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Looking v10

Discussion in 'Ford Trucks' started by blazer2plower, Dec 11, 2011.

  1. blazer2plower

    blazer2plower Senior Member
    Messages: 544

    Im looking at getting a bigger truck next year. I plow with a blazer now and love it. I have an opportunity to get an 2000 with a 6.8
    with 90k miles on it. I know the owner. And the maintenance maintenance was done on it all the time. It as no mods.
    It a quad cab xlt swb. It is a farm truck. I can get the truck for 10k. This is what I need to know. Good bad run a way. Get it, what go's
    out on them. Thanks for the in put guy's
    ps it will be just for my commercial lots next year.

    I love my Z
     
  2. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,924

    the early 2000 trucks did have afew probs. 2000-2003 is about the years im talking about. The main issues would be the head gaskets. they started to weap oil on the exh. side by the fire walls. I have only done a few v-10's compared to dozens of v-8s. But there were more v-8s in our area too. The other issues I have heard about is the lower ends going out, but thats been on mill trucks for the most part. The spark plug coils were always going out as well. All and all,,,its a good motor and its a good year, not to many problems its the later ones that had the plug blowing out issues.
     
  3. greywynd

    greywynd PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,343

    I've got an '01 with about 260K km's on it, (or a little more than 160K miles) and have never had any issues with the motor. I had to replace the AC clutch/pulley this year, (bearings puked), a wheel seal, brakes, a muffler, and the steering box once.

    Price wise, in this area, that's high, but no idea in your area. The one issue I've found is that due to a shortage of them around, it's hard to get a decent price comparison.
     
  4. blazer2plower

    blazer2plower Senior Member
    Messages: 544

    Im in Indiana from what I have read and seen it about right. I see more diesel and thw 5.4 what is the fuel mileage like. This is for next year. Right now trucks are more. Spring may be a better time to look

    I love my Z
     
  5. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,924

    mpg,,,,not really that good,,but for power, its better then the v-8s. take a look at the exh manifolds too. they tend to rust out do to no inner fender protectors :(
     
  6. ctbman

    ctbman Member
    Messages: 76

    I have 2 f250 5.4 liters a 02 and a 03 the 03 blew a plug at 50000 and was repaired wrong and took out the #7 cyl.no problems with the 02. now for the 00 350 v 10 the 2 rear passenger side coils burn out from water leaking on them the manifold studs are a problem just put shorty headers on with stainles bolts.this is my personal truck probably the best truck I have ever owned.If the price is right buy it.I think 10 gs is a little steep on it though.That truck will pass anything on the road,But a gas station.Just my .02 worth
     
  7. castlerock1

    castlerock1 Junior Member
    Messages: 4

    good trucks. i had a 99 5.4 with 162k and I barely had anything go on it but a couple coil packs and regular wear and tear. over a year ago I picked up an 03 6.8 v10 and it now has 178k and i plowed last year with it with ease. the mpg's suck but it was a good price and i figured it would be less stressed than a v8 so I don't worry so much about mileage.
     
  8. gotsnow?

    gotsnow? Senior Member
    Messages: 257

    Im from Indiana too and $10k seems a little high for that truck too, if you look around you can find that truck for around $8k. Maybe do some shopping around for a better price... But I digress, My v10 is in an excursion, same wheel base as what youre looking at though, and I absolutley love it. Ive had it for 3 years now and its been quite reliable and has all the power youll ever need from a gas engine. I run out of traction before power when plowing. Only issues Ive had are a few coil packs either blowing out or just going bad. My dad has an 04 f250 v10 and has only had the coil pack issue once and had to replace the fuel pump also. As far as fuel milage youll see 12-14 on the freeway, but plowing is a differant story. But no truck will see even decent mileage while plowing.... think of it this way, you may only get 3 or 4 miles per gallon while plowing but how much money are you making per mile of plowing?
     
  9. H&HPropertyMait

    H&HPropertyMait Senior Member
    Messages: 558

    DONT ahhhh. i get 7.2 mpg average in our V10. might as well throw the gas station in the bed.
     
