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5.4 anygood or not

Discussion in 'Ford Trucks' started by eastcoastjava, Feb 26, 2012.

  1. eastcoastjava

    eastcoastjava Senior Member
    from Boston
    Messages: 165

    Looking at buying a 2004 f350 ext cab 71,000 miles non plowed. Any of you guys have major issues with them, also i have been looking at the V10's heard they suck to work on any opinions on them to. Thanks guys.
     
  2. Morrissey snow removal

    Morrissey snow removal PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,799

    we run 2 03 5.4s one with a 9 foot one with a v never had a big problem with either they have been good trucks both tow a 120000# trailer just keep up with them and they run good thats my 2sence
     
  3. Antlerart06

    Antlerart06 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,437

    I have 2- 99 and 02 been good motors 1 of my 99 has 175k only thing done at 100k replace coil packs all 3 pulls well for the size of motor
     
  4. plowguy43

    plowguy43 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,269

    Go with the V10, same gas mileage but a lot more power/torque. Its a 5.4 with 2 more cylinders so they are just as reliable.
     
  5. 07F-250V10

    07F-250V10 Senior Member
    Messages: 114


    They do not get the same gas milage. My V10 gets 9 mpg without towing a trailer in the city. My buddys 5.4 gets 14 in the city. We both have the same exact trucks
     
  6. nepatsfan

    nepatsfan Senior Member
    Messages: 727

    Front ends, coil packs, and manifolds. Front ends are all fords but the other two are issues for the 5.4. We have owned 3 of them and they have been reliable trucks. Overall....although it's a bit sluggish it is a good engine in my opinion.
     
  7. plowguy43

    plowguy43 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,269

    Hmm....how about gears? Are they the same in both trucks? Honestly, the V10's I see generally get about 1-2mpg less than the 5.4 when setup the same way which to me is a wash considering the power difference.
     
  8. Antlerart06

    Antlerart06 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,437

    I had V10 towing a trailer in town i was lucky to get 5-6 sold it Replace it with a 5.4 and 10-12 in city pullen same load it had same 373 gears with a manaul Yes lost the pullen power but 5.4 does ok for being in the city
     
  9. plowguy43

    plowguy43 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,269

    Wow thats too bad. My (granted its a Dodge) gets 13-14mpg empty, 9-11mpg plowing/hauling. My 360V8 or HEMI got 15-16 empty but about the same or less plowing/towing.
     
  10. Antlerart06

    Antlerart06 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,437

    And who cares this was about fords not a goat
    well my 5.4 empty on hwy gets 18-20
     
  11. 07F-250V10

    07F-250V10 Senior Member
    Messages: 114

    My V10 with 4.10 gear gets 7.5 pulling my lawn rig around town. But the 5.4 is a dog when you got 5,000 lbs. behind it compared to the V10
     
  12. plowguy43

    plowguy43 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,269

    LOL your funny but the HEMI or 6.0 GM have far more power than the 5.4. I was merely referring to gas mileage comparisons, not calling names.

    I agree, V10's have a much nicer torque curve for pulling/pushing than V8's.
     
  13. Antlerart06

    Antlerart06 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,437

    Well go to dodge and GM thread and post this
    The OP was asking about FORD 5.4 not about a goat or a GM dang stay with the program

    Lets talk about your 460 you have
    I had one with 5 speed 373 was nice 15 mpg empty
    pulling 5-8
     
  14. plowguy43

    plowguy43 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,269

    You realize a Ram is a Male Sheep right? If your going to bash something at least be accurate.

    460 is an Auto, low to mid teens empty, around 9-10 loaded. The big blocks/V10's drop less IMO because they aren't working as hard. They are "easier" to drive as well while towing/pushing IMO as well, less Reving and downshifting to keep moving.
     
  15. Antlerart06

    Antlerart06 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,437

    yep you are right you know ur goats
     
  16. procut

    procut Senior Member
    Messages: 902

    Although I've never owned one, everything I've heard about the 5.4 is that it pretty good. I knew a guy who had one in an F250, he hardly ever changed the oil in it, probably had 2 or 3 oil changes in it's life and it still went like 120,000 miles.

    Talked to another guy who had one in I think an '03 F-150 had like 209,000 on it, said it had never had a wrench on it, and ran just like it did the day it was new.

    Somewhere I saw a web page about a ford van that had gone 1.2 milion miles. It was a 5.4, if your interested just Google "Million Mile Van" there is a whole website about it.
     
  17. nepatsfan

    nepatsfan Senior Member
    Messages: 727

    :laughing::laughing:LOL this thread is about fords not a goat! HAHAHAHA
     
  18. randomb0b123

    randomb0b123 PlowSite.com Addict
    from america
    Messages: 1,278

    exhaust manifolds, manifold studs, some years blow the spark plugs out the heads, and they feel pretty underpowered. good front end though
     
  19. eastcoastjava

    eastcoastjava Senior Member
    from Boston
    Messages: 165

    Thanks guys a lot of great input here. Also any years to avoid with these engines because i know to stay away from the 6.0 power strokes late 03-07. Another question would you go with the 5.4 or the V10 if you had the opportunity to buy one.
     
  20. Antlerart06

    Antlerart06 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,437

    You need look at what you going use it for and pick what will work for you

    I have a powerstoke 7.3 that pulls my 38ft GN
    My 3- 5.4 will never hook on that trailer biggest trailer I pull with my 5.4 22ftGN and they will handle the loads on a 22ft
    I have notice my 5.4 pulls better at 70-75 then 55-60 on the hwy