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  • 5.3 vs 5.4?

    Im in the market for a new truck here soon, now I love chevys but my dad has an 04 ford f150 with the 5.4 and I drove it and loved the low end grunt that its got, im just wondering if the 5.3 is comparable. I know it should be close but I just test drove an 08 chevy with the 6.0 and wasnt too impressed with it so Im just hoping the 5.3 is a good engine, itd hurt to have to go ford. Iam looking to get decent gas mileage but still want to have plenty of power, I do a lil towing. Around 7,500lbs and I want to be able to do that easily. Any input would be great, thanks a lot. ....wish I could afford a DMAX
    06 kawasaki KFX 400

    2007 chevy 3500 DURAMAX/ALLY crew cab long bed 4x4

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    Re: 5.3 vs 5.4?

    Maybe I can help, I own a 99 F150 5.4 %01 tahoe 5.3.I wont own another ford again.Ive had 2 plugs come up out of heads luckily was able to heli coil them back in at 300 bucks each!took the coils right with them.Ford knows they have a product or design problem and are being quiet about it. google on the problem and you will see the class action lawsuits are starting to happen all over the country. As far as performance, torque is about the same on both engines chevy is higher revving and much smoother and better fuel economy.

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    • #3
      Re: 5.3 vs 5.4?

      Before you buy a 5.3 drive one. Your comparing a 5.3 that you haven't driven to a 6.0L that you did drive


      Personally if your towing 7500, get the 6.0 VortexMax.
      Brakesslow you down, but breaks stop you from riding at all!

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      • #4
        Re: 5.3 vs 5.4?

        In my opinion the 5.4 is gutless compared to a 5.3
        Chris

        '98 Chevrolet K1500 Silverado Z71 RCSB Indigo Blue - Nelson Tuned 350 Vortec/4L60E/4.10 Lockright'd 14SF/Classic II's/285 BFG All-Terrains

        '88 Chevrolet Blazer - 330HP 350HO/TH400/NP208/4.10 3/4 tons

        '00 Ford F250 Powerstroke 4x4 Utility Body

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        • #5
          Re: 5.3 vs 5.4?

          Originally posted by daleearnhardt01
          In my opinion the 5.4 is gutless compared to a 5.3
          +1, fords have no balls, except the powerstrokes those are sick. 5.3 is quicker on its feet and less of a gas hog than a 6.0 but the 6.0 tows better.
          2008 Silverado Z71 Max, L76 6.0, 4L70E, 14bolt Rear, BlackBear AutoCal, Intake, Actuated Strait Pipe, Leveled, LineX, Detroit TruTrac

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          • #6
            Re: 5.3 vs 5.4?

            The only reason the 6.0 is slower is that everyone that most people drive are in front of an 80e, that trans is geared for towing and strength. Drive a VORTEC max and that has the 65e, same gearing as a 60e that would be behind a 5.3 and you will feel the power. IMO, get the chevy.

            2006 ECSB L33/Z06cam/Baker Engineering Tune/6-RCX/20 Spys/35 Toyo/Full Detroit/Turbo'd 80e'd 681rwhp
            1998 RCSB S-10 Lm4/Z06 Cam/T-56/Zexel/Caltracs/Baker Engineering Tune/Static 6-6 drop

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            • #7
              Re: 5.3 vs 5.4?

              that 5.3 will eat the **** out of that ford.
              **Flat Broke Racing**

              1989 Chevy RCSB Stepside, 427 LSX block, PT106 turbo, Lenko 6spd Manual, Moser M9 rear, tube chassis, full cage, NBS front clip, rear step shavers, Zo6 seats, A/C, 1050hp street tune and daily drivable!

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              • #8
                Re: 5.3 vs 5.4?

                LOL.....Thats no contest!!!

                2004 Silverado-RCSB-5.3-RADIX
                1998 Z-71-DD

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                • #9
                  Re: 5.3 vs 5.4?

                  Not to get into street race talk, but one of the only vehicles my truck has taken is 5.4 f150, ext cab / 4x4 all according to its stickers/badges. I do have a tune though and I have no idea what he had...at least a muffler though cuz he was loud.

                  But yea, my truck is a pig and is a complete turd but at least I know it's not the slowest vehicle out there (not that I really care).
                  06 Silverado/ext cab stnd bed/5.3L/4x4/3.42 rear
                  Black ext /Charcoal Int/LT2

                  -Blackbear Tune
                  -Custom Moonroof

                  Source: D3
                  Power: JL 300/4 -- JBL 1200.1
                  Sound: Pioneer 720's
                  Boom: SS RL-p12 1.35 sealed

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                  • #10
                    Re: 5.3 vs 5.4?

                    5.4 is currently having huge issues with spark plugs snapping off in heads. There have been TONS of complaints about it, FORD damn well knows about, and they wont do anything for it as far as warranty goes or retrofits. I also test drove one before I got my truck and theyre turds.

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                    • #11
                      Re: 5.3 vs 5.4?

                      put the chevy in 1st at about 20-25mph and punch it a couple of times and do the same to the ford and get back with us. we took out my friends moms 05 f150 4door 4x4 and that thing is trash. but the factory audio system in that ford was better than bose IMO

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                      • #12
                        Re: 5.3 vs 5.4?

                        Ford's are gutless IMO having drove an assortment of them, even the previous gen Tundra felt stronger.


                        1983 Jimmy Sierra Classic-Future LSX Swap Recipient
                        2002 Silverado 2500HD CCSB LT-Daily Driver
                        1995 Corsica-Super-Sleeper in Progress

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                        • #13
                          Re: 5.3 vs 5.4?

                          Originally posted by GITRDONEZ71
                          put the chevy in 1st at about 20-25mph and punch it a couple of times and do the same to the ford and get back with us. we took out my friends moms 05 f150 4door 4x4 and that thing is trash. but the factory audio system in that ford was better than bose IMO
                          I have considered replacing my BLOSE for a midget with a tambourine stashed in my Glove Compartment...so that does not say much.
                          06 Silverado/ext cab stnd bed/5.3L/4x4/3.42 rear
                          Black ext /Charcoal Int/LT2

                          -Blackbear Tune
                          -Custom Moonroof

                          Source: D3
                          Power: JL 300/4 -- JBL 1200.1
                          Sound: Pioneer 720's
                          Boom: SS RL-p12 1.35 sealed

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