A generation ago, logging 100,000 miles on a car or truck meant that it didn’t have much time left on the road. Electronics and suspension components would wear out first. Then gaskets and other rubber bits. And if you lived somewhere where the roads are salted in winter, you could expect to see rust beginning to eat your investment away before your very eyes — even with the right preventative maintenance.
Today, things are a bit different. The average age of cars on the road is 11.5 years old, up from 8.5 years back in 1995. So if the average American puts 15,000 miles a year on their car, that means they’re going to be racking up over 172,500 miles over their car’s lifespan, up from the 127,000 they were putting on them back in the ’90s.
The good news is that modern cars and trucks can take it; they’re more robust and reliable than their predecessors, and are built for the added wear-and-tear. But they can still experience the problems earlier models did, especially once the odometer rolls over into that sixth digit. And nowhere is that more noticeable than in hard-living pickup trucks. With pickups as popular — and expensive — as ever, customers are flocking to used pickups like never before. While we recently covered 10 things to look out for when buying a used truck, every model has its own quirks. Looking at some of the most popular trucks in the U.S., we’ve come up with a short list of trucks that can have problems once you pass 100,000 miles, and what things to look out for if you’re considering a high-mileage pickup.
1. Ford F-150
America’s best-selling vehicle was all-new for 2015; as a result, there aren’t many of them out there that have cracked the 100,000 mile mark yet. But the rest of the world is still catching up to its new aluminum-intensive construction, a material previously reserved for premium and sports cars. As a result, body work can cost as much as 26% more than on its steel-bodied competitors. So if you end up with a new F-150, don’t crash it until repair shops build up a backlog of parts.
If you’re in the market for a high-mileage Ford truck, the best thing you can do is research to find out if the truck is up to date on recall repairs. Models from 1999-2003 could have a defective cruise control switch, which could cause fires, and Triton V8-equipped models from ’97-’06 are known for spitting out spark plugs, causing a whole host of issues. If these issues are sorted, and regular maintenance was done on the truck its whole life, there’s no reason your used F-150 couldn’t crack the 200,000 mark.
Next: The issues can add up with this popular truck.