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Posted: 06/09/21 07:59pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I love to derail a thread completely off topic as much as anyone, but I'll circle back to the original topic- the Ford V10 in an E-series chassis. The fire department I work for started using E450 based ambulances in IIRC 2002 or so. Emergency vehicle use is brutal on trucks- they get started cold, literally driven like you're on the way to a burning house, idled for sometimes hours, then driven back and shut down. Our mechanics do the prescribed maintenance and fix things that are broke. Our first batch had the 7.3 diesel, and they were reliable, not great on power but were fine. We had one 6.0, and while it was a bit snappier than the 7.3s, she was the shop queen. Our fleet division spent more time working on that POS than the 4 older 7.3 powered rigs combined. They ended up pulling the ambulance box off of it and had it mounted it to a new V10 E450. All of our aid vehicles are now V10 powered. They move out quicker than any of the previous diesels, and while we put a LOT of gas in them, all the mechanics do is change the oil as prescribed. It's still only been 3 years since they've been in service, but I don't think any of them have seen a wrench other than for routine maintenance. Hopefully the new 7.3 gas will be as good or better.

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^^^^^
great story. I enjoy hearing about real life scenarios and less of "my brother-in-laws friend or my neighbor said" etc. This tells a tale that is interesting to me and please keep us informed of any new developments.
One buddy of mine put 300K plus on his v-10 before grandpa broadsided him and another 495K on 9 cylinders, he couldn't make it to 500. The one cylinder would misfire and found to have weak rings in it.
Any extended warranties on there, nope. Using quality products at scheduled intervals is the best warranty you can purchase.

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I have a 2005 F350 6.0 diesel with about 165,000mi on it. First 2 years were a disaster. When warranty ran out at about 30,000mi I took it to one of those places that do performance work and had it "bullet proofed" to the tune of $3000. It has never missed a beat since then. I don't know what they do but it worked and I could never afford a new one at todays prices, if you could find one...Old V-10 is a proven good motor.

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Posted: 06/11/21 11:26am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The 7.3 gas engine has been in pickups since the 2020 model year. So, what are the known problems? By the way, this engine has a crazy flat torque curve which will be very nice for Class C RVs and other towing. The torque curve also looks like Ford is holding back a little as they get start bugs fixed. If they goose the torque just a little it will have as much as the vaunted 7.3 diesel.

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JaxDad wrote:

Powertour wrote:

Meh, I owned a 6.0 for 10 years & never had an engine related issue, but then again I never chipped or modified the powertrain in any way. The 1st year of them (2003) Ford cheaped out on the IH spec'd injectors. I would say the 6.0 was a horrible engine to hot rod. For years every time I was at a fuel pump & someone else was there with another 6.0 I would ask them if they had lots of issues, it was very rare I ever encountered someone who said they did and 99% of those guys were running chipped trucks. .


We’ve got a bunch of 6.0 Fords, never had a lick of problem with ANY of them, but then again we maintain them, properly.

A local diesel specialty shop near here our mechanics use have always said, the most abusive thing you can do to a diesel pickup is to leave it idling, or putting around, they need to WORK!!

I personally think the 6.0 PowerStroke ‘story’ is much like the Pinto ‘story’. The truth is the Pinto was safer than the competitions models.


No, the 6.doh was a terd, from the first to the last. Yes, you could make it sorta, kinda, almost reliable if you spend a pile of money to tear into it and re-engineer out the many problems...but it's still an inherently poor design. I watched the 6.doh turn two companies from all-Ford fleets to never buying diesel Fords again.


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