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My 99 dodge 5.9 with the 5.9 with 147k only worries me the first time out after winter. It burns a little oil then settles out and so far all has been good. My fingers are crossed, march 17 heading to Florida. An hour or two into the trip I will start to feel better. Hopefully!!!!

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NewsW wrote:

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I have a different opinion than Handbasket. The engine and trans in my Class B is much larger than my car and I don't tow with it so I would say it is subject to less wear. It has over 70K miles and still has lots of life left on its factory original brakes. Regeads, Dick



Depends on the engine.

If it came with a 4.6 or smaller, it might be rather tired.

With a 5.4, it got lots of life.

A V10 is hardly broken in used in a B not towing.


The one I had in mind specifically was the Chevy 6.0L.


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dicknellen wrote:

My Dodge is a 5.9L (360ci) V8 gas. Not sure what Class B would have a 4.6L or smaller engine.


AFAIK, the smallest engine right now is the Chevy 4.8 that is the now standard engine RT puts in it's vans.

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The one I had in mind specifically was the Chevy 6.0L.



You will wear out your back side and other difficult to replace parts before you wear that 6.0 gas out in a Class B application.

Unless you did jackrabbit starts each time.

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I have 187,000 on a GM v6 in a Montana and was told by a service manager at a GM dealer that it should be good to double that. A few years ago I put 427,000 on a 6 cyl Ford before the tranny gave out, gave it to a neighbor kid who changed the tranny and drove it every day for a year or so.


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I had the same question before buying a used 2005 PW with almost 100K miles (155K Kms). It has the Ford 6.8L V10. On a truck forum, I found that engine overhaul on that engine is between 250K and 300K miles. In a truck, it is mostly used on F250 and F350. But everyone was very vocal on NOT SKIPPING the transmission maintenance (flush fluid every 30K miles). The transmission will go before the engine!

So, near 200K Kms, I have been problem free with our PW, doing all maintenance when the book says so (synthetic oil, coolant & transmission flush, plugs, etc.)

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I drove a 1986 Lincoln Town Car with 50K when I bought it. Used 1 qt of oil every 1,000 miles from the day I got it until I had the motor swapped at 375K. At he time I had to have a dependable car as a salesman, and I just got sqeamish driving a car with that many miles on it. The mechanic I had do the engine swap pulled one head, put it back said there was nothing wrong with it and put it in his Ford pickup.


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Johnny:

Ford transmissions are generally indestructible --- mine is original and works fine.

Consulted with some transmission experts, and concluded that most of the benefit of a flush (hot flush machine required) is captured by just replacing the external filter, as long as the oil is not burned and I am not doing heavy duty towing.

The V10 in your application is probably good for 750,000 miles if you don't wear out your rear end first.

FYI, I have more than 250k on my Ford... but it is a diesel.

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Although the OP is looking for info on a properly maintained engine, I'm surprised no one has brought up oil change interval.

Although not as important for engine life as the type of driving you do, it comes in a close second, especially since manufacturers started recommending changing the oil at 10,000 intervals. (Including my VW-R32 and Sprinter.)

I change the oil and filter every 5,000 miles, and believe this is the single most important thing I can do to ensure long engine life.

* This post was edited 03/05/12 03:12pm by dhg *


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If you drive a Sprinter or VW, it is very hard to get AECA grade oil in USA.

The top of the line synthetics, yes, but they are expensive.

European spec oils are quite a bit better than American spec oils.

Diesels must only use diesel only grade oil.

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