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Just bought a 2010 ST Limited

Thread in 'General Information' started by Duncan Kimbro, Nov 27, 2019.

  1. Duncan Kimbro

    Duncan Kimbro Member 1st Gen Owner 2nd Gen Owner 2 Wheel Drive 4 Wheel Drive V6 Engine

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    Hey guys. I’m having a pretty good day today.

    I bought a 2010 Limited V6 4WD today and traded my 2003 XLT. The 2010 is Brilliant Silver Metallic. I wasn’t sure about the color at first but it’s grown on me over the last couple days. I actually picked the car up last night and had my mechanic look over it this morning before I closed the deal this afternoon.

    101k miles, one local owner who originally bought it at the dealership where he traded it in about 30 miles away from here. All maintenance, repairs, new tires, etc. were done at that dealership. I don’t know the older gentleman who owned it, but one of my business partners knows him fairly well. My partner told me he is the kind of guy who keeps his vehicles well-maintained. Knowing that, seeing the physical condition of the interior and exterior, and driving it for pretty much a full day made me confident that it’s in pretty good condition for a nine-year-old truck.

    I was able to look over the undercarriage and suspension while my mechanic had it up on the rack, and everything looked pretty good. Gotta love those mild Tennessee winters!

    There are a couple of minor cosmetic issues on the exterior that my body shop guy said he can take care of fairly easily (It’s sad that I have a body shop guy, but I have teenagers and a wife who has a tendency to bump into things in parking lots). The instrument panel dimmer switch seems a little buggy, and I need to replace a couple of bulbs. It may need front brake pads in a few months. That all played into negotiating what I thought was a fair price.

    I have a few mods I want to make, particularly black wheels, a black grille, and changing out the stock 6-disk changer (and the underwhelming 1st gen Sync system) for a touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and a back up camera.

    I have some pictures from the dealership website that I can post later on.
     
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  2. Duncan Kimbro

    Duncan Kimbro Member 1st Gen Owner 2nd Gen Owner 2 Wheel Drive 4 Wheel Drive V6 Engine

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    I’m sure I’ll have questions, especially about mods I’ve never done, but I’ll make sure to search here and Explorerforum.com, so please be patient with me!
     
  3. "Risky Bizness"

    "Risky Bizness" Member 2nd Gen Owner 2 Wheel Drive V6 Engine

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    Congrats on your Sport Trac !!!

    We changed out the stereo, like you are wanting to do, and added a remote start unit as well. I work for a dealership, so like you, I was able to look ours over, and drive it for a couple of days before buying it.
     
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  4. Duncan Kimbro

    Duncan Kimbro Member 1st Gen Owner 2nd Gen Owner 2 Wheel Drive 4 Wheel Drive V6 Engine

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    Thanks Risky!

    Good test of the ST today. 370 mile trip to Thanksgiving with old friends. It did well and I averaged almost 18 MPG, once I remembered to flip the A/C off after it fogged up a little this morning. I tend to drive fast, so I think that’s pretty good.
     
  5. Todd Z

    Todd Z Well-Known Member 2nd Gen Owner V6 Engine V8 Engine

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    Welcome and good luck with it !! There are a bunch of common issues but those are easily fixed.... Also immediately install a 16lb rad cap off of a 98 mustang v6... the 20 PSI is way to high !!
     
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    Evox Member 1st Gen Owner 2 Wheel Drive V6 Engine

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    Congrats! Hell, the older I get silver and white appeal to me more and more. I have a black BMW that just breaks my heart. The dark colors are great if you're a car detailer and willing to do the work to keep them looking good, but the darker colors are just so damn unforgiving. They show everything, including those annoying swirls.

    Personally I prefer silver.
     
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  7. Duncan Kimbro

    Duncan Kimbro Member 1st Gen Owner 2nd Gen Owner 2 Wheel Drive 4 Wheel Drive V6 Engine

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    Thanks Evox. The silver has grown on me, and I think if I black out some of the chrome, I will like it even better. My white 2003 was a lot easier to keep looking good than any of the dark cars I've owned.

    CarMax in Las Vegas has a beautiful Blue Flame Metallic 2010 Limited with black XD Series Grenade wheels that's pretty nice looking. I think that's would be my choice if it were local and the price was lower. I think I may put a set of those wheels on my ST.

    Posted a photo below...still all stock at this point.

    Sport Trac Louisville.jpg
     
  8. swshawaii

    swshawaii Well-Known Member 1st Gen Owner 2 Wheel Drive V6 Engine

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    Duncan, congrats on your very clean 2010 ST purchase. Agree, and never believed I'd own a white or lighter colored vehicle, but wouldn't own anything else now. Was very hesitant to buy my low mileage 2005 Trac ten years ago but the price was too good to pass up from a desperate seller facing foreclosure on Maui. Common belief is white or lighter colors gets dirty faster but found out the opposite to be true after owning a factory black 1979 Ranchero "land yacht" years ago. Originally wanted silver but a long time friend who owns a Corvette shop said silver paint is difficult to match. My only "complaint" is wax is hard to see. LOL

    One thing for sure is white is MUCH cooler than black. MANY black vs. white vehicle temperature articles found on line.

    Here's just one:
    https://www.autotrader.com/car-video/car-color-test-are-black-cars-really-hotter-sun-video-242940
     
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    Evox Member 1st Gen Owner 2 Wheel Drive V6 Engine

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    Have you thought about lifting it a little? I'm not a fan of the super high lift kits, but a subtle lift really would make that ST look good. Also, a good brush guard or bullbar might look pretty good too. Mines only a 4x2 so I'd feel a little bit like a poser putting any serious off-road parts on it. But that's a 4x4, so....
     
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  10. Duncan Kimbro

    Duncan Kimbro Member 1st Gen Owner 2nd Gen Owner 2 Wheel Drive 4 Wheel Drive V6 Engine

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    I may consider a small amount of lift, but I don’t plan to take it off-road, not intentionally anyway. I’m keeping the same size tires for a while...just ordered a set of 18” XD Series Satin Black Grenade wheels. If the expensive Michelin tires weren’t in such good shape, I’d have considered larger rims/tires, but I want to keep the Michelin‘s that are on there now. I’ll post another picture after they’re installed, maybe as early as this coming weekend.

    Ironically, it looks like a bull bar was previously installed. The brackets are there under the front bumper. There are a couple of “outee” dimples where it pressed the plastic front bumper cover against the structural bumper below it. They aren’t particularly noticeable, but it may be cheaper to install a replacement bull bar then to have the dimples fixed.
     
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  11. Duncan Kimbro

    Duncan Kimbro Member 1st Gen Owner 2nd Gen Owner 2 Wheel Drive 4 Wheel Drive V6 Engine

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    Thanks Steve. So far I’m really liking the silver. I’ll see how much I like black leather on a 100 degree day in July! I need a windshield screen and front tint.
     

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