Though he has dabbled in some more exotic machinery as of late, Tyler Hoover of the YouTube channel Hoovie’s Garage has also featured his fair share of Blue Oval rides, too. That includes a comparison between the very first and last generations of the Ford Thunderbird, a teardown and analysis of the frunk in the Ford F-150 Lightning, and the purchase of a super-cheap, high-mile Ford Excursion. Now, Hoover is back with more Blue Oval content, this time, after he purchased a 300k-mile 2014 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor recently.
In today’s world, 300k miles is still quite a lot, even for a vehicle with a reputation like the first-generation Ford F-150 SVT Raptor. As one might imagine, there are some defects present on this particular pickup, though Hoover calls it “peak Ford,” noting that the build quality here is second to none, and even going so far as to declare that “we may never have something this good ever again.” However, what’s particularly notable about this Raptor is that Hoover paid a mere $11,000 for it, which is a steal by any measure.
Amazingly, in spite of that bargain-basement price tag, this Ford F-150 SVT Raptor is running and driving quite well. That’s a testament not only to the truck’s build quality, but also its simple, naturally-aspirated 6.2L V8 Boss powerplant, which isn’t adorned with turbos or a bevy of other newfangled technology that can hamper long-term reliability, as Hoover notes, nor the issues that plagued 4.6L or 5.4L modular engines of this era.
Upon closer inspection, there are a few issues with this particular F-150 Raptor, as one might expect. However, they’re relatively minor, such as an exhaust leak, an oil leak, worn inner tie rods, a loose u-joint, and a non-working e-brake, but that’s pretty much it. The total bill to fix all of those things looks likely to come in at less than $2,000, making this high-mile Raptor a fantastic deal in every conceivable way – particularly in today’s truck-crazy market.
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