When you own a vehicle for 11 years and put 150,000 miles on it, you expect to have some out of pocket expenses for repairs and maintenance, hopefully the bulk of that just on the latter. It turns out in my experience that 99% of my lifetime out of pocket expenses for my 1997 F-150 pick-up truck were for maintenance only. And by maintenance I am referring to oil changes, tune-ups, new tires, brakes, etc. Basically things you expect to replace at certain intervals.
My 1997 Ford was an XLT standard cab and Bed, equipped with a 4.2L V6 with a manual 5 speed transmission. It averaged 17 MPG. During my 11 year ownership, only one unexpected repair came my way: the passenger side power window motor burned out. I replaced it for about $50 and installed it myself in about an hour. I changed the oil every 5,000 miles, put new brake pads on it, replaced one blinker, and all three brake lights once, went through three sets of tires, and replaced the battery one time. That about sums it up for the repairs and maintenance. As you can imagine, hindsight being 20/20, I very satisfied with my ownership of that truck and my ROI in the end was better than most cars or trucks you would purchase. ekspedisi Surabaya
Why did we go our separate ways? As I mentioned before, it was a standard cab and I now had one child and one on the way. There wasn’t enough room for all of us, so we had to say good-bye. It was one of those vehicles you had owned that, ever now and then, would make you say “Gosh, I miss that truck, I should have never gotten rid of it.”