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Ford F-150, 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.
Jan 09, 2003 (7:00 am)
build a truck to suit your needs. Its also much easier to order one from the factory from ford,chevy unlike toyota which they want you to buy off the lot
Jan 09, 2003 (11:45 am)
Yes, being a Steeler fan and driving around in Pittsburgh in a Titan might be un-healthy. That brings up a thought about some old and new brand/model names:
Chrysler Patriot (race car)
Ford "Panther" Platform (Crown Vic/Grand Marquis)
Pontiac Star Chief
Buick Bengal (Now I know why they didn't make it!)
Chrysler seems to owe the NFL the most, GM the least...How about a GMC Steeler?
Sorry for the off-post ramble...
#13 of 25 It's the floor
Jan 28, 2003 (11:40 am)
shifter that has piqued my interest in the F150, since the lady wants a pickup in the next year or so...I do not like column shifts worth a flip, and my two cars both have floor shifters, 2000 Sable and 2000 Intrepid...if only they would eliminate the foot pedal parking brake and go back to the hand lever brake (like my Acura and Honda did), I would really be in hog heaven...
Feb 10, 2003 (7:30 pm)
It may Ok for the trucks. I prefer a column shifter location. A foot operated brake is for me too.
I own a 2001 Ford Super Crew truck now, first new Ford I ever bought. it's been a dang good truck, zero problems with it.
I am interested in seeing the new 2004 F-150 in person. I'd like to give the new 3 valve head on the engines a year or so to how well they work.
Feb 10, 2003 (9:05 pm)
looks like ford is trying to snatch up the car people (floor shifter).
A truck with a floor shifter??? Thats not right