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Old 04-27-2016, 11:41 AM   #1
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TV Recommendations - What to Avoid

I'm having some significant rust issues on the LH rear door and both rocker panels with my current 2009 F-150 and I'm going to have to decide soon if I need to shop for a replacement or spend a lot to fix it right.

I'm not staunchly brand loyal so I'm looking for recommendations on what to avoid. A new truck is not in the budget so I would have to look at something in the 2008 to 2011 model year range.

The F-150 with max. towing works well for my trailer but I had to beef it up somewhat, so I would consider upgrading to a 3/4 ton if I found the right deal. We'll be keeping this TT until I can retire in 6 years so I have no intentions of going to a 5er until at least then. I'd appreciate your opinions on both 1/2 tons and 3/4 tons...particularly the gas engines of that era. I doubt that I'll be considering a diesel since I don't and won't tow often enough or heavy enough to justify the extra cost.

Once I have an idea of what to look for I can price that out and decide whether or not to fix the F-150 or sell it and buy another truck.

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Old 04-27-2016, 11:50 AM   #2
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I have always found that fixing a car/truck that you have owned and taken care of and know the good and bad of and spending a few monthly car payments to keep running is always better than buying someone else's problems in a used vehicle...
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Old 04-27-2016, 11:54 AM   #3
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If I was going to trade, I would trade up, and look more at the '12-14 range. Trading for something within a year or two may just put you in someone else's headache. You know your truck and how it performs. If that isn't in the realm of things, then I would fix the truck I had.
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Old 04-27-2016, 12:04 PM   #4
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If the doors are rotting out along the bottom pinch weld,dont waste $ trying to fix them.You can buy chinese KO door shells for much less that the repair cost. Hang the shells and change out all the hardware yourself,then have them painted to match.
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Old 04-27-2016, 03:57 PM   #5
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2011 F250 or 350 with a 6.2 and 4:30 gears will work very well. You can still find low mileage units out there. Mine gets very little use too so it really costs me $56.00 a year for the one oil change it gets and I have it done at the Ford dealer so it gets a full inspection done at the same time for no extra money.

The other 2 brand 3/4 tons would be a good bet as well with 4:10 gears. The Ford and GM twins have a much better transmission ratio wise than the Dodge units but those Hemi's make a lot of that back with how they deliver their power.
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Old 04-27-2016, 06:45 PM   #6
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Newer the better if you can swing it. Trucks have improved leaps and bounds even just from the late 2000's era.

Avoid loaded up models, usually means low payload, especially for 1/2 tons.

If I were in your position, I'd try to find the newest base model truck (you can live with) with the right engine/gear combo.
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Old 04-27-2016, 07:07 PM   #7
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That much rusting is from road salts, but you know that. Vehicles will normally rust from the inside out. There is usually twice as much rust you can't see when compared to what you can see. I would really take a hard look at the inside of frame rails, cab mounting areas, radiator support. This will help you determine whether or not to fix it or forget it. My experience says forget it invest else where.
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Thanks for all the replies so far. I've had 2 shops give me an opinion on what I'm dealing with. Both have said the left rear door should be replaced because the paint is bubbling up and starting to peel off in the rear bottom corner. No holes yet and it's not flapping. They are talking about a (corner cap?) for the area immediately behind rear the door. On the rocker panels, the rust isn't visible until you look at the bottom and underneath. One shop says to cut them off and replace them (not sure what length), the other said its mostly just surface rust but a small area or two would need to be cut out and replaced.

I really like the truck and my preference would be to fix it if it's not going to be more than $5000. Much beyond that and I'll have to at least see what's on the market, to upgrade a couple model years. I've looked a bit on AutoTrader.ca and Kijiji (Canadian version of Craig's List) and there aren't many lower mileage 2011 F250s and even fewer F150s with the big towing mirrors that signifies the max. towing pkg.
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I have replaced vehicle parts with good ones of the same color from a salvage yard with very good results, On a vehicle I liked and was paid for. If you like your current truck it really reduces the bill not to repaint it.
Rocker panels are less costly and each truck has replacements available on a limited budget. How many trucks have added extensions around the wheels and chip guard rockers to extend the useful life,
Warranty terms have changed but some used have longer drivetrain warrantys if you replace with a newer truck.
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Thanks for all the replies so far. I've had 2 shops give me an opinion on what I'm dealing with. Both have said the left rear door should be replaced because the paint is bubbling up and starting to peel off in the rear bottom corner. No holes yet and it's not flapping. They are talking about a (corner cap?) for the area immediately behind rear the door. On the rocker panels, the rust isn't visible until you look at the bottom and underneath. One shop says to cut them off and replace them (not sure what length), the other said its mostly just surface rust but a small area or two would need to be cut out and replaced.

I really like the truck and my preference would be to fix it if it's not going to be more than $5000. Much beyond that and I'll have to at least see what's on the market, to upgrade a couple model years. I've looked a bit on AutoTrader.ca and Kijiji (Canadian version of Craig's List) and there aren't many lower mileage 2011 F250s and even fewer F150s with the big towing mirrors that signifies the max. towing pkg.

I think in the US the tow mirrors were only available on the max tow package, but on the Canadian order sheet you could order those mirrors with or without the max tow package. Just something to watch out for.
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