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#4644953 - 01/24/18 12:51 PM Best vehicle I ever owned
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Registered: 10/10/17
Posts: 421
Loc: Vermont
Was thinking today what was the best vehicle I ever owned. I was a 1988 Ford F350 crew cab 4x4 with the 7.3 Navistar engine and the neck snaping C6. Work done on this truck was minimal. Engine/transmission/transfer case/Front and rear differential's never touch. Oil change and filter every 5,000 miles. Trans every 20,000 miles and still would snap your back in your seat on the 1-2 and 2-3 shifts. Never let me down. Sold the truck in 2012 with 416,000 miles because Vermont salt finely won. New owner put engine in a 1987 3/4 ton pickup. Amazing Amazing truck.


Edited by littleant (01/24/18 12:52 PM)
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#4644958 - 01/24/18 12:56 PM Re: Best vehicle I ever owned [Re: littleant]
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Registered: 10/09/04
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Loc: Cincinnati, OH, USA
Yep-got that same engine in the '89 F-SuperDuty in my sig-it's a little short on power, but it is hauling around 12,500 pounds around. I don't have the C6, it's a ZF-5 manual.
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#4644969 - 01/24/18 01:11 PM Re: Best vehicle I ever owned [Re: littleant]
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Registered: 12/31/16
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Loc: Waco, TX
My 1993 Ford Ranger (was 2.3 liter) swapped to 5.0, Tremec 3550 transmission, 8.8" rearend.

I've pulled 5,000+ GVTW many times with this li'l beast.
I've hauled dozens of flooded cars back to Texas after Katrina to part out.

Hauled many tractors, too - including a Farmall M with wheel weights and a 3-point hitch!
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#4644974 - 01/24/18 01:14 PM Re: Best vehicle I ever owned [Re: littleant]
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Registered: 07/22/05
Posts: 127
Loc: Brighton MI,
2004 Honda Accord V6 4 door- EX- what a great car i was totally opposed to it at first.
Then i drove it. My wife put the first 120k on it and i took it to 300k

It left me once i had to get a ride to the Local NAPA and put a starter in it.
I sold it for $2000 and i am sure it is out driving.
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#4644984 - 01/24/18 01:24 PM Re: Best vehicle I ever owned [Re: littleant]
Richie Offline


Registered: 06/10/04
Posts: 304
Loc: Valencia, CA
1998 Honda Civic LX Sedan. Sold it with 260K miles and it is still going strong at 340K miles with the new owner. That car never left me stranded and only required the normal maintenance.

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#4644987 - 01/24/18 01:26 PM Re: Best vehicle I ever owned [Re: littleant]
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Registered: 03/11/12
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Loc: San Antonio, TX
My 1995 f150 Has been similar. No engine or rear end work. Rarely breaks down in 249k miles


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#4644998 - 01/24/18 01:34 PM Re: Best vehicle I ever owned [Re: littleant]
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Registered: 01/03/09
Posts: 13763
Loc: Illinois
My present 2007 Ford Fusion that I still own. 2nd was my old 1991 Ford Ranger. When sold it had 354K and still runin strong. The valve covers were never removed.


Edited by tig1 (01/24/18 01:35 PM)
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#4645010 - 01/24/18 01:52 PM Re: Best vehicle I ever owned [Re: littleant]
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Registered: 05/25/05
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Loc: Alberta, Canada
My Corolla. Other than tires, oil, ATF, coolant change and (1) headlight bulb, I haven't had to perform a single repair...I still have the factory brake pads...LOL
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#4645018 - 01/24/18 01:57 PM Re: Best vehicle I ever owned [Re: littleant]
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Registered: 09/23/07
Posts: 301
Loc: northern NY
Against ALL. Odds. And would you believe , My daughters 2003 Cavalier . Bought it at 105 k miles cheap and she drove that thing from 11Th grade through 4 years college and a couple more after that. Sold it at 210 ish . Nothing special and a cheap car through being a base model but I never got to know that engine at all. It did need 4 wheel bearings because some cheese head must have run out at the factory and none were there. Even my Honda Civics couldn't pull that one off. It was cheaply made and tinny though but just kept going and I sold it to another guy as a beater.

