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Old 11-15-2011, 12:06 PM
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Looking at 04 SuperCrew: UPDATE

I am a ranger guy and always have been. I have a 2006 Ranger 4x4 Supercab 2 door right now. Ive had it since 25k miles. But now the wife and I are expecting a baby and I am looking to upgrade. Sure we have a Ford Fusion, but I dont want to drive that all the time we travel as a family. Soooo that is where this truck comes in:









2004 F150 Screw with 76k miles
I talked guy down to $14000 (private seller)
5.4 Triton
4x4
tow package
black leather seats
he said loaded except for sunroof
brand new michelins

I have read about possible Spark Plug sieze issues as well as Cam Phaser issues. he says that there is nothing wrong with this truck. some retired guy looking to buy a jeep. Said he puts about 8k on it a year

and here is my current truck:

 

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Old 11-15-2011, 01:11 PM
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I may be a F-150 fanboy, but I wouldn't personally buy an 04 with the 5.4. Too many "first year" issues with the 3 valve engine - some of which took a few years to solve.

With that said, that's a very decent price, private party book is around $16k.

If you want maximum reliability, go back just one year and try to find an 03 Screw with a 5.4. If you want a new body style, look for a 4.6 or a 2007+ 5.4.
 
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Old 11-15-2011, 01:28 PM
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Inspect it, if you see nothing wrong buy it. That one has the center flow console for rear air. Nice thing to have imo. I would not be afraid of the first year of the body style.
 
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Old 11-15-2011, 01:38 PM
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Thanks for the honest input guys. That seems to be the general consensus. some say do it, others say dont
 
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Old 11-15-2011, 01:41 PM
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If the engine is quiet, I would not be concerned about cam phasers. I would get him to have the plugs changed or knock off about 400 for you to do them.
 
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Old 11-15-2011, 01:42 PM
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Looks like a nice truck. BTW, good looking Ranger.
 
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Old 11-15-2011, 02:02 PM
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The 04 plugs are the ones that are almost guaranteed to break - they didn't put antiseize on the shanks at the factory. I'd have a Motorvac or BG job done before attempting the plug change.
 
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I BOUGHT IT!! He wanted 14500 for it, I picked it up for 14000 with 76k miles. Fully loaded minus the sunroof. man this thing is a beast. feels nothing like the Ranger
 
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Good luck! Hope it's a good one for you.
 
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thanks! me too. Im going to take off the bullguard and probably running boards
 
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Old 11-18-2011, 10:44 AM
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SOB!!!!!!!!!

Had a buddy who works for Ford tell me to send in a video of truck idling out of curiosity. So i did, and ill be dang if he said my new truck has the stupid cam phaser issue. I asked the guy about it, and I seriously dont think he knew about it at all.

So I am left with two options:

Now bear in mind I got a fully loaded lariat with only 76k miles for $14000.

1) Fix the issue for around $1200-$1500 (having my wife's uncle fix it as he is a ford mechanic), enjoy and drive it and only have 1500 in the truck

-OR-

2)Just sell and find a different one and possibly get the issue.

I am so torn on what to do. I didnt want to buy a truck to have to fix, the Ranger was perfectly sound mechanically, but Im gonna need a new vehicle as I cant ride baby in the Ranger. We do have a Ford Fusion, but it gets enough miles put on it and i dont wanna drive that everytime we have to go somewhere.

What would ya'll do. truthfully. flip the truck or fix the truck? It didnt sound like this when I heard it, but that was before I found out about hot idle thing and it had been sitting when i looked for 30 minutes or so. the video really enhances it, it doesnt sound that pronounced as it does in video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kikD3DlZEpc

If I am putting the OEM ones back in, isnt it eventually going to get the same issue!? Will replacing the phasers truly get rid of the slight diesel sound?
 

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Old 11-19-2011, 07:45 AM
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Sorry about this, but I gotta do it..............................

I TOLD YOU SO!

You have a third option - live with the noise.
 
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Haha, i took it by ford and had tbem cbeck it kut. Said it was fine. Even if they will need replacing, i got a steal in the truck. I love this thing!!!
 
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Old 11-26-2011, 11:47 PM
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I have a 04 Supercrew with the 5.4, haven't had ANY engine related issues (then again i haven't ventured into the sparkplug realm yet . Bought my truck with 45k miles on it, now has 94k. CONGRATS on the find, now let the modding begin
 

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Old 11-27-2011, 12:55 AM
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Thanks i just need to find some nicer chrome running boards/stepup bars as the chrome is flaking off on mine. So far truck iz running like a champ. Putting her to work tomorrow pulling boat
 

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