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Ford F-150, Truck
#1 of 25 2004 Ford F-150...
Jan 06, 2003 (7:51 pm)
...was unveiled today at the North American International Auto Show. From the looks of it I like how Ford has returned to an "angular" look and dismissed the rounded bar of soap theme prevalent in the current F-150.
The inside looks well conceived and executed, with various themes coming into play depending on which trim level you select. I really like the interior rail system that allows you to add various overhead compartments.
The top of the line engine has been beefed up to 5.4 liters with a 3 valve per cylinder configuration. Power ouput will be 300 hp.
So...what do you think? Will the new F-150 continue to be the best selling vehicle on the planet? What do you like or dislike about the 2004 F-150?
#2 of 25 Bestseller, I think so
Jan 07, 2003 (8:04 pm)
Ford really did their homework on this one. I love the idea of the rear doors on regular cab models (I would kill for that on my Dodge). I really like the styling (Anyone seen the Titan yet? EW) I've never been a Ford truck fan, but I definately think that the new F150 will be the best selling vehicle on the planet for a while to come!
I think I know what might replace the Dodge!
#3 of 25 when will we be able to buy it
Jan 08, 2003 (7:51 am)
I haven't been able to find out the projected date that the 2004 will be available for purchase. Anybody know? Thanks. I think the engine, chassis, and interior upgrades are right on.
#4 of 25 Availability
Jan 08, 2003 (9:46 am)
According to the Ford website, the 2004 F-150 will be on sale this fall. That could mean anywhere from late September to early December!
What gets me...Won't all this advance publicity hurt sales of the existing F-150? Unless you really like the current design, I see a lot of people holding off on purchasing a current F-150 until the new ones are available for testing.
Jan 08, 2003 (2:57 pm)
I like the concept tonka truck from last yr (toby keith video whos your daddy truck).
Jan 08, 2003 (4:03 pm)
I guess I am the dissenting vote here , I think the exterior styling is derivitive, the engine was one upped a day later by Nissan (DOHC 32 Valve, 10lb-ft more torque), along with other innovations (180 degree articulating hinge rear opening doors, bed side storage compartment). The multiple interiors seem somewhat gimmicky. Speaking of the interior, who designed the console shifter lever?!! Edmund's got it right when they described it as a "joystick", because it looks like one in a whole different context!
Jan 08, 2003 (7:12 pm)
just got a new supercrew on 1-02-03 - and was talking w/ sales mgr of a small east texas dealership concerning the new model (04) and its availability - according to our conversation - he said to expect it to be available by mid june - from his experience in 96 when ford last changed styles on trucks - and info from corporate that he would not divulge - he's looking forward to selling at or close to msrp for a while - don't know what that means to him - seeing that w/ the rebates and holdbacks the bottom line is still pretty good for the dealer - but they are willing to dicker now - probably even more the closer to release one gets - got 7K + of msrp - i really want to see one up close and personal - not just photos - hope it doesn't give me the willy's like the first avalanche i was in
#8 of 25 RE: New 2004 F-150
Jan 08, 2003 (8:01 pm)
As far as innovations, Ford has a couple that may prove to be popular...the mini rear access doors for the regular cab (way cool IMO), and the modular overhead compartment rail system.
The Nissan Titan looks too "funky" to me. It may have one upped the Ford in the engine department, but it's packaged in a one size fits all approach (no regular cab versions).
Besides, being a Steeler fan I would have a hard time driving a "Titan" around Pittsburgh.
Jan 09, 2003 (6:35 am)
a floor shifter? HMM think they caved in to car owners?
#10 of 25 RE: Floor Shifter
Jan 09, 2003 (6:47 am)
The floor shifter is optional and only available on certain trim levels. Not so much "caved in to car owners"...more like offering new options to those that are crossing over from a car to a truck.
That's what I like about the domestic trucks...you literally have dozens of configurations to choose from (cab size, bed size, bed type (Flareside or Styleside), 4x2, 4x4, trim level, bucket seats, bench seats, cloth, leather, vinyl...plus all the available options). You can pretty much build a truck to your specifications.