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Old 10-06-07, 08:46 AM   #1
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Ford F-150's...yea or nay??

Hey all,
I'm shopping for a new truck and I think it's going to be an F-150. The truck I'm looking at is a Lariat super-crew with leather, nav, all power and heated seats, 20's with Pirellis, and 5.3L V8 with 4X4.

Have you owned one of these recently? If so what are your thoughts on build quality, maintenance, durability, etc. I'm taking the wife to the dealership today at lunch to look at the truck I've picked out so please let me know what you think.

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Old 10-06-07, 08:52 AM   #2
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My Dad has a 99', not a great truck. It has to be constantly checked for the check engine light being on and it gives an unreadable code. The odometer picks the time it wants to be on, most of the time it is off. Dash is cracked which happened right after they bought it. My Dad babies this thing so much, and it still wants to break down! The newer trucks look better,but eh it is the same company.
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Old 10-06-07, 09:20 AM   #3
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There's new stuff coming.

Presenting the most entertaining, but least sensible F-150 review in history.

Chevy, Ford and Dodge are all fighting desperately for this market, and little of it is crap. Have fun.
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Old 10-06-07, 10:59 AM   #4
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I bought one for my auto-biz 8-years ago. Figured it'd be good to haul parts, engines and stuff around. Well... it cost me a pretty penny in gas (8-12mpg) and it ended up being on the lift and seemingly occupying more of my staff's time in repairs than what we brought in with customer work!
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a Lariat super-crew with leather, nav, all power and heated seats, 20's with Pirellis
The pickup truck is dead.

Long live the wannabe luxury car with a built-in truckbed.
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Old 10-06-07, 11:55 AM   #6
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My boss bought a F-150 about a year ago, kept having so many problems with it, from blown O2 sensors, to ECM glitches that would stall the vehicle at random, that he ended up debating pursuing issues through the lemon law (same issue kept repeating, wasn't able to be fixed), or just taking his lumps, and trading it in. He traded it in.

My next vehicle, I am highly leery of Ford, don't like OnStar so won't buy GM. Dodge... difficult to say. Sadly, it seems like the coolest cars and trucks are not made this side of the pond anymore, so there is a high chance I might just go Toyota or Mitsubishi. At least I will know the vehicle will start when I turn the key, and not leave me stranded.
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Old 10-06-07, 12:40 PM   #7
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the only good thing about the fords is the bed capacity. the f 150's go up to 3,000 lbs. but! if you want to haul the big loads you need a trailer anyway, and a toyota tundra, properly equipped will two all but 200lbs less than what the ford will. tundra's only go up to full ton though. also, what's the point in having the vehicle with the higher rating if it doesn't work?


but, are the fords really that bad? my half brother says he'd never had much trouble with fords. he usually only traded them in after 200,000 miles. and one should stay away from the new gm's. they're junk. maybe even worse than the fords.

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Old 10-06-07, 01:02 PM   #8
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I have a 2003 F 150 that I bought new and now I have 93000 miles on it. I use it strictly for work. I haul around at 600 lbs of tools and supplies every day. This truck has never been in the shop in need of any repairs and I get anywhere from 15 to 20 mpg. I will have to confess that it has a V6 engine. I have a work partner with a 2003 Toyota Tundra with 100,000 on it and it has been in the shop several times for repairs and recalls but he claims better gas millage with a V8.
I have owned over 15 trucks of various brands over the years and it seems that no matter what the brand domestic or Japanese some have been very dependable while others have cost a fortune in repairs. They have all been used strictly as work trucks and have usually been abused by their drivers.
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Old 10-06-07, 02:09 PM   #9
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Buy a Toyota and you won't have to worry about servicing it every 300 miles.
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Old 10-06-07, 02:13 PM   #10
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i got to see those made at the rouge plant & it was pretty cool.

don't listen to haters like zinn. ford makes a great truck (this coming from a chevy guy).
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Old 10-06-07, 02:26 PM   #14
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Have you thought about a Nissan? Or even Toyota? good machines, pretty good reviews out there on the stuff. Worth a look.
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Just bought a '07 Lariat Super Crew with all your aformentioned criteria less than a week ago. The sun/moon roof is as good as it gets. I got the Sand Tri-color Metallic as well. Got it at Sarasota Ford for $32k. Brandon Ford would not go lower than $34k on same. You know the 2007 F-150 is the most popular selling car/truck in the States? The computer states mileage of only 13.8 miles per gallon on the dash. The sticker says 11-19mpg. I have yet to see any average on my truck over 14mpg. I have the Triton 5.4 which puts out 300 hp. I also purchased the extended warranty. Some of you say that is a rip. I say it is the best insurance here in Florida there is. A/C units take a beating here in Fl. Try to have one fixed for less than a grand these days. The Sirius/6 CD/ MP3 is an awesome deal for only $400 or so. I never listen to terra radio anymore. My Wife has nonstop Salsa and Merengue and I have my hip-hop. I wish I would have gotten the fiberglass matching bed cover though. But the rear seats [also leather] fold up and there is massive amounts of room on the floor for groceries and even a transmission if you want.
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Old 10-06-07, 03:00 PM   #16
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Ford automatics suck monkey balls. Manuals are the only acceptable option.

My father has a F-150 auto. He tried to convince me that the autos were lower maintenance, then his had to be rebuilt at 80k.
For some reason lots of people believe this, personally I think it's the easiest way to weed out the mechanical dumb****s.

A more simple and effective system is going to last longer (a manual transmission), and minus a few exceptions, mainly defects, it's true.

Anyway, almost everyone at my job (Pizza delivery, yay college jobs!) drives a stick, it says something.


