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Oct 19, 2010, 8:26 AM

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I'm looking for a 4 door truck like the F150 or RAM. Nice and spacious in the back seats for my kids. My question is: would you buy this truck? (Full listing below)

It has ~150k miles, 2006 F-150 Lariat. I'm sure I'd love the interior but what should I be concerned about regarding the drive train and engine? I can tell you what every part in a computer does, but my engine work stops at oil changes, battery change, or an occasional alternator change.
(Exact seller's listing below)

"I am moving and have to sell my 2006 ford F-150 4x4 lariat 4 door cab 6 1/2 foot bed truck. Power everything including the 5th window behind the rear seats, running boards, heated mirrors, also it does have heated seats and the backing up censor does work. The truck itself is in excellent condition with many many new parts and tune ups. In the past 6 months I have replaced the brakes, routers and calipers, installed a brand new windshield, gotten 4 new kevlar wrapped goodyear wrangler tires, 500 dollar tune up, fuel injectors, shocks and struts, fuel and transmission filters, rear end pinion bearing, replaced the battery that has a 3 year warranty. The interior of the truck is very nice black leather. I have dealership paper work to prove all of the above repairs. Also I have never gone more then 3,000 miles on a single oil change. I have taken exceedingly good care of this truck and it will last you a very long time. I do think I should mention that the truck has just over 150k miles on it; however, all miles are freeway miles and I have put very little milage on since the repairs. "

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Oct 19, 2010, 9:22 AM

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Whatever you buy used get it professionally checked out and a CarFax for any accident history. A good tech can tell if it's been wiped out.

Better be one hell of a deal with that many miles on it! Do you really need 4X4? It just complicates repairs and cost more up front.

Must be priced for those miles no matter how nice it may look and drive.

The comment of all freeway miles? Then why did it need 4X4? Think ahead of what it would be worth after you pass 200K perhaps? NOTHING!

I'd pass on the miles alone and pay even more for one with fewer miles and still check it out. I like Ford trucks but unless that's real cheap the miles would stop me. Just my 2 cents,


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Oct 19, 2010, 11:34 AM

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I'd have to check the year range but if that has the 3 valve 5.4 in it. That was the ones with the plugs breaking off in the head problem. I know the later ones addressed the issue with more space in the chamber for the plug. It sounds like they may have already changed the plugs but it will need them again at some point. On thoses that's what a $500 tune up is.....changing the plugs...Sly.

Tom brings up an excellent point, if you don't need a 4X4, don't buy a 4X4.

I'm just curious how he knows this truck will last me a very long time? Tongue

If he has documentation of regular servicing, that would be huge. It does have some nice options....

And last which should've been 1st, as Tom already said......Get it looked at BEFORE you buy it...... After you pay for it.....It's yours...All those statements he made is nothing....... it's just "fluff"....It could blow up on you on the way home and that "very long time" statement is meaningless....... Pay the $100


Oct 19, 2010, 11:43 AM

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Robeknight, here is an example of things that could and DO go wrong . Please look in the troubleshooting section for the 1980 GMC (I think) dated Oct 17. A3 might be the man I feel sorry for.

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Oct 19, 2010, 1:11 PM

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Another thing you should consisder. You have been focusing on the outside . But think of all those internal things that have been whizzing around at thousands of RPMs . Timing chain(s) pistons and rings ,crankshaft , cam , bearings , valves. 175,000 miles ,thats a whole lot of whizzing . Something is bound to give up the fight sooner than later.


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Oct 21, 2010, 12:23 PM

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Well first off I would really suggest that you dont buy a truck with those kind of miles on it. It sounds like the previous owner did some pretty serious work to it so Id say its probably a lemon. Also what state are you in and whats your price range? I know thats kind of personal but it would really help us help you. I went on and and found tons of trucks with sub 100k miles for well under 10 grand. Id take a look there first and then decide where to go.

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