Truck buying

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by naten07, Jul 13, 2007.

  1. naten07

    naten07 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 14

    I am currently looking at two trucks. Both appear to be in excellent condition. The first is a 1999 GMC Sierra 1500 with 145,000 miles. The other is a 1997 Ford F150 with 75,000 miles.
    The Sierra has a 5.3 V-8, has an extended cab and has the longer bed offered on its model. It also has duel exhaust, brand new tires, 4 wheel drive, and leather interior. It is listed on as being worth $10,345, but the dealer is selling it for $6985.
    The F150 has a 4.2 liter V-6, has an extended cab and also has the longer bed offered for its model. It has a brand new engine. It is currently owned by my uncle so I have more assurence about its condition than the Sierras condition. It is listed on as being worth $7320, but my uncle is offering to trade it for my 2003 Taurus SES which is listed at about the same price as the F150.
    I just can't decide which to go for! One part of me wants to get the Sierra because it has a V-8, and I have a bias against trucks that have anything less. The GMC is also a whole lot nicer as far as features. The other part wants to with the Ford because it has half the miles, a new engine, and is a low hastle trade because I don't have to try to sell a Taurus that has over 100,000 miles to finance another truck.
    I only need to pull around 1600lbs. Will the Ford handle it? Has anyone owned one or both of these before? What would you do?
  2. RedWingsDet

    RedWingsDet LawnSite Gold Member
    from Detroit
    Messages: 3,556

    I wouldnt get either.

    My rule of thumb is anything older than 8 years isnt worth it, and Anything older than 100k miles isnt worth it unless diesel. Mainly because of parts will start to go bad, however there are some trucks out there with 200k miles that run fine, but my expierence has been really bad with trucks older than 8 years or over 100k miles, ESPECIALLY FORDS!!!!!

    With the repairs on my trucks 3 years ago it was worth a truck payment on a newer, bigger truck. Now, im only buying new since im not the best wrencher on vechicles and it was costing to much to fix older vechicles.

    Best of luck.

    By the way, every ford (4) I have owned has given me problems, but every dodge (1) or chevy (2) I have owned has given me NONE! However all vechicles will have their problems in time, but fords are ALWAYS ALOT SOONER, atleast in my expierence.
  3. Willofalltrades

    Willofalltrades LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,000

    I would buy the ford. Give more details... Why does it have a new engine? Who replaced it? Is it Rebuilt or fom the factory? 2 or 4 wheel drive? KBB means crap. I work at a dealer and we NEVER sell a car for what KBB has to say (were usually 2-3 grand less).
  4. ATL Lawn

    ATL Lawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 318


    Ram 1500 $12k used /w 17k miles
    07 Silverado $14k new /w 0 miles
  5. MTR999

    MTR999 LawnSite Member
    from Florida
    Messages: 145

    Don't buy Ford '97-'00 especially 4.2, v6, they have intake gasket problem and need replacement. If you like Ford you need to get 4.9, I-6 old engine of '88-'96 or 5.4 v8 of current models. Have you looked Toyota? with 1600#, its 4.0 or 2.7 can pull easily.
  6. lawnboy dan

    lawnboy dan LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,711

    good luck finding a used toyota! i have been looking for a used t100 for years
  7. Albery's Lawn & Tractor

    Albery's Lawn & Tractor LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,674

    Yes the 4.2 has a intake gasket problem but it's not that hard to fix, plus if you check your fluids regular you'lll know when it starts to go bad. I have a 97 f150 long bed with the V6 5spd 152K miles and I use it everyday for towing my trailers. It pulls my 7X16 enclosed trailer with both ztr's and all my other equipment fine which is about 5500-6000 lbs. Go with the ford but thats just my opinion
  8. MTR999

    MTR999 LawnSite Member
    from Florida
    Messages: 145

    I know what you mean, I have also been looking for a used 2.7 which started in '05, so far they have priced them as high as new Toyota, so I have to stick with my Ford 4.9 and 2.3 until I find a "reasonable" toyota...
    Have you seen new '07 Tundra? They price like who care buy or no buy, no discount no nothing, like 20k for a reg cab!!!
  9. agr682

    agr682 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 51

    I would go with the ford as well. especially if you are going to have to finance the Sierra.
  10. lawnboy dan

    lawnboy dan LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,711

    i finally just broke dpwn and bought a new tundra so i could have the truck the way i wanted- one-reg cab 8ft bed. i paid 20grand . just try to find a used long bed! impossible still looking for a t100 long bed

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