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$5,800 flat, tax and title included.

She cranks right up, fires immaculately, purrs in idle and roars when given gas, takes off like a rocket for such a big truck. Shifts smooth (auto) and drives straight. Never wrecked, great body, cold a/c and excellent sound system for stock. Solid feeling suspension.

Thing is she has 253,000 miles on the motor. By driving her one wouldn't guess she had so many miles.

I'd be outfitting her with a ladder rack and tool box and using her for hvac mechanical work.

Thoughts on this truck? Motor? Miles? Does she sound reliable or are these trucks (motors) known to push 350,000+ miles without any major repairs? So far the only thing I think I'd have to do is put new tires on her.

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I think you might like this one instead!!!!


-$5700
-Ford 250
-Motor 5.4 Gas
-4 door
-electic windows
-a/c
-automatic transmission
-150,000 miles
-new tires
-Very Clean
-Has a bed cover


Location: Houston Texas
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I already called, that's a '99. Apparently in very decent condition though. There is also a 2000 F-250 extended cab with 51k original miles for $6500. I also found an '02 full size bed, regular cab with 161k for $2800. The wheels on that one are the base service wheels, ugly. New front end on her, though.

Not sure at this point, I think I'll save some more and try and get something newer, within five years old, with under 100k miles.

Looking for trucks is headache.

160 k miles
AC
No mechanical problems. No leaks. Original mileage. Always serviced on time
Not looking for offers. Blue title in hand,

 

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I'm really looking for a crew cab. Hvac requires a lot of tools and a single tool box doesn't offer enough storage and a side box takes away room for lugging equipment around.
 

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Not interesed in the F-150's at this point, thanks. And gas is 100% paid for, my time or work time.

He's lucky I don't buy a 350. :)
 

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Some further info.

I drove the truck pictured above. Very solid mechanically, took off like a rocket and purred like a kitten, shifted smoothly, rode like a new truck all things considered and we know these trucks last for over 250k easily, but it's currently owned by a high school kid, passed down to him by his uncle who was the first owner, who doesn't know anything about taking care of a vehicle but he did know how to hide the body damage in pictures.

The key entry on the driver's side door has fallen into the door so if you lock it you got to get in from the passenger side. The driver quarter panel is smashed in, the driver's door rubs the quarter panel when you open and cose it and has indentions on it as well and behind the driver's door on the rear of the cab there are scratches. Bench seat is ripped.

Big crack running the length of the windshield which will not allow truck to pass future inspection as is. And the tires are bald and she needs brakes.

The truck does come with a new quarter panel and door. I told the kid to remove his sound system as I'd need the room behind the seats for storage and I'd take it off of his hands for 1K. He got upset. :whistling2:
 

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It's got to many miles............a new engine or tranny rebuild is in it's future. It's a fair price but it would have to be cheaper to offset engine/tranny cost for me.



He's lucky I don't buy a 350.
A deisel f-350 would get 10-15% better milage than a 5.4L and 25-40% if you chiped it. ($150-$300) On top of that they sound cool and run for a long....long time
 

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It's got to many miles............a new engine or tranny rebuild is in it's future. It's a fair price but it would have to be cheaper to offset engine/tranny cost for me.



A deisel f-350 would get 10-15% better milage than a 5.4L and 25-40% if you chiped it. ($150-$300) On top of that they sound cool and run for a long....long time
That's my line of thought too, why I only offered 1k.

Is there not a chip for the regular gas motor 5.4's?
 

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They make chips/programmers for just about all engines (gas/deisel) but deisels stand to gain the most. Chevy vortec's can gain 7-20hp depending on how extreme you go, I'm not sure about any fuel savings, A powerstroke deisel can gain 100+ hp and increase milage from 19 to 26-29mpg.

Of coarse deisels cost more annualy(15qts of oil in my 03 7.3) and deisel has been higher than gas for a couple years.........so 20cents more per gal but if you have a chip your going an extra 10 miles per gal.

All that said I own a 03' E-350 with the 7.3 deisel and I get 15-16mpg city and about 20mpg highway. A friend of mine has a 04' E-250 with the 5.4 and he gets 10-12mpg city and 15-16mpg highway.
So I never chiped mine, I'm happy with it as it sits.
 

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I know about diesels, not sure I want the maintenance. My friend has a Dodge 2500 crew cab with full size bed and he's getting 19 city and 22 highway from the factory, no aftermarket chip.

Reading up on the 5.4's I'm seeing a lot of 14-15 city, 17-19 highway miles and 8-9 pulling a trailer. That is no where near what I was thinking it would be.

I've read one article that stated with a chip their 5.4 got 20 more hp but nothing on was stated on miles per gallon.
 
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