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Ford F-150, Truck
#3 of 71 boards on the new Ford truck
Jun 08, 2003 (4:09 pm)
You might investigate some of the F-150 sites around the web. There is some discussion, but not really lots of information yet.
I did read that there was a large media test drive of new Ford F-150's recently in Arizona at the Ford proving grounds. There were trucks from the other manufacturers to compare the Ford with.
As I understand it the media cannot release any information till July 1 2003 on their impressions of the test drives.
I remember reading that a reporter/test driver was there from Edmunds.com
#4 of 71 Good gossip
Jun 11, 2003 (5:07 pm)
is hard to come by. Could be worse - the blackout on the Dakota and Durango is complete, no information to be had that's worth having.
Jun 11, 2003 (9:44 pm)
On Tuesday June 10th, the first F-150 was driven off by Bill Ford at the Norfolk Assembly plant. The Norfolk plant was chosen to start up production first, because it has received JDPowers award for top new-truck quality. The other factories will be phased in the new truck production as capacity ramps up.
The first new pickup which was a red F150 SuperCab Lariat, also contained the 100,000,000th V-8 engine in Ford's history. The 5.4L 3V Triton engine was built at the Essex Engine Plant in Windsor.
#6 of 71 New Ford P/U's
Jun 14, 2003 (1:27 pm)
Ford will install a new option for 2004 on all its trucks. They will all have a heated tailgate so that the owner has a nice warm spot to sit while waiting for the tow truck.
#8 of 71 04 and diesel
Jul 25, 2003 (12:00 pm)
I thought the new o4 150 would have the new diesel 6.0 option? or is this late availablity?
what can you get with this diesel???? i here the new 6.0 rocks and is better than the 7.2
Jul 25, 2003 (1:38 pm)
That's 7.3L, that engine is being replaced with a 6.0L, although because of supplier problems (Navistar) the first applications of that engine haven't been too reliable. The new one's being produced have shown better results.
The 6.0L is only available on the heavy duty F-series trucks. No word yet on having such an engine on the F-150, originally an aborted 4.5L version of that engine, was to make the F-150, but because of emmissions phase-in, it was aborted. Therefore do not expect the 6.0L on the F-150 anytime soon.
Jul 25, 2003 (3:50 pm)
I would think there would be a great market for a Diesel F-150, Expedition & even Navigator? Evidently Ford doesn't think so?
Jul 25, 2003 (7:18 pm)
Ford has recently formed a "Diesel" team, to study the feasability of such engines on certain vehicles. Ford's new 2.7L V-6 over in Europe is quite capable of being planted in numerous sedan's in N.A., and from that engine, a larger displacement engine could also be used for heftier vehicles.
Jul 26, 2003 (2:45 pm)
Now, we're talking. Thanks.