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I have a 98 with a 5.7 engine. I have replaced the tranny @ 106K, Fuel pump at 80K, Intake manifold gasket @ 69K, I got the dealer to convert the injectors to MFI type for free under an EPA thing. I also replaced the radiator for leaks and did the water pump and idle pulley while in there. It has for a long time had the STICKING VALVE syndrome, while under a light load 1500-2000RPM it skips. Once you get up in the RPM range or get off the load condition it is all good. I took it on a 400 all interstate trip last week, No A/C for half the trip and got 20MPG. Truck has 150K on it.....
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Is any work truck or van built since 99 any good? 00 seems to be a watershed, after which electronics really took hold, and effed up pretty much every wagon. Pre 00 fords, pretty good, post 00, scrap. Pre 99 mercs= diamonds, 00 onwards- coal slag. I have 2008 work vans and they are a pain - all faults are electronic and have to go to the dealer. I have an old 99 ford we use as a service van, and it never misses a beat. I'd buy the 98.
I bought a 2009 F150 last year and so far so good it's been a dream. Def has a lot of electronics in it but no problems to speak of as yet. They can tow upto 11,300lbs when properly equiped so a lot of guys who use 250's can move down to the 150's for the better ride comfort. The 6.2 and ecoboost comes out in the 2010's sometime also.
 

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Had a '96 Z-71 and put 185k on it mostly towing a 24' enclosed car hauler around the country for Pacesetter. Never had a tranny problem once and averaged 12-14 most of the time with best of 16 lowest of 4 pulling 10,000lbs. My favorite truck burned to much fuel for me to keep pulling the trailer. Drive a Dodge now and hate the Dodge but love the Cummins, 7700lbs empty gets 22-24 with 36" rubber.
 
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