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Thread: Ford V-10 reliability?

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    Quote Originally Posted by maximumrob View Post
    I don't know why all you guys are complaining about low-geared, 7,000-lb trucks getting 10mpg. My freakin' Wrangler only gets 14.
    My lifted Ranger and lifted Sport Trac both got a steady 14mpg as well. My F150 on 35's with stock gearing gets anywhere from 12-15mpg so I can't complain much.

    One of my dad's old work vans had a V10 and he had it for well over 150k miles with no problems. It was an older year model so I think he had a transmission problem at one point. The van was nearly always over-loaded and spent most of it's time in the mountains in Oregon though and the engine always pulled strong.
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    Default Ford Ecursion V-10

    My 4x4 Excursion has 285/75-16 tires and 4.30 gears and I get 10 in the city and 14 on the Highway. I love the V-10! One thing most mechanics will remind you is that this motor is a heavy-duty motor that likes to rev high and work hard. Don't be afraid to let the motor scream!
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    My 2000 F250 V10 is the most reliable vehicle I've ever owned. I now have 90,000 trouble-free miles. Mileage ranges from 10 - 13 mpg depending on load. Best regards, ELN.

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    Thumbs up Ford V10 Experiences

    I've got a pre-March '99 F250 and the mileage does suck, but it has been very reliable (80K) mostly offroad. It's been to Rousch Creek, Paragon, Coal Creek, Telico, Land Between the Lakes, Skyjacker, etc., and it still has lots of power and held up. No small thing when crawling a vehicle this size with little jeeps. However, as I said the mileage is awful and you'll take an even bigger hit on mileage when you go to big tires and gears.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wely View Post
    One thing most mechanics will remind you is that this motor is a heavy-duty motor that likes to rev high and work hard. Don't be afraid to let the motor scream!
    I think most mechanics would tell you heavy duty engines shouldn’t need to be revved like mad to squeeze power out of them. A heavy pick up loaded down with a camper and goodies needs an engine with low RPM torque, which is why Ford never used the V10 in medium duty truck such as an F650 on up.

    The old Ford 7.5L 460 big blocks had great low end torque. Old Dodge 440's were also torque monsters while the GM 8.1L is probably the modern day gasoline torque monster king where it has serious diesel like stump pulling torque right off idle. A Ford V10 has to be spun close to 5,000 RPM’s in order to get into the power band, which is why I said above the manual trans V10 trucks are not a joy to drive. That combination is like a sports car engine backed by a dump truck transmission….not a good match of powertrain components if you ask me.

    If you look around at the big class A motorhomes you will find the majority of the gasoline models are powered by GM 8.1L V8 big blocks as that engine gets a lot of work down with very little effort while the V10 is turns twice the RPM’s and sounds like the pistons are swapping holes while trying to achieve the same task. I must say the last few years, Ford has thrown a ton of incentives at the F53 RV chassis which has helped them sell more V10’s vs. the Workhorse RV chassis with an 8.1L in the RV world but RVer’s that want off idle torque buy Workhorse’s. RV’s that are budget or brand conscience buy V10’s.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Larry View Post
    A Ford V10 has to be spun close to 5,000 RPM’s in order to get into the power band
    Not true. In fact the V-10s have a rev limiter close to 5000 RPMs. The V-10's have plenty of power & torque from 3500 to 5000 rpm. My early 1999 V-10 has taken my 17,000# all over the Sierra's and Rockies without any trouble.



    They suck fuel. 13mpg empty. As low as 7mpg loaded pulling grades.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FishPOET View Post
    The V-10's have plenty of power & torque from 3500 to 5000 rpm.

    My point exactly…That is a high RPM to be turning vs. an 8.1L or even an old 460 Ford V8. For a heavy pick up off idle torque is what you need not at 3,500 to 5,000+

    As far as the rev limiter, maybe 5,000 is the limit on pickup trucks but not on RV’s. I have driven plenty of V10 class A RV’s where the tach will peg close to 6,000 RPM. Even Ford's advertised Peak HP on the V10 is at 4,750 RPM. It would seem odd they would start retarding spark and turning down the fuel pressure at a mere 250 more RPM’s. If that is that is the case, there is even more wrong with the equation.
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    Why is it that a Chevy guy feels the need to hijack a thread about the Ford V-10 reliability?
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    Quote Originally Posted by FishPOET View Post
    Why is it that a Chevy guy feels the need to hijack a thread about the Ford V-10 reliability?
    Oh boy, here we go...Being a Chevy guy has nothing to do with it. And to set the record straight, I am actually a GM, Dodge, Toyota, Cummins and BMW guy and even a fan of the big block Ford 460 V8 and 300 I6. The intent isn’t to hijack the thread but it seems anytime someone’s feelings get hurt in a discussion “hijack” or “troll” are the first words to pop up.

    Back to the original posters question…is the V10 reliable? I say, yes it is compared to 6.0/6.4L Powerstroke despite an occasional spark plug that pops out of the V10's aluminum head and takes the treads with it from time to time. The V10 is no Ford 460, Dodge 440 and certainly not an 8.1L in the HP/Torque and durability department. If you like high reving small bore over head cam engines the V10 is for you. If you don't, there are better performing engines out there. Literally different strokes for different folks.
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    What do feelings have to do with anything. You posted your opinion and your opinion had nothing to do with the reliability of the Ford V10. Your opinion instead touted the wonders of your GM 8.1. Many of us choose to disagree with your opinion and that is best saved for one of the many Ford vs Dodge vs Chevy threads.
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