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I found a private party selling a single owner F150 2001 year model, 4x4, v8 5.4l engine, 4door super cab, with bed liner. They are asking $11,900 and
I'm wondering if that is a good price for 98k miles. The vehicle was used primarily by a person to drive back and forth locally for work related driving only.
Thoughts? Suggestions?
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Search nadaguides.com to find the definitive answer to you question, WBMA
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Or search kbb.com.
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I've already done my researching on there for price wise... but what about the 2001 F-150 engines? Do they handle high mileage good? Any issues they suffer after certain mileages? *IF* I was to get this one, I would probably put around 15k miles on it per year and take around 10 years to get to 250k total miles. Would that engine handle that? Does this model fall under the recall about the fires starting?
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Walker, what it boils down to is this, you're talking about laying out 11gs for a vehicle that has had half of its life used up. It's 4-5 years old with maybe another two years of trouble-free time remaining. Add to that the engine and driveline are well worn even if it was all highway mileage and you enter into some iffy waters. I suspect you know that or at least are getting a feeling about that because you are asking about it. The seller is asking just a little less than half the purchase price for a truck that is more than half used up. I think you can do better. I would want to pay about $1,500 less or I would want something with two fewer years on it and about 25K fewer miles. Remember, the price you want to pay is the KBB trade in value not the sales value.
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Thats the whole reason I asked that question. I'm looking not only at F150's but also at Subaru Outbacks and their engines with my own personal experience easily go 250k+ miles and then some. I've got friends whose Subaru's are reaching 350k miles before having problems. My question/concern is what is the normal lifespan of an F150 engine?

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We see lots of F150 with over 500K on the clock in our fleet service business. But how in the world can you compare two so dissimilar vehicles in type and usage? If you are looking at used vehicles who would possible know how the individual vehicle you are consider was used or abused or how it was serviced or not? The key to longevity of any vehicle is preventive maintenance not the name on the grill, in any event
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Very true, and thats why I am investigating that this week. I plan to visit the owner who is selling this F150, ask for all service records, have my own friend/mechanic give a look over on it and ask the seller if I can take it to the dealership for a full top to bottom inspection of everything. This vehicle was used by a local realestate agent in this area of whom I do know (I love small towns) and shouldn't have any trouble tracking down where it was bought, if it had service done at another dealership, etc. For me the 98k miles is a yellow flag in my mind, but at the same time I'm not that intensive on it and *IF* it was well maintained then it may be worth getting... after dropping the price $1500 or so.

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