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Old 01-15-2020, 04:58 PM   #1
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Im looking at getting a used truck in the next month or so. Been looking at f150 since that's what I have now, looked at some dodges too. Most trucks I've liked and can afford comfortably have close to 100k mikes on them. Are motors like the ecos and 5.0 getting to 200k regularly? What about the 5.7 hemi? I have a 5.4 now with over 230k and would like something that will last that long.
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Old 01-15-2020, 05:03 PM   #2
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Whats your budget? I got my 2007 extended cab silverado with 29k miles in 2012 for $20k out the door.

Low mileage trucks are out there but need to jump on them asap.

I now have 162k miles on it and drive it daily. It is the 5.3 engine.
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Old 01-15-2020, 05:19 PM   #3
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Around 20k, bem looking mostly at trucks on cargurus. Most likely will need to be from a dealership so I can finance it.
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Old 01-15-2020, 05:59 PM   #4
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I think today’s engines will hold up that long and longer properly cared for from all the manufacturers the electronics are probably the weakest link in my opinion
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Old 01-15-2020, 06:01 PM   #5
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Have your local bank pre approve you for an amount. Then use them to pick what truck you want not the other way around.

Good used deals are out there just be patient and wait for them. And don't be afraid to drive to go get it. Maybe even out of state if needed. It is worth $400 dollars in fuel to get it if you save several thousand dollars on the truck you want.

Use Craigslist Facebook market place eBay all the sites to help in your hunt. And a lot of time you can tell a used dealership what you want at what price and they can find you a truck at the dealer auctions that will meet your criteria.

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Old 01-15-2020, 06:12 PM   #6
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My advice is after you decide what to get, google what issues people commonly have with them. For example, type “2014 F-150 problem with” and see what google auto fills in after. If you do it with GM trucks around 09 it will be all kinds of people that had to replace the engine around 100k miles after the Active Fuel Management killed their truck. I know if the turbo has any issues on those eco boost fords it is big money repairs. They all have their weak link, but some detective google work may help you find one that has a weak link you can either fix yourself, or prevent from breaking on the first place. I have a 2002 Chevy and after owning an 09 GMC for a short stent, have decided I will drop a new motor/tranny in that thing before I wrestle with the newer trucks.
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Old 01-15-2020, 08:16 PM   #7
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Around 20k, bem looking mostly at trucks on cargurus. Most likely will need to be from a dealership so I can finance it.
Mike Brown in Granbury had a Facebook ad for leftover 2019 Ram Hemi 2wd crews for $20,900
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Old 01-15-2020, 09:48 PM   #8
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My advice is after you decide what to get, google what issues people commonly have with them. For example, type ď2014 F-150 problem withĒ and see what google auto fills in after. If you do it with GM trucks around 09 it will be all kinds of people that had to replace the engine around 100k miles after the Active Fuel Management killed their truck. I know if the turbo has any issues on those eco boost fords it is big money repairs. They all have their weak link, but some detective google work may help you find one that has a weak link you can either fix yourself, or prevent from breaking on the first place. I have a 2002 Chevy and after owning an 09 GMC for a short stent, have decided I will drop a new motor/tranny in that thing before I wrestle with the newer trucks.
Exactly what I did with my '07 KR....

MOST of my buddy's who dropped 50 to 75k on the latest, greatest complain they're in the shop more often than they drive them....😉
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Old 01-15-2020, 10:26 PM   #9
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For reference, my 2014 F150 with the 5.0 has over 256,000 mikes on it. The only items I have changed because I had to on the engine is one hose and an emissions valve that was giving me a hard start condition a little over 100,000 miles. I think it was a $60-70 part.

I have changed the plugs, shocks and brakes. Other than tires and one battery I have not put any other money in it.

This is my company truck and I've been holding out for a new one until we could get Ford again. For the last couple of years they have only been leasing Chevy and we have had issues with many of them.

My previous F150s had the 5.4 and 3.5 EcoBoost. No issues with any of those either.

Can highly recommend a Ford 5.0!
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Old 01-15-2020, 10:43 PM   #10
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I'd get one built in the U.S., like a Tundra.
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Old 01-15-2020, 11:08 PM   #11
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I'd get one built in the U.S., like a Tundra.
This. I bought one with 78k on it 2 years ago. The price was really close to your budget range. It is my first Toyota. So far so good.
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Old 01-15-2020, 11:31 PM   #12
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I’ll be listing my 2014 5.0 F-150 FX4 really soon. Need to get it detailed and ready. It has 102k miles on it currently. I’ve seen these trucks go 250-400k miles. Not a must sell but I don’t want it to just sit.
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Old 01-16-2020, 12:22 AM   #13
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I'd get one built in the U.S., like a Tundra.
I heard they are horrible on gas mileage. My 5.4 gets about 15mpg, I'd like to go up and not down.
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Old 01-16-2020, 12:23 AM   #14
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Iíll be listing my 2014 5.0 F-150 FX4 really soon. Need to get it detailed and ready. It has 102k miles on it currently. Iíve seen these trucks go 250-400k miles. Not a must sell but I donít want it to just sit.
Thats a good looking truck, how much you going to list it for?
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Old 01-16-2020, 12:47 AM   #15
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I’d stay away from the eco boost if you want longevity and stick with a 5.0. Those turbos have been known to crap out slightly past 100k
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Old 01-16-2020, 07:12 AM   #16
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F150 with the 5.0
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Old 01-16-2020, 08:12 AM   #17
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Old 01-16-2020, 08:15 AM   #18
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cars and trucks will easily go 300K if they are taken care of. Sure there will be some repairs along the way, but still way cheaper than new ones, especially if you require high end packages
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Old 01-16-2020, 08:26 AM   #19
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Thats a good looking truck, how much you going to list it for?
Not sure yet. I was offered $28k trade in last summer but it had 74k miles on it then. Probably be $25k ballpark.

