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Old 01-08-2004, 10:07 AM
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miles on your 4.9

we had a post like this in the ranger section. it was pretty cool to see how many miles everyone had and how it was running. i'm purchasing a 95 f150 straight six in a few days w/99Kmiles. it runs well and looks pretty nice too. i'll try and get some pics.
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Old 01-08-2004, 03:01 PM
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i have 140,000 on my 95.
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Old 01-08-2004, 05:54 PM
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my 84 has 140 000 miles on her, just getting broke in!
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Old 01-08-2004, 06:05 PM
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Old 01-08-2004, 06:50 PM
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I bought my '91 in November with 146,000 on it and now have 148,000. You'd never know that by looking at it or driving it.
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Old 01-08-2004, 06:51 PM
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Just turned 185,000 miles and still runs great. Debating replacing the truck, but I can't justify the payments when this truck hasn't given me any problems.
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Old 01-08-2004, 07:14 PM
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my work van 1995 E250 has 180k. it wieghs 7200pounds drive it everyday runs great.
my personal truck 1993 F150 has 174k also runs good.
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Old 01-08-2004, 08:00 PM
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200k . Hit it about 2 weeks ago. Very satisfying.

From 150K on can be a nasty period though. Lots of repairs one after another. Nothing major, small stuff you know but cost of parts and labor can add up. About 150K is about the right time to get rid of your F150 if you are not mechanically inclined and can't do these repairs yourself.

The straight six motor has been troubefree. I don't think there are many motors that can match the durability of this motor.

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Old 01-08-2004, 08:19 PM
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146,000 and counting. Wish I could say the same for the tranny. It took a dump 1,000 miles ago.
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Old 01-09-2004, 01:51 AM
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From the foolish former GM guy that used to believe that V8's were better....


Durability Report: Ford 300 cu. In. Inline Six

Vehicle: 1996 Ford F-150 2wd Reg. Cab Long Bed

Mileage: 208,416mi Condition When Removed: Running

Reason Removed: Oil Leaks, Cracked Flywheel, Greedy for V8

Overview: Engine was fantastically reliable and hard working,
with great low end torque. M5OD Mazda built 5 Speed
manual transmission failed early in life. Replaced with
Ford C6 three speed automatic (no overdrive). Pulled
heavy loads, cruised at 80 MPH with no overdrive for
about 168,000 miles without incident until flex plate
cracked. Oil pan leaked badly. Replacement of oil pan
required engine removal. EFI equipped Ford 5.0L V8
sitting in shed, without a home. Got greedy and
dropped it in. Installed AOD trans. Sold C6. Kept
the 300. Realized that I made a big mistake when
pulling a big load. The six had much better torque than
the eight, even though the eight is faster unloaded. Also
disappointed with the drivability and reliability hiccups
that this package had produced. Pulled six apart to
rebuild. Beefy construction and synthetic oil combined
to reveal a spotlessly clean, like new crankcase.
Cylinders still crosshatched, crank, cam, lifters, all
spec out to new condition. I personally feel foolish for
having pulled this engine out of my truck.

Condition of Parts: Excellent with two exceptions.
1) Fiber timing gear was failing. The teeth
are worn razor sharp.
2) Lower main and upper rod bearings
showing wisps of copper. Possibly due to lugging
engine (when it had a 5 speed), pulling heavy loads, and excessive cruising RPM caused by no overdrive and high speed for 168,000 miles.

Improvements / Modifications:

1) Metal Timing Gears
2) High Volume oil pump
3) AOD overdrive trans (already installed).

Final Disposition: Recondition engine and re-install.
Stock re-ring and bearing kit, new valve springs and seals,
valves and seats re-surfaced, metal timing gears, high
volume oil pump, new oil pan, sell 5.0L V8.


There you have it, the good, the bad, and the ugly. I'm a believer, and will never be so foolish again.

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99,700 on my 1990. Does burn oil. I think Ihave bad valve seals, though. Have to replace 'em one of these days...
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