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I sold my 7.3 2wd powerstroke cause I needed 4wd(got stuck 3 times). I only tow 3k pounds on the weekends. I am now towing with my wifes suburban but I miss having the bed for all the storage room and quite frankly that 5.3 sucks for towing as it wants to drop to 2nd on every little hill. I came across a 1999 V10 cc F250 lariat 4wd with 172k for 6k. Its a one owner and in great shape. It also has the banks full exhaust? Should I hold out and save up for another powerstroke(goona be awhile) or just go for the V10.

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personally I'd save up for another psd or buy an older one, but if you dont mind getting horrible mpg's go for the gasser.
 

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Save for the PSD. V10 can be quite thirsty and they just dont sound right!
 

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well fuel mileage doesnt mean alot as the truck will probably only see 6k miles a year at best. It won't be a daily driver. Will the V10 get 10mpg pulling 3k pounds?
 

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10 maybe if take it easy, there 4x4 psd's out there for 6-7k I only paid 8k for mine with 135k on it, so if you look hard enough you could probly find an OBS diesel for 6k.
 

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The only thing I see wrong with that besides the horrible mileage is that 170K is really high mileage for a V10. I'm surprised that the spark plugs haven't blown out yet. V10's have a nasty habit of sending spark plugs through your fenders.

Personally, I would look around for a PSD.
 

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I'd also look for another diesel, but if that's not a possibility I'd rather be in a 5.4L instead of the V10 for what kind of driving you do...
 

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v10s are the worst mileage truck i ever own. I had an 04 CC short bed sport. great looking truck but i was 19 driving it around like it was a honda civic. it got no more then 10 mpg around town. and i drove it to florida and it got about 13 on the highway using cruise control most of the time.

I had it for about 9 months before trading it in for my 03 6.0.
 

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The v10 is a strong truck this is my first and my dad has had 3. you save money upfront but the thing is how long do you keep it?
 

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Shop around for a PSD. If you have some patience you can get a good deal. I got mine last December with 113k on it for $9500!
 

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If I ever bought a gas truck it would definitely be a gm. Ford v10's eh, haven't really heard of them being as durable and longevity of the vortecs; just my 10 cents
 

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we use a 2000 v10 and i hate to say it but if you dont mind not havin a diesel.........
 

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Get a diesel.

The V10 will be less reliable, HORRIBLE mileage, less power, sounds terrible, alot of miles for that v10.

If I were to get a gasser (never will) I would look for a 5.4 instead of a V10.
 

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I had a 99 V10 and it was a good truck, got 14-15 empty would do 10-11 pulling 3 to 4k.
BUT put a big load on it 10k or better and it got 5mpg and I traded it at 160k miles so I cant say about what kind of trucks they are at higher mileage.
If you really like the truck check the rear ratio, mine was 3:73.
That model came with 3:73 or 4:30 ratio, contractor I worked for at the time had the 4:30 in a CC SB 4x4 F-250 and it got 9 mpgs empty and 6mpgs loaded.
 

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I have maintained and worked on quite a few V10 engines in natural gas generators. I have seen 18000 hour engines with no issues. Yes that is 18 THOUSAND hours that is not a misprint! With that said the most things I have seen is idler pulley issues, water pumps and such. Most major issue has been the blown out plug issue. But had two heads rebuilt, new cam chain tensioners, water pump and all gaskets, and the parts, machining bill was under 3K. JJ
 

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are you saying the threads pull out of the head? I know this truck just had the plugs changed not to long ago.
 

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are you saying the threads pull out of the head? I know this truck just had the plugs changed not to long ago.
Yes the threads get blown out of the heads. The heads are aluminum. They can be fixed with inserts if you do not want to change heads. I just happened to have a couple spare machines that have been picked over so I just pulled another set of heads and had them done and installed them. JJ
 

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I have maintained and worked on quite a few V10 engines in natural gas generators. I have seen 18000 hour engines with no issues. Yes that is 18 THOUSAND hours that is not a misprint! With that said the most things I have seen is idler pulley issues, water pumps and such. Most major issue has been the blown out plug issue. But had two heads rebuilt, new cam chain tensioners, water pump and all gaskets, and the parts, machining bill was under 3K. JJ
The thing about generators thought is that they run at less than 100% of the engine horsepower. It keeps them more reliable. I had a 25KW natural gas generator with a Ford 2.3l SOHC gasoling engine on it. On my Bayliner, the same engine put out 120 HP, on this generator, the same type of engine was only producing enough to spin the generator (~50HP).

What I am getting at is that in a truck the V10 is rated at 300+HP and in a truck, you are likely to actually use that on a regular basis. With increased cylinder pressure of running at 300HP, it is a lot more likely to spit out a spark plug than on a generator. And yet, JJ has still seen it a few times.

Just my $0.02..
 
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