Hardest working truck I ever owned. In 7 yrs and 150,000 miles the only repairs, out side of standard service items, were ball joints, 4 spark plugs blowing out of the head and the front left universal froze. The the 5.4 has pulled over 8,000# with barely a whimper. In the hills of western PA that is a real job. I have pulled trees,traveled to the bowles of earth and traveled to 1/2 of the States with it and always made it home. I blame the spark plug problem on the mechenic that did the plug change. I tapped and inserted heli-coils in the bad holes and had no furthed problems. I replaced all the plugs my self at 140,000 and have not had further problems. So I am sure he did something wrong.
This is our work truck. Used to pull heavy fifth wheel loads. This truck had the optional v-10 engine. Loads of power. Gas mileage was horrible (about 9 mpg, 4 mpg when towing). Overall this was a fairly reliable truck. Truck had 75,000 miles upon recent trade-in. Problem areas: clutch went out, u-joint problems, steering stabilizer, bad seals in tranny. I personally don't like the way the truck handled on the highway. Felt squirrely and wandered quite a bit. Good clearance for off roading though.
My friends thought I was crazy when I bought this big old beast. What an awesome truck it has turned out to be. From everyday worry free driving to hauling building materials, to towing the boat, this truck (F250SD 5.4l v8 gas), has plenty room and power for anything and everything I've been able to throw at it!
My truck has all the power I could ask for and more. I have a 6 speed and it pulls much better than the auto I had before. I work heavy construction and use this truck for work 6-7 days a week. I only drive Fords or Chevys and this is by far the best truck I've ever owned!
I shopped for my first Diesel Truck for quite a while. I kept coming back to Ford 7.3 based on numerous conversations with current Diesel Owners. I ended up purchasing my 7.3 in Kansas and drove back to Texas with no problems. Power steering went out week two. 60 dollar rebuilt unit and back in business. I have since added a 6 position chip, eliminated the muffler and added a cold air intake. Give or take about 500 bucks worth of parts and labor. Also filled the oil with Amsoil (worth every penny). All very good investments. I get 18 to 20 miles to the gallon and I am a heavy footed driver. It is a 3/4 ton truck that will now boil the tires. Try to keep the RPMs around 2000 and use the cruise for the best mileage. Very solid truck at 75MPH. Pulled my 30 foot trailer with no problems whatsoever. I look forward to getting 1 million miles out of my truck.