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Old 11-04-2017, 01:31 PM
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Purchasing a used truck

For financial reasons I want to buy an older truck, and the f-150 makes the top of the list. My pap had a '92 and I loved riding in it, you could say there's sentimental value. Also, sellers ask a lot less for Fords than the Chevys and Dodges.

Anyway, I don't want to buy a truck which I'll have to put a ton of money in with constant repairs. I'm wondering what type should I target, (year, engine, ect.), and what are some common problems I should watch to avoid when looking at a specific truck.

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From strictly a reliability standpoint, look for a 9th generation (1992-1996) with a 4.9 (300) inline 6 and 5 speed manual transmission. Those engines are slower than snot but they run forever.
 
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Just look for the lowest miles, cleanest truck that will fit your budget. Don't be in a hurry.
 
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Old 11-04-2017, 08:07 PM
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From strictly a reliability standpoint, look for a 9th generation (1992-1996) with a 4.9 (300) inline 6 and 5 speed manual transmission. Those engines are slower than snot but they run forever.
So I found an straight 6 manual year '89. I kind of want it. But, could you explain what changed from '89 to '92?
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Old 11-04-2017, 08:09 PM
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Just look for the lowest miles, cleanest truck that will fit your budget. Don't be in a hurry.
I'm certainly taking my time, but paying more attention to the year than the miles. You would say this is wrong?
 
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From strictly a reliability standpoint, look for a 9th generation (1992-1996) with a 4.9 (300) inline 6 and 5 speed manual transmission. Those engines are slower than snot but they run forever.
I found a straight 6 clutch made in '89. So what changed from '89 to '92 for reliability?
 
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They are all good.
 
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Old 11-05-2017, 01:12 AM
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Nothing wrong with an 89. I was just pointing you to the latest generation of that body style. If that 89 looks good, drives good, and is priced right, grab it.
 
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If you go to f150canada.com, there's a writeup on buying a used truck specific to what you're looking for that might help.
 
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