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Hello everyone I'm new here and preparing to purchase my first motorhome. Looking for those with experience w 1990s 2000s Ford engines in their rig. I owned a Ford vehicle once upon a time. Like in the 1980s, it was the biggest lemon of all time! Hence, I've not touched the Flrd brand since ?? I realize RV engines a totally different animal and would like to ask if you find 1990s/2000s Ford motorhome engines to be reliable? I don't want to overlook a good deal just because the Ford brand is on it, however, if these engines also not built well, I'd like some heads-up. I will certainly get a pre-purchase inspection, but looking for your experiences. Many thanks!

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No one makes engines specifically for a MH, some my be modified a bit though.





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90s Ford chassis had the 460 V8. I. Would steer clear of those chassis.

Around 99-2000 Ford switched to the V10. Better that the 460 but the early years had some problems eg spitting spark plugs etc.

After around 04 or so they got better with more HP. Also look for the five speed trans. I forget which year.

Around 2016 they switched a six speed trans which is more better.


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You owned a vehicle 40 years ago that was a lemon. So your wonderin if 20-30 year old vehicles of the same mfg are lemons.
News flash. Anything that is 20-30 years old is going to have similar issues because it’s old. End of story.
And if you have that little knowledge about vehicles and mechanics, the best bet is to either buy new enough to eliminate age related issues or buy the best cared for lowest mile, with detailed repair records vehicle. Regardless of brand.

To one of the other posts, 460s weren’t lemons, nor were Triton engines. But they each have Potential issues not unlike any other brand.

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And sorry, that post sounded harsh.
In general, there are 2 class C mh chassis. Ford n Chevy. Unless you step into the newer Mercedes chassis. Which aren’t in your age price wheelhouse.
Both are as good as the car and wear n tear they’ve been subject to.

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GM wasn’t any better in the 1980s IMO. Today both have crackerjack engines.


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No problems with my 2000 F53, v10. went to 19.5 tires that year


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Thank you all for your help! I'll be posting a new thread shortly for opinions on a potential purchase. It's older than I am wanting, but has a lot of good qualities and extras that could be good. Thanks again!

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rhudson1111 wrote:

Hello everyone I'm new here and preparing to purchase my first motorhome. Looking for those with experience w 1990s 2000s Ford engines in their rig. I owned a Ford vehicle once upon a time. Like in the 1980s, it was the biggest lemon of all time!


Now that is why I drive a CHEVY powered motor home. sadly Chevy no longer makes that engine. (8.1L) Though why Workhorse did not go to the larger Chevy Engine I do not know.

OH and Ford Transmissions.. I had a car with one of those too... See your comment.


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