high mileage '97 f150-what can go wrong?
I'm negotiating a purchase of a '97 F150 XLT 4WD auto 4.6L with about 234,000 miles on it.
I haven't had a mechanic check it out yet, but the thing is showroom-clean, and the guy (original owner) says he's changed the oil every 3k-5k, tranny flush and diff oil changes at 50k intervals, plugs at 100k, etc.
I've read lots about high-mileage 4.6L trucks here with under 200k miles, but what about over 200k?
Does anybody have any technical, or anectdotal history about the timing chains, ignition, head gaskets, fuel system, or drivetrain, or anything else that LIKELY will go on such a high-mile engine? I realize that it's all a crapshoot, a valve could drop at any time, I'm just looking for something NOTORIOUS in the 4.6L or in the 4-sp auto tranny or drivetrain that's due to fail.