Would You Buy a Ford Raptor With 158K Miles?

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Is this Ford Raptor a real bargain, or a regrettable money pit in the making?

For some, high mileage trucks present a scary proposition. To others, the perfect opportunity to snatch a great deal. In the end, should we be as concerned about odometers north of 100,000 miles these days? After all, newer trucks are covering longer distances with engines that require nothing more than fresh oil and routine maintenance.

In many ways, it’s a stark contrast from the days when 100,000 miles meant it was time to trade in before an explosion took place! But, even if you take the durability of new trucks into account, can you say the same about a high mileage used Ford Raptor? Would anybody actually buy one of these off-road war machines and not thrash the living daylights out of it?


In the case of this 2013 Raptor, it appears at least one guy resisted that urge. We spotted the ultra-clean, 158,000 mile ride on the Los Angeles area Craigslist and dove in for a closer look.

By all accounts, it looks like none of those miles were spent traversing a desert trail or jumping giant hills. The seller claims that they’re all “highway miles,” which is believable in this case. He’s averaged roughly 40k a year to get to this point, so if he did rack them off-off road, he should get some sort of prize. Or at least free back surgery.


As clean as this Raptor looks in the photos, would you trust it to run trouble-free for years to come? Given the trusty 6.2 liter V8’s reputation and assuming proper maintenance, we’d think so. Then again, $31k is a lot of money to spend on anything with that kind of mileage.

So we’re dying to know – would you drop that kind of coin on this Raptor? Or would you save up a few grand more and buy a lower mileage example?

Chime in with your thoughts on the forum. >>


Brett Foote is a longtime contributor to Internet Brands’ Auto sites, including Chevrolet Forum, Rennlist, and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among other sites.

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