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#43 of 542 My F150 full of holes and a crack
Jun 24, 2004 (7:45 am)
I sold my 1989 Toyota pick-up with 160,000 miles on it because it had a slight back seal leak.
It always performed very well- never let me down.
I should have had it repaired but I needed a bigger truck to haul things, my wife and two daughters. I couldn't find a good used Toyota truck in my price range within 50 miles of my home. I looked for a long time but i was not going to travel more than 50 miles to buy a truck. Finally I saw a very clean 1998 F150 SC XLT 4X2 with just under 47000 miles and I thought was in excellent condition.
From the outside (and inside)the truck looked flawless, it even came with a very nice matching A.R.E. cap. The truck dealership took my offer of 11,500 (they were asking 13) So I bought my first Ford. (my buddy and brother-in-law own one and they love theirs) After two or three days I took a closer look and found holes in the bed towards the back corners about 5 on each side. These aren't big holes maybe 1/2 inch - so I thought no big deal I'll cover them up somehow. (I bought a BedRug) Then after taking the cap off I found 6 more holes drilled thru the top of the bed rails! (and red rail caps) So now I'm more than a little angry - I went back to dealer and showed them the
bed rail holes - they replaced the factory installed bed rail caps for me. But now I'm thinking my truck bed is going to rust out around the holes. I love my truck and I kick myself for not looking closer before the buy - I'm sure I could have gotten a better deal.
If I had seen the infamous door crack (hard to see,right now it's only about a 1/4 inch right next to window molding on right, drivers side.) or known about it I'm not sure if I would have bought this truck. I'm still looking for a Toyota extra cab and maybe I'll trade my Ford for it. So if anyone reading this is looking at a pick-up truck with or without a cap take a very close look.
#44 of 542 3rd time's the charm ($7,000 off MSRP)
Jun 24, 2004 (11:57 am)
It took me three dealers to get it done, but I finally took delivery of my '04 F150 XLT SuperCab today at $7,000 off MSRP.
Two dealers ran adds featuring ALL F150 SuperCabs. The first one I spoke with by phone acted like I didn't know what I was talking about. The 2nd dealer said he would match the offer advertised in the paper, but when it came to doing the paper work he "must have just misunderstood me"
Then I tried one other dealer, Swanson Ford in Los Gatos, CA and BINGO! I used ford.com to build my vehicle and locate it on their lot and simply said over the phone I have a VIN# and want simply what was advertised and it was a done deal. They even filled my 35 gallon gas tank before I drove off.
I used to think, unless it's a price leader (one only at this price) that advertised prices were for people who didn't want to negotiate, but this IMO was an incredible price which amounted to $2,500 under invoice! And on a new model no less.
To get the $7,000 off you do have to finance part of the vehicle (that amounted to $1,000 off), pay tax on the $2,500 rebate, $300 for a contractors rebate, with the rest being dealer discount.
I did call CarsDirect.com and got a great quote - very close to what I ended up with - I would of used them if my last attempt had fallen through.
Carsdirect.com is as no hassel and easy as it's gets.
#45 of 542 F150 Lariat Supercab 4X4
Jun 24, 2004 (2:10 pm)
I bought mine for 29373.00 MSRP was 36000.00
Had the deal done in an hour. Priced it on Edmunds and took dealer invoice minus rebates and that's what I offered them.
#46 of 542 Is this a good deal?
Jun 25, 2004 (11:51 am)
So you bought a $36,000 truck for only $29,000.
I did too, bought a new 1999 150 for $29,000
in 1999. Now the truck has 65,000 miles on it.
I'll have a hard time selling it for $11,000.
That is .28 cents a mile just in depreciation.
I also had a $750 brake job at 60,000 miles.
Now I learned something. If you are trying to save money, do not buy a new truck or car. buy
a used vehicle 2 years or older so the depreciation has slowed.
Pay cash, do not finance. Put bare bones insurance
on it. Drive it 2 or 3 years and sell it for not
much less than you paid for it. I learned something. Rich people drive old cars. Poor people drive new cars.
I drove the new ford, cannot tell the difference from the old body style. Just has everything square inside instead of oval, and the rear bed is harder to get stuff out of.
Jun 25, 2004 (12:13 pm)
can't argue with your logic
some of of us are suckers for new cars I guess
part of the depreciation hit you have incured is due to the New F150. When the new style hits the show room floor it always subtracts from the older style.
#48 of 542 Depreciation hits
Jun 25, 2004 (12:44 pm)
Yes, there are millions of the 1997-2004 old body styles out there. Because of that the new body style will also plummet in value as more are bought and the used car market has old and new body styles to select from.
There is a lot of satisfaction in having the new body panels and nice, new. It is such and incredible premium we pay for that.
The prices on the new style are also much higher than the old. We simply do not know if the truck is built any better or if the manufacturer has
devised more profit per vehicle.
Don't get me wrong, I want want want the new style
but it is such a high price on my future.
#49 of 542 2004 f150 4x4 stx styleside 6.5 bed
Jun 28, 2004 (7:06 am)
Just purchased a 04 F150.
ford.com website information:
base MSRP $27,935 + options + destination = MSRP of $29,365, invoice of $26,150.
Edmunds TMV others are paying: $24,029 after $2500 rebate.
Paid just under $23,400.
Jul 05, 2004 (4:17 pm)
all I know is what I read in the paper
LA Times this weekend ran adds (2 at this price) F150 supercab's at $9,0000 off MSRP. Factory cash back was bumped up to $3,000 plus $500 for a graduation discount, $1,000 FMCC cash back and the rest dealer discount.
Don't ever let a dealership tell you they're loosing money on a car - even if it's below invoice - there's soooo much fluff built into their pricing model it's wacky.
Jul 05, 2004 (7:20 pm)
I tried to buy an F150 XLT Supercap at a dealer a couple weeks ago at $7,000 off MSRP as advertised at their competitors. He said he would match the deal only to back out once I showed up with my check book in hand (said he must of misunderstood me - said he couldn't possibly sell a car an lose that much on the deal).
That same dealer, just 2 weeks later is now advertising ALL F150 Supercabs XLT at $8,500 off MSRP.
I'm a little disapointed that I may have passed up an additional $1,500 in discount, but more dissapointed as to how a dealer will lie to you and even let you walk off the lot to go buy a truck at more $$ at someone elses lot. Go figure.
#52 of 542 f250 supercab xlt diesel deals?
Jul 12, 2004 (4:22 pm)
I've been seeing some unbelivable deals on f150s in the paper lately. "9 grand off every f150 supercab", and the like. However, I am really interested in an f250 supercab, 4x4, w/ the powerstroke. I've seen stickers at $40k for an xlt f250 supercab 4x4, which I'd love. Anybody have any opinions on what a good ultimate price would be on one of these? Or is hoping for a great deal on a diesel just too much?