Versatility is pretty important in today's modern automobile. For example - you want to head down to the mall to replace a pair of shoes that just started talking, but sitting in traffic sucks. Now you can buy an insanely affordable off-road Ford Raptor and drive it through the woods. If time is money, this is the best option ever.
This 2010 Ford SVT Raptor is the closest thing to a factory trophy truck ever made. It has 11 inches of suspension travel in the front, 12 in the rear, comes standard with 35 inch tall all-terrain tires, and features a locking rear diff with a 4.10 ratio, for only the most refined of snow, mud, and field-nuts. This early model has a 5.4 liter V8 that produces 310 horsepower and 365 ft-lbs of torque, which isn't an astonishing amount, but with a truck like this, the aftermarket is your playground.
The truck looks to be in great shape, and it should be, with less than 47,000 miles on the odometer and a clean vehicle history, although CarFax can't account for how much air time the car has seen. On top of being a crazy off-roader, it's also a fully-loaded Ford F-series pickup, with a 6,000 lb. tow rating and the ability to store half a ton in the back without fuss from the stout drivetrain.
Should you buy this car knowing it's the lesser-engined option in the Raptor line? Yes - because it's an engine that has been around in one form or another for more than a decade, parts are seriously cheap and plentiful, and the aftermarket support is absolutely enormous. It's a great starting point on a truck that looks and drives like new, except you're getting infinitely more value than any new truck in Ford's lineup at this price. Jump your way to work everyday. It's just a better way to live.
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