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Ford F-250 Super Duty, Truck
#50 of 99 "FORD TOUGH" .....not exactly!
Feb 13, 2002 (9:51 am)
Although it is what I patterned my handle after it didn't quite work out that way this time.
I bought the 99 SD250 the 1st year model, I told myself...."self you have never had trouble with Ford before, so why worry this time." My truck has been at the dealer over a dozen times in the last 18-20 mos. It still isn't close to being right. Front end, rear end, transfer case, and bad vibrations above 75mph.
The only good part of this story is that after 2 years of complaining at the service people and service manager. And after writing to Ford customer no-service. I finally got to talk to the owner of the dealership. To my amazement he new quite a bit about my situation. What ticked me off was they were not doing anything on there own, I had to keep on complaining. It is true, the sqeaky wheel gets the grease.
They talked with Ford and Ford agreed to contribute $5000 toward the purchase of a new truck. The gave me a very nice trade in value for my piece of j, oops. My truck. They sold me the new truck at $500 over invoice and placed it on order last night. (6-8 weeks?)
ANYWAY....now getting a 02 sc,4x4,xlt, wht/slv,V10
Same as the old truck except color, and hopefully the headaches.
Wish me luck.
#51 of 99 Hmmmm.... New Ram = Butt Ugly
Feb 13, 2002 (1:21 pm)
As the owner of a '98 Ram 1500 4X4 who is now lookin to move up to a Crew Cab Diesel (new Travel Trailer, bigger kids), I won't even consider the "New Dodge Ram". Although I had every intention to wait until this fall for the 3/4 and 1 tons to come out with the new "CREW" redesign, I'm now shopping Ford 250/350 PSD. Sure, I've tried to let the new "crew" design grow on me. But it hasn't happened. The new Ram "crew" is such a huge dissapointment. I am indeed a Cummins diesel fan, but not if the ride makes me puke. DC really missed the mark.
Feb 13, 2002 (5:34 pm)
Does anyone off road with their f250? maybe one witht he psd? I am maybe looing into one and I do off road and was wondering how the truck as well as the psd performed?
#53 of 99 RE: themailman1
Feb 14, 2002 (3:49 pm)
Depending on your description of "off roading"
a diesel may not be the best choice. Weight and throttle response are the issues.
Feb 15, 2002 (2:36 am)
The biggest problem with offroading with one of the new turbo diesels is the turbo. At idle the turbo is not being used, until the turbo winds up there is little power and that setup is not good for low speed crawling, if you are using it for high speed blasting the turbo diesel would be good but not great.
#55 of 99 lariat
Feb 15, 2002 (10:27 am)
The PSD seems to have alot of low end grunt, even prior to the turbo really kicking in.
It seems to me the biggest weakness of the PSD for off-roading is simply the massive weight of the engine which causes the front end to want to sink more in the mud..
#56 of 99 CREW CAB REAR SEAT
Mar 02, 2002 (5:37 pm)
Does anyone know anyway to make a Crew Cab rear seat fold in 2002 trucks? Is there an after market kit or hinges for this? Any help would be appreciated..
#57 of 99 Bigger Tires and a Squeak
Mar 03, 2002 (5:00 pm)
Bought a new 2002 F250 4x4 crewcab last October and am really enjoying it. The truck is so big though that the 32 inch tires on it (A/Ts) look a little small. Any idea on how big I can go in tire size - first with no lift, and then with 3 inches of lift. (I know that I will need to get larger rims either way.)
Also, once we hit the winter months, I started to get a very noticeable squeak when I turned the steering wheel each morning. Took it in and they said some part of the steering mechanism had not been lubricated properly - and so they did just that. It was fine - no squeak at all - for the first couple of weeks, but now the squeak is back a little each morning just after I start the truck. Anyone else experiencing any squeak at all. Just wondering if I should take the truck back in.
Thanks for any help with either question!
#58 of 99 I don't know for sure
Mar 04, 2002 (12:57 pm)
But I would bet alot of money that you could fit some 33 x 12.50s under there with minimal (if any rubbing). With three inches you could probably go on up to 35s I would bet. Whether or not you offroad and experience lots of suspension flex determines how much space you will really need in between the rubber and the fenders.
#59 of 99 I have BFG 285/75/16's
Mar 06, 2002 (2:00 pm)
no trouble with clearance. The guy's at my local shops have said they have put 305's on these trucks with no lift.
You know you'll loose power and ABS begins to be affected. I have not had any trouble but much bigger and you will need some recallibration.
As for the squeak:
Welcome to the world of Ford SD. I have the 99 F250, The have a problem with them and finally started putting in hard plastic spring isolator tips, not sure if they are polyeurethane(sp?) or not. They almost always squeak when cold, and sometimes when its not cold. Everyone has talked about this for three years, still Ford hasn't fixed it. We just learn to ignore it.