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Old 10-29-2019, 07:59 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Got the wife a new ride last week. Bought it long distance and had it hauled in from Richmond Va. Figured it probably hasn't seen salt but knew it was a gamble. Problem is its so clean (and luxurious) I don't see myself being able to drive it upstate in the slop. Now I'm thinking about selling her Jetta and my PT Crusier and getting something like a ten year old XL V8 4x4 F-150. I see I can find them pretty easily for around 12k bucks with 100k on them. Anything to avoid with those trucks or to watch for? I think thats the trusty manifold rotting 5.4 triton right?
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Old 10-29-2019, 08:08 AM   #2 (permalink)
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this is just plain lazy...
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Old 10-29-2019, 09:43 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Only major complaint i've heard on 10 year old f-150's year was bad frame rusting...we get a lot of salty roads here.
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The reverse camera's are super nice, I made sure my Elevation had it when I bought my Truck. The older F150's are pretty good, they just rust out real bad and you will work that 4.6L if your pulling on inclines. I see you bought a new Explorer, are you considering an older one of them? As far as the Ford Explorer, they (older ones) have a fucking terrible transmission history. Even real nice ones from the early to late 2000's sell for Peanuts at auctions. Some of my shop friends use the term 'glass tranny'.
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Old 10-29-2019, 09:56 AM   #5 (permalink)
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We got so lucky with this purchase I think I'd have a southern truck hauled in to hopefully avoid the rot. I honestly don't know what trans is in our new to us '16 Explorer Sport but its got the twin turbo 3.5 ecoboost so I hope its up to the task. It has 13 months and 12k miles left of fords powertrain warranty on it. Anybody else have good/bad to report on the '08ish F-150's?

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Got the wife a new ride last week. Bought it long distance and had it hauled in from Richmond Va. Figured it probably hasn't seen salt but knew it was a gamble. Problem is its so clean (and luxurious) I don't see myself being able to drive it upstate in the slop. Now I'm thinking about selling her Jetta and my PT Crusier and getting something like a ten year old XL V8 4x4 F-150. I see I can find them pretty easily for around 12k bucks with 100k on them. Anything to avoid with those trucks or to watch for? I think thats the trusty manifold rotting 5.4 triton right?
4.6 AND 5.4 tritons have timing chain problems, oil pump problems, spark plugs breaking off in the head and of course the infamous broken exhaust studs/rotted manifolds, plus frame rot issues. Find one with a 5.0 or get a GM or Ram
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As far as rust the rams are the worst here. A buddy had a 2012 ram with 91k miles on the od that was worthless when he wanted to get rid of it last year....the frame and entire rear bed of the truck was nothing but rot.
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4.6 AND 5.4 tritons have timing chain problems, oil pump problems, spark plugs breaking off in the head and of course the infamous broken exhaust studs/rotted manifolds, plus frame rot issues. Find one with a 5.0 or get a GM or Ram

Ya the cam phasers suck on the 5.4, one of my friends found that out first hand.



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Old 10-29-2019, 10:25 AM   #9 (permalink)
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I've heard of the spark plug issue already but I think most agree its when they are left in too long say changed for the first time at 100k. The oil pump and chain issues I haven't heard of so I'll dig a bit on that one! The rot is my biggest concern. Buying a truck that is unusable vs. worn out is a double kick in the dick.
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Old 10-29-2019, 10:26 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Was the 5.0 an option during the '08 time frame?
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