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It could be your lucky day if you don’t mind a little less horsepower. Some owners of Ford Super Duty trucks are getting $300. Ford made a mistake while advertising how much power the 7.3-liter Godzilla engine has, but at least it’s trying to make things right. 

Ford’s 7.3-liter engine has less power than advertised 

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Ford Super Duty trucks and E-Series vehicles pack a punch with the beefy 7.3-liter V8 Godzilla engine. It cranks out 430 hp and 485 lb-ft of torque in the Ford F-250. 

But Ford made a huge mistake with this engine. Super Duty models and E-Series vehicles were advertised with 15 to 25 more horsepower than they actually have. 

Some E-Series models have 18 less lb-ft of torque than advertised and every affected vehicle has a reduced rated engine speed of 150 RPM. 

No other vehicle specifications were misrepresented. That means that the towing and hauling figures are still the same. 

The error includes 161,512 vehicles from 2021 and 2022. While primarily focused on commercial vehicles, Ford Super Duty and E-Series models are included. The F53 Motorhome, F59 Step Van, and other options with the Premium-rated Godzilla engine are also involved. 

A few critics have inquired about a possible engine tune or another method to increase the engine’s power figures, but Ford hasn’t responded. 

Instead of revising the engines to pump out more juice, Ford is owning up to this marketing mistake with small payouts. 

Owners of Super Duty models with inaccurate power figures will be mailed $100 and owners of E-Series vehicles get $300. The E-Series had a larger misleading figure, so that’s why its owners get more cheddar. 

Impacted owners should have been notified by now. Ford began mailing checks to owners. Due to a filing error between December 3 and January 3, some of the checks are bouncing. 

The issue has been corrected, and checks impacted during that timeframe will be reissued in two to three weeks. 

This isn’t a mechanical issue, just a clerical mistake. Do you think it’s a serious offense for trucks to have 15 to 25 less hp than advertised? Would the owners actually ever notice? Is $100 to $300 enough to make up for this HP deception?