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#631 of 2180 Need some help for possible
May 13, 2004 (9:02 am)
purchase of used 2002/2003 or new 2004 F150...I am aware that the old design was 2002/2003 and in 2004 both designs still exist, so the styling, per se, does not matter to me...looking for an F150 Extended Cab (is that the Super Cab?) with the shortest bed (about 6 feet, I assume), stepside bed (I Like the narrower rear view of the stepside, plus it is easier to step up and reach into the best from the side, as I am rather short)...I am seeking a fairly well equipped truck, 2WD, 5.4L engine, auto trans, either XLT or Lariat trim levels...
anyone familiar with these trucks may be able to save me time, since sometimes salespeople do not know what interior equipment may or not be available, especially on used trucks...
Does the XLT/Lariat trim level come equipped with:
1. power adjustable pedals
2. 6 way (or more) driver's seat
3. power passenger seat
4. (most important) driver's adjustable lumbar support (if yes, manual or push-button, like the Explorer)
5. (almost as important as #4) passenger adjustable lumbar support
Chevy Silverado, at the LT trim level, has 10 way power seats (including power recline) for BOTH driver and passenger, and push-button inflatable
lumbar supports for BOTH driver and passenger... can the Ford be similarly equipped (I guess I could ask can the Dodge Ram be similarly equipped, too, but I am more concerned with the F150 right now)
Is anyone familiar with F150 trim levels on an extended cab to be of help???...thanks in advance
#633 of 2180 thanks, dusty
May 13, 2004 (7:47 pm)
and the thought is good, but, if I read it right, the only engine available in the heritage is the 4.6L and I want the 5.4L...also, no matter how I read the description of the option list, they list captain's chairs and all that, but no mention anywhere of adjustable lumbar support, driver or passenger...that does not mean it does not have it, but someone did not think enough to list it as a feature, whereas the GM info does...it also appears to me that the heritage is mostly a stripped vehicle for those who just want a work truck, and not much more...I may be stuck with a 2004 new style, but maybe a 2002/2003 XLT or Lariat may have the seats I want with an engine larger than 4.6L
#634 of 2180 1993 F-250 4Wheel Dr. 460ci only 6 MPG!
May 14, 2004 (5:39 pm)
I have a 1993 Ford F-250 with a 460 ci. engine. It has 168,000 miles, runs excellant, but the gas mileage is horrible! Does any one know what kind of mileage I should be getting? It's got to be more than 6 MPG! What can I do to improve the gas mileage? Any problem areas I should look at? Any help would be greatly appreiated! Ray
#635 of 2180 Re: 460ci only 6 MPG!
May 14, 2004 (7:04 pm)
Yeah, 6 miles per gallon sounds pretty bad but in all fairness that large of an engine in a 3/4 ton truck I wouldn't expect a heck of a lot more. It may be low for that year and engine, but I would bet they weren't ever much better than 12 MPG on the highway.
We had a Chevy "heavy half" with a 350 V8 automatic that never got better than 14 in it's entire life, and usually did no better than 10-11. At least you have a real engine in that F250.
#636 of 2180 Re: thanks, dusty [marsha7 #633]
May 15, 2004 (5:05 am)
I own a 2003 Lariat Stepside. It has lumbar support on both captains seats (standard w/the captains seats). To acquire a 2003 matching your configuration, you might put out a request for a quote from a dealer on the internet (see Edmunds for this). Your observations are correct on the Heritage model. My brochures on both the 2003 & 2004 answer most of your questions you ask. If you can get one on each model they might help.
#637 of 2180 Re: Need some help for possible [marsha7 #631]
May 15, 2004 (6:29 am)
Just a thought on the new versus old F150 purchase. Not to disparage the older vehicles, but look at the Insurance Institute offset crash data. Older Model F150 in Subercab configuration experienced passenger cage failure in offset crash, while new style '04 F150 received their highest rating for same test.
#638 of 2180 Marsha............
May 15, 2004 (10:36 am)
If a used vehicle is okay with you, start looking now. Spring time usually brings out the used truck buyers and used car lot stock may not linger as long.
A suggestion: try to find out if the equipment you need was based on the model version or optional equipment. This way if you know for example that all Lariats had the lumbar support, you could narrow your search a little.
#639 of 2180 460ci only 6 MPG! / rayval43
May 15, 2004 (12:00 pm)
Considering the mileage it's not an unexpected consumption figure for that particular engine.
However, if it hasn't been done recently, a 'tune up' may well provide an extra couple of mpg. By 'tune up' I mean new plugs, wires, cap, rotor, air filter, pcv, and check the timing.
With the current price of gas it's probably worth the cost of the parts. Bear in mind that when new, your truck probably never got better than 10/12mpg with that engine (which is a good one to have if you're working the truck!).
#640 of 2180 Re: 460ci only 6 MPG! / rayval43 [mac24 #639]
May 16, 2004 (5:42 am)
Well that pretty much answers my question. I have tuned it up and replaced just about everything I can think of. It runs like a champ, only burns 1 qt. of oil every 5000 miles, and has no oil leaks. It does not appear to have ever had any major work done to it. I was wondering what kind of mileage it got when it was new, and you answered that question. Thank you for your input, it is greatly appreiated. Ray.