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Old 04-05-2010
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Looking at a new truck what to look for?

Taking my girlfriends brother to look at a 2003 FX4 level 2 tomorrow. I know the basics to look for, leaks noises ect. But the truck is from the east coast and apparently has some rust, so I know I should check the rear shackle hangers, where else should I look for rust on the truck?

Its an auto with 43k on it, the truck is dirt cheap but has a rebuilt title so we will see what kind of shape its in.

Hit me up if you guys have any advice. Thanks
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Old 04-05-2010
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For the right price I'd grab a Level 2 in a second.

If anything, parts alone can build up a regular ranger.
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Old 04-06-2010
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Do a Car Fax or other check to see why the Salvage Title !

Check the brakes.
Front Hanger on rear springs, frame around the hanger.
Rear Frame where the Spring Hanger Mounts.
Tailgate lower edge is almost alway rusted especially if it is a steppie.
Under the inside edge of the Doors, rusting.
If there is a lot of rust then check the floors, if you can lift the mats/rug/rubber flooring.
Fender Flares? If so look around the edge of them too.

Just thinking out loud here…

If the price is low, then get it, if for nothing else you can get a really good Ranger and swap the interior and manual T/C and other things to the better truck and then re-sell the worst of them after swapping parts.
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Gonna do a preliminary check today and then run a carfax if we deam it worth while.

The truck has new brakes all around so thats a plus.

Did not know to check the tail gate so I will look there.

and because everything is better with pictures.

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Lukz gud. That's my favorite color
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