  10. blazer2plower

    blazer2plower Senior Member
    Messages: 544

    My s10 blazer gets 16 on freeway. And 10 with a plow. Just looking for next year.

    I love my Z
     
  11. maelawncare

    maelawncare Senior Member
    Messages: 871

    My 99 f250 v10 gets 7.5mpg towing a 7k lb enclosed around town. But my 03 f350 with 7.3l only gets 10mpg. With diesel being 60cents more a gallon the v10 still comes out ahead. I do get 16mpg in the v10 on the highway though empty. I normally only average 130 miles on a 28 gal tank. So gotta remember that.

    I have had my v10 for 3 years and love it. I will not go without one for a long while. It is nice being able to jump in it and just go in the winter instead of waiting for the diesel to warm up. It will tow just about anything you throw at it and it wont cost a fortune.

    Is it the same as a diesel, no. Is it better than a v8, hell yes. And gets close the same mileage as a v8 in a f250.

    As far as price, talk him down to 8 and you might have a deal. But pictures are worth a thousand words.
     
  12. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,924

    Your 7.3 only getting 10? That's low. Any mods? Intake exhaust? chip?
     
  13. castlerock1

    castlerock1 Junior Member
    Messages: 4

    I paid 7 for mine. It had 152,000 miles though and was a 2003 crew cab with the Lariat package. It was my first auto purchase on ebay. I live in Ohio and saw the truck for sale in Florida and thought the price was a little to good to be true, but there were some things that needed replaced(hood, dents pulled, and new tires) but I was about to go to a wedding and bid on it. When I came back I was the winner and said, Oh **** to my wife. I think I just bought a truck. She took a look, liked it and I had a friend down there do a thorough check over and flew down the following weekend and drove it back. And what a great truck it has been. Yeh the diesels are a little tougher and sound pretty mean, but I don't have to stress about some big money repairs like you do with a deisel. Oh and when plowing I'm usually averaging 5.5 to 7, but on the heavy wet snows I have seen it get down to 3.
     
  14. firefighter1406

    firefighter1406 Senior Member
    Messages: 328

    Great motor, my dad has 260,000 miles on it and hasn't done anything other then normal maintaence. He plows and pulls a trailer everyday with it too.
     
  15. maelawncare

    maelawncare Senior Member
    Messages: 871

    Yep, straight piped, tuned and intake. Its a DRW with a 1klb flatbed on it. It tows a 20' loaded parachute(enclosed trailer) around a small town. So yea, 10mpg is all I get. Only get 8mpg plowing :( And most i got was 14mpg on the highway empty. Never ran a full tank through of just driving around town, so idk about that.

    I love driving my diesel, but my v10 is a blast too. Spins the tires anytime i wish and will put ya back in the seat when you smash the skinny.
     
  16. gotsnow?

    gotsnow? Senior Member
    Messages: 257

    It sounds like his driving style is the main culprit for low fuel mileage numbers...
     
  17. Pinky Demon

    Pinky Demon PlowSite.com Addict
    from Ohio
    Messages: 1,121

    LOL.

    Actually, I drove a 7.3L dually dump around for a couple of summers now with a trailer on the ass, and all it really gets is 10-12 unmodded. I'm not driving that rough either, but I'm not moving at a snail's pace.
     
  18. blazer2plower

    blazer2plower Senior Member
    Messages: 544

    Im a happy man well kinda. I found my next truck its an 03f250 v10 56k on it for 13500 it never had a plow on it nor a 5th wheel.
    Its a crew cab FX4. No rust newer skins. Im going to take it for a spin today after work. If I like it ill pick it up. Cash in hand ill offer him 13
    for it cash talks. Thanks for all the help guys.

    I love my Z
     
  19. plowguy43

    plowguy43 PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,269

    If you have cash in hand go in at $12k or $12500. He probably listed it for $13500 expecting $13k out of it, but when you flash the cash in his face he'll go lower. I promise
     
  20. blazer2plower

    blazer2plower Senior Member
    Messages: 544

    Will do and next year a new plow. thanks for the info. Its going to snow this weekend they say 5+ ill go with 2" have a great day.

    I love my Z