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post #11 of 14 Old 08-06-2011, 03:04 PM
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Originally Posted by waresbear View Post
Oh totally .Delete. But if one forgets to keep the overdrive turned off while hauling, which someone has, I won't mention who, has done it's kills trannies in the older models. I do love Fords though, have a new diesel superduty, powercity baybee!
That's going to be me. I always forget to engage that button and end up realizing it when I hit the first hill!

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post #12 of 14 Old 08-07-2011, 01:31 AM
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Most trucks will easily go 200,000 miles with decent care these days. If you are not going to use it as a daily driver I wouldn't be afraid to buy one with 150k, should last quite a long time putting 5kish on it a year. If you want to put more miles on then shoot for one with around 100k or less.

As others have said, take it to a mechanic for a checkup prior to buying. The thing could of been used Alcan highway and be totally shook out with only 50k on it too. Also be aware, all older vehicles will nickle and dime you repairs.
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post #13 of 14 Old 08-13-2011, 04:08 AM
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Originally Posted by waresbear View Post
If you are going to be towing a horse trailer, locally or otherwise, I highly advise having a mechanic check it out, you want to be on the safe side. If you're just gonna use it to haul hay & feed, you can get away with a beater, but beware, older fords & their stupid trannies are expensive break downs.
My '03 6 liter (the Ford that everybody hates) is still going strong with just over 200k miles and the original tranny. My boyfriend's 98 dodge had to have the tranny rebuild right before 300k miles.

OP, no matter what truck you buy, you're going to have to put money into it. Just budget an extra $2,000 or so for repairs, tires, inspection, registration, or whatever. And if you get a diesel, just remember to change your oil at least every 5,000 miles and your fuel filter every 3rd oil change. That and Lucas or diesel kleen in the tank every other time you fill up will keep your truck happy and healthy.

Originally Posted by Darrin View Post
Also be aware, all older vehicles will nickle and dime you repairs.
I beg to differ. Older diesels are pretty much indestructible if they're taken care of. They're also really easy to work on and do general maintenance on even if you're not a mechanic. The newer ones have too many computers and sensors that make them impossible for anyone but a mechanic to work on.
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post #14 of 14 Old 08-13-2011, 11:02 AM
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My 93 diesel is indestructable, the engine is, not the rest of the truck. The bed is rusting off, the electral needs re done, it eats alternators for breakfast, the ac unit needs replaced. Last month the power steering went which ended up somehow slipping the belt off the alternator. Needless to say I make friends with a ditch. After that we found that the fuel lines were corroding away, the. Then issues with the injectors ( which have been replaced 3 times). The tranny is original never had a problem with it. We take excellent care of that truck, but it's a truck and we use it as one. It gets full service every 3,000 miles. Darrin is right, no matter how much to take care of an older vehicle ( if you use it ) it will nickel and dime you. Any vehicle will nickel and dime you, but older trucks tend to have more problems. Just because older diesels are easy to work on doesn't mean they won't nickel and dime you. You still end up working on them ;)
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