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mower&more1986
08-20-2007, 10:51 PM
the dealer wants 2998. i talked them down to 2100 out the door.
it a one owner truck owned by a farmer that maintained very.
this truck drives perfect will it pull my loaded trailer?
I also like the fuel mileage it gets

mower&more1986
08-21-2007, 12:51 AM
Ive decided to stick with my ford Ford Explorer*trucewhiteflag*

Scag48
08-21-2007, 01:43 AM
I love my '94, gets pretty good mileage and the 4.9 I6 are pretty bulletproof. I'm at 200K with mine, they just keep ticking. I paid $2K for a '94 with 195K miles and a 5 speed.

mdlwn1
08-21-2007, 07:31 AM
Might br the best engine ever made......can see 300,000.....You HAVE to get it with the 5 speed or you will be best friends with the clutch guy. BY the way......it will outpull the 5.0 V8

mdlwn1
08-21-2007, 07:32 AM
Oops...I'm assuming it's the 300ci 6?

IA_James
08-21-2007, 08:16 AM
I don't know if I would go as far as best engine ever made, but it's the best one Ford ever put in a truck. 7.3 Powerstrokes would be the only other thing even close to being on par with it, and they aren't that close.

TXNSLighting
08-21-2007, 08:38 AM
No the i6 is definately one of the best engines ever made! Id say jump on that one!

mower&more1986
08-21-2007, 03:03 PM
yes it a 300ci 6 or Inline 6
does anybody know how much this truck can pull:confused:

MTR999
08-21-2007, 03:13 PM
I don't know if I would go as far as best engine ever made, but it's the best one Ford ever put in a truck. 7.3 Powerstrokes would be the only other thing even close to being on par with it, and they aren't that close.


Ditto on this, Ford may have yet one best engine coming out in future but in history, the 4.9, 300 I-6 has made one of the best from Ford. period, that 4.9 has distinctive humming sound that none has, and it pulls EVERYTHING under the sun! there is no timing belt cause they are gears, simple water pump, alternator, everything and they are super easy to maintain, put 5.5 qt of Amsoil 10w30, changed every 3800-4000 miles and it lasts longe than you. Maintain and check gear box and rear diff yearly, change coolant fluid, simple brake pads to change, pretty much do it yourself kind a truck, parts galore. If you can find one with 80-100k miles on its engine and body, I would snatch it cause there is nothing better than that, or you want car payment of $4-500 on new trucks?

TXNSLighting
08-21-2007, 03:45 PM
yes it a 300ci 6 or Inline 6
does anybody know how much this truck can pull:confused:

pretty much anything! my first truck was the 300 stright 6 at one point i had 6-8000 pounds on that thing. still goin like a champ!

mower&more1986
08-22-2007, 12:23 PM
would buy this truck or a 1988 crew cab 4x4 5speed manual non turbo diesel f350 for $2000. from what seen and herd this truck runs great the guy who owns it does lawncare so i it lot around town pulling a 6x10ft open trailer
with a 52 toro walkbehind and push mowers which It pulls really easy
my point is both truck are in good condention but might the 1988 f350 with 7.3 diesel be overkill:confused:

IA_James
08-22-2007, 12:36 PM
Get the 6 cylinder, the non turbo diesels are horrible to drive. Not enough power to get out of their own way empty, never mind with any kind of load on. Also, with the Ford diesels, glow plugs and glow plug controllers are an ongoing repair cost (like every fall), and the IH diesels won't start if you walk buy them with an ice cream cone if the glow plugs are bad. All brand loyalty BS aside, the grid heater on the Cummins vs. Glow plugs on Duramax/Powerstroke is one area where the Dodge is far superior. I really don't know why the others don't use it.

LindblomRJ
08-22-2007, 01:36 PM
Get the 300. Its a great engine. I have a 79, have had it for years. Its a great pickup.

charmill26
08-22-2007, 01:42 PM
i work for a guy that stripes parking lots and we'll have up to roughly 2000 pounds in the truck and it just keeps goin and goin. never has to do much maintance on it. runs better than his 98 150

LindblomRJ
08-22-2007, 01:47 PM
My 79 with 1000 pounds of tools, concrete and granite 100 mile round trip was 15 MPG without a problem. Was an easy trip for it.

