My next "new truck will be an '04-'08 Ford as well
April 29, 2019
I'm a born Chevy guy. Always have been. Its just that when I was shipping for my current truck, I tried 5 dodges, 5 chevys and 5 Fords. The Chevys were limp wristed jokes, and the Dodges rattled like shopping carts. Thus, I ended up in an(2006) XLT Lariat, Supercab 4x4. I think that was 2011. Just some disorganized thoughts:
1-its now 2019, and the only thing on the truck that failed for reasons other than extreme abuse and/or neglect just happened. Its this silly little oil filter gasket. Ive got the same fuel pump, alternator, etc. I've blown up the transmission and broken many suspension components, as I have always carried #1,000 lbs of tools with me, and never take them out of my truck. Couple that with the incredibly bad Houston hopscotch motorists(Jam on the brakes.Jam on the gas, repeat) that I've got to drive through daily, and one would think that the truck would've ripped itself apart years ago. But no.
I've towed overloaded trailers 2 hours up mountains in Flagstaff, 4, hours down (red hot brakes-I had to remove my brake fluid cap to allow a small amount to boil out), then cross the desert near the four corners in 110° heat as quickly as I could safely tow 10klbs. If150 disc brake return springsve run it for 48 hours strait to use my power inverter during Hf150 disc brake return springsarvey, and the list goes on, and on, and on.
I have no reason too suspect that the meet ones have gotten worse, bit since the difference may be having a truck pay for itself once, as opposed to paying for itself like 5 or 6 times, I'm unwilling to take the risk. I wouldn't consider buying a newer or older version as long as this one is available.