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Old 09-08-2018, 09:34 PM
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Hey everybody! * Yes, I know I need to lurk and do a bunch of reading * Christos here. I am from Delaware, and actually about to drastically change my career from working in an office to being outside full time, training dogs and K9s. I currently have a Mazda Miata, which is going to make it just a hair impractical to be transporting dogs and have a good way to move stuff around like crates, beds, etc.

I have been looking at tons of different options, such as Jeep Cherokees, Ford Escapes, Broncos, and different types of utility vans and trucks, specifically the Ford E150. It would be PERFECT to have the ample space to put some type of water resistant padding down, and have a couple dog beds or crates to transport them around. Also, would be good to have the solid exterior for any advertising purposes.

Now, I am nervous when I look at all these used E150s due to the high mileage. 150k+ seems to be pretty standard, and I know I would probably be purchasing it from a contractor who beat it up. TL/DR: can somebody give me some advice on maintenance of these trucks, what goes out quickly on these, what I can expect from an E150 from 150-225k miles? I started working on my Miata a year ago, but have quickly learned how to do tons of maintenance on it. Did the timing belt/water pump job which was rather in depth. Let me know any advice you can give!!!
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Old 09-09-2018, 08:27 AM
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When you find the vehicle you think you would like, if possible ask for maintenance history because that can provide a lot of info you would not usually see.
You experience plus another experienced mechanic/tech is always a good move to have it looked over. Low miles with poor maintenance can be worse than hi miles with good maintenance as you already know.
I'm sure there are other points to consider and hopefully someone will add some other things to lookout for.
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