Well, after 10 years and 79k miles of faithful service, my grandfathers '04 Lairat super crew 4x4 5.4 has gone to its new owner. Its been a wonderful truck since new and had very few issues compared to some of the other '04 owners i have heard of.
oil changes done every 3-4k miles with dino oil and motorcraft filters. NEVER ticked an was quite as a mouse when it left the driveway on saturday,
30k miles all fluids were changed (front/rear diff's, tranny and t-case, antifreeze)
40k miles it had all new brakes (rotors and pads) and rear axle seals were leaking so that was done at the same time.
65k miles new battery
77k miles the transmission lost overdrive, could have been fixed but we had a full rebuild done with a shift kit
78k miles all spark plugs, boots and two coils replaced, tires re-balanced
79k miles sold!
this truck was still as quite, smooth, vibration and rattle free as i remember it when it was brand new. everything worked as it should and it will make the new owner a very happy person i believe. I'm sad to see it go but its time for my grandfather to downsize a little bit, going to be picking up a 08-10 explorer sport trac. At age 77 he wants something a little easier to park. We got $17,650 for it in a private sale..i think we did okay!
I kinda forgot about this post, I just saw the truck a few weeks ago when i was in Seward, AK. The truck was sold to a friend of my great uncles and she has had nothing but good things to say about it.
My Grandpa ended up buying his friends 2008 V8 AWD Sport Trac Adrenalin with 45k on it. Hes happy to be in something a bit smaller.
(Grandpas truck and Grandmas car together)
Nice looking truck. Looks like it was a good deal for everyone. If I were rich I would never sell my old vehicles. I'd build them a climate controlled retirement home.
You and me both. I've had a few rather memorable vehicles over the years but just couldn't keep them sitting around for sentimental purposes when I needed to get the dollar value out of them to put into the replacement. I had a '74 Land Cruiser that was absolutely pristine and a '98 Chevy K2500 Silverado with the Vortec 454 and 4.10 gears which are the both at the top of my sales remorse list.