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Old 05-02-2008, 15:44   #1 (permalink)
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High-mileage truck

Hope someone can help. I'm looking at a 2005 f-150 supercrew with 132,000 miles. Is there anything I should be concerned with or look at with that many miles? The carfax has all the service records and looks like the normal maintanence has been done and the car appears to be in good physical condition. It is an off-lease vehicle too.

Are my worries about the high-mileage unfounded?
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Old 05-02-2008, 16:01   #2 (permalink)
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By the way, it is the 4.6 L engine. Just looking for anything that is prone with the truck.
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Old 05-02-2008, 17:41   #3 (permalink)
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The 4.6 is a good engine. Make sure to get ALL maintenance records. If they can't provide them and they say that regular maintenance has been performed ask them where they took it for regular servicing so you can get the records from that shop/dealer. Another note: off-lease vehicles generally are the ones that were abused by the original owner as they planned to hand the keys in from the beginning of the lease. If the transmission shifts fine (it is vital to test drive for 20-25min to get fluids up to temp) and you don't hear any 'clunk' noises when you accelerate or stop then the drivetrain is generally sound! Check ALL the fluids and make sure they're not too dark, smell burnt or feel gritty (yes get the hands dirty). Gritty oils will generally mean a big bill might be headed your way..

With high mileage comes more routine maintenance. If you decide on the purchase without maintenance records then change ALL fluids (diffs, engine oil, coolant, transmission). I recommend going synthetic with engine and transmission oil.

Look up NHTSA website for any recalls that have been or may have to be performed to the truck in question.
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Don't know if it matters or not but it was a company lease. Providing all maintenance is up to date, is there anything that is inharently troublesome in that model?
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The new F series was introduced in 2004, so the 2005 model shouldn't have the bugs that the 2004 did so there shouldn't be anything wrong. Again, just make sure that the dealer has kept up on the maintenance and any recalls/TSB's
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