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?