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Who's unhappy with their 5.4?

Discussion in 'Ford Trucks' started by RobbieB, Dec 11, 2008.

  1. RobbieB

    RobbieB Senior Member
    Messages: 122

    Who here is sorry for buying a 5.4? My boss bought me one for my new company truck and this thing is a dog, no balls. Going to try a few things to help it.
  2. Milwaukee

    Milwaukee 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,180

    what truck? F250?

    What gear ratio?
  3. F250 Boss v

    F250 Boss v Senior Member
    Messages: 281

    Sorry to disappoint you, but I love mine! -Really do, good reliable truck with a proven engine. I guess everyone has different needs and expectations, I stopped looking for 'balls' in a truck along time ago, and now just want one that is reliable, does the job well (plowing), and is comfortable. My '06 5.4 F250 does all that for me!
  4. exmark1

    exmark1 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,321

    I had one as a service loaner for a few weeks this summer and HATED it. Not enough power to pull what I needed to and it seemed to get horrible milage
  5. RobbieB

    RobbieB Senior Member
    Messages: 122

    05 F-250 with a 3.73. I passed by an Escort yesterday on the freeway going up hill empty.
  6. Evan528

    Evan528 PlowSite.com Veteran
    Messages: 153

    lol yup.... the nature of the beast.
  7. Grass Master

    Grass Master Banned
    Messages: 157

    I've got the same work truck, 05 F-250, 5.4,3.73's, 8.2 Boss Vee. For a 330 ci in a big truck I think it does pretty well. Unless I'm mistaken it has the same tranny found in the V 10 and diesel and the same drive-train. It is not a fire breathing monster but I'm happy with mine.
  8. Sweetpete

    Sweetpete Senior Member
    Messages: 325

    I have to agree w/ F250 Boss V.... I absolutely LOVE my 5.4. It's super dependable, well built, and pushes snow no problem.

    When I bought the truck, I considered the V10, but opted for the V8. I don't tow very much, and when I do, it's usually around 5k lbs. So, the V8 was perfect. As far as dependability, the 5.4 is close to legendary. Very well built, been around for years.

    As far as power goes, that's a crap shoot. It depends more on what you need it for. For pushing, I usually run out of traction before I run out of power. But some guys only want to push w/a diesel. It's a preference thing.

    I'll consider another in my next truck. But until then, I sleep very well knowing what's under the hood.
  9. Ramairfreak98ss

    Ramairfreak98ss PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,931

    Ford just needs to make a bigger version of the 5.4 triton... its just TOO small for 3/4 and 1 ton trucks. Im sure its ok with 4.10 gears but starts to eat fuel.

    We have a 2v and 3v versions in the 03 and 06 f150s and i think theyre fine, but not super powerful. I couldnt imagine them in a f350 crew cab or something heavy... and pulling 5-10k in weight, that i cant imagine would do well , either would any other gas truck though.

    If ford did a 6.2L v8 version of the 5.4L with the 3 v or 4v design, surely theyd be more acceptable for 1 ton trucks. I mean the 5.4L is about half of the torque as the diesel, thats a LOT in real world scenarios.
  10. Bernie Lomax

    Bernie Lomax Senior Member
    Messages: 139

    The 5.4 is perfect for me. Decent mileage for running around, I can haul a bed full of 80# concrete bags when I need to, and it will push snow all day and all night. Towing is a whole different story, but since I pull a trailer with a Bobcat on it about once every year, it's not an issue for me.
  11. csx5197

    csx5197 Senior Member
    Messages: 209

    The 5.4s aren't terrible. They may be a little underpowered for the Crew Cab Version of an F250, but Regular cab there alright I think there ok for the extended cabs as well. I heard that a V10 version gives it more of a power feel. Not sure though. I'm sticking to the 3/4 ton, diesel logic.
  12. Diesel Sniffer

    Diesel Sniffer Member
    Messages: 46

    Out of a fleet of 14 trucks, I bought one because the price was right. It was an 04 extended cab and I put a 8.2 boss V and a Sno Ex 1575 spreader on the back. I loaded down the bed with a pallet of salt and went to it. For what it is, I was pretty impressed. I know I had the tuck overloaded, and it ran an 8 hr plow route for two seasons with it with no problem. As time went on I realized that it was one of the most reliable truks I had!! I never had to worry about diesel "issues" and knew that every time I'd turn the key it would fire right up. I have never had a V-10 so I cannot compare to that, and yes, my diesels are more powerful, but for the money, I think the 5.4 is a tough act to beat. I really like costs associated with maintaining a 5.4 compared to the diesel, that is for sure.
  13. FordFisherman

    FordFisherman PlowSite.com Addict
    from 06611
    Messages: 1,613

    If your looking to roast the tires or be pinned back in your seat the 5.4 is not for you. But if your looking for dependability and good all around power its a great motor. Longevity is another thing to look at. Lots of 5.4's out there with 250K or better. Mine has 4:10's and low end is decent. I have a Hypertech tuner on order to wake it up alittle. Once the USPS finds my package I'll let you know if it makes a difference in power and mileage.
  14. Milwaukee

    Milwaukee 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,180

    There problem

    it gear ratio you need 4.10

    that why I ask you what gear ratio.
  15. ford550

    ford550 Senior Member
    Messages: 407

    Like it was said before, I also bought one because the price was right. I gotta tell you, that thing is the most reliable truck we have. When diesel was at $5.10/gallon I switched one of the diesels out with one of the crews because it costs less to run overall. I like it, never have had any problems plowing or towing mower trailers. It loses traction before power. Very reliable.
  16. grandview

    grandview PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,609

    I like mine too. Plowed everything it had to. Towing the dump trailer full of stone does give it a workout though.
  17. DCSpecial

    DCSpecial Senior Member
    from IL
    Messages: 408

    I like the 5.4.....but we have it in a F-150 Super Crew.

    Since I'm used to driving a diesel it definitely doesn't have the power a diesel does.
    I think it would be hard for me to have a 5.4 for towing and hauling since I'm used the 7.3 and 6.0 PSDs though.
  18. JeepCreepn01

    JeepCreepn01 Senior Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 331

    If you want balls put a super charger on it, it is what it is, 5.4's are great especially when many other threads around this one start with- Problem 06 diesel, and 06 diesel wont start
    the diesels have more problems especially the newer ones and cost a fortune to maintain and fuel
  19. hedhunter9

    hedhunter9 Senior Member
    Messages: 212

    I have a 2000 F150 Xtra cab 4x4. Pulled our enclosed race car trailer with it easily.
    Loaded, the trailer with car and gear was over 11,000lbs. Gas milage was about 10mpg.

    What sucks is, empty running 65-70mph I only get about 12 mpg.. ?
    My Dads 5.4 2003 model will get 14-15+ mpg easily...

    My 97 Dodge with the 5.3 wouldnt even begin to pull that trailer. It was really gutless...
  20. EaTmYtAiLpIpEs

    EaTmYtAiLpIpEs 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,607

    I like mine. gets bad gas milage. but it pulls my 9000lb fifth wheel trailer, 6000lb 24ft boat with no problems. and it pushes snow good. I just dont like the dam 4x4 right now.