brakes all around due to rust, Fuel filler neck, It needs a exhaust manifold or two. This truck is 2 years newer but the rust is horrible. Just bought a sandblaster to try to clean it up. I get about 13mpg with this one.
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Old 07-08-2013, 11:06 AM
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Ive got a 5.4 with just over 161k on it, within the past 20k miles we did the COPs and had no problems, the only problem we do get and Im bad at...is we go offroad through rather 'large' puddles, water will splash into the bay and get into COP #2 and cause a misfire. This is the second time its happened, even after being caked in dielectric grease. But other that that, shes perfect for my needs, and....other than a rear pinion seal Im about to replace (never been done and its got a tiny leak) shes problem free. Good luck choosing
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Old 07-08-2013, 04:24 PM
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Potential problems with the 4.6/5.4 (popped plugs, rusted exhaust manifold) are more expensive than the 4.8/5.3. The GM brake lines will need converted to stainless or cunifer or at least re-routed asap. Also the GM frame will be rusted - if not rusty it's been painted or coated and that could be a good thing or a cover up. I'd also consider a dodge 5.7 if '02 or newer. They hold up pretty well and don't cost much to keep going. Watch for rust over the rear fenders but the frames had a decent paint job as opposed to GM's 1 coat of wax.
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Old 07-08-2013, 09:01 PM
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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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Old 07-08-2013, 11:03 PM
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What about the dodge 5.9l?
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Old 07-09-2013, 07:44 AM
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the dodge 5.9 will get worse mileage unloaded than any of the others loaded lol
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Old 07-09-2013, 08:54 PM
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I have an 03 f150 with a 5.4. With almost 200k the truck still runs great. The manifold might be needing replacement soon. But that will cost less the one new truck payment. Not bad in my eyes. Don't forget about the tranny problems the chevys have.
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Old 07-10-2013, 07:33 PM
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I'd stay away from Fords. Chevy's 5.3 is a great engine, very reliable and great gas mileage. The 6.0 is a fantastic engine in regards to power, and while it loves gas, I do hear its a lot better than the dodge 5.9. I have had problems with my 6.0, getting this multiple misfire code from hell all the time, the truck runs fine though, i hear its pretty common and hard to get rid of, I've replaced a lot of things trying to get the damn light to go away, no such luck but it runs decent and plows and tows like a boss so i guess i can't complain.

btw, I'm right down the northway from ya Jay. If yer plowin up there, I think you'll definitely want more power than the 5.3

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Old 07-10-2013, 07:53 PM
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Don't forget about the tranny problems the chevys have.
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Please enlighten me. I've never had a transmission problem with any of my GM's, and I've never heard of any widespread transmission issues with GM trucks. They start to have problems around 200,000-250,000 miles. About the same time as most Ford's.
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