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Ford F-350 V10 questions?

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by kps2389, Dec 24, 2008.

  1. kps2389

    kps2389 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 346

    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.
  2. Doug T

    Doug T LawnSite Member
    Messages: 53

    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
  3. Paradise Landscapes

    Paradise Landscapes LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 959

    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.
  4. Gravel Rat

    Gravel Rat LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,544

    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.
  5. jd270

    jd270 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 102

    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
  6. Swampy

    Swampy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,435

    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.
  7. FosterLawnscaping

    FosterLawnscaping LawnSite Member
    Messages: 112

    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.
  8. thu cutting edge

    thu cutting edge LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 279

    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.
  9. mason dude

    mason dude LawnSite Member
    Messages: 74

    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
  10. Chop Stuff Up

    Chop Stuff Up LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 457

    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.

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