Should I Stick With My Truck? Buy "new"?

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Sounds like it is time to move on. Not sure now is the time to shop used, but maybe there's a good deal on a lot somewhere.
 

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Car dealers are open and hungry. Our sales department is offering home delivery now...we have new Silverados, a 2003 F-350 stake bed with 20K miles, some rusty Dakotas and F-150s from Idaho or somewhere, an Econoline paddy wagon, and more, take your pick. LOL
 

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Originally Posted by supton
Sounds like it is time to move on. Not sure now is the time to shop used, but maybe there's a good deal on a lot somewhere.
Unfortunately with the uncertainty in the economy I don't really want to go new. But Ford and GM
Originally Posted by 01rangerxl
Car dealers are open and hungry. Our sales department is offering home delivery now...we have new Silverados, a 2003 F-350 stake bed with 20K miles, some rusty Dakotas and F-150s from Idaho or somewhere, an Econoline paddy wagon, and more, take your pick. LOL
Is that stake bed a gas engine wink ? I have been looking at Carmax. Oddly enough the local Nissan dealers dont have any used Frontiers.
 

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Nope, 6.0 with none of that bulletproofing stuff. Probably has the original coolant. LOL The Econoline paddy wagon is a 5.4...rusty but a good runner. New NAPA calipers due to rust. The owner of the dealer has been on a roll with some government auctions lately.
 
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With your price range I'd look into a full size truck. New F150 XL with STX package and an EcoBoost or Coyote would be a good daily with plenty of tow capacity. Or Ram 1500 Express Hemi 4x4 with Tow package is a good value as well.
 

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Originally Posted by donnyj08
With your price range I'd look into a full size truck. New F150 XL with STX package and an EcoBoost or Coyote would be a good daily with plenty of tow capacity. Or Ram 1500 Express Hemi 4x4 with Tow package is a good value as well.
I would love to be able to go with another full size. Same / better MPG, more stable towing. The problem is I need 4 regularly opening doors with windows for the dog to ride in the back. A full 4 door truck in the full size segment wouldn't fit in my driveway.
 

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Still on the hunt. Used truck prices are coming back down. On another note, I didn't realize the rear windows on the extended cab aluminum F150s rolled down. That's good. I have started to look at those with the base 3.3 or 3.5 NA engines. 2.7TT or 3.5T would be but I really don't need that power. I think I've abandon the idea of midsize, I did want a frontier/ranger but I'm slowly opening to the idea of a full size. Now that I have my trailer and I'm able to gauge how much space it takes up in the driveway (or doesn't), I think I can fit a full size extended cab/short bed configuration.

I know the GM powertrains are objectively better and I really like the 4.3 / 6 speed combo on the GM 1500s. But I keep getting drawn to the aluminum Fords.

My F350 has made it's last long trip towing the Jeep I think. I will still use it locally. I went down to PA in June and blew out an exhaust manifold -- no biggie. It's a Ford it happens. then went back down to PA and back last month and used 3 quarts of oil and 1/2 gallon of coolant. There was a cloud of blue smoke behind me at times. For about a 450 mile round trip. The transmission is starting to grind into 3rd now also. Making another trip down next month but I'll be renting a truck
 

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That's true. They are starting to come back down but not where I'd like them to be. But still casually browsing.

For a while it was really insane. Used XL model F150s with 60K miles were selling for $40,000 !!! nuts!
 

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Update to this: If anyone cares or is interested.

This fall I was at a lowes and went to get in and the running board fell off. Apparently the drivers side cab corner and rocker panel disappeared. With a lot of stuff going on including the cost of fuel going through the roof soon, I'm going to stick with this truck. The Subaru is nearly paid off and it's a good DD, if anything that will get replaced with a smaller car eventually.

Hoping to buy a new bed for it in a month or so. I will take the time to do everything that it needs. When I swap the bed, it'll get a new OEM fuel pump. I now have a gas capable welder so I can do the rocker panels and cab corners over next winter. I don't know if I'll paint the bed, no doubt it will be the wrong color.

Ultimately, I think as long as I can keep it from completely getting consumed by rust, I can keep this going for quite a while. I already have a spare manual transmission for it. Still hunting down a transfer case. The 2 valve 5.4 was used in econolines up until the end, so if it should need an engine soon-ish, I'm sure I can find another lower mileage 5.4 - the current one has a bad head gasket. The frame is in good shape still.

The bed will run me close to $2000. Which isn't the end of the world, still cheaper than buying a new truck. I will still use rentals for longer distance trips.
 
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