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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 01-05-2017, 03:03 PM Thread Starter
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Used Ford truck recommendations under $3,000?

Am I being realistic that I can pick up a reliable used Ford truck for under $3,000?

The time has likely come to buy a second vehicle, as the master cylinder on the hydraulic clutch on the '67 daily driver nearly failed me and I barely made it home. As I await parts delivery, the Harley is my usual go-to second vehicle when things like this happen, but it's raining now in L.A. for almost a week and I'm not a fan of riding in the rain (did it for years, but no more). Also, the better half suggested "maybe it's time you get a second car." If I get anything, it should be a truck that semi-comfortably fits 3-4 people and can handle Home Depot runs. It would likely get driven once a week, if that.

Is $3,000 enough for a reliable crew/extended cab truck?

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post #2 of 19 (permalink) Old 01-05-2017, 04:09 PM
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No... I traded my 00 Z71 ext cab 4x4 with 185K on it last year for 5K and the dealer put new tires and a shine job on it and relisted it at 7.5K and sold it for 7K.

3K doesn't buy much of anything anymore, especially in SoCal, everything seems $ there.

If you were looking for a 15 year old 2wd, reg cab, V6, with high miles, that's about what 3K will get you, but scour craigslist, you never know.

Honestly, the high prices of used trucks (I wanted fairly new with fairly low miles) and with all the rebates and low interest rates on new ones, is why I bought brand new. Obviously not what you're looking for, but used trucks are $$$!

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Look at the 92-96 F150 or 92-97 F250.
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Tons of 'em here in the Midwest, starting around $800 and up for the 2wd; $1,500 for the 4wd all day long on Craigslist. Not saying they aren't polished terds at that jingle, but there sure are tons of them. $3K would get you something decent around here, but as you know- location, location, location....

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After scouring Craigslist for all of SoCal, I see what you all mean. Prices are all over the place, and man are there a lot of scammers out there. Very discouraging at any price. The hunt continues...

Formula for a daily driver street fighter in Los Angeles:
'67 Fastback + Built 351W + T5 + 3.55:1 + LTs + 2.5" + 40s + TT2 17s
+ Shelby drop + CSRP + R&P + Bilsteins + SFCs + under riders + 22 Gal.
+ 3pts + 2nd Skin + MTF grille/lights + MP LEDs + SiriusXM

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I think the crew cab part is gonna kill you at this budget. You can get yourself an old ranger, even extended cab (but that's no way to cart 4 humans around) that will run forever in that price range, but a full-sized more-door truck is gonna cost.

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You're in SoCal, so I guess a 4x4 not needed as that ads to cost.
But you don't state whether you "need" an F150 full size, or would a smaller Ranger ext cab pickup work? Come in a 4 or 6 cyl. For your $$$, you get a better, newer truck that way.

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Here's what you can get for $3K or less in the CenTex area.

killeen-temple cars & trucks - by owner - craigslist

Check this one if you have some mechanic skills.

http://austin.craigslist.org/cto/5935890542.html
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I live in socal and a reliable ford pickup is going to cost more than 3K here. There is lots of money to be made with a pickup. I see lots of small pickups in the valley loaded up with cargo, yard tools , wood pallets , etc. Pickup trucks are money makers especially for people that have no skills. I paid $5600.00 for the 24 foot 14K GVRW trailer in the foto. I made that $5600 back in the first month hauling stuff for people. Redneck trailer supply is located on California HWY 99 north of Bakersfield. I'm from south Mississippi, they knew i would be stopping by.
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For $3000, you might get a truck that has decent body and interior but the engine will be on its last legs and need an overhaul.

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Thanks again guys - appreciate the insight!

Formula for a daily driver street fighter in Los Angeles:
'67 Fastback + Built 351W + T5 + 3.55:1 + LTs + 2.5" + 40s + TT2 17s
+ Shelby drop + CSRP + R&P + Bilsteins + SFCs + under riders + 22 Gal.
+ 3pts + 2nd Skin + MTF grille/lights + MP LEDs + SiriusXM

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The pre 97 trucks are starting to get hard to find for cheap in FL. I can get a 97-02 for less usually.

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I think if I were you, I'd look in Arizona or Nevada or Texas for a truck, have someone look at it for you, and then go out and get it. You're a lot more likely to get a good value. But as others have said, $3000 doesn't really get you much these days!


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The pre 97 trucks are starting to get hard to find for cheap in FL. I can get a 97-02 for less usually.

ain't that the truth! that's why I bought a 71 f100. I figure if i'm going to have to put some money into an older truck, it might as well be something cool, and build it how I want, lol

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I would stay away from the 5.4, I thought that "plug popping" was a joke until my buddy's F150 did it.
The powerstroke is a dog if the turbo is not working correctly.
My Chebbie has 310k (daily driver) and I have an LS (I got it for $275) with less than 100k in the storage for when it finally spits the engine out of the exhaust pipe, I have a backup.
Trucks are dirt cheap here.
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