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Sep 13, 2003 (11:52 am)
Even though the new 04 F-150 has just been released I still think the old model is the nicest truck I have ever driven. The power was good on the 5.4 engine, the drive was smooth, the wind noise was almost non-existent, and it could be used as a 4X4 quite well.
Looking forward to driving a new one with the improved 5.4, though I might just buy a standard cab 4X4 with the base 4.6 V8, which I have not driven yet, but think it should be sufficient for that setup.
Also, people were commenting on gas mileage. When I drove an F-150 Supercrew, actually I rented it, I found I could get about 17 around town, not goosing the throttle and close to 20 on the highway going between 70-75MPH. It all depends on your driving style what gas mileage you will get on average.
Sep 22, 2003 (8:12 pm)
Just bought a F150 Supercrew Lariat. I normaly try to stay away form buying newly introduced models the first year. I figure its best to let the car companies fix the first year bugs.
After looking at the 04's I couldn't resist. I should have listened to myself. On the way home from the dealer, the truck's rear end started shaking whenever I slowed between 30-40 MPH. I'm not talking subtle shaking . I talking stop the car and check for flat tire shaking.
Next day took the car to the dealer. Of course the car did not exhibit the shake on the test drive by shop foreman. They checked the car out for any obvious problems and eveything check out ok. Took the car home, had no problems for three or four days, then it hit again. It comes and go's. Anybody have any suggestions?
Sep 22, 2003 (9:38 pm)
i drove an '04 supercab last weekend. and i can say that i wasn't wowed enough to trade-in my '02 king ranch s-crew.
things i liked were the quietness/ride and drive.
things i didn't like were the chintzy chrome covered inside door handles that feel as cheap as they look. the climate control knobs felt brittle when rotated. the wood grain in the lariate was atrocious! my '77 cordoba sported better faux wood... the outside fuel door is plastic and on the truck i test drove it looked like a different colour than the surrounding sheet metal.
as for the 5.4l...to me it didn't feel anymore powerful than my '02 5.4l. the newer 4r75e tranny did shift better than my 4r70w. however, i felt my truck sounded better at full throttle vs the new one.
overall i wasn't impressed enough to get serious about trading...
#1239 of 1265 2003 Supercrew
Sep 26, 2003 (4:01 am)
Just bought a 2003 supercrew. 2004 was nice but even bigger/taller than 2003 which is already large.
Ride is great. Got 14.5 mpg around town and 16.8 mpg hwy on first two fill ups. (5.4 engine)
Heat control appear to be screwed up. When I turn to floor from panel, both panel and floor are blowing. Turn to defrost and there is lots of noise but little air flow. Turn to floor again and all the air goes onto the windsheild. Shut it off and there ia a loud whine/hiss. Already scheduled to have dealer check it.
Besides heat problem truck is great.
Oct 02, 2003 (7:19 pm)
I just purchased a Flowmaster exhaust system for my 2003 F-150 SC, I did the research for this product. Did I make the right choice?
#1241 of 1265 2003 Supercrew heat
Oct 03, 2003 (2:50 am)
A vacuum hose was broken. Fix was quick and the heat works now.
Mixed hwy/ around town giving me just under 17 mpg. Sticker says I should get 18 mpg on the highway.
#1242 of 1265 Exhaust System
Oct 11, 2003 (10:30 am)
Brandon1984- You made a good choice. Both my sons installed Flowmaster split rear exhaust to their 2003 F-150's and they sound great. I installed a Gibson split rear to my 2000 F-150 SC. The sound is more mellow. I like the sound of the Flowmaster which is what I will get when my new 2004 F-150 FX4 Screw arrives.
#1243 of 1265 Ive heard some good things
Oct 17, 2003 (9:37 pm)
about Magnaflow mufflers as well. Esp for the Ford Trucks.
Oct 27, 2003 (11:31 am)
Had my first good change to use 4 x 4. Went to a job site that is still all dirt. Well actually mud and water as it has been raining here. 4x4 high worked great. Switch in to 4x4 Hi, switch back to 2 wheel drive.
Truck got dirty but I did not get stuck or bottom out.
Could not imagine getting onto the site in my old Camry.
#1245 of 1265 SuperCrew Changes/modifications in recent years?
Nov 10, 2003 (10:15 pm)
I'm in the market for a 2001-2002 model F-150 SuperCrew. This is primarily because of my price limit and not wanting to buy too old. However, as there are low mileage 1999-2000 models in decent condition, I'm wondering what minor modifications (if any) Ford made from 1999 to 2000 to 2001 to 2002. Are there any owners of these models who can provide me the differences?