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Older Ford Truck Overview And Best Price Strategies
Potential buyers of older used Ford trucks can use this information to help identify which models may be the best fit as well as how to then purchase the vehicle at the best possible price ... and yes, even at wholesale.
Ford has been producing a dependable array of pickup trucks at reasonable prices for over 60 years. You'd have to say the Ford truck is one of the mainstays of American highways and byways, with literally millions on the road over this time.
We happen to be fans ... and we're not alone.
The Ford F-150, for example, is not only a reliable workhorse, but is equally appropriate for a night out on the town. It's been the most popular vehicle sold in the U.S. nearly every year in the past 30.
Some of the still most seen models out there are from the F-150's twelfth-generation (2009-2014) that had a total of nine trims. As in the previous generation, there's the base XL, sporty STX, popular XLT, off-road oriented FX4, luxury-themed Lariat, horse saddle-inspired King Ranch and plush Platinum. 2009 also saw the return of the leather-and-chrome-trimmed Harley-Davidson as well as the introduction of the extreme off-road version, the F-150 SVT Raptor.
This generation also marks the end of all V6 models. Engine choices include the base 4.6-liter V8 that produces 248 horsepower and is coupled with a 4-speed automatic transmission. Two other V8 choices, a 292 horsepower 4.6-liter and 310 horsepower 5.4-liter, are paired with a 6-speed automatic. The SVT Raptor is outfitted with the 5.4-liter or an optional 400 horsepower 6.2-liter V8, both with the 6-speed automatic.
Overall, the versatile F-150 is a vehicle with an excellent ride and handling characteristics while still providing plenty of power when needed, as well as sporting attractive and functional interiors with plenty of features.
The Ford Ranger has also achieved longstanding success due to its compact size and excellent off-road capabilities. With its strong record of reliability, wide choice of body styles and trims, and attractive pricing, the Ranger makes a solid choice as a smaller used truck purchase.
The third-generation Ford Ranger was produced from 1998-2012 (the Ranger was then retired until 2019) and can be found out there in four trims: XL, XLT, Sport, and the off-road-oriented FX4. Engine choices include the base 2.3 liter four-cylinder as well as a 4.0 liter V6. The four-cylinder models can be found with either five-speed manual or five-speed automatic transmissions. The 4.0 liter V6 is available only with an automatic.
And then there's the Ford Explorer Sport Trac, somewhere between a truck and an SUV. Produced from 2001-2010, this specialized vehicle really offered the best of both worlds ... it has the cargo hauling ability of a pickup coupled with the interior comfort of an SUV.
We're particularly fond of the redesigned second-generation Sport Trac that was introduced for the 2007 model year. Significant improvements over the previous model were made in a number of areas including power, handling, comfort and cargo and towing capacity.
The Ford Explorer Sport Trac is available only in a five-passenger, crew cab pickup configuration. Although sharing the basic structure of the Ford Explorer SUV, the Sport Trac is almost 17 inches longer due to its longer wheelbase. This extra length provides the room for the 4-foot cargo bed and the ample rear-seat legroom.
Used Sport Tracs can be found with its standard 4.0 liter V6 engine that produces 210 horsepower and 254 pound-feet of torque. This engine is coupled with a five-speed automatic transmission.
For those seeking more power, models can also be found with the optional 4.6 liter V8 that delivers a robust 292 horsepower and 300 lb-ft of torque. The V8 is mated with a six-speed automatic, while all models are available in either rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive.
There's no question that Ford has produced trucks with versatility, performance and a wide range of creature comforts. In our humble opinion, they are most definitely worth serious consideration as an older used truck purchase.
How To Buy At The Best Price
There are actually several different ways to buy older Ford trucks at the lowest price, and even at wholesale. You can click on the links to each of the following methods to get the specific instructions.
In addition, you can also try the Public Car Auctions in your own geographic area. While there can be a lot of junk vehicles at these auctions, there are often absolute gems sprinkled in as well. This article reviews what to expect at open-to-the-public car auctions and how to locate them in your own area.