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Old 02-11-2015, 03:37 PM   #1
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Question A question about 2006 F-150 XLT, 4X4, ext-cab Pick-up Truck with a 5.4 V-8 Engine.

I have a chance to trade my 2007 Ford Escape XLS 2wd, with 95,000 miles for this 2006 truck with 4X4, ext-can, xlt, has a 5.4 V-8 engine with 94,000 miles with all the toys plus 8,000 dollars. My Escape is only worth 5000.00 Good deal or Not? Total will be 13,000

Is this 5.4 V-8 gas engine very good? The owner has replaced the spark plugs already which cost him 800.00 dollars.

I'm worried mainly about this 5.4 Ford engine with all future problems that could happen when I'm away from home like 500 miles up the road. This truck going pull my 2011 Gulfstream Travel Trailer that weighs 7,000 lbs loaded.

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I drove the exact truck until April 2014. Right at 100,000 miles, I traded it to get a diesel F250 with higher towing capacity. I'm not sure what kind of info you're looking for, but I loved the truck! The 5.4 was a very strong, responsive engine. I liked the body style and everything else about it. No problems with it at all. I replaced a starter and brakes at some point. Upon the trade it was running great - just like the day I bought it. I got lots of compliments on the appearance of it because I really took care of it. I just don't think you stand a good chance of going wrong with it. You might even get the asking price down a little.
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Old 02-11-2015, 03:56 PM   #3
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Is this 5.4 V-8 gas engine very good? .......
I'm worried mainly about this 5.4 Ford engine with all future problems that could happen when I'm away from home like 500 miles up the road. This truck going pull my 2011 Gulfstream Travel Trailer that weighs 7,000 lbs loaded.

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I'm not a "car guy" so take this for what it's worth, but I had a 2004 F-150 5.4 V8, bought new, and traded in 2012 with 86k + miles. Other than routine service, I never took it to the shop for anything. I had to put a new battery in it after 6 years, otherwise nothing. I loved it so much I traded for another one just like it, only newer.
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Hi, I never owned a Ford with this kind of engine. Ownly a 4.6 V-8 which I never had any problems in 16 years. Would you have this truck with over 95,000 miles? I would hate to put 50,000 miles more on this truck. The person selling it too me said he paid 36,000 dollars new. It has all the toys.

This engine 5 months ago needed all spark plugs replaced because of breaking off at a cost of 800.00


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Check the ratings on the truck.

Many different varients of ehst they can carry or pull.

They made one folks called a "heavy half" that had a higher tow rating than normal.

We had several in our fleet before we went to F250s.

They would have larger brakes and heaver duty everthing else and sucked a bit more fuel.

Normal F150 may not have the tow rating you need.

Back in the 80's they were way under braked but no clue on newer "normal" ones as we had small generators with those and they seemed okay at the time.
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I would look a little longer. 94K miles can be OK if the oil has been changed regularly, No tappet noise-good oil pressure-is a good indication of regular maintenance.

The transmission can be suspect , as well, be sure that it shifts good & the fluid is clean.

you can usually get a better value with a plain (no toys) truck--and try to not get a truck with no more than 40K miles-and- a truck that has been set up for towing.

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If it cost him $800 for plugs that means more than one plug broke off in the block. Beware...after 2008 Ford used a improved one piece plug.
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I would look a little longer. 94K miles can be OK if the oil has been changed regularly, No tappet noise-good oil pressure-is a good indication of regular maintenance.

The transmission can be suspect , as well, be sure that it shifts good & the fluid is clean.

you can usually get a better value with a plain (no toys) truck--and try to not get a truck with no more than 40K miles-and- a truck that has been set up for towing.

Good Luck
When I find a truck it can have no toys and I don't need crew cab and it will be a 3/4 ton with trailer package. I would buy a 2014 3/4 GMC new but the dealer wants 33,000 for nothing on it and not even 4x4.

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Hi! I think the 06 is a little too light & a little too high mileaged.

Look on Cars.com- plug in all the parameters-and see what comes up
try several brands, GM, Ford, Dodge-and see what comes up- I have tried it and found some appealing 3/4 ton trucks, in the $12K and under bracket (you can limit distance from your zip Code)

Good luck with whatever you do. I wish you well on a venture with pitfalls.
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$800 to change spark plugs????????????
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The plugs do not break if you remove the carbon from the cylinders by using Seafoam or similar top cylinder lube.
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I have an '04 expedition and a '10 Raptor both with the 5.4, both have been used hard hauling furniture, things for our business, trailers, personal belongings on extended road trips, firewood etc. Neither have missed a beat in the years we've owned them or required anything but normal repair items and are still running strong. The only disappointments is that neither can be flat towed (as far as I know)

As some have mentioned there was a few years where a 2 piece spark plug was installed as oem parts that would sometimes come apart upon removal due to carbon buildup on the bottom of the plug. In most cases the plug breakage could have been avoided by taking a few simple precautions prior to removal.

There is an easy to use repair kit available if do happen to break a plug and replacement oem plugs are now one piece so those that had the breakage issue will not likely have the problem again.

You could write a volume of encyclopedias on all the issues Chevy, dodge, Toyota, Nissan cars and trucks had right from the factory. These engineering mistakes aren't limited to any one brand.
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Red face I wouldn't

I had a 2006 SCab with the 5.4 for years, sold it with 102,000 trouble free miles for $9,500 to one seriously happy buyer. The price of yours is too high and you are buying into another problem. The payload, or lack thereof will make pulling your trailer problematic.

Mine had 1426# and it was 2 WD. Adding 4 X 4 to the equation will subtract several hundred pounds from your payload, probably leaving you 1200# or less. The TW of your trailer and WDH will be close to 1,000#. You will be well over the truck payload/GVWR even if you load next to nothing. You would need LT tires so budget in a set ($1200) if the truck comes with P's.

The 5.4 is a great motor, pulled my 5,000# TT like a dream and for the record it does NOT cost $800 to change the plugs, closer to $200, so you gotta wonder what else is the seller misrepresenting??? Good luck.

As always.... Opinions and YMMV
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I have 2 2005 f-150 xlt that I use in my business and I have owned earlier models with the 5.4 engine. All were have exceeded 100,000 mile easliy, the current one that I drive just turned 173,000 uses little oil and has great power. In in those miles I did have to have two coils changed that's it. One earlier truck had to have the radiator replaced.

I however with that chassis and brakes would not be pulling a 7000 lb RV very far.
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