Join Date: Apr 2018
Location: St. Paul, Minnesota
Just Bought New King Ranch!
Hi all. I have been driving my 2010 King Ranch for 8 years and 8 months, and today (Wed 11/21/18) was the last day I will ever drive it. Loved that truck, 5.4L Triton with 6-speed tranny with 3.55 gears and 171K miles on it. Mechanically, it was rock solid. Body wise, not so much from these Minnesota winters and the salted roads. I had rust happening just about everywhere, and the rocker panels were rusted through--every time I slammed the rear doors shut another chunk of rusted metal would drop to the running boards. KKB fair condition on dealer trade looked to be $7.4K-$10K. I knew they would have to put the truck to auction. The dealer I bought it new from only offered me $6K trade in, and wouldn't negotiate down any further on a new 2018 King Ranch (price is the price). So I went to another Ford dealer, and through negotiations I ended up getting a resulting trade in value of $8,799--let's just call it $8.8K, or $2.8K higher than the offer from the other dealer. Now here is the part you guys are going to love reading about...the first dealer was a 5.0L V8 with 3.31 gears, and the second dealer was a 3.0 PowerStroke with 3.55 gears. Both trucks had towing mirrors and 6.5" long bed that I was looking for. So, how is that diesel payback period looking since that I picked it up for $2.8K less than I could have got the V8!
I know I probably could have tried to sell my old truck to private party, but I have always traded in for piece of mind that I never have to worry how the new owner is getting by with my old truck. Also, with all the rust I had, I seriously think it may have been a long difficult process to sell it.
Anyway, my new 2018 F150 King Ranch PowerStroke White Platinum with Stone Gray accent having 6.5' bed and tow mirrors with 3.55 gears is fully loaded--MSRP $72,945, but with my trade in and negotiations I was out the door at $59K. I did all the negotiations before even taking it for a test drive, since I told them there was no point to test driving if they weren't going to make me a Black Friday deal I couldn't walk away from (of course I have already test drove the F150 diesel numerous times over the past 3-4 months at other dealers).
I have always custom ordered my new trucks and waited for them to arrive. This truck happened to be exactly how I would have ordered it, and it was sitting on the lot (I knew it was there). I was surprised when I test drove it that it only had 8.0 miles on the odometer. Thanks to those in the forum that have been posting how long they have been waiting for their custom ordered trucks, which also motivated me to make this deal.
I am really looking forward to driving this truck and pulling around my Ranger fiberglass boat (~4,000 pounds) with it next summer.
Now I have to stop typing here and get either Husky or WeatherTech floor liners on order. I saw one post where a guy got Husky and was really happy with them, and came from WeatherTech. 2 trucks back I was Husky, last 1 WeatherTech, so will have to give both websites a look.