Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Some of You May Have Caught On...

Sharp observers may have noted in my last post two references to my ole "faithful" red pickup. It was really getting on in there and needed replacing - bad.

It really was a good truck and lasted a whole lot longer then I had originally intended. Purchased for 192K miles, I knew it wouldnt last forever, but loved it anyways. It never truly did me wrong, and you can say all the mean "FORD" acronyms you want, but for what it was, and its condition, it was a real workhorse and I as sad to face facts time and again that it just wasnt doing its job anymore.

The plan was to save some OT money from my new job for a few months, get a decent down payment, and buy a "new" truck. Although my heart lied with the "old school" body style of my old truck, the simple fact was that those older years (gas or diesel) just werent going to last very long either and in a few years time I would be in the same boat. But I didnt really fall for the 01 body styles of the F150s either. I was in a dilemma where price was only going to allow me to go "so new". I was also a little torn on another gas-pod or leaping for a diesel. Problem was, we already have two 7.3 diesel trucks in our driveway and it was really rather silly to get another. Not to mention the 7.3 motors ended in 03, again limiting how "new" we could purchase.

I looked at Jeeps, Explorers, SUVs, and even a Land Rover! Boyfriend tried convincing me to get a Hummer! But I knew I just wouldnt be happy with an SUV, and for the cost in fuel, why not get a truck if it would be nearly equivalent? There was no doubt I needed a larger 'rig. Living where I do requires 4x4 at some point in the year, and anyone that knows me knows that there's just no way I would be happy driving a car. It truly boiled down to my simple necessities as a horse owner and a truck was just it for me. I need the bed, the towing capacity, and the four wheels to get done what I need to get done.

Here was the dilemma still: I just didnt like the look of those 150s I could afford in my price range.

Enter Wonderful Boyfriend.

He signed on the loan to allow me to get a much nicer vehicle then I could have gotten with my credit. With this new piece, we could now look at other trucks. The fancy new ones I never even looked at for dreaming knowing that there was no way I could get one.

In fact, Boyfriend tried surprising me with one the week after he returned from his big Idaho hunting trip. The truck we had looked at online, however, was at the airport as some salesman drove it there (even though the dealership owners had been well informed that Boyfriend was coming that day, but I digress). It worked out well though as I got go to that weekend and drive it myself and drool over it.

So, without further adieu, here is the new truck!

The 'specs for all you truck knowers:
It's an 08 F150 LARIAT (yay!) with 5.4L gas motor, 4x4. It has dual exhaust in the rear from Roush Racing (baby has some rumble!), bed extender, tonneau bed cover, quite a few after-market features including rims and tires, window visors, and towing package (plus all the luxuries of the Lariat edition). I love it!

It was a real trooper it's first time in the snow (which, btw the snow is still around)
And safely got me to the most important place: the Barn
I love it!!
Anyway, I absolutely love this truck, if you couldnt tell. :) 


Story said...

NICE!!! For the record I am totally a Ford girl so huge thumbs up! I think its awesome that you got another red truck, too. Congratulations!

AmberRose- Girl With a Dream said...

omg I love the truck I have to say I am kind of a fan of trucks! So cool that they've both been red to. Well done on finding a new truck that you love :D

SillyPony said...

Oooooh! Shiny! Congrats on your new baby! Thanks for letting me live vicariously through you!