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Ford V-10

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by LawnBoy89, Apr 30, 2007.

  1. LawnBoy89

    LawnBoy89 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 967

    Tell me what you guys think about the Ford 6.8L V-10... I'm sure it's gonna be a hog on the gas but what else do you guys think I'm looking at an 02 with 35k miles. Thanks.
  2. Keith

    Keith LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,979

    Sure, it likes gas, but show me a 7000 lb truck that doesn't. They are actually quite efficient for a gas engine in such a large vehicle. Typically there is not all that much mileage difference between the 6.8 and the 5.4. In fact it would not be unheard of to see a V10 knocking down better mileage towing than that same truck with a 5.4.

    As far as reliability, the only real known issue that I am aware of would be the spark plug blowout thing. Most of those happen when people try to push the plug life for all it's worth. Or when they are improperly installed. You do it properly and don't push to see how many miles you can go between plug changes, and you likely won't have any problems.
  3. AllAmericanlawn

    AllAmericanlawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 275

    I drove one on a bucket truck and wasn't all that impressed. But it was a very heavy truck.
  4. FosterLawnscaping

    FosterLawnscaping LawnSite Member
    Messages: 112

    I had an 01 and it got 2-3 mpg better than my 05 5.4 did. The spark plug issue was taken care of by 2000 so if you are looking at a 02 you shouldn't have any problems. It was a great running engine with tons of power for towing. I put around 40k on mine and never had a problem and I had an intake, throttle body spacer, and chip in it as well for the last 10k or so although I didn't need it. I was trying for better mileage. I got 12 around town and I took it to SC once and squeezed 18 out of it on the way down and 16.5 on the way up. My 5.4 never did better than 12.
  5. Hacksquat

    Hacksquat LawnSite Member
    Messages: 100

    I have a 2004 F250 with a V10. I have 36,000 miles on it. It pulls great. Gas mileage as stated isn't great. I get around 10-12 mpg in town, and around 14-16 mph on the highway. I haven't had any mechanical problems with it yet. Knock on wood.
  6. Brett's Cutting Edge

    Brett's Cutting Edge LawnSite Member
    from novi
    Messages: 150

    I have a 2000 and love it. Tons of power. I pull my dump trailer fully loaded with 12 yds of woodchips and pulls like nothing is back there. Ive never had a mechanical problem with it. Knock on wood. But on the gas mialage is what is expected out of a big truck like that.
  7. LawnBoy89

    LawnBoy89 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 967

    Thanks for the info guys. I've been hesitating due to the price of gas advertised in the newspaper today saying it's going to be $4. I'm torn between 2 trucks they are the same Ford ext. cab lariat one is a 2002 with the V-10 the other is a 1999 with the 7.3L diesel. They both have around 30K miles which is good for their year and around the same price ($20k). Tell me what you guys would go with.
  8. FearThisDeere

    FearThisDeere LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,154

    I love my '01, but I'm looking for a new truck. It is a towing machine. Pulls 12K lbs. like nothing. Gas isn't bad at all, I get about 15 empty on the highway. If you are interested in mine, PM me. It is mint!
  9. pclawncare

    pclawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 991

    10-12 and 14-16 on the highway is bad dam i would kill for that mileage. I have a dodge v10 8L it gets consistently 6mpg and 8 on the highway talk about a gas hog but when i factor in the amount of miles i drive gas is cheeper then diesel gas trucks are cheeper to buy then diesel and cheeper to work on i dont think i can justify the extra cost and i dont need a ton of torque like the diesel has i only pull 7-8k pounds so my v10 does ok for me. Not to mention that everyone is so scared of big engine trucks that i couldnt get more than a couple thousand trade in for it i think ill keep it till it dies
  10. jd270

    jd270 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 102

    i gat 12 to 14 pulling my skid i have a2000 v10 with a 5 speed i have 175,000 on it now it will out pull the powerstrokes i had but they were autos i have been very happy with it

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