Well I got stupid yesterday. I sold my very cherry 2003 Corvette with 32,000 miles on it. The good new is I bougt a new (new to me) 2012 Ford F-250 XLT crew cab gas 4x4. I had a thread in this section for my older 1999 F250 regular cab that I picked up for a song so I thought I would start a tread for this new truck to report how it does over the long haul. I plan on keeping this one for a LONG time because... Well it was expensive.
Now that my Mustang is almost done I wanted something that I could tow it with and still be able to bring the family along. My other truck was great and ran even better but it was a regular cab and I was limited on how many people I could carry. This summer when we went to Minnesota and I pulled a boat we took two cars because the truck just didn't have the capacity to haul all the people comfortably on a 15 hour ++ trip. That will not be a problem now.
The truck is a 2012 as I stated earlier. It had 29,737 miles on it when I got it. It still has the remainder of the factory warranty and that is 36 months/36,000 miles bumper to bumper. It also has a 60 month/60,000 mile power train warranty so I'm thinking that I was safe buying a used car because of the remaining factory warranty's. The truck itself was a returned lease vehicle and is in immaculate condition. When new it was $41,430. I paid $29,988. I had been looking for a while and this seemed to be a very good deal. Kelly Blue Book value came in at $33,500. I know the diesels have double the torque but I could not justify the extra 10,000 to buy a used one with WAY more miles on it. This will not be a daily driver. It will be used as a spare car and probably won't see more than 5000 miles a year. It will be garage kept and should last a good long time. The gas motor seems very healthy. It has WAY more power than my 1999 5.4 F250 and it has a great sounding motor.
Right now it is bone stock. The only things that I plan to do to this truck are put on a K&N air filter assembley and maybe buy a tuner for it. I don't want the tuner for more power although that will be a byproduct. I want the tuner to see if I can get better gas mileage. For the 80 mile trip home the truck averaged 17.1 mpg. That was all highway driving. No city at all except for getting on I-65 after filling up and then getting back off to go to my house. I thought that was pretty good right off the bat. After all the truck is a LAND YACHT! Very big and very heavy. I LOVE IT!!
If anybody has any input on what tuner to buy please let me know. I'll wait to do a little research on them before I just run out and buy one. I am going to order the K&N filter kit today however.
Here she is at her first feeding. Boy was that expensive!!