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Old 03-05-2018, 03:06 PM   #21
Join Date: Oct 2015
Location: League City, Texas
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Originally Posted by ben2go View Post
I've had my fill of Fords. I was an ASE certified auto tech from '93-99. Every Ford I bought made after '79 had serious issues with not many miles on them. GM products seem to treat me better.

I know about the 3V issues. My cousin has an '01 or '02 F150 that chucked a spark plug. It's one of the years with the stuck spark plug issues. When I raised the hood and seen a 5.4L, I told him to give me two weeks to repair it. I sent both heads out to be refreshed, not rebuilt, and have the spark plug hole issues fixed. $750 just from the machine shop. They basically cleaned/inspected the heads, lapped the valves, and re-machined the spark plug bosses. My labor was steeply discounted for the family at $150.

My preference is for a mid size dog nose bus. We travel a good bit in our vehicles. A bus would hold up better. I like the van chassis based buses, but they really are about maxed out with the bus body on them. Well, that depends on which body is on them. Fiberglass bodies can be heavier than an actual bus body. The glass bodies do look good and sleek though.
Just for a frame of reference. The '02 5.4L was the 2V engine, that had its own troubles. The '03 Expedition, and '04 F series had the 5.4L 3V. I think through 2012 when the 5.0 Coyote engine was released...

The 3V has badly insufficent oil pressure / volume for the VCT system to be anywhere near reliable.... Only recently has a high volume pump been released by the aftermarket...

I've had miserable GM produccts as well...
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