Originally Posted by trebot
Understand Ford went to a different trans in 2005. What was the change and its effect on performance? Thanks
Not sure of the exact year but they changed from 4 speed (3 plus overdrive) to 5 speed. Allows for smoother acceleration and less RPM change when cruising down the road and needs to downshift to get over that slight grade. Latest change, I believe, was in 2016 going to 6 speed transmission. The V-10 engine also had improvements to increase torque and overall HP close to or at same time of transmission changes.
I did notice this year during our frequent camping trips there was an increase in new or newer class A's in 30+ - 40' range with gas powered. If I could afford to upgrade to a newer rig I would definitely test drive a 2016 or newer. I did test drive a 2007 a few years ago. Compared to my then 460 w/4 speed it was better but not close to the performance of diesel.