Anyway, American quality is usually crap. I have a Honda Hatchback. Go gas mileage. Only been in the shop for a checkup, belt change, and oil change. All cannot be avoided on any vehicle (minus I hear some cars have internal belt systems that don't get changed...).
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For some reason lots of people believe this, personally I think it's the easiest way to weed out the mechanical dumb****s.

A more simple and effective system is going to last longer (a manual transmission), and minus a few exceptions, mainly defects, it's true.

Anyway, almost everyone at my job (Pizza delivery, yay college jobs!) drives a stick, it says something.


Anyway, American quality is usually crap. I have a Honda Hatchback. Go gas mileage. Only been in the shop for a checkup, belt change, and oil change. All cannot be avoided on any vehicle (minus I hear some cars have internal belt systems that don't get changed...).

Your Honda Hatchback with the mileage can fit inside the back seat of my F-150. I want room and I want comfort. I could have bought a BMW 328 but with what room? My dining room table fits inside my Super Crew. Leather? Remote control satelite stereo? I am 53 years old and I have worked enough in my life. I am paying a price to take it easy.

Kind of like paying $16 for a haircut or $39 for a stylist to massage your head and serve hot tea to you while you are pampered in an ultra chic salon.

See the difference?
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Your Honda Hatchback with the mileage can fit inside the back seat of my F-150. I want room and I want comfort. I could have bought a BMW 328 but with what room? My dining room table fits inside my Super Crew. Leather? Remote control satelite stereo? I am 53 years old and I have worked enough in my life. I am paying a price to take it easy.

Kind of like paying $16 for a haircut or $39 for a stylist to massage your head and serve hot tea to you while you are pampered in an ultra chic salon.

See the difference?
1) You can get comfort in just about any vehicle, a truck designed for luxury is a *******ized truck. (luxury, not comfort, there is a difference) IMHO. A truck is suppose to be the best of the general public working machines, not your soccer mom's vehicle.
2) 99% of people don't actually use the room, most people who brag about what they can put in it usually don't put squat in it.
3) Mentioning your age just makes you seem more arrogant in your opinion. A 53 year old who believes the Earth is flat is going to be nearly impossible to change his mind.


I don't care about people buying them for a purpose, I do have a problem when people take up 4 parking spaces, or drive like idiots who think they're driving a sports car.


Also, I'm pointing out mechanical wellness with American vehicles. I don't care if someone buys a truck, just don't act like you know about the mechanics going on and pretend that it's the most reliable vehicle out there, it isn't, you're paying $30-50k for a vehicle that has more mechanical problems than most foreign $10-15k models. It's saying something about people who will buy luxury over reliability. Mainly: I'd rather feel comfortable than smart, which is dumb to say in the first place, being as you can get foreign comfort anyway...

Also, I've had numerous people compliment my tiny car on how comfortable it is in the back, which I found amusing (I use to take naps back there between classes). so "nah" on your comfort argument. Comfort is objective.


Furthermore, telling me that my car can fit in your car just shows you have some kind of problem with driving vehicles that aren't large simply because they're small.

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Your Honda Hatchback with the mileage can fit inside the back seat of my F-150. I want room and I want comfort. I could have bought a BMW 328 but with what room? My dining room table fits inside my Super Crew. Leather? Remote control satellite stereo? I am 53 years old and I have worked enough in my life. I am paying a price to take it easy.

Kind of like paying $16 for a haircut or $39 for a stylist to massage your head and serve hot tea to you while you are pampered in an ultra chic salon.

See the difference?
I undertsand where you're going with the room thing, but how much do you haul with your pickup bed? is this a weekly thing, where you're throwing a bunch of bikes in to head to the trailhead? Do you go to Home Depot and Ikea every weekend? Making a buck off the thing?
I don't disagree with trucks, but I have always seen them as utilitarian first and foremost. I think that American manufacturers were pandering to the luxury crowd as a way to grab sales, IMO. If you're not actually hauling a lot, I probably wouldn't have gotten the vehicle.
Or is this a status symbol, saying "I'm 53 years old, i've worked my ass off all my life, **** you"?
I might be doing the same thing at that too, never know...
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My brother has one from 1990. A 5.0. No trouble from it. He takes care of it.

Ford trucks, when maintained, last a very long time without much trouble. That goes for the econoline vans too. I've driven 20+ year old Ford trucks that have over 400,000 miles on them. They don't quit if you don't get rid of them.

And I must comment on Lauren's saying the auto trannys are no good. Flush them every 15,000 miles and they work very well. I know a took a towncar to 300,000 miles on the original transmission.
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1) You can get comfort in just about any vehicle, a truck designed for luxury is a *******ized truck. (luxury, not comfort, there is a difference) IMHO. A truck is suppose to be the best of the general public working machines, not your soccer mom's vehicle.
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Forget the F-150. Get a ranger.
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The pickup truck is dead.

Long live the wannabe luxury car with a built-in truckbed.
New Ford, NO WAY!

Even if I had the $ to drop today, I'd skip it.

(This from the proud owner of a '92 F-150 ex-cab 4x4 that I ordered. Still has the original clutch, an original u-joint, original rear brakes, order with overload springs that weren't enough so I added more, and the inline 6 with well over 200k)









Oh yeah, this thing don't drive around empty, it's ALWAYS haulin' something.
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I have a 1998 4.6 automatic F-150, with 150k+ and no major problems. Most dependable vehicle I've ever owned. I drove it cross country for 8-9 years, and the only time it ever broke down was an alternator
at 135k, a pretty good run for a stock alternator I'd say. Talk all you want, I know the truth about mine. ,,,,BD
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Got no use for a half ton, but I like my F-350.
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