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alpha7mm 05-08-2014 12:15 PM

4.2L Life expectancy? ??
 
Right now I have 154,000 I do regular maintenance

gsmarcano 05-28-2014 10:58 PM

I have about 235,000. and still runs like a champ, but we don't push it too hard and use mobil 1.

W.O.T. 06-24-2014 01:25 AM

I have a 2001 with 225,000 on. It's an everyday work truck and personal driver. Rebuilt the tranny and put a new clutch in it, runs great though. My mechanic has an 02 with 460,000 on it!!!

james622 07-25-2014 08:51 PM

I have a 2002 4.2 with 230,000 miles on it all it's had done is intake gaskets clutch and alternator. By far best truck I've ever owned, I'm a mechanic and sad to say I neglect it every single day and she just keeps goin been waiting for the motor to go kind of disappointed she hasn't ready to drop a fresh one in and tweak her up a bit. I'll never sell my old ford.

Moore558 07-29-2014 05:08 AM

125K on ours. I'm planning in the future to replace the intake isolator bolts and clean the intake runners and EGR ports at the same time. Other than that, it's running strong.

buttz 12-22-2014 05:11 PM

352004 as of today!

Jon Wagner 12-28-2014 02:29 PM

I was getting near 200K when I got rid of mine. The engine was still running strong, the body was rusted too far along to keep it.

1saxman 02-02-2015 07:23 PM

Holy cow! I would have to be 300 years old to rack up that mileage on mine - it only has 17,500!

Enterprise Blue 03-17-2015 03:06 PM

I'm at 158,300. Engine seems very strong although I've been working on some intermittent drive-ability problems. I'm sure I'll overcome them soon.

artfd 04-25-2015 02:12 PM

I used to be an original owner of a 1983 F250 HD diesel pickup, and bought my 2001 F150 when it was 1 year old. I had some kind of rustproofing put on the F250 right after I bought it. When I junked the F250 after owning it for 30 years, the body was in very good shape considering all the winter driving and salt exposure it had. My 2001 F150 is extremely vulnerable to rust and has already had its radiator core support completely eaten away. The engine seems to be pretty durable, but the body is of poor quality.

bchambers 04-26-2015 01:52 AM

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Originally Posted by artfd (Post 15303363)
I used to be an original owner of a 1983 F250 HD diesel pickup, and bought my 2001 F150 when it was 1 year old. I had some kind of rustproofing put on the F250 right after I bought it. When I junked the F250 after owning it for 30 years, the body was in very good shape considering all the winter driving and salt exposure it had. My 2001 F150 is extremely vulnerable to rust and has already had its radiator core support completely eaten away. The engine seems to be pretty durable, but the body is of poor quality.

My goodness. .... wash your poor truck sometimes! Salt eats every vehicle....

bchambers 04-26-2015 01:54 AM

I have 211000. Runs great! No leaks. Stutters a little when i get on it from a dead stop. Probably a dirty injector or yucky plug..... I'll track it down one day.

Riverrandy 04-27-2015 07:09 AM

Like most things normal care (including washing) will go a long way. I bought a 1997 F-150 because it was very clean, small (compared to my 2002 F-350 crew 7.3), and had a bad (but running) 4.2 engine. I pulled the engine to replace with a reman, but had to drain all fluids before returning as a core. The "stuff" that came out of that engine was like black Mayonnaise. It stunk to high hell, and was just disgusting. I washed the block out with old ethanol gas so it would look good, and not get rejected on sight. There was so much play in the connecting rod bearings I could slip a paperclip between them. Research turned up the original owner did not change oil. 145,000 miles latter bearings were ground out.

Anyway this thing made noise, but still kept on running. When I put in the new engine, I expected better performance from the new block, but it was the same with out the knocking. A friend who had a similar work truck for years drove it with me, and said, "no that is how the 4.2 performed, and I (he) loves it". 2.5 years latter, I am still quite impressed even after towing a few large horses in a steal trailer for a couple of hours. and I love the turning radius (regular cab, short bed). Run on 4.2...

artfd 04-27-2015 03:59 PM

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Originally Posted by bchambers (Post 15304744)
My goodness. .... wash your poor truck sometimes! Salt eats every vehicle....

I washed both trucks at about the same frequency over the years I owned each of them, drove them during the salty winters, except I drove the 1983 truck even more during the winter than the 2001 truck. I frequently crawled under both of them for routine maintenance & minor customizing. The 2001 is definitely more rust prone than the 1983 truck was.


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