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1999-2007 Gas Engines Discussion of the gas engines available in the 1999-2007 Super Duty trucks

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Thinking about a 5.4L 5/6 speed F250

Im not looking to tow heavy or do too much towing at all really. I was considering a 7.3L, but I cant find one in my price range that has less than 150k miles with a 6 speed.

Im thinking about a 5.4L. has to be a manual transmission though. Im just looking for a RCLB or maybe a SCSB. I just want something reliable that can do some work if I need it to. Im thinking the 5.4L should be up to the task. I dont care much about mileage, my current Dodge only gets 11.5mpg. The truck would just have some tools and crap in the bed and maybe pull a trailer occasionally. I just cant justify spending so much more money just to have a clean low mileage Powerstroke when I can get a newer cleaner gas burner for the same money.

One more thing, why does the 5.4L sound so much better in the Superduty's? I dont know about the new ones, but the 2000-ish models the 5.4L has a great sound with an aftermarket muffler. They dont sound anything like an F150. Someone told me that it is the size of the pipe, but it almost sounds like an X-pipe like on a Mustang.

What is the difference in the exhaust setups on the F150 and F250?

Thanks for the help, and sorry for asking so many questions,


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You should be fine with a 5.4 SD, as long as the rear end ratio is 4.30 or 4.10 at the least. I don't think it came with a 3.73. With a Superchip, intake and exhaust, you should have plenty of power. Best place to find one would be at a fleet manager where someone did a trade in on a new one.

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