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7.3 vs V10

Does anyone have any input on the 1999 V10 Good or Bad?
I have a 2001 7.3 and im thinking of buying a 1999 V10 and i was wondering if anyone had and type of input as far as mileage or how the V10 tow's compared to the 7.3 or anything else yall may want to add

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Does anyone have any input on the 1999 V10 Good or Bad?
I have a 2001 7.3 and im thinking of buying a 1999 V10 and i was wondering if anyone had and type of input as far as mileage or how the V10 tow's compared to the 7.3 or anything else yall may want to add
buddys uncle has one he has a little trailer one tank 7.2 mpg average

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Since your in Mi listen to it run for a hissing shound. Chances are the manifold has a crack on it, most V10s I see have it. Personally I'd stick with a Diesel.


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Say good bye to gas mileage. My dad had a v10 when I was younger and it had 35s with little lift and got 9 in the city.

Besides that I have never owned one.
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The bad things about 99 v10s are bad oil pumps. And the very restrictive manifold(that crack) and Y pipe. And the 99's are only 235HP You are prob better of w a 00(265hp) or newer to get away from the oil pump issue. But they still have the restrictive manifolds and Y pipe. If you go 05 0r newer(365hp) they run like a scolded dog and are very reliable.

for power for towing they do pretty good.(05 and newer) Depends on what you tow and how often.


I'm sure someone is going to yell at me for this but a stock(o5 and newer) will smoke a stock 7.3

Newest v10s can get as high as 15 mpg(highway) Which isnt too bad when you think about the power and when gas is at least $1.00 a gallon less than diesel

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Re: 7.3 vs V10

If you don't plan on doing alot of heavy pulling then they're ok, but if your thinking of buying this for a tow rig, you need to get a diesel.

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Yeah, there were more V-10's installed in C-class motor homes then all other engines from all 3 auto companies combined. The V-10 is one tough engine that tows just fine. Yes, the 99 had a few problems, mostly with restrictive exhaust/Y-pipe and blowing spark plugs. That was fixed totally in 2002 and the HP was upped to a 365 in 2006 to present. With adding the new Ford Torqueshift tranny, the V-10 is tough to beat when matched with the right rear end ratio. It will give the new diesels a run for their money and beat most of them. In the Truck Trend mag a few months ago, where they tested all 3 auto maker diesels and all 3 gassers, the Ford V-10 was rated the best gasser and the comment was "it is as close to being a diesel rig as any gasser could be."
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all these mentions of other year engines have no merit in this thread. the v10 the OP is looking at is a dog, and will never compare to a 7.3.

stick with diesel bro. biggest mistake our FD ever made was buying a v10...

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Re: 7.3 vs V10

I owned a 99 I did an intake and exhaust It had a 5-speed as well It wasn't bad on gas 15-17 at 65mph. But I went back to the ol' 460 that would run this truck into the ground with similar mods at 10 mpg though. But I fell in love with my 7.3 when I test drove and sent the 460 down the road. Needless to say the 7.3 would stomp the V10 LOADED or EMPTY.

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Re: 7.3 vs V10

thanks everyone for yr replies and thanks slowleak for pointing out the yr i was looking at, the only reason that yr is important is i was concerding trading my 7.3 for a 99 V10 and i dont know sh1t about them...I hate to get rid of my diesel but fuel prices have got me so frustraded...... and my 7.3 mpg sucks..........

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