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Old 10-18-2016, 09:40 PM   #1
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Sounds too good to be true 2012 F150 4,400 miles

We have been looking at buying a truck and saw a 2012 F150 XLT with tow package, back up camera, all kinds of goodies and the 3.5L V6 Ecoboost engine 4X2 for only 30K. This sounds too good to be true. What could be wrong with the truck? The first owner bought it new then passed away. The truck has been in probate since. I checked Carmax and it shows there was an annual check up done on it. Drove it home tonight and it drives very well. Plenty of power, AC heater works, I can't find anything wrong with it. Can anybody think of any surprises that might pop up?

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Old 10-18-2016, 09:51 PM   #2
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Old 10-18-2016, 10:31 PM   #3
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LOL, now I had not thought of that point of view. Hmm
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Old 10-18-2016, 10:52 PM   #4
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Mine (a different model and brand) sat on a trade in lot for months. Had features others didn't want, primarily 2WD & man trans & 8' bed. A steal, for me.

Could be they couldn't wait to get rid of it. Negative incentive to bargain.

A man I know practically gave away a truck similar to yours. His grandson really loved it. Cute little boy. Then the boy died.

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Old 10-18-2016, 11:53 PM   #5
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From what the dealer tells me that is much the same thing that happened here. I just worry there is something about a truck that was not used very much for 4 years, especially with turbo chargers. Could the oil have sat and gummed up the system? What about the ethanol CA is so famous for, could it have eaten seals up or gummed up the injectors? Does anybody know?

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Old 10-19-2016, 04:02 AM   #6
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If its a good deal, go for it.
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Old 10-19-2016, 04:22 AM   #7
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Actually unless you left something out of your post the price is actually a little high, at least for our area here in PA. The sale value is listed at about $28,000 and the trade value is about $24,000.

At least around here there is not much value in a two wheel drive pick up that is five years old, regardless of mileage. So, if you like it I'd go for it.

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Old 10-19-2016, 05:12 AM   #8
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2 wheel drive!
I know that in some parts of the country and for that matter for some use, 2wd is fine but it would be a deal breaker for me!
I wouldn't worry about the turbo's sitting.
You might consider a Ford ESP warranty on the truck if you are concerned about things. Things like heater blend modules are expensive to replace and are known to fail. You should take a look at the manufacturers load rating on the drivers door just so that you know what load it will carry. Better off at least knowing before you purchase. The number was low on my 2010 F-150 but that truck was loaded with tons of "options" that lowered the rating...this truck you are looking at will likely have a respectable number.
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Old 10-19-2016, 05:50 AM   #9
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Sounds like no bargain to me. I know of a 2013 F-150, 4X4, 3.55 axle, crewcab, 3.5 EcoBoost, Lariat, metallic white w/gold trim, back-up camera but no navigation, 56,000 miles---$33,000.

Put the specs of your target truck into and see how it prices out.

No 4X4 would cause me to reject this truck.

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Old 10-19-2016, 05:51 AM   #10
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Not a great deal around here. Bought my 2014 brand new in April of 2015 for $28k (dealer wanted it off the lot to make room for more aluminum ones). Mine is 2WD with Supercrew, Ecoboost, trailer tow package, etc.
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Old 10-19-2016, 11:42 AM   #11
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Can anybody think of any surprises that might pop up?
Best advice on earth: Take it to your mechanic for inspection.

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Old 10-19-2016, 11:57 AM   #12
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F-150, used value

What's the milage on the truck? I'd make them a low ball offer. Here in TX, the land of pick-up trucks (Cowboy Cadillac's), prices are a bit lower because there's always used inventory. I have a 2015 F-150 Lariat, 2-wheel drive and paid too much for it. It has the V-8 (have no idea why I bought that) but did not have an Airstream at the time.

Fortunately it has all of the tow goodies and works just fine with our Pendleton w/ the Hensley Arrow. I did buy the extended warranty and ESP for 8 years/100K miles from Ford. It's nice that everything, except bulbs is covered. All scheduled maintenance is prepaid. I don't have to worry about expensive repairs to the engine/drivetrain and will just try to drive it 15K miles/year.

Cannot see the value to 4 wheel drive for 99% of our road adventures and you do pay for it at the pump. Plus it generally lowers a truck's max tow capabilities. Again, as mentioned, look at the door sticker and maybe have a mechanic check it out. Good Luck- let us know how it turns out.
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Old 10-19-2016, 12:01 PM   #13
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Things are cheaper in probate.
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Old 10-19-2016, 12:03 PM   #14
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It strikes me as an "OK" deal, or perhaps I got an exceptional one on my 2014 F150.....
25K miles
Lariat w/ all the options
V6 Ecoboost
Super Crew
Max Tow pkg
still under warranty
....from a Ford dealer, for $38K

They're out there. If it were me I'd keep looking. Or offer the guy $23K

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