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Old 07-24-2014, 05:19 PM   #1
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TOW Veh: 2013 F-150 or 2012 F-150

Hello all,

I have narrowed my search down to the TWO following vehicles: 2013 F-150 Lariat, 25k miles with ECO BOOST (several very nice options)-selling for $38k


2012 F-150 Lariat, 38k miles 5.0 L, less options, selling for 33k.

I'm pulling a 23ss ROO, alot of mountain camping and climbing. Plan to do some longer trips to Canada and Texas as well.

What would ya recommend?

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Old 07-24-2014, 05:38 PM   #2
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I've never had an ECO boost, but I've heard so much good about them. I'd go with the ECO boost and more options for an additional $5K. A year newer and fewer miles too.


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Old 07-24-2014, 06:00 PM   #3
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I would go to a ford store and get a end of year deal on a 14, 15's are coming with big redesign. You should be able to get a brand new truck for slightly more with full warranty and dealer support
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Old 07-24-2014, 06:00 PM   #4
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Owned a 2009 F 150 Lariat 5.4, and now a 20113 King Ranch Eco-Boost. Hands down Ecoboost! Torque more than F250 or GMC 2500 and lots of horsepower. I have 35k on 2013 and have no regrets with the purchase.
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Old 07-24-2014, 06:13 PM   #5
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I have the ecoboost and love it it's 2013 with 20k with no problems you'll love the ecoboost hands down
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Old 07-24-2014, 06:17 PM   #6
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38k for a used ecoboost with 25000 miles on it is a little overpriced to me! My old man just paid that for new decked out 14.

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Old 07-24-2014, 07:52 PM   #7
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Yea, $38K for a used truck isn't worth it. Go new. Lightly used vehicles these days are not much less than a new one.

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Old 07-24-2014, 08:18 PM   #8
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Per your planned towing needs...Ecoboost, skip the V8!

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Old 07-25-2014, 07:51 AM   #9
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IMO you will miss a lot if you get the 5.0 as far as drivability, fun and towing. I pass them often on the upslope. Be sure to drive both of them around a good bit. You will feel a difference.

I also think 38k is too much for that Lariat unless it has every option possible including max tow(not just the advertising "tow package" wording). My local dealership has about 10 2013's still sitting there brand new along with the 2014's. There are people holding out for the 2015 aluminum body for the weight reduction. Also, remember to check the payload sticker on the drivers door frame. The more options you add the less payload available. If you want that truck, I would work towards 5k or more off the price. Compare the real purchase price of a new 2013 and 2014 to that. Huge incentives for those.

Here are two sites to run the VIN by:
FordEtis home page
Then click "Vehicle" and then "Vehicle Lookup". Enter the VIN and expand the "Minor Features" arrow. It will say "With Load Leveling Trailer Towing"
if it really has the max tow package. The regular towing package (AKA 535)will be listed as "With Heavy Duty Trailer Towing". NOT THE SAME THING, but many dealers and even owners try to pass it off as the same thing.

The window sticker site is:[insert VIN here]
Just replace your VIN instead of the bracketed words and paste that in the browser. You will see the original window sticker. Note: Does not work on older vehicles.

Hope this helps you in your decision. Happy trucking!
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Old 07-25-2014, 08:39 AM   #10
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I would buy a new one for those prices. Both are more than I paid for my 250.

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