I was wondering how the v8 and v10 Ford engines in the Pleasure-way compare in terms of highway mileage and perhaps durability? I can't seem to find this info on line and it seems most of the Pleasure-ways have the v10 Ford engine in them. I was thinking of getting the v8 but was just wondering if it is that much more economical than the v10.
The V-10 in Class B applications commonly gets an average of between 14 and 16 mpg. If driven lightly, the V-8 averages around 17 to 19 mpg. This can sink to 6 to 8 mpg in hilly areas or head winds. The V-10 has a better power ratio and less stress and strain on hills, passing and if towing the V-10 is the obvious choice.
The V-10 had spark plug blow out issues when first introduced, but that was corrected. Reliability on both engines in now great!
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As the owner of a PW with the 5.4 V8, I'll tell you the same thing the dealer told me when I bought it new. If you're towing a vehicle behind you, the V-10 is the way to go. Otherwise, don't spend the extra money on the V-10, as the V8 is all the power you'll ever need & gets better fuel economy. He was right.
When we were looking at PWs, I drove both the V8 and V10 and much preferred the V10. We get between 12-15 mpg. In Sept we traveled through the Rockies and I was very happy for the extra power. However, even in routine freeway driving, I still like the more powerful V10 best.
My experience has been the same as CoalminerUG and turninghawk. The PW folks told me that if I was not going to tow anything to get a V8. I did and have been completely satisfied. Overal average mileage is 15 mpg. Reliability has been flawless in 4 years and 33K milies.
I have the V8 in my unit 2009PW Excel. I only drive the posted speed limit or lower if traffic is light. I get average 19 mpg Imperial Galon. I don't worry about hills. I slow down. I don't tow anything. I am happy.
I agree with rvdogmom40. I had a 2004 Excel V-8 and a 2007 Excel V-10. There is only about one mpg difference between them and you will "NOT" get over 15 mpg period. I drove the two units apx. 70,000 miles and my average was the same 12/15 absolute max. The good thing about the V-10 is you get the 5 speed transmission and it really drives effortlessly. We drove both units from Ohio to Nevada, and through West Virginia and Virginia to Florida the V-10 power up the mountains, in passing, and entering highways is remarkable and you only give up about 1 mpg. If I were to buy another Excel it would be a V-10 without a doubt.
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