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Old 01-08-2019, 12:43 PM
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Default Shopping for an F-150 now

Was looking at an SUV to replace the wife's Yukon, but she decided she wants my SUV, and I'm thinking of buying a pick up now.

After well over a decade of owning GM products, I'm fed up with them.

Thinking of a 16/17 year model, hopefully 4X4, etc....

Anything I need to be aware of? I like the idea of the 3.5 V6 engine, that thing looks like a boss.

Just looking for some suggestions or ideas.
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Old 01-08-2019, 12:50 PM
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Recently sold my f-150 and miss the hell out of it ... But I recently got my wife a 2017 expedition limited and it is equipped with the 3.5 twin turbo eco boost . That thing is a beast and according to a friend (master ford mechanic) best engine in the line up . 0-60 time in wifes expedition is 6.4 sec. That to me is blazing fast for a monstrous SUV . Have nothing but positive so far with the 3.5 eco . Post up pics when you score the new truck so I can kick myself even more for selling mine
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Old 01-08-2019, 12:52 PM
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I just got a new 2018 XLT. I suggest first figuring out what price you are comfortable with paying, and what creature comforts are a must have for you. I found out while shopping how crazy unique each truck can be optioned out.You have the appearance packages, the different trim levels (XLT,Lariat, etc), different engines. Good luck.
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Old 01-08-2019, 12:54 PM
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I'm a two-time F150 owner, recently purchased a '17. Just go to the F150 forums and read up. There's no catch-all advice.

The ecoboost options are certainly popular.

EDIT: Agree with Bayfisher above. I ran into the problem of wanting all of the options they offered in an XLT except wanting leather interior, which they don't offer. So I ran into the issue of having to spend more for a Lariat or similar and a bunch of other options I didn't care about just to get the interior I wanted.

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Old 01-08-2019, 12:59 PM
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I have a leased '16 Limited (loaded) that I will be turning in this month once my '19 arrives. 20K miles, dealer will just take it to auction. If interested I can send more details and dealer GM contact. Located in S FLA.
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Originally Posted by WalkingTheDocks View Post
I'm a two-time F150 owner, recently purchased a '17. Just go to the F150 forums and read up. There's no catch-all advice.

The ecoboost options are certainly popular.

EDIT: Agree with Bayfisher above. I ran into the problem of wanting all of the options they offered in an XLT except wanting leather interior, which they don't offer. So I ran into the issue of having to spend more for a Lariat or similar and a bunch of other options I didn't care about just to get the interior I wanted.
Yeah I settled with the XLT because I couldnt justify 20k more for LED headlights leather trim and dash. Now I have halogen headlights and a plastic deformed dash.
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I do want leather, after looking around a bit today, I'm seeing more cloth than I was expecting.

Drive about 35 minutes 1 way to work everyday, so kinda interested in the 2.7 vs. 3.5, but I also want to move up from a 20' boat to a 25' or more....so leaning 3.5 if I can swing the price.

Any fear of those turbo charged engines?

Would be my first truck since 1999...been in SUV's since then due to the nature of my work, but ready for a change, and gotta tip the hat to the wife for letting me get a new one vs. her.
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I have a 17 F150 Platinum - 3.5 Ecoboost- 13,000 miles so far, been really happy with it, tow package, larger gas tank etc. Great truck
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I got katzkin leather seat covers for $1400, although not heated or cooled, still leather.
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Old 01-08-2019, 01:09 PM
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Originally Posted by thefuzz View Post
I do want leather, after looking around a bit today, I'm seeing more cloth than I was expecting.

Any fear of those turbo charged engines?
One of the options a lot of dealers mention is Katzkin leather. I considered putting that on an XLT for around $2,000. I also saw some already installed, and it looks to be pretty reasonable quality.

I ended up with an XLT Sport package (the loaded XLT had all of the other must-have items I wanted), which has a cloth interior that's what I would call more water-proof-y than regular upholstery. I'm happy with the compromise, but wouldn't have bought a regular cloth interior without upgrading to that Katzkin.

I keep my trucks a while and purchased a 5.0L for what I'm hoping will be an easier service life because of mechanical simplicity. Generally, I'm ok with giving up a little efficiency for simplicity, so I made that same choice with the truck.
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Old 01-08-2019, 01:11 PM
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2016 F150 XLT V8 Supercrew sport package here. Love everything about the truck - except the ride. Drive one on the interstate at speed and on some bad roads if you can. It rides and handles absolutley terrible. Its light, twitchy and at speed on an uneven road its downright scary.
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I have had 3 Expeditions, 1 Navigator, and 1 F150. All have been very good vehicles. Probably miss the F 150 the most. It was a XLT SCREW 2 wheel drive with a V-8. Believe it was a 2005. Used it on highway mostly but some pulling a 20' WAC. One ting I got for the truck and I highly recommend is a good fabric roll up bedcover. Very functional and was great for keeping bed contents dry.

