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Best year for 1990's F150 to buy?

I'm looking to purchase an F150 in the mid to late '90's'. This will be my first Ford. I plan put sides on the box and tow a U haul to BC from Ont. I have about four thousand to spend. What years would you recommend as being the most 'bullet proof' and what potential mechanical things should I check out before buying. My wife will be doing a lot of the driving while I'm in another vehicle so I don't want any problems if possible. Thanks in advance for any suggestions.
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Welcome to fordtough.ca puffin3 - great crew of Ford owners here and lot's of helpful advice.

Can't speak to the other years, but if it helps any, I had a '98 XL that I bought with 68,000km on it back in 2000, and I drove it for another 100,000 km/5 years with no major issues other than routine maintenance.

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any of the 90-96's with a 4.9L motor in it. Those motors are virtually in destructible



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Thanx a lot. What do you all think of what my neighbor told me: He's an old guy who is always dealing in used trucks/cars. He says if I'm looking for a Ford I should go to a GMC dealership and check out their trade in's in the back lot. He says the dealership doesn't want competitors truck in their lot. Is this fact or just BS? Thanx in advance for any opinions.
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it's true all dealerships are like that. Odds are though you won't find a 90-96 back there though. they consider them too old for trade ins



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I'm looking to purchase an F150 in the mid to late '90's'. This will be my first Ford. I plan put sides on the box and tow a U haul to BC from Ont. I have about four thousand to spend. What years would you recommend as being the most 'bullet proof' and what potential mechanical things should I check out before buying. My wife will be doing a lot of the driving while I'm in another vehicle so I don't want any problems if possible. Thanks in advance for any suggestions.
Since you're looking at "late" 90's also, i would suggest one of the 97-04 models.Great little modular engines with power and torque. You mentioned towing a Uhaul, what size and how much weight will you be towing with it?

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I planning to tow a small light weight U Haul but it will be loaded with household items and so will the box with plywood sides put on. I have checked with all the local dealers and no one has any 90-96 Fords. I will start looking for a later model Ford but money still remains about 4K tops.
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Just looked on autotrader.ca and specified f-150's in Ontario and put a $4000 limit and it came up with 131 trucks...have a look see and try this link: http://www.autotrader.ca/Result/Resu...g=%2c4000&st=6


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Thanks a lot for the great site! So you are from Kitimat. I used to commercial fish up your way in the 70-80's. We are moving back to the coast this summer from Ontario. Probably to the Sooke area. Thanks again.
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