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Old 06-26-2011, 07:51 AM
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I need some advise. I am thinking of buying a 2005 F350 CC LWB FX4 duallie. I was hoping for diesel but can't afford it. The 05 has the Triton V10... Good or Bad? I am currently driving an 01 F150 2wd with the 4.2l v6, need more truck!
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Old 06-26-2011, 12:14 PM
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I LOVE my V-10!!!!!!!!!!!!

I was having a similar conversation with myself prior to buying it. Everyone says the diesel gets better mileage, but what sold it for me is that if something goes wrong with my V-10 I can throw the hood open and try to fix it. If I bought a diesel and something went wrong, I would throw the hood open and stare at it. i don't know ***** about diesels. And since I spend so much time in the sticks, being able to field fix my truck was very important.

I didn't buy it for mileage, I bought it for sheer pulling power (which it has a TON of).
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I have a '99 V10 Scab XLT 2WD. I have had it for about 8 years. It had around 30K on it then and now has just over 100K. It was my commuter for years (short commute under 2 miles) and used primarily as a tow vehicle for my 7500# travel trailer. I changed the rear gears from the 373s to 430s LS at 75K. It really woke this truck up for towing as it runs in the sweetspot RPM wise when pulling the trailer and doesn't downshift near as much as it did prior to the swap. At the same time I did a complete tuneup with new hoses and belts. I have changed the trans fluid every 30K, and the ABS fluid every 3 years. I change the oil every 3,000 miles. At the 75K mark I also had to have the exhaust studs done. At 60K I had to replace the ball joints and at 100K I have had to replace the fan clutch. Over the 8 years of ownership, my mileage runs around 10 MPG in short trips and around 12MPG with mostly highway driving. Towing I see between 8-10 MPG depending upon whether or not I go over the mountains or just to the ocean. The truck is a very comfortable truck to ride in.

A couple of years ago we took it on a cross country vacation (towing the trailer) to a family reunion in PA. We averaged 400 miles a day when traveling and stayed right around 10 MPG for the whole trip. The only bad spot was that coincidently was also the last time gas ran up to $4 a gallon.

Overall I am very happy with my truck. I bought it for a single purpose (towing) and it has delivered everything I expected. Even with the above repairs and of course brakes and oil changes and routine maintenence, I think it has delivered good value for what I paid and I would rate its reliability as very good. Now my truck is relegated to towing duty only, I hope to get another 100K from it. It will probably outlast me.

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Old 06-28-2011, 01:13 AM
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I bought a 99 F250 XLT Supercab-longbed with the tow-package in late 1999 (used). The original owner didn't like the ride, so he traded it on a 2000 Dodge (like it was going to ride any better). When I traded it (this month) 90% of the miles it had on it were towing or hauling a load. MPG (bare) could have been has high as 15 MPG. Towing a tall/heavy trailer as low as 8.5 (passes, headwinds). The only two failures was the window-wiper relay and the rear-end speed sensor. That in 13 years and 65K miles. OK, the radio on/off has gotten flacky and doesn't always turn off, always turned on, but not always off (odd that).

I did the brakes (once) and changed the transmission fluid three times (lots of towing)

I traded it in on a 2008 F350 Lariat Supercab-longbed (V10 of course) with 8200 miles. The first owner bought it in Jan 2008 and sold it in Jan 2011 with 2600 miles (yes less then 700 miles per year). The 2nd owner traded it in in June, upset with the MPG (and bought a diesel).

If this one is anything like the first, I expect it to be largely trouble free
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I need some advise. I am thinking of buying a 2005 F350 CC LWB FX4 duallie. I was hoping for diesel but can't afford it. The 05 has the Triton V10... Good or Bad? I am currently driving an 01 F150 2wd with the 4.2l v6, need more truck!
Everything is good except the mileage, power and reliability comes at a price.
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I bought a 99 F250 XLT Supercab-longbed with the tow-package in late 1999 (used). The original owner didn't like the ride, so he traded it on a 2000 Dodge (like it was going to ride any better). When I traded it (this month) 90% of the miles it had on it were towing or hauling a load. MPG (bare) could have been has high as 15 MPG. Towing a tall/heavy trailer as low as 8.5 (passes, headwinds). The only two failures was the window-wiper relay and the rear-end speed sensor. That in 13 years and 65K miles. OK, the radio on/off has gotten flacky and doesn't always turn off, always turned on, but not always off (odd that).