My son has 2010 F150 Lariat 4WD with a 5.4. Has been a great truck for him. We bought the truck in about 2014 and I was surprised how well they held value. If you are buying nearly new, then new might be an option.
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Old 01-08-2019, 01:15 PM
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The 3.5 Ecoboost is a wonderful motor that has been around in its basic form since 2011 with a few refreshes. My 2 trucks saw well over 100k each with nary a problem form the drivetrain on either one of them. Come to think of it neither had any problems whatsoever other than brakes and tires.

With an 8 year track record if there were consistent problems with these engines you would hear about them, but you just don't. Very solid engine and i wouldn't hesitate to buy another.
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Originally Posted by thefuzz View Post
I do want leather, after looking around a bit today, I'm seeing more cloth than I was expecting.

Drive about 35 minutes 1 way to work everyday, so kinda interested in the 2.7 vs. 3.5, but I also want to move up from a 20' boat to a 25' or more....so leaning 3.5 if I can swing the price.

Any fear of those turbo charged engines?

Would be my first truck since 1999...been in SUV's since then due to the nature of my work, but ready for a change, and gotta tip the hat to the wife for letting me get a new one vs. her.
I would think long and hard about your interest in the 2.7 . The 3.5 is literally the best motor in the ford line up based on the opinion of lifelong ford guy and ford mechanic extraordinaire (friend not me) . If you get a bigger boat etc. you will wish you had the extra ponies and torque . 2.7 = 325 hp 375 lb torque . 3.5 = 375 hp 475 lb torque . Take all this for what its worth but every thing I have read and heard on the 3.5 is awesome ...
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Originally Posted by reelin in the keys View Post
I would think long and hard about your interest in the 2.7 . The 3.5 is literally the best motor in the ford line up based on the opinion of lifelong ford guy and ford mechanic extraordinaire (friend not me) . If you get a bigger boat etc. you will wish you had the extra ponies and torque . 2.7 = 325 hp 375 lb torque . 3.5 = 375 hp 475 lb torque . Take all this for what its worth but every thing I have read and heard on the 3.5 is awesome ...
Yea, the more I consider it, the more I'm leaning toward cutting out some of the other creature comforts and making sure I get the 3.5 if it comes down to that....or just get what I want. It's just money anyway.
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Yea, the more I consider it, the more I'm leaning toward cutting out some of the other creature comforts and making sure I get the 3.5 if it comes down to that....or just get what I want. It's just money anyway.
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I have a few work trucks in the corral. I have a 2.7 in one truck, a 3.5 in another and just ordered a 6.2 in an F350. Between the 2,7 and 3.5, I like the 2,7 better. It feel more powerful and gets better mpg. Both are great engines, but you could save $1600 by getting the 2.7 as it will do everything the 3.5 can.
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I have a 2015 Supercrew Lariat with the 3.5 Ecoboost. Pushing 40K miles and no hiccups. Dont expect great gas mileage just bc of the Ecoboost engine. I average around 18 but i do alot of short rides. Wife has the 17 Expedition Limited shorty, rides great, better than my truck. I like driving it more than my truck actually. About 20K on it and nothing yet. Mileage still in the 17-18 MPG range. We use that for longer trips.
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I have a 2015 3.5 EB. It’s never been in the shop.

A new XLT can be bought for $10k or more off of sticker price. Get an XLT with a 302A package and you have 90% of the options a base Lariat has. If you want the shifter on the console, get it with a Sport package.

Katskins or Classic Soft Trim are the way to go for aftermarket leather. Looks OEM and is arguably better quality and has more leather, verses just the seating surfaces like OEM.

My cloth has served me well for over 3 years, but I will probably get Katskins done soon. My dad just had it put in bis new XLT and it looks great.
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Originally Posted by reelin in the keys View Post
.. But I recently got my wife a 2017 expedition limited and it is equipped with the 3.5 twin turbo eco boost . That thing is a beast and according to a friend (master ford mechanic) best engine in the line up . 0-60 time in wifes expedition is 6.4 sec. That to me is blazing fast for a monstrous SUV .
Only about a second slower than the Yukon Denali.... But who races monsterous SUVs anyway...
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