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    02-07-2012, 12:27 PM
  #11
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Speed Racer    
The 4.6L can haul a 5,000 lb two horse, but I'd be leery of hauling anything bigger. The smallest I'd want for a 4 horse would be a 5.2L, and only because it's a stock trailer. Anything heavier, and you'd need to go higher.

You have to remember that you're not hauling empty; you have the weight of the horses as well as tack, other people, and miscellaneous stuff. That has to factor in with the gross vehicle towing capacity.

When in doubt, bigger is always better. For a 4 horse, I'd probably go with an F250 with a 5.4L or higher.

Remember, it's not just hauling capability you need to worry about, but your stopping power. If your truck is undermuscled for the job, you'll find out in a very scary way when you try to stop it while hauling fully loaded.

You CAN haul with a smaller liter size but you'll be putting undue strain on your transmission, and replacing a tranny is very expensive. Get the right truck for the job.
That's where I get worried about gas mileage though, and having too much for what I need (if I hauled with a four horse it would be literally once or twice a year, and if my truck couldn't I would borrow a friends). But good information, I HATE pulling with a truck where you can 'feel' it pulling the horses.

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Originally Posted by draftgrl    
I would probably stay away from the 97, because being used for a construction company I'm sure it has had the S*&% beaten out of it, between hauling, snow removal, and who knows what else. Either the 01 ford or the 96 chev would be fine.

Find out why they are selling the Ford, seems a bit cheap for an 01. Sounds like the upkeep has been done on the chevy, rust along the rocker panels is completly normal for a chevy, just check the frame (the ford's too) for rust.

If an owner says that something has been repaired, get recepits, if they do not provide them, or say they did it themself then whether or not it has been done without receipts from a shop, I think it has not been done. That way there's no way they can lie to you about something. Unless of course you know the person, or someone you trust does.

It does worry me a bit as to why the 2001 ford is only 4k but check it out, maybe they just need quick cash. When you go to test drive, let them know that you intend to bring it to a shop to have it looked over before you purchase it, if they have a problem with this, walk away.
Can you guys tell anything about this one? (5.4L!)
2000 Ford F150, 4dr Extended Cab, 4x4

Or this one:
1997 Ford F150 Ext Cab 3rd door, 4x4, CLEAN!!

This one seems like everything I want, but seems too cheap!
1997 Ford F150 XLT, Ext Cab w/3rd Door, 4x4...

I'm not in a huge rush, like I said I'm not planning on actually buying until March, but I want to be prepared so I don't jump on the first thing I see and make a huge mistake.
     
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    02-07-2012, 12:35 PM
  #12
Banned
Those prices do seem to be a little too good to be true if the trucks are really in as great a shape as claimed.

Don't forget that those small auto sales places buy up vehicles that have been in floods or accidents, and then sell them for cheap-o prices. If they'll let you take it to your own mechanic for a PPE , then you'll probably be okay. If they pressure you to buy RIGHT NOW, then run in the other direction.

I bought my 2008 F150 from Enterprise Car Sales, which is a division of Enterprise Rent A Car. That's part of the reason it had such low mileage; full size trucks aren't usually in great demand for road trips. Of course, your budget is quite a lot smaller than mine was, so I'm not sure if that would even be an option for you. My truck came with a CarFax and maintenance/repair records, so I knew it was cared for properly.
     
    02-07-2012, 07:15 PM
  #13
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Speed Racer    
Those prices do seem to be a little too good to be true if the trucks are really in as great a shape as claimed.

Don't forget that those small auto sales places buy up vehicles that have been in floods or accidents, and then sell them for cheap-o prices. If they'll let you take it to your own mechanic for a PPE , then you'll probably be okay. If they pressure you to buy RIGHT NOW, then run in the other direction.

I bought my 2008 F150 from Enterprise Car Sales, which is a division of Enterprise Rent A Car. That's part of the reason it had such low mileage; full size trucks aren't usually in great demand for road trips. Of course, your budget is quite a lot smaller than mine was, so I'm not sure if that would even be an option for you. My truck came with a CarFax and maintenance/repair records, so I knew it was cared for properly.
Yes, I'm a college student so unfortunately my budget isn't as nice as I would like! I'll keep that in mind though. Thanks for all of the information guys!! I am really, um, not knowledgable in the world of trucks but I feel more prepared now. I think I'm going to be pursuing a truck like the 2001 F 150, I may even be okay with the 4.7 L considering I would only be taking a two horse with it (will be my temporary truck until I get to a better financial spot)

If I find a truck I might seriously consider I'll post it here to run it through all you horse truck people :)
     
    02-07-2012, 07:23 PM
  #14
Yearling
Im not a huge fan of f-150s in general.. f-250's or 350's are better.. the 6.0 is junk.. my fathers 02 f-150 he has had to put 6 grand in it to keep it running over the last 2-3 years.. major stuff.. and now the engine is burning oil.. and it only has like 180k miles on it and has been well taken care of.. chevy trucks with the 5.3 vortec are a good choice if you can find one reasonable enough.. they are usually long lived if taken care of.. dodge has some great engines, but the automatic transmissions are usually a joke, and stay away from the 4.7 dodge engine.. that's another terrible choice engine wise.. I've had to work on a few of them, and they are a nightmare to fix, kind of like the 2.7 intrepid engines in the cars, but I don't know if you need 4x4 or not.. that will raise price, a used silverado or sierra would be my choice if I was buying a used truck on a budget, I mean for 5k You would want a diesel, but the chances of finding a diesel that still runs good and isnt beat to death, and rusted out for 5 grand is hard to do, and those trucks sell fast
     
