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Which motor??? the 5.4 or v10

Discussion in 'Ford Trucks' started by krazy, Nov 16, 2005.

  1. krazy

    krazy Junior Member
    from MN
    Messages: 12

    Looking at getting a new 1 ton extendcab p/u. I am going to put a plow on it as well. Just wondering if you would stay with the 5.4 or go with the v10. It is not going to be used for commercial plowing. I have about 10 accounts and will drive the truck as a daily unit in the summer. I was thinking diesel but am not sure about the cost and how I would use it...thanks for any help.

    Ohh, is the western v as good as the boss???
  2. Crash935

    Crash935 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,377

    For a daily driver and not towing a trailer daily a V10 is a waste of fuel, the 5.4 will have more than enough power to plow with.
  3. kobzjv

    kobzjv Junior Member
    Messages: 10

    no v-10

    i only got 10-12 mpg on a 04 f-350 extended cab,have a 05 f-250 crew cab diesel and get 16-19mpg,if you ask me deisel is well worth it.once you go with diesel you'll never go back to gas,that's my 2 cents/ps got a boss 8' superduty poly installed with hand held control installed for $4350
    Last edited: Nov 16, 2005
  4. itsgottobegreen

    itsgottobegreen PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,351

    What he said. :drinkup: The two new ztr mowers I am buying for next year will have kubota diesels in them. Right now all the 4x4 vehicles are diesel.
  5. Big Dog D

    Big Dog D PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,134

    The 5.4 is more than enough for what you say you do. I used the 5,4 for commercial plowing for three years no problem. You will never get the cost of the diesel back in the saved fuel mileage, get the 5.4!
    Last edited: Nov 16, 2005
  6. kobzjv

    kobzjv Junior Member
    Messages: 10

    the 5.4 is dog

    i pick-up 2500# of bag salt at a time,the v-10 was straining,now the diesel you don't even know its in the back of the truck.
    Last edited: Nov 16, 2005
  7. Sweetpete

    Sweetpete Senior Member
    Messages: 325

    I push with a 5.4 and absolutely LOVE it!! I would like a diesel, but it's not in the budget. For snowplowing...that 5.4 does awesome. Warms up nice and quick in the winter and has plenty of power.

    Let us know what you decide!!
  8. payton

    payton Senior Member
    Messages: 470

    dads got a fx4 f150 with the 5.4 in it and it tows nicely.you can deffintly know theres something back there. his truck is a 03. ive pulled the same load with my buddies 04 fx4. and the same thing. now if i go get the farm truck out of the barn. 1995 f350 srw 4x4 power stroke. i know its still back there but i can still run the hills at 60+ mph
  9. Yaz

    Yaz PlowSite.com Addict
    from NH
    Messages: 1,061

    V-10 is a pig on fuel. Deisel is nice and they say it takes alot of fuel to pay itself back. But what I saw in the used diesels, you seam to get almost all your money back for it.
  10. infineon954

    infineon954 Senior Member
    Messages: 235

    5.4 here. May as well be married to a gas station. At these prices I would stay with the 5.4. Right now, diesel seems to be more per gallon.
  11. mikelawtown

    mikelawtown Senior Member
    from Mass
    Messages: 426

    anything on the V10 ?
  12. PSDF350

    PSDF350 Senior Member
    Messages: 577

    5.4l is a dog in my opion. I had it in my 01 F150 7700# package with xcab. I thought it was a decent motor when I had it. But only becuase I honestly didn't know any better. When I got my 04 350 with the 6.0l psd I learned quick. So my pick is the Diesel. But if not that then the v10.
  13. sbrennan007

    sbrennan007 Senior Member
    Messages: 350

    If your not going to be towing 12000lbs every day, the 5.4L is the perfect engine for you.

    I figured out that at the increased price of a diesel truck ($5200) and the increased price of diesel fuel (about $1.00 more per gallon) it would take me approx 200,000 miles to just break even.

    I love diesels, but when you do the real life numbers, your better off leaving that extra money in the bank.

    CARDOCTOR PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,304

    i have a v-10 excursion i doubt the fuel econo is much worst than the v8
    theres no replacement for displacement.


    DELBERT Member
    Messages: 41

    this is my 3rd v-10 the motor is excellent I get 12 mpg in town driving I can pull anything for a hundred bucks more on a new truck v-10 all the way the 5.4 will suck just as much fuel and the desile will cost ya 4500 more and here desiel is almost a dollar more a gallon than unleaded I would go v-10
  16. Team_Yamaha

    Team_Yamaha Senior Member
    Messages: 240

    I have been wondering the same thing myself. I am thinking about getting a new shop truck, the 94 is showing its age. I was thinking about finding a used 01 or 02 F350 4X4 ext.cab long box with the 5.4L or V10/auto, use it for a shop truck and also back-up plow truck. With me I already have 3 other 1tons that are diesel, so that isn't an issue for me. I am just a wondering if a ext.cab long box will be a bit to much truck for the little 5.4L????
  17. Smitty58

    Smitty58 Senior Member
    Messages: 223

    Had a 04 F-250 5.4 now have a 05 F-350 V-10. No comparison. The V-10 has WAY more power and when towing gets the same mileage ,empty yes it does worse than the 5.4 but if you are looking to buy a 3/4 or a 1 ton you are going to be towing or hauling a lot of the time. I would buy the V-10 again.
  18. Detroitdan

    Detroitdan PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,937

    I recently drove a pretty new 150 and a 250 with a 5.4, I was actually surprised at how peppy they were. I have driven a new 350 and a new Excursion with V10, and I was totally underwhelmed. I know it has more power than a 5.4, but it sure didnt feel like it to me. I have driven V10s in class A motorhomes a couple times, and while it is plenty of power to move a big huge vehicle or tow a big trailer, it always revved like you were beating it to death to get it to go. I am actually surprised to hear anybody recommend the v10, I can't imagine anyone thinking they were impressive, what with all the revving and slow acceleration. My brother in law gets 9 mpg with his Excursion. Should have got the diesel.
  19. Team_Yamaha

    Team_Yamaha Senior Member
    Messages: 240

    But an 04 5.4L and 05 V-10 are like compairing apples and oranges. The 04 5.4L (2 valve) has 260 HP and the 05 V-10 (3valve) has 362 HP, 102 HP differance.
  20. Sweetpete

    Sweetpete Senior Member
    Messages: 325

    Yeah...that's a good question. I have the ext.cab FX4 with reg. bed. In my opinion, the engine is well suited. I push a 7.5 Meyer plow, so I have plenty of power.

    So far, I've never wished I had more power, but maybe the next truck will be V10 or diesel. But, like I said, for now, the 5.4 is absolutely perfect for my situation.