Custom heavy duty bumpers, XD Rims, tires with less than 10k miles on them, may throw in toolbox and bed cover as well. Depends what I put on the new truck. I went from 1 Ton to 1/2 Ton and switching back to 1 Ton.
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Ill take bad gas mileage over needing repairs any day, all day.

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I heard they are horrible on gas mileage. My 5.4 gets about 15mpg, I'd like to go up and not down.
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Old 01-16-2020, 09:46 AM   #21
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I work for GM here in Houston. I see good used trucks everyday. We just sold a 2011 Chevy crew with a 5.3 and 54,000 miles for $17,000 and was super clean with no issues. Just have keep looking and be ready when you find the one. I am in charge of getting all used vehicle ready to sell. Alot of dealers do not spend money on used vehicles but I can tell you we spend the money to sell quality vehicle. Fill free to PM me if you would like. Roy
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Old 01-16-2020, 10:01 AM   #22
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I think you can find a decent used GM or Ford in that range. I would stay away from any Ford with the 10 speed Transmission or early 3.5 EB though.
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Old 01-16-2020, 10:03 AM   #23
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My advice is after you decide what to get, google what issues people commonly have with them. For example, type ď2014 F-150 problem withĒ and see what google auto fills in after. If you do it with GM trucks around 09 it will be all kinds of people that had to replace the engine around 100k miles after the Active Fuel Management killed their truck. I know if the turbo has any issues on those eco boost fords it is big money repairs. They all have their weak link, but some detective google work may help you find one that has a weak link you can either fix yourself, or prevent from breaking on the first place. I have a 2002 Chevy and after owning an 09 GMC for a short stent, have decided I will drop a new motor/tranny in that thing before I wrestle with the newer trucks.
OP, follow this. Ford with the 3.5 or 5.0 is more than reliable. The turbo failure rate is incredibly low. It is one more moving part to have to repair though.

If you are going higher miles, I would stay away from the Dodge. I've yet to meet one that didn't get a exhaust manifold leak around 100-125k miles. And if you do any driving in salt in the wintertime, the body will rust out fast. And that doesn't include the electrical and rattling dash issues that will happen.
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Old 01-16-2020, 10:37 AM   #24
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I think you can find a decent used GM or Ford in that range. I would stay away from any Ford with the 10 speed Transmission or early 3.5 EB though.
I am 1 1/2 years in on a 10 sp transmission without any issues. What problems have you heard?
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I am 1 1/2 years in on a 10 sp transmission without any issues. What problems have you heard?
There was a big class action lawsuit announced recently regarding them.
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Old 01-16-2020, 12:39 PM   #27
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Yes, I'd avoid the Ecoboost engines in the F150 too. Turbo Failure rate may be low - but statistically speaking, that's probably true for almost anything that breaks! I'm sure were I do buy one of those, failure rate would be 100% on a sample size of 1!

Plus the cost to replace those turbos is just stupid.

The more of these threads I read though, the more I think just buy a Tundra & be done with it. If real world MPG is just 2-3 less on the Tundra compared to everything else, probably going to be worth it to go Toyota.
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Old 01-16-2020, 01:01 PM   #28
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Due diligence, patience, be very realistic (possible major repairs, etc) and be willing to walk off....my rules anyway.

5.0 is pretty bulletproof....very good engine via my Ford dealer buddy.

3.5 Eco was pretty problematic early on, but, SUPPOSEDLY the early issues are now worked out. My reman 5.4 3v, which was originally VERY problematic, has all the early issues fixed. (Runs quiet and very, very well)

I deal with a bunch of truck owners, of all stripes, on a daily basis. They own every possible make and model publicly available today. Virtually to a man they're always complaining about something.

IMOP, the "war" between manufactures for fancier and sexier, when combined with EPA MPG standards, has resulted in a lot of OVER-engineering. So, so, SO many things that can malfunction. I can also testify that reading truck forums will have you believing they're ALL POS....hehehe (though great Due diligence)

Ya just gotta figure out what YOU like.....YOUR priorities, ie 4x4, crew cab, etc etc etc for example.... Do your due diligence.....search.....look....find....then roll the dice from a position of educated reality and pull the trigger.....accept the results.
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Old 01-16-2020, 01:22 PM   #29
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If properly maintenance pretty much any truck should last over 200k miles.

I currently have an 04 Chevy Z71 with the 5.3 that has 285k miles on it and the engine is still strong and doesnít use a drop of oil between changes. It does have a few minor seal leaks but thatís to be expected.

I also have a Ram 2500 diesel that has 165k on it and itís rock solid inside and out.

I wouldnít be scared to buy a Ford Ecoboost. There had to be literally millions of these on the road. If there were major problems youíd hear more about it than some speculation and internet bitching. Turbos have been on engines for a long time and routinely run hundred of thousands of miles. The 5.0 Coyote would be a sold choice as well.

The only bad thing Iíve heard on the Chevyís are the certain year models with the AFM. Iím not certain of the year models but I would avoid them.

As to the Dodge/Ram trucks I can only speak from personal experience. Iíve owned several of them and have had good service from all of them and little to no of the chicken little internet claimed problems out of them.

You donít have to buy from a dealership to finance one. As a matter of fact youíll likely do better on rate and fees at your local bank/credit union unless you buy new and there are large incentives to finance through them. I would still shop their offer to see which way makes better sense.


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If your buying a truck with around 100k on it be prepared to put some money in it. Thats the big service interval (tuneup, trans flush, diffs, transfer case etc)
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