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Well it might be a lot of money but I think I would rather spend the money and drop a new engine & tranny in my 04 in 8 or 9 years rather than go out and drop 50k on a new Ford and be stuck having to worry about even lower fuel economy and more sensors and more codes & smog checks.
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Yes, I might do the same thing myself. But what will probably happen is I will trade it for a whole new Ford. Just can't resist a whole new truck every several years. I wouldn't be too pessimistic about the future. There are a lot of smart engineers around and motors then may be way better than current ones. If you were as ancient as me you would have lived through the 60s and early seventies with wonderful muscle cars of beautiful design and mega horsepower. This wonderful period was followed by the Dark times of the mustang 2 and other such POS cars of so long ago as to seem almost just a bad memory now with such fantastic cars as the new Shelby mustang, the new Corvettes, etc, etc. In 1977, we thought the epa had killed off fun cars forever. That did not happen. There are some great enthusiast cars again. Keep the Faith!