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Old 02-25-2015, 04:02 PM   #1
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Buying an older f150....yes or no?

A friend is looking to buy a truck like this http://newjersey.craigslist.org/cto/4900825391.html

Its a 1994 Ford F150

Anything to look out for?

How's the price?

Good find or pass?

He is looking for a beater. Something he can use on crappy days and to take on a couple of snowboarding trips he has left. Wants a reliable 4x4 with a v6. Anything else that he should be looking at?
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Old 02-25-2015, 04:16 PM   #2
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price is pretty bad imo. I don't care that it only has 65,000 miles when its all rusted out like that. Expect to replace brake lines and other sheet metal soon.
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Old 02-25-2015, 04:18 PM   #3
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you can buy a similar truck in Arkansas for $1500.
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Old 02-25-2015, 04:27 PM   #4
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In 1994, does the AC use the old Freon/R12 or use the newer R132a stuff?
Something I always watch for when looking at used cars of that age.
I think a 94 F150 is set up for R132a.
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Old 02-25-2015, 04:42 PM   #5
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Not bad. I have an 89, son had an 88 until recently. They both had the 4 spd. The eingine is bullit proof. That 5 spd was a weak link. Made for a lightweight jap truck. Sol the big six has lots of torque, and in a full size, it was a little weak. Nice to have the overdrive though. 94 would be right on the line as far as Freon goes. Should have a sticker under the hood denoting which. Those truck weren't fancy, but run forever, with little maint. Yes they rust. Parts are cheap. My son put over 300k on his and it was a beat up beater when he got it with mid 150'or so on the clock. mine was a beater when I got it. Only planned it for a stopgap measure. But still driving it after 7 yrs. Only has about 117k on it, but it was neglected and run hard before I got it with ~60k on it. can't remember for sure how many, didn't really matter @ the price I paid.
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Old 02-25-2015, 04:47 PM   #6
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That is a deal if it's really only 65,000 miles. I sold one of those for $1000 with 235,000 miles on it a few years ago. Was still running good that engine and transmission combo is very reliable.

I'd take a floor jack out there, pop up one front wheel, rock it side side and top to bottom to see how it feels. Take the wheel off and check the rotors and pads. those things will give you a good idea on if miles are actual.

Ask to see maintenance records of course, see if those match the mileage.
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Old 02-25-2015, 04:53 PM   #7
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Thanks for the replies. I will pass the info along. Based on what you guys said I'd offer 2k for the truck, with a max of 2.5k.

I was thinking a ford ranger or dodge dakota would fit the bill for him.

Edit: Is this one of those trucks where you should check for rust in the floor board?
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Old 02-25-2015, 05:00 PM   #8
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Things to look for. Well you know about the rust. Just look for leaking seals, axle seals especially since it has so few miles on it. Easy to replace, and cheap, but still. radiators were a little weak, and they put lots of different ones in thos trucks. We had to replace the fuel pressure regulator on both of ours. Pretty easy, but take a little to get to it. ~ $65, took an hour to do. Both got water pumps at some poit, again about 2 hrs to do, and ~ $80. Other than that pretty simple straight forward trucks. There is a reason why there are more F-150's than any other car ever made.
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Old 02-25-2015, 05:02 PM   #9
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The older ford's were half-ass decent if that makes any sense, but only some. I still have a '99 Ranger that half-ass did its job.... and had friends who had the power strokes. To be honest...HELL NO..If it were a 90's F250 diesel...4k would seem marginal. This guy wants waaaaaaay too much for a 300ci six. That engine was decent... but as others have said...the body....the other rubber parts....etc.. I would not pay 4k for said piece. It looks like the guy cared for it... but 1994 was almost twenty years ago...everything else on that ride is rotten. $1500 obo. Just my 2 cents. Ford's have been easy to work on but often too worked on in my experience.
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Old 02-25-2015, 05:14 PM   #10
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Here's another option he has. Ford f150, new engine, 4x2. Looks like a chop shop job imo lol. $2000.

However, this truck is from a big rig repair shop that our old office was next to. Now he isn't going to buy this because he needs a 4x4, but the guy has other trucks that he find, fix, and sell to my buddy.

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Old 02-25-2015, 05:21 PM   #11
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I would agree on the Fuel Pressure Regulator. I bought my dad's 94 after he passed. Regular Cab, Long Bed 5 speed with dual gas tanks. There were a couple of times that I thought she was going to leave me stranded on the side of I75 but she bogged a bit, then picked right back up. Once the regulator and fuel pump were replaced, she purred like the rusty bucket of bolts that she was.
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Old 02-25-2015, 05:24 PM   #12
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Here's another option he has. Ford f150, new engine, 4x2. Looks like a chop shop job imo lol. $2000.

However, this truck is from a big rig repair shop that our old office was next to. Now he isn't going to buy this because he needs a 4x4, but the guy has other trucks that he find, fix, and sell to my buddy.

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Walter White may have driven this. He may want to call Saul before before signing the deal. but it looks Okay for 1000$
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Old 02-25-2015, 05:25 PM   #13
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Here's another option he has. Ford f150, new engine, 4x2. Looks like a chop shop job imo lol. $2000.

However, this truck is from a big rig repair shop that our old office was next to. Now he isn't going to buy this because he needs a 4x4, but the guy has other trucks that he find, fix, and sell to my buddy.

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If that's a 4.6 liter, I'd be wary. I had a 97 and lost the top end to an oil pump at 89K miles. I was religious about oil changes at 3k miles but that didn't help. I loved the truck with the 4.6 and a 5 speed but having to rebuild the engine after 89k miles hurt.
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Old 02-25-2015, 05:49 PM   #14
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I have a 98 SB, regular cab, 4x4 with the 4.2L and 5-speed. Bought it new in '98, had gone in looking for a Ranger. Ford had a big rebate on the 6-cyl/manual F150 so I went that way instead. 72000 miles, never out of Florida when the roads are salted. Stranded me once with a seized caliper after driving in a huge monsoon. Stopped at a McDonald's and a truck driver gave me a ride to an auto parts store. Picked up a new one and extra fluid and was back home before dark. Other than that, it started running bad at around 60000, bought a scanner and it was throwing a spark plug code. Pulled that plug and the electrode was about gone. New plugs and wires and ran as good as new. Probably jinxing myself, but still on original brake pads, and A/C system. It's never been in the shop except for the recall with the speed control module on the master cylinder (where trucks were catching fire in people's garages).

I don't remember when they switched to the V6? My '77 had the 300 (4.9L) and that was a good motor too. The Midwest salt claimed that truck though. The 4.2 has plenty of oomph, even when you load it up, but a trailer will def slow it down.
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Old 02-25-2015, 06:27 PM   #15
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96/97 was a major change year. Really major change. Chassis design, engine options, everything. Up to '96 you had recirculating ball steering, twin I-beam (twin traction beam in 4WD), pushrod V8s, inline 6 as the base.
After '97 you get modular OHC V8s, twin A-arm suspension, rack and pinion steering, and a V6 adapted from a front wheel drive Taraus (the 4.2 is based on the 3.8 Essex V6).
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