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Sep 17, 2001 (8:39 am)
I went to every Ford site around here that had a website and emailed them. Wade Ford, Cherokee and Vernie Jones were the only ones that emailed me back. Cherokee's price was absurd and when I tried to email him back, it bounced - not a good sign. The guy at Wade Ford gave me a great price on a SuperCrew, but I thought I might want the SuperCab instead. I'm still up in the air on that one.....Vernie Jones didn't have a SuperCab with a sunroof, but may have the SuperCrew with one...yes, I know, but I've always had a sunroof and I really must have one I have a 2000 Pathfinder 4WD loaded LE. I bought it at the end of 1999 and got a great deal on it. Even if I can get a few thousand less than what they're selling for in the paper, I'll be happy. I'm going to try Carmax also. Apparently these are selling for decent prices because with the 2001 increase in HP, they also now use premium and mine uses regular. Who knows what will happen in "real life". Heck, if I can't get a good price on it, I'll just keep it and buy an older F150 w/o a cab and use it to haul things to the dump and from the hardware store I'll let you know what I find out!! Thanks for the info!
Sep 18, 2001 (4:00 am)
Cherokee Ford wasn't even in the same ballpark with the other dealers' price when I was shopping either.
I didn't check prices on the SuperCab but if passenger comfort is more a concern than the occasional trip to the dump or Home Depot I'd go for the SuperCrew. As your kids (I assume that is a factor since you mentioned 'soccer mom')get a little older & if you travel they'll appreciate the extra room. Now that we have the sunroof on our SuperCrew it's really nice. It's really an expensive option for a pick-up, but hey - if you gotta have it - you gotta have it. We really didn't need the 4WD or off road package either but we "had to have it".
CarMax is a good idea to try before you trade-in at the dealer. They actually gave us a better price to buy our van than any of the Ford dealers.
Sep 18, 2001 (7:11 am)
Thanks again for the info! No, my "soccer kid" is now in college, but somehow I still end up carting his friends home every so often Plus, where I live, I sometimes have to go down and pick people up to bring them to the house. 4WD and the off road package are a necessity - but the towing option they all seem to have will be useless.....I'll let you know how things go!
#871 of 1265 towing advice
Sep 18, 2001 (8:34 pm)
Hi all. This is my first post to this board, so bear with me. I'm considering the 150 Super Crew for my first truck. I'm actually a content Subaru owner right now, but need a truck for pulling a horse trailer and, so far, one horse. With another horse the towing needs would top 5,000 pounds, easy. The Ford dealers here say the 150 could handle it if I got the biggest engine available. Others say go for a bigger truck, like the Ford 250, especially if I ever plan to tow over the Sierras. Maybe I will someday. I hate to limit myself here. What have you people found with your 150 when it's towing? Any horse or boat owners out there who've taken the whole rig over a decent mountain range? Thanks for your help!
#872 of 1265 S'crew towing to tohono
Sep 19, 2001 (3:05 am)
My first advice is not to trust anything the dealers tell you (see post #697 in 'cabover campers & camper trailers')discussion. Do your own research here or elsewhere before you go to the dealer. It's not that the dealer is intentionally trying to deceive you but their first interest is in selling you the car & very few of them have personal experience with towing.
I use my truck - 2001 Screw Lariat, 4X4, 5.4L, 3.55 limited slip with tow package - to pull a 28' camper trailer. It pulls it easily & I estimated it weighs close to 5000lbs loaded. It has no difficulty with the North Georgia & Carolina mountains but I haven't done the Sierras with it yet.
Moving up to the F250 will not get you any bigger engine unless you opt for the powerstroke diesel. What you get is a beefier frame & suspension & transmission to handle the weight of the rig.
I'd post your question on one of the towing/camping related dicussion boards to get feedback from veteran haulers..
#873 of 1265 split bench vs captains chairs
Sep 19, 2001 (11:23 am)
ok..goning to buy in the next couple days. have found 2 that fill the bill..major difference is the seats.. one has captains chairs.. are the worth the price difference?..
#874 of 1265 towing advice on F 150 to tohono
Sep 20, 2001 (7:46 pm)
This is my first post and I registered after years of reading just to tell you to get a bigger truck. We have the F150 Supercrew that we pull a lightweight RV with, the kind of RV that says they can be pulled with a car or van or 1/2 ton pickup. Yes the Supercrew can pull it, but it really isn't heavy enough to handle the stresses the RV causes on the brakes and frame. I wanted to go with the F250 but my better half said he wanted the better ride for the 90% of the time we weren't towing. Check the alt.rv and rec.outdoors.rv-travel newsgroups and http://www.rvsafety.com/Forum.htm for opinions on towing with an F150. Hope this helps.
#875 of 1265 re:split bench vs captains chairs
Sep 21, 2001 (7:12 am)
Test drive each of them to see what suits your personal preference. A lot of people love the split bench and the extra seat. I really love the feel of the captains chairs and the large console, along with the fact the cd changer is in the console and not behind the rear seat. Good luck.
#876 of 1265 I used to think buckets
Sep 21, 2001 (8:55 am)
were a lot more comfortable, but now that the split benches are shaped/contoured so much like buckets (or captains chairs) I'd just as soon have 'em for less $$$.
Sep 22, 2001 (3:24 am)
Agree with both of the last two posts. I test drove both & found the bench seat equally as comfortable as the capn's chairs. Also thought the bench gave us the option of an extra seat or the console. My only complaint with the bench is that the CD changer is stuck out of reach behind the rear seat. If I were buying today I'd probably keep the bench seat & go with the single in-dash CD. That would save close to $700 to spend on other goodies.