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Old 11-22-2010, 06:16 PM
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Tell me about the Ford V10 engines

I have been running Powerstrokes for many years. However, due to the high cost of the new Ford Powerstrokes, I am thinking of buying a Ford, F250 with one of the gas engines.
A local dealer has a leftover 2010, F250, V10, available at a pretty good price.
I need info on this engine. Fuel milage in town, on the road, dependability, all the good and the bad.
I regularly pull an enclosed, 16' trailer that loaded, weighs about 6500lbs.
How badly will I miss the diesel? Will the V10 be a gas hog pulling this trailer around town? I pull it 1-2 days/week.
Any and all info appreciated.
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Old 11-22-2010, 06:30 PM
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good power, not as much TQ as the powerstrokes obviously. not so good mileage at all. other than that I think they're pretty good, never owned one though
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We've got a 2000 Ford excursion with the v10. It does pretty good towing small stuff(lol). The most we have ever towed was around 6000lbs. I could definately tell it was back there. We have 2 fuel boosters on it and it gets 13 highway (70mph) and about 9.5 city driving very conservatively unloaded. Loaded heavy is just awful. The lowest i have got was 7.5(highway) with the 6000 lbs. It was constantly going in and out of overdrive on the highway when going up slight hills. If i go about 80-85 mph on highway the mileage goes way down to 9mpg(unloaded). I know the newer 3v motors have more power but never had the opportunity to compare. Reliablility has been great though. 192xxx and counting. Never had any motor problems. Couple sets of tires, brakes, battery, and shocks are all thats ever been replaced/repaired. Changed oil every 4500 miles. If i had to tow 6500lbs 1-2 times a week i would much rather have a diesel. I do really like the v10 though. IMO its the best gasser Ford has had in a truck. Wish they didnt stop putting them in the 250's and 350's.
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I bought a 2008 CC Dually with a v-10 . All I can say is after having a diesel the truck fell very short . Terrible gas mileage , no power (only dynoed at 250 h.p. and 300 ft lbs of tq to the tires) . Always revving to the moon with a load on . I only kept it 9 months , 11k miles and sold it . Loved the truck itself , just not the v-10 .
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my grandpa had one in a 24ft class c motorhome and that thing had ALOT of power, it would crusie down the highway doing 80 like its nothing, but the fuel millage sucked, i dont remeber exact numbers but i know its wasnt far off of what we got in our 33 ft class a motorhome with a carborated 454 in it... I would have mow doubt in the power but it might take getting used to not haveing all of the torque at low rpms like a diesel does
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dads van 250k still truckin... awesome motor bad bad mpg
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there are 2 V10s. A 2 valve and a 3 valve. i think they switched to 3valve in 02 or 03. The 2 valve had a lot of ploblems i have heard of people shooting sparkplugs and valves through the hood. The 3Valve is more reliable but still with a 6.8L V10 gas milage is S***. My buddy has one and it chuggs gas and it sounds like a mustang with no balls and it has a dual mbrp 4in with no cats. Im not an expert tho. My advice is nothing works like a diesel.
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With the mileage the diesels are getting you may as well just get the diesel, they aren't much better than the V-10 until you tune them. get a diesel, the 2010's are going for a decent price right now anyway.
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Well as my sig says, I have both. Hands down, the V10 is a gas pig. It's an '07 3 valve and the truck has 4.30 gears in it. On 33's I get 9.95 (tracked over a year and a half 60,000+ miles) with about 1500 lbs in the bed at all times. I get 6.3 towing a 4,500 lb generator in a mountainous area. I will say, it does rev to high hell and makes one hell of a racket going up a mountain with a trailer on it - definately not the ooph my 7.3 has towing the same load. Just different powerbands, that's for sure. It's been reliable but on occasion I get some bluish smoke in the AM at only 90,000 miles on the ticker. Not a lot, but its there sometimes.

But it is fun to pound on - with 4.30s I surprise any import, mustang and even diesels I line up with light to light.

it comes down to how many miles you will put on it, factoring in the more expensive oil changes for the diesel, things like that. I am a diesel freak, so I would drive and buy the diesel if it had zero benefit to me overall but thats a personal reason.
I have the V10 just because work buys GAS, not diesel for me.

Let us know how it goes!

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Here is a 0-50 run with 4,500 lb trailer and loaded bed flat ground. Up a steep hill, when in tow-haul mode, it will stay revving at 5,000+ until you crest the hill!!




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