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Ford F-150, Truck
Aug 09, 2003 (5:17 pm)
Well, I have to chime in and agree with ANT, from experience. The Ford V-8 family of engines is just awesome IMHO. Great durability, great performance all across the band, and great efficiency too. Smooth, quiet, powerful and reliable, and every bit as good as the Japanese V-8s out there.
#23 of 71 Post in pickups? Frame trouble?
Aug 11, 2003 (9:39 am)
I was wondering why there wasn't talk about the 2004 F-150 in the pickup group. Since the the 2004 F-150 is on sale now, should this discussion be listed under pickups also?
I also read at the blue oval news group that there has been some type of frame problem that stoppped production. Any others hear this??
Aug 11, 2003 (1:54 pm)
On the BON site, could you tell me under which heading that article is listed under?
Aug 11, 2003 (3:22 pm)
I've seen that too. It's mentioned in the forums, and on some other Ford-related sites as well. One person had pics of a HUGE field FULL of new F150s which were allegedly being held for repairs.
Aug 11, 2003 (6:46 pm)
Ok, it hit me then. I was making sure it was "FRAME FRAME", and NOT the seat frame from the Expy/Navi that just recently was uncomvered.
#27 of 71 ANT14 Forum
Aug 12, 2003 (3:08 am)
It was in the blue oval news forum - F150.
Aug 12, 2003 (10:55 am)
Yes, got it. I had to go back in my memory book. It's been "one of those weeks"....
#29 of 71 Another 3-valve question (or two)
Aug 17, 2003 (10:10 am)
Ant, correct me if I'm wrong...but Honda was doing 3-valve engines in much, much smaller engines a few years ago. This is the first use of such a design in a truck engine, is it not? ... and is there an official time frame for the redesign of the V-10 as a 3 valve engine? I don't know how old that one is.
Aug 17, 2003 (2:42 pm)
I'm not that familiar with Honda engineering/engines, etc. If it's pre-90, my knowledge to their vehicles is limited.
MercedesBenz does use 3V's which they use on their 3.2L OHC V6. Although they kept the output pretty much the same, over the previous 3.2L unit, torque output was increased through-out the whole RPM range. Something Variable Valve Timing can do now, much more efficiently. Ford has gone the extra step, and done both of the above mentioned, which is why we are seeing higher overall HP and TQ, in it's similar displacement.
On the opposite extreme, VW/Audi's have 5V's in their 1.8L engines. With the above mentioned engines, Ford succeeds in that it qill require regular grade fuel, whereas VW's/MB require premium.
Next possible question: If Ford used premium fuel VERSION on their new 3V 5.4L's, would they make more power overall? Yes certainly, BUT ONLY if SUCH a version were to be made, and compression would be altered to benefit from premium fuel, where gains in HP and TQ would be attained. (look for 4V to keep using Premium)
#31 of 71 Engine stuff
Aug 21, 2003 (4:24 pm)
Ant, your auto brain is eminently worth pickin'. Thank you. Looking forward to seeing the new truck.