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#4645033 - 01/24/18 02:22 PM Re: Best vehicle I ever owned [Re: littleant]
littleant Offline


Registered: 10/10/17
Posts: 421
Loc: Vermont
I forgot to mention the only oil ever used was 15w40 Rotella and a wix filter. It's funny that back then you just used the oil recommended and put a good filter on (never cut one open back then just assumed they worked) and stuck with it. Today with the new car's and trucks and so many oil and filter choices it can be mind numbing. With so many of the older vehicles that you guys had or still have with 300-400,000 miles makes you Wonder about the new vehicles. Yes they get better mileage and cleaner air so I guess we are better off. (but still)
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#4645039 - 01/24/18 02:27 PM Re: Best vehicle I ever owned [Re: littleant]
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Registered: 02/19/13
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I'm only 23 and haven't had any single car for a major amount of miles yet, but I bought my Camry at 196k and it has 227k miles now. It's been extremely reliable, has been sitting for 11 months because I bought a newer car and I wouldn't hesitate to drive it across the country and back.

I'll keep my Jeep forever, it's needed quite a bit of work but I'll always keep it.
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#4645042 - 01/24/18 02:28 PM Re: Best vehicle I ever owned [Re: littleant]
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Registered: 08/13/11
Posts: 1994
Loc: Lakeside, CA
I had a 1990 Ford Ranger with the 2.9L 5 speed. I bought it for $5100 and 50,000 miles. The only work I had to do was a clutch job and brakes. Sold it years later with over 300,000 miles for $4,000. I think I got my monies worth out of that one.
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#4645044 - 01/24/18 02:34 PM Re: Best vehicle I ever owned [Re: Driz]
littleant Offline


Registered: 10/10/17
Posts: 421
Loc: Vermont
Originally Posted By: Driz
Against ALL. Odds. And would you believe , My daughters 2003 Cavalier . Bought it at 105 k miles cheap and she drove that thing from 11Th grade through 4 years college and a couple more after that. Sold it at 210 ish . Nothing special and a cheap car through being a base model but I never got to know that engine at all. It did need 4 wheel bearings because some cheese head must have run out at the factory and none were there. Even my Honda Civics couldn't pull that one off. It was cheaply made and tinny though but just kept going and I sold it to another guy as a beater.

Now that is amazing Driz. I use to repair them along with Pinto's/Chevrolet Vega/Dodge colts and other Marvel's that came out of Detroit.

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#4645123 - 01/24/18 03:43 PM Re: Best vehicle I ever owned [Re: littleant]
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Registered: 05/29/13
Posts: 649
Loc: Florida
Out of 87 cars and trucks in the last 50 years, the clear winner was my 2001 Ram 2500 4X4. Had it for 14 years before I traded it on my 2014 Ram. At the time I bought it, CR said it was the worst truck you could possibly buy for reliability. Gave me flawless service from day 1. Wish I had it back.

My second favorite is my current 2016 Charger Scat Pack. Too soon to tell about the long term reliability but I absolutely love the car. IMO, it is the best combination of price, performance, practicality, and comfort in a 4 door performance sedan available today. The sound of the factory exhaust is music to my ears. I love it so much, I never turn on the radio. I do not want to contaminate that beautiful sound with the absolute garbage on the air these day. Oh and CR rates it as the least reliable large sedan you can buy. I think I am on a roll.


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#4645136 - 01/24/18 04:03 PM Re: Best vehicle I ever owned [Re: littleant]
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Registered: 11/29/08
Posts: 3114
Loc: Oshawa, Ontario Canada
Our 1997 civic hatchback that we still have has been the most trouble free car.

Next one would be a 94 accord.
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