MTR999
08-23-2007, 11:40 AM
would buy this truck or a 1988 crew cab 4x4 5speed manual non turbo diesel f350 for $2000. from what seen and herd this truck runs great the guy who owns it does lawncare so i it lot around town pulling a 6x10ft open trailer
with a 52 toro walkbehind and push mowers which It pulls really easy
my point is both truck are in good condention but might the 1988 f350 with 7.3 diesel be overkill:confused:

How many original miles on that 300 I-6? $2000 sounds kind a good but what mileage? Many new kids around here don't know how good this engine, as long as they think oh it is old truck such and such, they get rid of many of 300 for like $1500 or less, and spend fortune on new spanking 5.4 triton for 28k or more, so it might be a steal if engine is below or around 100k.

IA_James
08-23-2007, 12:10 PM
He bought the diesel.:confused:

Scag48
08-23-2007, 03:25 PM
Don't get the diesel, the non turbo's aren't the best. They're fairly reliable, but as mentioned you couldn't get out of your own way. The 300 I6 is bulletproof, seriously. I asked this same question about 4 months ago when I was looking at my truck, glad I bought this one, it's been great to me so far.

mower&more1986
09-17-2007, 12:30 PM
WOW Id never thought I'd say this but you guys are right
I do wish i went with 300 I6.
The diesel Runs great. but other repairs have been..............
The lesson here is don’t think with your.......………
get more opinion s before you buy something
I am sorry guys that i didnt Listen to you guys, but live and learn I hope
I will think of this the next time i look for a truck

mower&more1986
09-17-2007, 12:32 PM
There is no power problems with the diesel it just repairs of the truck it self it needed
Wish i thought it though more Oh well

IA_James
09-17-2007, 01:56 PM
The guy with the 1/2 ton doesn't want to trade for an older diesel does he?:)

mower&more1986
09-17-2007, 02:13 PM
oh no its a dealership that has the f150
I wouldn't trade it in anyways wouldn't get my money out my truck
like i said the diesel motor is great its just the other stuff like brakes, exhaust and the windshield that got me but that just were and tear.
next ive got to get new tires for my truck
also like i said this truck has no problem pulling 6x12 enclosed Trailer V-Nose
must say it the only diesel that ive gotten that lasted more that month my last diesel was a chevy with 6.5 turbo diesel that didnt last a week
the fuel injection pump went bad as i was pulling on to a main road.
but that was the 6.5 turbo diesel I'm sure the duramax diesel better
on thing I found i like the sound of a big block diesel really is somthing else
with stock exhaust it really stills sounds good.

The biggest thing about the f150 with 300 I6 made me not want it was 2wd!
sorry got to have 4wd. it almost should be state law up here for truck to have it lol
but thats just my opinion

mower&more1986
09-17-2007, 02:15 PM
I would get a Dodge ram but would have to have Cummins and 6 spd manual
but i cant afford that yet........

IA_James
09-17-2007, 04:39 PM
I would get a Dodge ram but would have to have Cummins and 6 spd manual
but i cant afford that yet........

If you get the newer Dodge with the 48RE auto (should say on the glovebox sticker) you'll be okay as long as you don't start turning the power up. The older 6 speed is regarded as best, but Chrysler pulled their contract with them, and they went under. So now nobody makes parts for the darn things. The new 6 speed isn't as heavy duty, and has an overdrive ratio that's so low that you can't order 4.10 gears with it. It's just like the NV5600 with 4.10s, even though it only has 3.73s in it.

mower&more1986
09-17-2007, 07:58 PM
I keep an eye out for a 300 I6"as new I can find" because when this truck goes that what I'll get next I want to stay far away form truck payments
In fact I think My uncle in wisconsin has one he wanted to sell me I think I'll give him a call.

mower&more1986
09-17-2007, 08:46 PM
I just talked to my uncle he told me his son still has it "thank lord"
its a 1996 ford 150 300 I6 manual trans with 130,000 miles on it
his son drove it from wisconsin to california! wow!
his son says it did great no problems at
I now kicking myslef in the you know what for not going with one of those.
but his son may get tired of it and sell it to me or his dad

mag360
09-17-2007, 09:10 PM
I think you'll grow to love that 7.3 l. The little things that go wrong won't cost much and won't be a big deal.

Those brakes that you replaced are better and will last longer than the f150's and the windshield is the same on the two trucks. The exhaust won't bother you again. Just keep up on your coolant additives and you'll see an easy 250,000 miles.

I gave one away this spring with 276,000 on it and it has since driven from southeast pa to new mexico to northern california on vegetable oil and still going strong at over 280,000.

The inline six is great too. I have an '80 f100 4speed 300-6 that was a tank until we blew up the rear (9inch).