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Old 05-23-2020, 11:29 AM
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Default 2006 F350 - what do I need to know?

Got an chance to purchase a 2006 F350. 4wd. Been looking for something newer but a neighbor basically threw out the “pay what you want for it” price.

Its a 2006, has about 160k miles and as is typical for a real work truck, cosmetically is pretty beat up. It has the 5.4 V8... mechanically it’s in good shape, needs new tires.

So what does the group think? What’s a fair range for price? Should be reliable for another 40k miles or so right? I’m sure it tows like a beast?
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The 5.4 is as weak as a newborn kitten and had zero business being under the hood of a Super Duty.
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Not something I would ever consider paying for,


Old 05-23-2020, 04:45 PM
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Even for light use in its second life? I doubt I’ll ever need to tow over 8,000lbs... basically this is a beater truck and I will tow a 3,400lb load a few times a year.
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I tow close to 7K with a 5.4. It's not great at highway speeds, 65 mph, but it gets the job done. Back and forth to the ramp, 8 miles, it tows fine. You'll have no problem at your weight.
Have you heard it run? Does it rattle?
Not sure I would pay more than $5k for a beat up truck.
Mine isn't and I'll probably have trouble selling it when I get ready to.
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Originally Posted by Brezinup View Post
I tow close to 7K with a 5.4. It's not great at highway speeds, 65 mph, but it gets the job done. Back and forth to the ramp, 8 miles, it tows fine. You'll have no problem at your weight.
Have you heard it run? Does it rattle?
Not sure I would pay more than $5k for a beat up truck.
Mine isn't and I'll probably have trouble selling it when I get ready to.
This... if the 5.4 has timing chain issues (which they are known for) you should be able to hear it right after a cold start.
Just my 2 cents: I'd look for a beater with a different engine.
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I will take a ride before buying... we are talking somewhere in the $2-4K range.
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To be completely honest, i would not buy that truck with a 5.4L triton. Toss in the timing chain, guides and tensioners. Then add the possibility of breaking a spark plug off inside the cylinder head. And the wonderful coils that crap out.

After you research that to confirm, average im seeing here in Florida for that truck with 60k miles is $4k. I’m blown away anyone would purchase a one ton F350 with a 5.4.
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Is it a SRW or a dualie?

I had a SRw 350 as a work truck for a few years. It is not a powerhouse, but certainly tow the loads you list. However, the horror stories about timing chains, spark plugs, and coils are not mere myths...
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Thanks... I ended up taking a pass on this truck.

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