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Ford F-150, Ford F-150 SVT Lightning, Truck
May 20, 2002 (5:26 pm)
Hey frey44 is right, I'd stay away from a GM product they have countless problems. I sold my 86 Ford F150 XLT last summer. It had 175,000 on and still ran good, its got about 200,000 on now and the fellow I sold it to says its running fine. I've always owned a F150 and they have been good. I bought 2001 Tundra SR5 V8 Access cab last summer because of the great deal I got on it. They were offering a $5000.00 rebate plus it came loaded with everything on it that would have cost me extra if I went with Ford are Dodge. I didn't even consider Chevy because of the problems they were having. If I wouldn't got the Toyota Tundra I would have definitely gone back with Ford.
The Tundra has been great so far, plenty of power and runs real smooth. I hope it lasts as long as my 86 F150 did.
#82 of 569 Im Thinking of Getting an F-150
May 22, 2002 (2:51 pm)
And would like to hear some comments on them from owners. Late models of course since Im looking at a 2002 model.
How is the reliability? (Visits to shop)
How is the ride? (Esp on highways)
Comfort (Ive noticed the 60/40 bench seats are horrible)
Any thoughts on pros/cons on F-150 over Chevy, Dodge, and Toyota would be appreciated.
Thanks in advance!
#83 of 569 2001 Super Crew
May 22, 2002 (7:59 pm)
We own a 2001 F-150 Super Crew, 5.4 motor and a 2000 Silverado xtra cab, 1500, 5.3 motor. Both trucks are 4x2. It's the first Ford I have owned from new.
Quite happy with both trucks. I am a GM guy for 4 decades. I beleive I like the Ford over the Chevy now. The ford is a Lariat which has a higher level of options than the Chevy.
The chevy averages about 1 mpg better than the Ford. The Chevy will out pull the Ford, but the chevy has a lower rear end gear(3.73 vs 3.55 Ford).
Both trucks ride about the same. I did lower the Ford 2 inches front and rear.
We have the bucket seats in the Ford and they sit us real well. We are not tall people though. I am 5' 7" soaking wet and my wife is 2" shorter.
The Ford's adjustable pedals are great for us. We can leave the power drivers seat in nearly the same spot and my wife moves the pedals closer and she is set.
We have the bucket seats in the chevy too. They are comfortable, cloth not leather stuff like the Ford.
THe chevy(25k miles) has only been to the dealer for the little recall stuff they mail to you. The Ford(10k miles) has only been back to get a new key ($78.00 transponder type)that must be programed to the trucks computer system.
If you BUY a new Ford truck get and extra key programed to the truck so you have "3" good keys!! The truck's on board system will program a new key IF you have TWO functioning keys. loose a key and only have ONE key.... you must go to Ford to get a key.
After market locksmiths may have the computer system to program a new key like Ford, but the guys I called wanted $150.00 and up for a new key that cost $78.00 from Ford. For regular dupicate key the locksmiths want around $25-30.00 if you have TWO good keys for your truck.
Hope did not confuse you. 78 bucks for a new ignition key was a tough one for this middleaged guy to handle. It's the first car key my wife of 29 years has ever lost. Of course she looses the expensive one.
We never looked at Dodges. THe Tundras are a bit too small for us and the beds are shallower than a full size GM or Ford. Toyota quality is second to none, so it depends on what vehicle you need......
May 27, 2002 (4:05 pm)
Well, at least Jaguar hasn't started making trucks...yet...,
I've got a 99 F-150 supercab Lariat with the 5.4 V8, and have 80K on the odometer. With the exception of the brakes, it's been trouble free. After I had the tires replaced at about 50K miles, the pads started wearing out every 5K. I've had the rotors replaced (twice), but I've still got a bit of vibration when braking. I suspect that something warped in the tire exchange, so I don't necessarily hold this against Ford. (This is apparently a very common problem with Chrysler/Jeep products, as well).
The bucket seats are reasonably comfortable, and I did quite a bit of highway cruising in it. I previously had a 97 GMC full size which unfortunately was not as reliable. Mulitple transmission problems starting at 50K miles which were very difficult and expensive to repair. In addition, the previous GMC/Chevy trucks had to have special parts for a front wheel alignment which made this otherwise routine procedure somewhat expensive.
If you need less of a work truck & more of a daily driver, the Toyota is an excellent choice. Great Reliability & Superior Crash Test Scores, but slightly less towing capacity, if I'm not mistaken.
Will answer more specific question if you've got em. Good Luck with whatever you choose.
#85 of 569 Help Please? F150 - 1992!
May 30, 2002 (6:38 pm)
Hi. I went to look at a F150 today but now I can not figure out which exact type it was. It was a 1992, supercab pickup, auto, power steering, power windoes and locks, 8 cyclinder (the dealer guy said a V8 but the cylinders were grouped together in a round group not in a line or V shaped). I has bucket type seats in the front and a beanch type seat in the back (could fit 3 small people). It also had 2 gas tanks. 105K miles on it.
So...Do you know which type it is? If so I'm tring to find out if it is a good truck or not. The dealer is asking $5,250 (thay wanted $6000 at first).
Thanks for any help.
#86 of 569 marymud
May 30, 2002 (6:54 pm)
It's either a 5.0L v8 or 5.8L v8.
You forgot to mention whether its a 4x2 or 4x4.. For only 6k, I would have to assume its either a 4x2 in decent shape or a 4x4 thats only in fair condition.
Not seeing the vehicle, it's difficult to judge, but 5,000 seems very reasonable..
#87 of 569 about the 1992 F150
May 30, 2002 (7:06 pm)
Thanks you Bess. I'm not sure if it is a 5.0 or 5.8 L V8. I think it is only a 4x2 because I did not see anything that could shift it into 4 wheel drive.
Do you know how long or how many miled a F150 can last for? I am wondering at 105K miles if this is the breaking point?
#88 of 569 One More Question...about the 1992 F150
May 30, 2002 (7:45 pm)
Do you know or do you know how I could find out what type of gas milage an 1992 F150 8cyl would get?
May 31, 2002 (2:06 am)
I've got a '95 F150, 5.0L V8, with ~170K miles on it. It's still running strong, and not as pretty as it used to be, but it was well taken care of. Did a lot of highway miles, but always had oil changed at ~ 3000 mile intervals. I had to replace tranny at around 125K. It's needed a new starter, and a throttle position sensor, but every thing else has been normal maintenance items - tires, shocks, belts, hoses, etc.
Are there any maintenance records with vehicle? Is the dealer a Ford Dealer - he could probably run the VIN # and see if it has a service record. You can also run Vin # through Autocheck (?) to find out if it's ever been in accidents, or had comprehensive insurance claims against it (vandalism, flood, etc.). Do you have a private auto mechanic that you trust? If so, ask dealer if you can have your mechanic inspect the truck as a condition of sale. Check phone book, some areas have used car inspection services that go over vehicle from top to bottom and give you a report. The $100+ cost would be worth it if they save you from making a $$$ mistake.
As far as mileage goes, my 5.0L is not great (its an extended cab, long bed, 4x2). It gets approx. 12 mpg around town, 15-17 on highway depending on how fast/hard you drive.
#90 of 569 Oil leak
May 31, 2002 (4:29 am)
Has anyone heard about the 5.4L on the F150 having a oil crankcase leak. I've heard this from about 3 different people now. They say if you develop it and go to Ford, even after the warranty they will fix it.