Originally Posted by m.qualls89
Hi I'm lookinmg at buyin a 2004 f250 with a 5.4 litre triton in it which is the same motor as my f150. Anybody know if it will have a decent amount of pulling power? I'm not pulling race cars or anything but I do haul horses and hay a lot. Also does anyone know about how much mpg it would get? Its the quad cab version. Thanks in advance.
If it's the 3V motor make sure there are repair/maintenance records accompanying the vehicle (You'd be better off doing this with any vehicle). Specifically the oil changes and spark plug changes. The 3V engines if not maintained will die from sludging. The spark plugs were a 2 piece design, and can break apart if not removed correctly. If they break it involves more labor to remove the frozen in broken pieces, there is a tool kit to remove the broken pieces. Wait a sec.... should have checked first... it will be the old 2V motor.
Towing a horse trailer... you might be better off with the V10 engine or the 6.0L Diesel. BUT... the diesels have lots of issues. Check out POWERSTROKEHELP.COM - The Information Source for Ford Power Stroke Diesel Owners & Mechanics and Home of EDAS® "Engine Damage Avoidance System" for Powerstroke Diesel Trucks
and you'll find out fast. So I'd probably recommend the V10 as your best bet.