Originally Posted by Grampswrx
I drove the 7.3. Might be durable, but it’s loud and requires more finesse (warm ups and cools downs) than I like. Interior was nice. Paint was pretty torched.
I found a 5.4 chateau with an smb too on it that I’m picking up Thursday. We will see how that one is.
If your not going to tow a lot of wieght and it’s not high mileage 5.4 as the cam phasers etc are known for goin out about 150k miles depending on how it was maintained.its the same motor I have in my 2009 has an overdrive off button for slight hills,gets decent mileage and when you floor it to get on short freeway ramps it’s no problem...
Even if that 7.3 you were looking at came with a huge 3 ring binder with all the maintenance receipts that had been done to it I can only imagine all the rattles/squeaks and items that need to be addressed on a 300k mileage rig,I wouldn’t have much confidence taking it anywhere.im also not a mechanic and know those motors can go over 500k but how many -people owned it and was it a tow rig all it’s life?