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Old 09-21-2010, 14:40   #1 (permalink)
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99 F250 V10 vs. 04 F250 V8

1999 v10 f250 VS 04 5.4 f250
Hi, I'm newbie and ready to buy one of these two trucks. Hope you can help.

1999 F250 V10 130,000 miles XLT loaded in Excellent condition.

or a 2004 F250 V8 120,000 miles XL rollup windows in Good condition. $1,000. more than the 99.

The 04 was a work truck, one owner. Well mantained. Looks good, a few dents. The 99 looks great, more of a dress up truck. The only concern is that it is 5 years older than the 04 and the 04 has had several improvements.

Really would appreciate your comments.

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Old 09-21-2010, 15:02   #2 (permalink)
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Re: 99 F250 V10 vs. 04 F250 V8

Either one will work. Depends on what you want. Don't be concerned about the age of the one because if they've been cared for, they last a long time. Is the V8 a 5.4? Our animal control has a 2001 V10 and it has 230,000 miles. Our transit fleet has V10 buses that they run all day long with stop ang go driving. They run them to 300,000 miles. We replaced a transmission in one. Even though they are E350s, they have the same power train. I had a 1980 F150 that i gave to a friend for helping me with some work. It had 253,000 miles. He's been running it since and said he was very happy with it. His wifes trans went out in their Nissan and she drive the truck now.
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Re: 99 F250 V10 vs. 04 F250 V8

Bert, thanks for your response. The V8 is the 5.4 and never used for towing. Nor was the V10. A larger engine should work easier and last longer is what I've been taught. According to some articles the V10 is a V8 with an extra cylinder in the center. Did they beef up the engine to do this? Sounds like they both have aluminum heads and spark plug issues. I'm leaning towards the V10. It's an older but nicer truck. However, the 5.4 was beefed up in 2003, does that make it more durable than the V10?
Hope to make the final decision today.
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They're both good engines. As you can see from my post above, they last a long time. The spark plugs were a problem if they weren't torqued properly. Too tight and when the aluminum cyl. head expands, it pulls the threads out. Too loose and they loosen and blow out. We never had any blow out on our vehicles. Even the transmissions are pretty bullet proof. You can't go wrong with either one. Check this out too. Home
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The Triton V10 is almost identical to the V8; it just has an additional 2 cylinders on the end of the block. The 2004's V8 makes 300hp and the 1999's V10 makes 310hp so unless you're towing a lot it's just a matter of taste. As for the spark plug problem, you can nip it in the bud by having the dealer replace them with the new one-piece units and be done with it.
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Old 09-22-2010, 10:37   #6 (permalink)
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I forgot that the 5.4 is a 2004. They can break when removing them. I did mine at 80,000 miles and didn't break any. It takes extra time to replace when they break but they don't have to be done that often. On the V10 and the older 5.4 they don't have that problem, just the threads pulling as I mentioned earlier.
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Re: 99 F250 V10 vs. 04 F250 V8

Great point about the similar hp of both engines, wonder if the torque is the same.

Bert, I checked out the million mile plus E250+, quite a story.

Thanks to both of you for information that is helpful to buying and owning the 250. I finally made my decision to buy the 99 V10. It is a much better truck and will make the family and myself happy.

You can be sure that I will be careful with the spark plugs.

Thanks for your help.
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Thanks for the update. Either one would be good but with what your need is, you made a good choice.
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