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#701 of 1265 My truck better 'n your truck wars
May 16, 2001 (11:50 am)
Milt you sound like a Ford basher to me. If Cadillac ride is your standard to spend $25K to $35K then so be it. Other folks check out resale, towing capability,reliability,economy,suitability for expected use, consumer reports, and an other dozen or so considerations not the least being Brand loyalty and looks. In some way or another all the current offerings will appeal to somebody. The ongoing discussion here is the Ford F-150. Good, bad, or indeferent, your constructive criticism is welcome only to a point. If you your intent is to deride Ford owners as somehow stupid because we have a different standard than you, then I respectfully suggest you go find a Dodge discussion and tell them about all the foolish Ford owners you met here. BTW my 2001 4X4 extra long Ford truck with about 1900lbs of load in the bed, flys up and down hills and dirt (coleachi) oil field roads at 45-65 mph and handles exactly as it is supposed to. And the Lariat trim provides some, no a lot, of comfort while I am out in the middle of nowhere.
May 16, 2001 (9:17 pm)
Picked up my Super crew a couple days ago. 4x2, 5.4L, Lariat loaded. Absolutely love it. Previously owned 95 and 99 Super cabs. Both were great trucks. This one is a definite step up. Had front windows tinted and bed liner (drop in) installed today. Was debating on upgrading the key less entry to a Ford alarm system ($325). Looking for some advice as to whether or not to purchase an alarm. If I do, is there a better alternative to the Ford system for a comparable price? Would having a on Ford dealer installed system affect the warranty? I live in the Dallas area where theft is unfortunately a concern.
#703 of 1265 milt...loose Screw?
May 16, 2001 (10:37 pm)
Maybe you test drove a badly "loose" Screw? Had mine (2001 Screw 4x4 Lariat)for almost 3 months and it drives smooth and in control over badly paved roads. Even crossing railroad tracks are surprisingly smooth! BTW, I used to have a '99 Scab Lariat 4x2, and it did not ride as good as my Screw.
May 17, 2001 (6:18 am)
it was the opposite problem. The suspension seemed too tight, so much that it was bouncing off the road instead of gliding over it. Maybe it was due to the off-road suspension. But the other trucks had off-road suspensions too and were not so unsettled on rough pavement.
fredvon4: Weight in the bed improves the ride. I never called anyone stupid or even suggested it. I only said that the Ford was the only truck there I would not recommend. If that makes me a Ford basher, so be it. I really didn't think anyone was going to listen to me anyway. BTW-I have hated Toyotas all my life, imagine how disappointing it was for to me to discover that it was the best all-around vehicle there.
My point is anyone considering a new Ford S-Crew should test drive the competition first. Nothing more, nothing less. Draw your own conclusions after the test drives.
May 17, 2001 (7:38 am)
there is no competition for the s-crew. it is a one of kind until the 02' quad cab dodge comes out early this fall. there are other "true" crew cab trucks out there, but they are heavy duty versions and shouldn't be compared with the 1/2 ton supercrew.
May 17, 2001 (2:11 pm)
"I'll just say that the Ford is the only one that quickly dropped off the recommend list."
" I can't understand how they sell so many of these things considering how they drive. (Same thing goes for Explorers.) "
There are some folks here that are indeed looking for advice on new or usedFord purchase. However the ongoing discussions clearly indicate a group on current Ford owners. Having used all the previously mentioned criteria to purchase the truckes we own, I think it would be pretty obvious that you "help" is dirrected at the wrong group. What would you have us do, go immediatly down to Ford and demand our money back? I would admit that your sage advice to drive the competition first is sound. And I again state that if your in the market for a gas guzzling Caddy comfort ride with no load, buy buy a soft cushy chev, dodge, whatever. Superduty Ford trucks are designed to haul and carry loads. Unladen they will beat you to death on bad roads.
#707 of 1265 SuperCrew Accessories
May 17, 2001 (3:34 pm)
Read comment 638 about a great rubber bedliner. About my SuperCrew - so far so good at 3500 miles.
#708 of 1265 advice on ext. warranty ect.
May 20, 2001 (7:31 pm)
I have a screw lariat 4x4 with the 5.4l. Will my gas mileage be effected drastically if I drive with the overdrive off. 90% of my driving is in the city, I do not haul or tow anything. I like the extra get up and go with the overdrive off but do not wan to lower my gas mileage below 13mpg. I would also like to know if the extended warranty is worth it. I have always owned Honda till now and never worried about reliability. Does anybody know what size speakers are in the front and back. I would like to upgraded the system. Does this truck have a tendency to pull to the left?
#709 of 1265 Love My S-Crew KRE
May 23, 2001 (8:28 am)
Just picked up my new Estate Green w/Arizona Beige two-tone S-Crew KRE with 5.4L a couple of days ago. Beautiful truck and great ride. I'm so glad I held out for this one. Anyone contemplating about the performance of the 4.6L or going with the 5.4L should really look hard at the 5.4L. You're only sacrificing a couple of MPG's and the performance is worth it.
See ya, Bob
May 23, 2001 (6:01 pm)
Bob, Although we have not met we have one thing in common, we have geat tastes in vehicles. I took delivery of my Estate Green KRE March 8 and I'm about to turn 7000 miles already. Absolutley no problems so far. Love this ride! Got the 5.4, moonroof, towing, skid plates, limited slip, cargo cage, Bedrug.