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Unread 03-15-2011, 09:59 AM   #1
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Buying a ford truck and have a question for any ford guys

Ok guys, looking at buying a friends 2001 f150 itís an extended cab, short bed, 5spd, with 140,000 on the clock. The body and interior are in great shape, the only thing is it has a slow oil leak from what a shop told him "looked" to be from the head gasket. They know itís not the rear main seal because they had done that at there shop a couple months back. So would you guys pick it up for 4500?

also there is not oil in the coolant or any coolant in the oil.

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Unread 03-15-2011, 10:19 AM   #2
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KBB is around 3800 for excellent condition. I'd offer him 3500 or so.
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Unread 03-15-2011, 10:46 AM   #3
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well when i KBB it with what it has, here are the numbers i get
excellent 6710
good 6260
fair 5535

he is giving it to me at that (4500) price because im a friend and it has that slow oil leak, sorry i guess i should have put that in there.
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Unread 03-15-2011, 11:08 AM   #4
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What motor? I would stay away from the 4.2l. The 4.6 and 5.4s are great motors.
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Unread 03-15-2011, 12:22 PM   #5
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its the 4.6
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Unread 03-15-2011, 12:34 PM   #6
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Is it leaking from the RH rear, or LH front? It wasn't a big problem, but it sounds like this truck was one of the un-lucky ones that leak oil out of the head gasket. From the ones I have seen it usually is not a big leak but a seepage or weep. The way the gasket is made, its not going to blow out. Ford had a service bulletin addressing the problem and it was to replace the affected head gasket, and possibly the head (if damaged). I never saw one that needed a head though.
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Unread 03-15-2011, 12:45 PM   #7
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so i can just keep an eye on the oil level and replace the head gasket when time permitts?

cant remember for sure, but thinking passenger side.
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Unread 03-15-2011, 01:12 PM   #8
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its the 4.6
That's a good motor. I belive the 4.6 and the 5.4 are the same block. I have a 5.4 in my 2000 and it's been a great motor so far. Go on a F150 forum and snoop around there, try to find out what else to look out for.
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Unread 03-15-2011, 01:15 PM   #9
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so i can just keep an eye on the oil level and replace the head gasket when time permitts?

cant remember for sure, but thinking passenger side.
Yep, I bet that thing has been leaking for a long time too, they just dont leak a lot at all.
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Unread 03-15-2011, 01:24 PM   #10
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Is it leaking from the RH rear, or LH front? It wasn't a big problem, but it sounds like this truck was one of the un-lucky ones that leak oil out of the head gasket. From the ones I have seen it usually is not a big leak but a seepage or weep. The way the gasket is made, its not going to blow out. Ford had a service bulletin addressing the problem and it was to replace the affected head gasket, and possibly the head (if damaged). I never saw one that needed a head though.
Mine did. I have a 2001 5.4L and the left head was leaking oil into the valley area under the intake. They replaced the head saying it was warped. 400 miles later the valley was filling up with oil again. This time they said it was a casting problem with the block. Ford replaced the engine and gave me a 5 year/75K Preferred Warranty. This was at 2200 miles. I am now at 84K and not one problem. This post is not to bash Ford, as all manufacturers have a problem now and then.
Kind of went off topic, but the 4.6/5.4 family are great engines, and a slight oil leak is nothing to worry about. I would just keep an eye on it.
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Unread 03-15-2011, 01:39 PM   #11
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thanks guys, im pretty sure i'll get it, i have been in need a truck but dont really want to commit to a new truck payment. its nice to have a couple of autos with out a payment.
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Unread 03-15-2011, 02:10 PM   #12
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thanks guys, im pretty sure i'll get it, i have been in need a truck but dont really want to commit to a new truck payment. its nice to have a couple of autos with out a payment.
You mean without multiple payments And those 4.6L engines are easy to find, if it turns out to be a bigger problem.
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That's my bad. I didn't realize they offered a 5-speed in anything but the 4.2 V6. $4500 isn't bad at all!
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Unread 03-15-2011, 03:05 PM   #14
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The 4.6 does not have enough power to move a f150 when it's loaded. Unloaded, it's OK. Loaded with even a bed of plywood would be burning the clutch starting up a hill. The 4.6 doesnt have the low end that the 5.4 does. The 5 speed factor is cool though. Have the front end checked out. If the ball joints are OEM, I've seen them worn out at 50k miles. Do NOT replace with anything except moog parts.

Any rust? Tire condition? 4x4 or 2wd?
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Unread 03-15-2011, 03:48 PM   #15
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dude its a ford.... what truck's/car's of there's doesnt leak? lol j/k as long as you keep a constent eye on it you shouldn't have anyreal problems see if any of the other major stuff has been taken car of( water pump, timing belt, etc )
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