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Old 03-06-2018, 05:59 PM
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Hello everybody. I posted this on FRF too so it may be a repeat if you saw it. Thanks in advance for any advice.
I've wanted a Raptor for as long as they've existed so I finally just drove a 2013 the other day and it was everything I had dreamed of and more. I'm pretty sure I had a chub for most of the drive. Now I've owned 20+ vehicles in my 20 years of driving so needless to say I get tired of things and move on quickly. I liked my Power Wagon but it had to go due to electrical gremlins. I have an FJ Cruiser now but I'm really tired of rowing the manual 6 speed and I miss having a truck. I don't do any high speed offroading but do need to be able to battle up to our cabin in 1-2' of snow at times and the wife isn't too keen on me thrashing around in her Grand Cherokee Trailhawk.

My price range is $30k or less. Raptors in this range are generally 2011-12 with 120k-150K miles and I'll probably have to hunt pretty hard to find a clean one. Am I stupid for considering this? I feel like the fun factor is worth the risk in a way.......unless I get tired of it. So how fast did the fun wear off for you guys? If ever?

My other option was buy a pretty well equipped CPO 2015 F150 XLT I found for $30K. It's leveled but still a pretty boring vehicle in comparison. (I feel like this is the responsible choice)

Or a 2011-2014 F150 and spending $1500 on a small lift and new tires. I know this won't make it a Raptor but it will acomplish most of where I need to go off road and all in it will still be under $25K and probably have fewer miles than the Raptor. (This will save money up front but I might just keep dumping money trying to continually make it more capable). I've considered doing this with a used Tundra too but the E-locker on the ford is keeping it in front for now.

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What is it about the Raptor that you like the most? The Mystique of the Raptor? The looks of the Raptor? The interior of the Raptor? The Off-Road capability of the Raptor? The Performance of the Raptor? Or the Whole Darn Thing?, Lol. If.....you're mainly interested in the power, You could go with an '11-'14 F150, say a Lariat or Platinum, that has the 6.2. In '11+'12? it was available in the Lariat and Platinum, and standard in the Lariat Limited, Harley Davidson and of course the Raptor. Then in the later years it changed a bit. It wouldn't look like a Raptor, have the suspension (plus it runs 4:11's) or the mystique, but it would have the power. I have an '11 Lariat that I special ordered with the 6.2, Max Tow and 3:73 LS rear.

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That is a lot of $$$ to drop for a truck with that high of mileage...especially a Raptor (who knows how it was treated). You would be way better off, as Scarlet stated already, to find a low mileage truck...be it a '14 and older or '15 and newer and build it however you like. Lift, wheels/tires and suspension can be upgraded and, if done correctly, you could end up with a truck even more capable than a stock Raptor.
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What is it about the Raptor that you like the most? The Mystique of the Raptor? The looks of the Raptor? The interior of the Raptor? The Off-Road capability of the Raptor? The Performance of the Raptor? Or the Whole Darn Thing?, Lol.
It’s pretty much a wash on the looks. I think a well done modified f150 looks as good as a Raptor for the most part. I think the combo of the big V8 power application with the 4.10 gears and the incredible suspension just feels great. Almost like I feel like I shouldn’t be legal to drive on the street. Kinda like when I ride the ATV through the neighborhood to get the mail.
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It’s pretty much a wash on the looks. I think a well done modified f150 looks as good as a Raptor for the most part. I think the combo of the big V8 power application with the 4.10 gears and the incredible suspension just feels great. Almost like I feel like I shouldn’t be legal to drive on the street. Kinda like when I ride the ATV through the neighborhood to get the mail.



I can't offer you any real advice, but this got a serious chuckle out of me!
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If your price range is under 30K, stay away from a Raptor, that is an awful financial decision just to have an overpriced truck. Raptors are for people without budgets. You can get a low mileage 15+ for under 30k, that will last you for a decade or more.
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Raptors are for people without budgets.
lol I have one and i am definitely on a budget. funny though. to the op, id get the raptor, the trucks are pretty solid. only issues i have had with mine were the shocks needed rebuilt(supposed to be done every 50,000) and for some unknown reason the rear tires were bald after a trip into the woods. but the motor is solid haven't had an issue there, or any drive-train components. yeah you can get a newer truck cheaper, have better fuel mileage. but those trucks don't have off-road mode, which is raptor exclusive. and i am sure those new trucks cant do 100mph with the rear diff locked. like the op i wanted a raptor when they first came out, it was my dream truck. and 5 years later i snagged up a 2012. had 65 k on it. and i spent 38 k after all the other crap was added on like gap, and lifetime oil changes. I don't regret the purchase, the ride is nice, the exhaust is throaty, seats are comfy, sound system was better than my last. sure i spend more at the pump, and insurance went up too. but I am happy. and as for the when does the fun wear off, i don't understand the question cuz that has not happened yet! Nothing like doing 100mph on the beach, catching air over some dunes, and getting the perfect brody as a group of golfers records the shenanigans unfolding. ultimately id pick the raptor over the newer truck.
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