    02-07-2012, 07:31 PM
  #15
Weanling
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Originally Posted by gingerscout    
im not a huge fan of f-150s in general.. f-250's or 350's are better.. the 6.0 is junk.. my fathers 02 f-150 he has had to put 6 grand in it to keep it running over the last 2-3 years.. major stuff.. and now the engine is burning oil.. and it only has like 180k miles on it and has been well taken care of.. chevy trucks with the 5.3 vortec are a good choice if you can find one reasonable enough.. they are usually long lived if taken care of.. dodge has some great engines, but the automatic transmissions are usually a joke, and stay away from the 4.7 dodge engine.. that's another terrible choice engine wise.. I've had to work on a few of them, and they are a nightmare to fix, kind of like the 2.7 intrepid engines in the cars, but I don't know if you need 4x4 or not.. that will raise price, a used silverado or sierra would be my choice if I was buying a used truck on a budget, I mean for 5k You would want a diesel, but the chances of finding a diesel that still runs good and isnt beat to death, and rusted out for 5 grand is hard to do, and those trucks sell fast
Aha! That's what I needed to know! I heard Chevy's of a certain year have trans. Issues, do you know anything about those?
     
    02-07-2012, 07:39 PM
  #16
Yearling
Quote:
Originally Posted by OuttatheBlue    
Aha! That's what I needed to know! I heard Chevy's of a certain year have trans. Issues, do you know anything about those?
see I've heard of it.. but the 480le trans they put in the newer trucks is a great trans.. I mean pulliing a lot of stuff will wear out a trans earlier than just normal driving.. especially in a 1500 truck.. In the three I know only one has had to do a trans job, but the truck had 240k miles on it.. so it was past time for it to fail anyways.. he now has over 300k on it its a 99 silverado.. original engine one trans.. no breakdowns, and doesent use oil.. the 4.3 is a great engine.. and would be cheaper but not sure what the towing is on one of those.. the 4.3 is the 350 v8 ( which is a terriffic engine) with the back 2 cyl cut off.. making it a v6
     
    02-07-2012, 07:43 PM
  #17
Weanling
Quote:
Originally Posted by gingerscout    
see I've heard of it.. but the 480le trans they put in the newer trucks is a great trans.. I mean pulliing a lot of stuff will wear out a trans earlier than just normal driving.. especially in a 1500 truck.. In the three I know only one has had to do a trans job, but the truck had 240k miles on it.. so it was past time for it to fail anyways.. he now has over 300k on it its a 99 silverado.. original engine one trans.. no breakdowns, and doesent use oil.. the 4.3 is a great engine.. and would be cheaper but not sure what the towing is on one of those.. the 4.3 is the 350 v8 ( which is a terriffic engine) with the back 2 cyl cut off.. making it a v6
Hmm good to know! I may look more into a Chevy, they seem to be the preference in my area (but most of the trucks for sale are Fords, go figure).
     
    02-08-2012, 02:54 PM
  #18
Weanling
Good luck getting that kind of MPG in an F-150. I've got the 5.4 liter and I get maybe 12 on the hwy. I actually get the same or a little better in my V-10 dodge. I wouldn't "stay" away from any truck because of it's make. I'd rather have a well cared for truck of the worst brand than a beat truck of the best brand. I'd look for an old man selling a truck. They are generally cared for better and more honest.
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    02-11-2012, 08:20 PM
  #19
Weanling
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bearkiller    
Good luck getting that kind of MPG in an F-150. I've got the 5.4 liter and I get maybe 12 on the hwy. I actually get the same or a little better in my V-10 dodge. I wouldn't "stay" away from any truck because of it's make. I'd rather have a well cared for truck of the worst brand than a beat truck of the best brand. I'd look for an old man selling a truck. They are generally cared for better and more honest.
Good advice. Especially buying from an old man. I have a friend who bought a truck from an old mechanic and it was almost in better shape than a new truck!

Okay, if you all aren't tired of looking at trucks yet, how about this one?

1999 GMC Sierra LOOK!!!!

I am seriously considering at least shooting an e-mail at them to find out some information. What would be some good questions to ask?
     
    02-11-2012, 09:02 PM
  #20
Yearling
Quote:
Originally Posted by OuttatheBlue    
Good advice. Especially buying from an old man. I have a friend who bought a truck from an old mechanic and it was almost in better shape than a new truck!

Okay, if you all aren't tired of looking at trucks yet, how about this one?

1999 GMC Sierra LOOK!!!!

I am seriously considering at least shooting an e-mail at them to find out some information. What would be some good questions to ask?
what v8? Gm put 2 v8's in them thr 4.8 and the 5.3 does he have receipts for work done? Are the miles highway or stop and go, stuff like that.. it all has a lot to do with the miles.. I mean if its well taken care of highway miles 190k isnt bad for a 99.. if it has the 5.3 its better.. also does it need anything soon, lke tires, breaks, ,oil change.. etc
     

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