Originally Posted by Modded00EX
I think a lot of the stigma against the 5.4 being a decent base motor for the SD is their fear of revving the motor while towing. The 460 was indeed a workhorse, but its peak torque was at a relatively low 2400rpm so you didn't have to rev it to get the job done. The 5.4 3v on the other hand makes peak torque at 3750rpm. This scares a lot of guys used to towing with 460's or diesels, but the 5.4 will chug along just fine like that.
That is exactly it. The RPM range drives the perception undoubtably. I bought an '07 F350 to get the diesel thinking that one day once the truck was paid for I would get a larger boat (I have a 21' bowrider ~5K lbs) and this truck seems like a waste for that. Towing through the Adirondacks is nice though.
I have not had a single issue with my engine yet however reading the daily drama on this and other boards over the 6.0L has had me considering the risk of owning this thing out of warranty more than once. If I traded it would be an F150 CC. I was going to hold out to see if Ford ever decides to drop a smaller diesel into an F150. There are LOTS of 6.0L trucks on the road so trying to put that into proper perspective is not easy.