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Cool Can we talk F150 2001 for a moment, please ,-)

I am shopping for a vehicle. Guess what, i don't have much money to spend.
On top of that, I decided that I'm shopping for a towing vehicle, instead of just "a beater" car.

I found a 2001 Ford F150 from a car seller lot place thing, and i'd like to hear if any of you had this one and what's your experience.

it's a V6 with (i think) 4.2L and manual trans, short cabin (just the front seating) and a what appeared to be a long bed. It's got a hitch on it. 117k miles. no rust on the body. tires look good.

It's priced as $3995, the guy said it will go for $3000.

i'm just trying to buy a bit of independence, and the vehicle doesn't need to be nice, just functional. i am not worried with the small cabin, since i have an enclosed trailer to put my things in, or in that case the whole bed.

what's your experience with it?

thanks a lot,

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i have that truck and have no problems 103k and counting...i did change the slave cylinder though and have done every pm you can think of. the slave cylinders on those trucks are notorious for having a sort life span but mine made 100k.

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They're pretty solid trucks, but the V6 is not very quick, esp if you are planning to tow with it. How large of a trailer?

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the trailer is 6x12. i am towing it with Mitsubishi Montero Limited right now.
mostly only one bike. occasionally 2 or 3 if someone needs a ride.

The specs are similar, V6, 200HP. Montero runs nicely!

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I had some problems towing a 6x12 at 70mph. it was a flat nose trailer and the rpms were too low to ull in 5th at 70...so i ran 85

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lol,

well this one has a stick shift, so i should be able to chose the gear or ride 85

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so, what's a slave cylinder, and is that a big investment?

how would i notice if it has already been done or if it needs work? was yours the same year?

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If you have people ride with you, take bags with you etc..I would definently opt for extended cab. I've had a mix of both, but I will never go back to regular cab unless it's a dedicated work truck etc.

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so, what's a slave cylinder, and is that a big investment?

how would i notice if it has already been done or if it needs work? was yours the same year?

thanks a lot!
Mine is a standard as well and 5th at 70 sucked...so 85 woot!


slave cylinder works the clutch when you push the pedal. The part is 80bucks. i did the labor myself but if i had to guess i would say 6-8 hrs worth of labor...you have to pull the trans to get to it. no way to tell if it has been changed. when it starts to go bad you have about a week to change it(my experience). when its bad pushing the pedal wont disengage the clutch which equals no bueno.

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If you have people ride with you, take bags with you etc..I would definently opt for extended cab. I've had a mix of both, but I will never go back to regular cab unless it's a dedicated work truck etc.

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Thanks Eric. I am usually by myself in the car, but as i said, i have a 6x12 for all the bags in the world. Worse case, I can use the Mitsubishi Montero. it's a 7 seater
I wished that one was extended, but for $3k i guess it will be hard to find.
correct me if i'm wrong. i really didn't go "shopping" yet. this truck was at the first place i stopped, and craigslist doesn't seem to have enough of these for me to compare the price. according to the blue book, it's a fair price.

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Mine is a standard as well and 5th at 70 sucked...so 85 woot!


slave cylinder works the clutch when you push the pedal. The part is 80bucks. i did the labor myself but if i had to guess i would say 6-8 hrs worth of labor...you have to pull the trans to get to it. no way to tell if it has been changed. when it starts to go bad you have about a week to change it(my experience). when its bad pushing the pedal wont disengage the clutch which equals no bueno.

same year
ok, that sounds familiar from some other cars.

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Sounds like the price is right. Make sure the suspention is ok on those. Ford trucks are sometimes rough on ball joints. Not real expensive or difficult to swap out, just make sure it's solid before you buy. I am looking for something similar for myself. And be sure to pick me up for some of those track days next year.
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I did a little searching here is some examples for pricing etc. for Indianapolis area. Your deal seems to be pretty good considering some of these examples from craigslist.
http://indianapolis.craigslist.org/ctd/1185664309.html
http://indianapolis.craigslist.org/ctd/1178524377.html
http://indianapolis.craigslist.org/ctd/1154198702.html
http://indianapolis.craigslist.org/cto/1143249032.html
or on the GMC side
http://indianapolis.craigslist.org/ctd/1155432008.html
Just food for thought. I don't know how big/how much weight your pulling with your enclosed, but the Ford Ranger V6's along with the GMC Sonoma/S-10 4.3's are very good motors and bulletproof for what they are.

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I did a little searching here is some examples for pricing etc. for Indianapolis area. Your deal seems to be pretty good considering some of these examples from craigslist.
http://indianapolis.craigslist.org/ctd/1185664309.html
http://indianapolis.craigslist.org/ctd/1178524377.html
http://indianapolis.craigslist.org/ctd/1154198702.html
http://indianapolis.craigslist.org/cto/1143249032.html
or on the GMC side
http://indianapolis.craigslist.org/ctd/1155432008.html
Just food for thought. I don't know how big/how much weight your pulling with your enclosed, but the Ford Ranger V6's along with the GMC Sonoma/S-10 4.3's are very good motors and bulletproof for what they are.

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i like the second one

the same guy is offering me an chevy S-10 for the same price. same year. a little more miles, but a 4x4. the ford looked like it was in better shape.

maybe i'll stop by some places next week. i was actually looking to spend well under 3k, rather 2.5k, but in no way more than 3.

thanks a lot for looking it up!!

dave, i'll try to check it the best i can. thanks!

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just remember, your going to put some money into it with that many miles.

worn out suspension parts, tune up, possible clutch change, alternator, serpentine belt


if you can see inside the motor from the oil cap, see if it looks clean, no carbon deposits. see if the guy did frequent oil changes. check antifreeze color and see if its full. check to see if the truck goes into every gear and locks in that gear. doesn't pop out of gear.
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by buddy has the exact same truck u described and he's been driving it for a long time. it had some issues with the brakes but i think that is because it sits for months at a time while he is out of town. other than that the thing is a beast. he used to tow a big old pos boat from dupage down to parts of indiana and had no trouble pulling the load.

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Thanks a lot for all the info!!!!

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ok. i looked at that truck one more time yesterday with my dad, and it's actually in a bad condition. so, the search goes on...

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Id kinda worry about a manual trans tow vehicle, simply because of the clutch

yea auto trans's tend to be weaker but they are at least predictable and consistent

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Jason, manual is actually better for towing. YOU pick the gear. plus it's a 5 gear, not 4.
i drove 12 years in europe. i don't think that even 1% of the cars run automatic transmission oversees... i was actually really happy about the stick shift. daym.

but my dad pointed out a few things, and actually the truck looks like is twisted.

i saw another similar one. i'll check that one out.

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'97 they changed a bunch of things on the f150. im not a fan of buying models that have had a lot of recent changes..too many bugs imo.

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well... ive learned something new for today then
Ive only towed my little trailer home empty when i bought it with my car which was manual the trailer weighs next to nothing so it was no problem, but I imagined that starting out with a loaded trailer perhaps on an incline would be less than fun

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