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#801 of 1265 F-150 2001 Class III Towing Option
Jul 23, 2001 (7:45 pm)
I received an e-mail from the Ford Customer Service people and they informed me that the Option #535 is NOT available with the F-150 series and they are trying to inform the dealerships that this opiton should not be offered. Thus the Class III Towing package is not an option and now I wonder if the stated towing capacity of the F-150 Supercrew is correct or not? The saga continues--don't let the dealership try to sell you this option--have them contact Ford!
#802 of 1265 Class III towing - af2c32
Jul 24, 2001 (2:10 pm)
Did Ford say this was a change for 2002? If not, then Ford owes Supercrew owners hundreds of thousands of dollars in refunds. Overall, I'm very happy with my Screw so far but have been concerned with this whole Class III towing/HD radiator SNAFU. Naturally, the dealer has not raised this issue. I'd really appreciate it if anyone out there has specific info about any TSB's from Ford regarding this or who they spoke to at Ford that has actual technical knowledge about this. I don't want to go to the dealer & demand my money back but I darn sure want the truck to have what I paid for on it.
#803 of 1265 Lightning Parts for a Screw
Jul 25, 2001 (5:42 pm)
Does anyone happen to know where I might be able to find the head and tailights from a Lightning for my Screw???
Jul 26, 2001 (2:06 pm)
how about finding one on the dealer's lot...sneak in late at night and claim them as your own...!
#805 of 1265 The tailights
Jul 27, 2001 (4:56 am)
appear to be the same as what is available thru Stylin' Concepts and others as "Euro" lights for aorund $140 -150 (I think). They also sell a clear headlights ($300+ set) but not sure how that compares. I haven't looked at the new Lightning that closely yet.
#806 of 1265 Almost ready to buy...
Jul 27, 2001 (6:50 pm)
I've been reading all the past postings & would like to thank everyone for their former contributions & thank you in advance for answering my current questions (I appologize for the length).
I had decided to buy an Screw XLT with only the limited slip diff. & cab steps as options, but the selections at my local dealers are "slim pickin's" & most of the trucks remaining have several options installed.
Would someone be so kind to help with the following questions:
1. Is the ride (i.e. tranny performance) for the 5.4 much better than the 4.6; someone had alluded to this awhile ago, I think.
2. Should I go with the 5.4 if I'm looking for the limited slip diff. & towing package?
3. What's the verdict on the towing package anyway? Would I be able to transport a car on a trailer? And, should I make a "big stink" up front about the radiator?
4. My main reason for the limited slip is for a possible relocation up north & anxiety with cold climate driving (currently not much snowfall in FLA), but the salesman said that lim. slip isn't much of a help in snow?
5. Is there any history of a cash incentive/ rebate on a new year model? Am considering waiting a few months for an '02 Screw, but don't want to miss out on the $1500 deal.
6. I like the deep blue color choice, but worried about possible repair work / aftermarket product matching since it's no longer being offered as a color choice.
Had a few more ?'s, but can't rememeber now! Thanks again to everyone!
#807 of 1265 First of all.......
Jul 30, 2001 (7:00 am)
Don't listen to a FLA car saleman's advice on the limited slip in snow, I have seen plenty of 2wd trucks get further in deep snow then 4wd's without limited slip.
#808 of 1265 Almost ready
Aug 01, 2001 (6:46 am)
Here are my thoughts regarding your questions on a new Supercrew.
1.I haven't driven one with a 4.6L but mine with the 5.4L rides very nice. As far as the tranny - not sure but I think the 5.4L might have a different tranny than the 4.6L. At any rate, the 5.4L comes with a HD transmission cooler with should improve longevity & transmission performance particularly if towing is a consideration. If you're thinking about towing anything -go for the 5.4L & it will be money well spent.
2. See #1 above. The 5.4L is built with heavier internals i.e. than the 4.6L and has better torque & HP. Both of these will be noticed when you do some towing. Mine has the 5.4L w/towing pkg, 4X4 w/off road package which also includes heavier duty shocks. I have a 26' two axle travel trailer that I've been fixing up all summer to take to my hunting camp. It's old (a 1973 model) and heavy (around 4500-5000lbs). I hooked it up & pulled it around the North Georgia mountains last week and the truck pulled this heavy trailer effortlessly. I could steer it with one finger on the wheel everywhere but the steepest downhill curves where I would get a little sway but I haven't put a sway control hitch on the truck yet.
3. I think the towing package is worth getting but the verdict is still out on the radiator issue. My truck is back at the dealer getting two tone paint applied & I have continued to inquire about the radiator. I mentioned a TSB (technical service bulletin) the I had heard mentioned on the f150 online site. This seemed to get their attention & they are looking further into it while the truck is in the shop getting painted. I am not optimistic however. I still like the towing package - it's just too bad Ford didn't clarify this earlier.
4. As far as driving in snow - the salesman might be right. Chains will give you better grip whether you have limited slip or not. 4WD is better yet but if there's ice (and there will be) you're going to slide even if you're driving a tank. If you're new to cold weather driving going slow and braking carefully makes more difference than what kind of car you're driving.
The limited slip is a relatively cheap upgrade however & will come in handy if you're pulling a boat up a steep ramp.
5. I grabbed the $1500 to get a 2001 when I found the truck I wanted. Mine is loaded & I was lucky to find one decked out like I wanted. Don't know about incentives for the 2002's but doubt they will be as generous for the times being.
6. Get the color you like. They can always match the color by computer if need be.
Sorry this got so long but hope it helps.
Aug 01, 2001 (7:14 am)
in a vehicle as heavy as the s-crew...you are much better off getting the larger engine. btw, all s-crews whether eqipped with the 4.6l or 5.4l come with the same tranny (4r70w). the only exception might be the harley davidson version where someone on f150online claims to the have the beefier 4r100 unit.
#810 of 1265 Confirmed ride difference
Aug 01, 2001 (7:37 am)
Thanks for the replies!
I had a friend (former Ford mechanic) drive the 4.6 & 5.4 & he also noticed a considerable difference between ride quality (the 5.4 transferring many road imperfections). Supposedly these 2 have the same suspension, etc... & we made sure they had the same tires (although we couldn't check tire pressure). While the 4.6 with towing package wasn't as smooth as the 4.6 without it, it was still better than the 5.4.
Since I'm buying as a truck/SUV compromise, I would like a smoother ride, but don't want to sacrifice power. I'm not expecting a truck to ride like a caddy, but I can't believe that a difference in engine weight is the cause.
Several people have told me that their 5.4 rides smooth, but would like more confirmation.
Also, the brakes on the 4.6 were very soft (like an old U-haul) while the 5.4 brakes were excellent. Go figure.