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Old 02-28-2011, 01:37 PM   #1
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Expected life of a Ford V10

I have a 2000 Pace Arrow 33v. It has a Ford V10 engine in it and it runs well. I change the oil every 3000 miles and the engine has never been ''hot'' or abused in any way. The max I rev the engine is about 3500 rpm.
I am curious what high mileage you guys might be getting on this engine and what I can expect as to "life'' for the engine. The engine has 110,000 miles on it now and I have replaced the ''tranny'' at 105,000 and the starter at about 103,000. I change all liquids including break fluid and rear end grease at about 65,000 miles. The engine still runs smooth as silk and I have installed the Banks Kit at about 75,000.

Any input as to your problems or praise for this engine would be appreciated. I spoke to one gentleman who was a full timer with a coach exactly like mine out in Texas. He said he had 215,000 on his engine and it still ran good. He sAid he expected to get over 300,000 miles. He said the secret was to change the oil every 3000 and I have been doing that since I bought the coach in 2000. I use Penzoil, 10-30.....

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Old 02-28-2011, 02:01 PM   #2
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I heard v10 good for 1000,000 miles and diesel 300,000. Your 2000 coach probley has the first model v10 from 1999. They have had problems with some1999 v10s. Machining chips left in the block, not on all. We are on our 2 nd v10 but very low mileage to date. We think this 2008 is or last and hope as lucky as you guys.
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Old 02-28-2011, 02:02 PM   #3
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Sounds to me like it just got past the break in period with those miles. Heck, mine at just over 70K is still running "tight"

Here's something for you to peruse - and I will expect payment the next time you stop by NY State: Who has the most miles on their V10?? - Ford Truck Enthusiasts Forums
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Old 02-28-2011, 05:47 PM   #4
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We have 101,000 miles on our 1999 Brave with V10. We have had no problems. I run 5,000 miles between changes and get a lab analysis at each change. I use Motorcraft 10w-30 in summer and Motorcraft 5w-30 in winter. I run mine at 4,000 to 4,500 rpm on grades. Perhaps the transmission problem was from not running the engine at high enough rpms.
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A friend of mine has a 2003 Ford work truck (E450) with the V10. The truck is driven by employees (which means, it gets beaten like hell), and it has now 250 000 miles on it. The engine is still running strong!
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My V-10 has 167,000 miles on it and still runs strong, have oil changed at 3-4,000 mile intervals. Only problem was a split hose from the PCV valve causing a vacum leak a 10.00 fix.
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I have 118,000 on my 1999 Newmar Mt. Aire and it is still going strong. The only problem I have had with it is in a heavy rain, the engine stumbles at about 55 mph. I have installed all of the Ford mods and changed to a K & N air filter, but this has not fixed the problem. I did have a 100,000 mile tuneup. I am hoping to get another 100,000 miles of service from it.
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I have 118,000 on my 1999 Newmar Mt. Aire and it is still going strong. The only problem I have had with it is in a heavy rain, the engine stumbles at about 55 mph. I have installed all of the Ford mods and changed to a K & N air filter, but this has not fixed the problem. I did have a 100,000 mile tuneup. I am hoping to get another 100,000 miles of service from it.
Isn't the best mod still the dryer vent fix? I had the shield on mine, which supposedly allowed water to enter anyway so I removed it. I believe some folks are reporting that even the new $100 rubber snorkel that Ford came out with isn't so hot either.

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Life of a Ford V10?

My first Ford V10 lasted 18,900 miles. It failed late spring 2010. I always had my oil changed on or before its due date. My oil was changed at a Ford Truck Service Center except two times while traveling.

The replacement Ford V10 lasted 0 miles. It came apart before they could deliver my MH back to me.

My second replacement Ford V10 (third engine) has about 5,000 miles on it.

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Not sure which transmissions was used in the MH in your general age bracket but know that up thru 96 the E4OD was used and later the 4R100 replaced it which was just basically a updated version of the E4OD. These trannys only have normally a life expecanty of around 125/140 thousand miles. One version of the 4R100 used in i believe 2000 had what was refered to as a mechicanal diode which is notoris for failure. It was not installed thru out the entire model year. Don't know if the V10 had either of these trannys installed. FYI a nephew has a V10 with around 200K and is beaten daily on the farm. IMO the V10 will long outlast the tranny
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I have 118,000 on my 1999 Newmar Mt. Aire and it is still going strong. The only problem I have had with it is in a heavy rain, the engine stumbles at about 55 mph. I have installed all of the Ford mods and changed to a K & N air filter, but this has not fixed the problem. I did have a 100,000 mile tuneup. I am hoping to get another 100,000 miles of service from it.
Sounds like a fuel mapping problem, have you had the ECU looked at? I had a similar problem with a Porsche a few years ago.

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Life of a Ford V10?

My first Ford V10 lasted 18,900 miles. It failed late spring 2010. I always had my oil changed on or before its due date. My oil was changed at a Ford Truck Service Center except two times while traveling.

The replacement Ford V10 lasted 0 miles. It came apart before they could deliver my MH back to me.

My second replacement Ford V10 (third engine) has about 5,000 miles on it.

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Life of a Ford V10?

My first Ford V10 lasted 18,900 miles. It failed late spring 2010. I always had my oil changed on or before its due date. My oil was changed at a Ford Truck Service Center except two times while traveling.

The replacement Ford V10 lasted 0 miles. It came apart before they could deliver my MH back to me.

My second replacement Ford V10 (third engine) has about 5,000 miles on it.

JD
Could you share with us the specifics of what failed on the engine and what was determined to be the cause of failure on both engines?

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Could you share with us the specifics of what failed on the engine and what was determined to be the cause of failure on both engines?

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Yes.

My first engine started knocking. We were towed to the nearest Ford Dealer and they looked at the engine and said that the rods were knocking. I asked them what happened inside the engine and they said that they would never know as they would replace the engine and the old one would be sent back for a rebuild.

When the replacement was installed we were called to drive the three hours from our home to pick up our RV. When we arrived we were told that there was a problem with the cam shaft sensor. They were installing a new sensor and our RV would be ready to go in an hour. The cam shaft sensor didnít fix the problem so we were told to drive the three hours back home. The next day we were called and told that the cam shaft sensor on the cam shaft inside the engine came apart and contaminated the engine with metal debris. Fords recommendation was to remove the engine and replace it with another engine.

I donít fault Ford for the recommendation to replace the second engine as it was the right thing to do. I guess they could have pulled the cam shaft and replaced it or the sensor and drained and replaced the oil but I feel better about having a clean engine. It did take longer for them to find the second engine and then to install it. I did tell them not to hurry and do it right as our window for a trip was nearly over.
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