Advice on buying a truck that would be good for towing.
This is my first post here and I apologize if I am asking things that were already discussed. Instead of getting a truck and then asking questions about its towing capabilities, I want to get some advice on what to look for while buying a used truck.
Basically I am looking to replace my 1994 Ranger, which I have been using as a spare vehicle for some home depot runs and such, with something that I can occasionally tow my project car, Subaru Impreza. What I have been looking at is 1997 Ė 2004 F150. I have a budget of $4,000 which I am sure that is going to limit me somewhat, but I have found a tons of trucks in that price range. Itís just matter of choosing the right one.
I know that I should be looking for automatic trans rather than manual, because automatics have higher towing rating for one reason or other. I am obviously looking at V8s. I am seeing a lot more 4.6L than 5.4L, probably because of my price range. But the ones that I am seeing, a lot of 4.6L have what seems to be tow package judging by the hitch, and a few 5.4L that I have found donít hitches, and therefore I assume tow package. How easy would it be to add tow package to a truck that didnít come with it? Should I try to stick with 5.4L and add towing package, or would it be better to get a 4.6L with tow package so I donít have to mess with it.
Also, what other factors should I look at? 4x4 vs 2x4? My Ranger is 4x4 but honestly I have never used it in about 8 months that I owned it. Anything else? I also found couple of F250 in my price range with 5.4L. Would they be better for me or just be heavier that F150 given that itís the same engine?
Thanks for advice,