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What are the pros and cons of a 2003 Ford V10 versus the new V10? We are looking at purchasing a 2003 Pleasure-way with a V10 engine.

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As I recall, there is no difference between the 2003 and the 2012 V10 put in the E series chassis. Both are the improved crank, 2-valve engines. By 2003 the issue with the spark-plugs had been cured


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Not sure about the application but most 2005 and newer were three valve engines with a HUGE horsepower jump. MAY be just a truck thing, I'm not sure.


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skipnchar wrote:

Not sure about the application but most 2005 and newer were three valve engines with a HUGE horsepower jump. MAY be just a truck thing, I'm not sure.


The three-valve were never factory installed in the E series chassis

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Even in the E-350, the 5.4 is a 2 valve engine.

Now, someone can always retrofit... but quite frankly, it is a more reliable engine.

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Thanks for the update. I suspected as much.

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Price and Price.

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I don't think that there are many B's with the V-10. They are usually on the E-350 with the 5.4.

Perhaps you are thinking of C's and this question should be on that board since there would be more experience.


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Al vans have 2 valve

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One of the options at PleasureWay is the 6.8L V10. The used 2005 Excel we bought had this option and I like the 5 speed transmission it comes with. No regrets! Fuel consumption is a little higher but I like the extra power and all features of the TorqShift transmission.
I tried to change the plugs myself but quickly brought it to a truck shop for that – too risky for me.

Just be careful that the 2003 model you are looking at is running on a 2003 Ford chassis, not a 2002 – it is possible.
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