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    My dad is looking at a used truck with this motor to tow his camper. Anyone have one? Issues? MPG? MPG while towing? Any other info? Thanks.
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    Had them in the fleet at my prior construction company. They seem ok and had a few more issues here and there. I know a few early model 6.8L V-10's had issues. The later versions supposedly improved. They get bad gas mileage but, that can be relative based upon your purchase price. Around here, used V-10's are probably $5K less than a similar truck with a diesel motor. That's a lot of gas money. Find a SuperDuty with a 5.4L V-8 and drop it another couple thousand. The 5.4's wont win a race up a hill but, the newer ones seem to be reliable.

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    Honestly, if looking at gassers- I'd get the 8.1L V-8 in a 2003-5ish 3.4ton Chevy. It will burn some oil but, every one we had in our fleet NEVER broke down. Good motor and gassers big blocks aren't popular right now.

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    We work on several Super Duty trucks with the V10. They are a decent engine, but do have their issues. Once they get miles on them (100k plus) is usually when things start giving issues. We see a lot of spark plugs blowing out of the heads. This can usually be fixed with a heli-coil and new plug and coil. They do give coil on plug issues. Also have a lot of exhaust manifold issues with warping and breaking the manifold to head bolts. Again fixable but not usually cheap ($300-$500). These also give issues with head gaskets and require pulling and planing heads. These trucks are ok on power but no fuel mileage (7-10) pulling. The new diesels are a better choice but a lot more money.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Barry Ireland View Post
    We work on several Super Duty trucks with the V10. They are a decent engine, but do have their issues. Once they get miles on them (100k plus) is usually when things start giving issues. We see a lot of spark plugs blowing out of the heads. This can usually be fixed with a heli-coil and new plug and coil. They do give coil on plug issues. Also have a lot of exhaust manifold issues with warping and breaking the manifold to head bolts. Again fixable but not usually cheap ($300-$500). These also give issues with head gaskets and require pulling and planing heads. These trucks are ok on power but no fuel mileage (7-10) pulling. The new diesels are a better choice but a lot more money.
    I know of 2 different V-10's that this happened to, and one of those had some issues with exhaust manifolds giving problems.
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    Had one in a 2002 Motorhome midsized. 7mpg whereas previous Chev 10+. If towing I prefer diesels.
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    Quote Originally Posted by achiro View Post
    My dad is looking at a used truck with this motor to tow his camper. Anyone have one? Issues? MPG? MPG while towing? Any other info? Thanks.
    Tell him to look for a 7.3L diesel, mine is a 2001 with 270,000 miles, has never used a quart of oil between oil changes and still gets 16 mpg as it did the day I drove if off the lot brand new. I also have a 2006 6.0L with 170,000 and not sure yet which one I will keep when I buy a new truck sometime in the next 6 months.

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    I've owned 3 F250's with the 6.8L V10 and have been extremely pleased with all them and especially that engine. The previous 2 had over 300,000 miles when I traded them off and the current one is at 200,000 with zero issues other than using a quart of oil between changes and they do that from day one. I average 13-14 HWY mpg in my current 2001 F250 extended cab 4X4 with an 6" lift and running 35" Nitto Terra Grapplers. Before lift and larger tires I was averaging 17 mgp. Towing 9,000lb trailer my mileage drops to 8-9 mph depends. With lighter loads like a 17' jon boat or 20' bass boat I still manage double digit mph.

    If not hauling heavy loads constantly a diesel would be the last thing I'd personally look at. Reason being the engine is an $8,000 option (if buying new), diesel in my area tends to run $0.60+ per gallon more than regular gas, huge repair bills when thing break (common issues is injectors), oil/fuel filter changes are going to run you $150 roughly compared to $40, etc. Even if they got an average of 10 mpg more than a gasser; majority don't drive enough to offset all the added cost of a diesel engine. IMO

    You might want to view Ford-trucks forum as you can ton of knowledgeable info on both of those engines and the Powerstroke on there.

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    I've heard the stories about the spark plugs "shooting through the dashboard", but I have a close friend with a 2001 F350 V10 (dogtruck) with 203,000 mi on it and my 2009 F350 with 131,000 have been trouble free and without glitch. Not sure what he gets MPG, but I get 11.8 with no trailer. While I still prefer a diesel to tow, I cant complain about the power the V10 has.
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