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#1256 of 1265 F150 SuperCrew Vibration
Dec 05, 2003 (9:51 am)
THis problem is posted on the Ford F-Series Pickup board, other than SUPERCREW owner board.
I owned a 2001 2wd XLT Supercrew, 2001 4wd XLT Supercrew, and a 2003 FX4 XLT Supercrew (5.4 V8, 3.73 posi-rearend, tow pkg) and experienced the vibration problem you described on the 03 model. It happened at certain highway speeds. I never took the truck back or complained, just a slight inconvienance. I don't have a heavy foot and Gas mileage was 16-18 hwy and around 15-16 city.
I really enjoyed my SuperCrews, never had any major problems or complaints and agree the 6-cd changer in console is a pain in the butt to access when driving the vehicle. Alas, I wanted a diesel and recently sold the 03 and moved up to an 04 2500 Dodge Quad Cab 4x4 with HO Cummins and 4.10 rear end. Looked at F250, but just too darn expensive and couldn't get it in a stick. And the Dodge dealer offered me $1500 more than the Ford Dealer for trade-in. At 3,000 miles, Dodge Fuel mileage 18-22 city!
#1257 of 1265 2004 FX4 Supercrew 4wd problem
Dec 13, 2003 (2:03 pm)
Well if you spell Ford backwards it's DROF. I DROF A FORD and converted from Dodge. I hope I made the right decision.
As luck would have it, the very day I drof my shinny new Bright Red FX4 home, a noise from the left front drive train became a huge concern. The next morning at the service line I was told that none of the new Fords have come in for mechanical problems, only oil changes. It really stumped them. Upon test driving the truck with listening devices all over the bottom of it, a bad hub was diagnosed. We left it there for repairs with the understanding we were not in the market for a PROJECT VEHICLE. Continuing with us taking delivery of this one would be based on whether or not it turned out to be a simple fix, and/or if they could find an exact replacement.
Well the hub was not the exact problem. The noise continued. The diaphragm actuator was not fully disengaging causing the splines to clank against one other. I really am disappointed that me as a fresh convert to Ford got such a bad start.
Due to no other exact replacement vehicles any where in San Antonio, we are taking the leap of faith that this is the only problem we encounter!
Any other problems out there with the new Fords?
#1258 of 1265 4x4bully.................
Dec 14, 2003 (11:17 am)
You realize that if this same thing would have happened to a Dodge some of these Ford lovers would be telling you that this is nothing but a sign of things to come and how much better Fords are.
Ford makes a pretty good truck, but nobody, and I mean nobody is pefect, despite the claims you'll hear in other quarters. Obviously this was a defect at assembly. I'm sure your dealer will make this right and you will have good service from it.
#1259 of 1265 Looking for a 2001 F150 Supercab XLT 4x4
Dec 15, 2003 (10:43 am)
I am in the market for a Ford or Chevy with the above specs. I am a SUV convert ('89 Toyota Land Cruiser) but need space for renovation jobs.
Does anyone have any pro's or con's about the above trucks? It seems the Fords are a bit cheaper in price.
Also, would you have any problems buying one of these trucks with 30k - 45k miles? Shouldn't these trucks run to 150k or so with few problems when they are not abused and oil changed regularly.
Please advise. Thanks for the help.
#1260 of 1265 F150 Crash test results look good!
Dec 20, 2003 (11:43 am)
Last night on the news program they showed the 2004 F150 surviving the front end collision test and it performed very well. The first video showed the 2003 year model and then the 2004....Man what a difference!!! With over 17 years in auto claims, I can appreciate the improvements in this years model. Granted the end result is still a total loss from the wreck, at least the cabin remained intact so fewer if any injuries would result. I am still disappointed that
Ford has not stepped up to the plate quicker with the optional side air curtains. I have read that maybe next years edition will offer them.
#1261 of 1265 I saw those results
Dec 20, 2003 (10:44 pm)
over at msnbc's website. And it does appear to be a big difference. Makes me wish I had a 2004 now!
Dec 21, 2003 (4:13 pm)
keep in mind guys that the '03 model tested was a supercab and not a supercrew.
#1263 of 1265 S Crew VS. S Cab results
Dec 21, 2003 (6:47 pm)
I'm no structural engineer, but what little knowledge I do have from adjusting auto claims for 17 years, I'd be willing to bet the S Crew will do just as well or even better. Based on the fact there is a center ( B ) pillar in the S Crew whereas the SC does not, I feel there is even more structural strength.
Dec 21, 2003 (7:15 pm)
i would hope the '03 supercrew would do MUCH better than the '03 supercab...which did horribly!!
Dec 26, 2003 (11:47 am)
I hope you guys are right too!