I did the brakes (once) and changed the transmission fluid three times (lots of towing)

I traded it in on a 2008 F350 Lariat Supercab-longbed (V10 of course) with 8200 miles. The first owner bought it in Jan 2008 and sold it in Jan 2011 with 2600 miles (yes less then 700 miles per year). The 2nd owner traded it in in June, upset with the MPG (and bought a diesel).

If this one is anything like the first, I expect it to be largely trouble free
When the time comes I hope to get as lucky to find a V10 that the owner put few miles on and was upset about the mileage.
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I have just 22K miles on my 2005 that I bought new.

Performance:

I live at 6500ft and have towed 5K-12K from here to the northwest, and 16-21K locally. No complaints about the power, ever. Just one random data point: can maintain 65MPH up 5% @ 8000ft with 10K behind.

Economy:

Towing mileage averages 7-9, cost in repairs is $0. For the folks like me that need a truck for towing/hauling, but only need it a little bit a year, the economics of the V10 (or 6.2L for the new buyers) are compelling.

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Unhappy ford 410

I have a ford triton v 10 as the front end of my 2000 gulfstream conquest RV, I have very noticeable shake on less than smooth pavement. any rut or bump or slight washboard etc. causes the front end to shake. I have had an alignment, both front tires balanced and put brand new shocks on the front. I am about to replace the steering damper with a new one although there is no leakage in the one that is presently installed.

is there anyone out there that has experienced this problem, if so what made it go away for good. tires are almost new, should i get new rims?

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Love My 04 V10, CC 4x4 6'bed, gets an avg of 11mpg, great power,pulls a 28' 7000lb TT, have the time i forget its there, wouldn't trade for any thing. no issue's except the rear brake pans are rusted out, other then that. My dad has a 08 V10 CC F250 with the 8' bed, loves it, never had an issue, pulls a 5ther (full timer) hope you find what your looking for, just did a search for the east coast, they're getting rare, no body's giving them up.
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I LOVE MINE

i have a 02 CC LB V10 that i recently picked up about a month ago with 93k on it.

i bought mine as my daily i have a 20 mile round trip to work so its not bad!! havent towed with it yet but from the sounds of it i wont be dissappointed when i do
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I need some advise. I am thinking of buying a 2005 F350 CC LWB FX4 duallie. I was hoping for diesel but can't afford it. The 05 has the Triton V10... Good or Bad? I am currently driving an 01 F150 2wd with the 4.2l v6, need more truck!
An '05 V-10, with either transmission, is an excellent choice.

The fuel mileage sucks, but it will with any engine in that truck.
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Old 09-12-2011, 10:03 PM
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I had a 1999 F250 SD/SC with the V10 and had zero issues. Barefoot I could get as high as 14-15 mpg, towing it could be as low as 7

I know have a 2008 F350 SD/SC 4WD with the V10 and have no issues to date. Barefoot I have yet to get over 10, towing has been as low as 6.5
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I was wondering about buying v10

Im thinking about buying a ford f250 triton v10 ive heard some pretty bad things on them whats your opion
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Im thinking about buying a ford f250 triton v10 ive heard some pretty bad things on them whats your opion
Avoid 1999 model year V10s. These engines had significantly lower power output and in turn reduced the towing capability of the vehicle. Exhaust manifold studs are a notable issue, as is the 4R100 4-speed auto as it's not very well suited for the V10. The 2-3 shift is a very large RPM spread, often times forcing the transmission to "hunt" for the correct gear, since the output of the engine is so low and the weight of the vehicle being so high.

Later years had a bit more HP/TQ, but also hit the wallet a bit harder int eh fuel department.

1999-2007s are getting pretty old now, most with well over 100K miles. You're going to run into things like failed body mounts, vacuum line deterioration, wheel locking hub seal and grease issues, ball joints, brakes.....
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Question How about the 1997 V10 re: plugs, chain guides, etc?

I'm looking at a 1997 with the V10 in it. I've heard all Ford's V8/V10 modular motors (4.6L/5.4L/6.8L) had issues with plugs blowing out of the head from 1998-2008(?). Does anyone know if this was an issue with the 1997 model year as well?

Was 1997 the first year for the V10? If so, does that mean it's more problematic, as being the year any kinks were worked out?

Finally, did the V10 use nylon guides for the timing chain the same way the 4.6L and 5.4L motors did? If so, has anyone had trouble with broken nylon guides or the timing chain tensioner on their V10? From what I've read in this thread so far it hasn't seemed to come up as an issue.
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