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Ford F-150, Truck
#59 of 71 Side Curtain Air Bags not available on 2004 F-150
Nov 19, 2003 (10:46 pm)
I had a 2004 4WD F-150 crew cab for a day.
It drove very well except the ride was a little bouncy in the back seat of the crew cab and sometimes the ride was jittery even in front on less than glass smooth freeways. It was quiet enough for a truck and had a tight turning circle for such a large vehicle.
The standard stereo was OK except in the rear, so the upgraded audiphile system should be very good.
The power was just adequate, not quick.
I also looked at a Lariat and it looked good except the fake wood is extremely tacky and cheesy. It is supposed to add elegance, but since it is so obviously fake, it actually cheapens the look of the interior. They would have been better off completely skipping the attempted wood-look if they can't pull it off more realistically.
The glaring omission is the lack of side curtain airbags. Ford says it doesn't need them because it is a large vehicle, but that's bogus since it can still be hit by an equal or even larger sized vehicle, plus side curtain airbags would add a lot of safety to a vehicle that is more prone to rollovers than a car. Also, the side curtain airbags will protect your head from smashing into the window glass or B-pillar regardless of if the vehicle is larger or smaller sized.
Ford's attitute when confronted by journalists reminds me of GM's resistance to airbags in the 1990s because they felt their ridiculous door-mounted seatbelts were "good enough."
The Expedition has the side airbags as well as the new Titan and new Dodge Ram. This is the only new design without it even being available as an extra cost option.
I wonder if the side airbags will come for 2005 or 2006 or if they seriously plan to skip it for the entire model run?
#60 of 71 '04 F150 Lariat 4 DR - Prices
Nov 29, 2003 (8:48 pm)
Need help pricing this vehicle. What are the going prices for a loaded F150 Lariat 4DR with Leather? I have priced this vehicle online and at the dealership but I refuse to pay MSRP. Has anyone attempted to use the X plan for this vehicle? Is it really possible to purchase this vehicle from the plant manufacturer in Michigan? If so how do I go about doing so? Is there a real savings purchasing from the manufacturer? Would the manufacturer allow me to use the X Plan?
Dec 02, 2003 (5:09 pm)
It's the first year of production and you're shopping at the high-end trim level. Why would anyone discount if they don't have to do so? Why would you think they would give away money? .... what am I missing here?
#62 of 71 Slow board
Dec 04, 2003 (7:27 pm)
This certainly is a low interest board for such a seemingly popular vehicle.
Anyway, the 2004 F-150 is already being heavily discounted in all trim levels, including Lariat, in many areas. Check Carsdirect.com to see what they will sell for in your zipcode area.
Dec 04, 2003 (7:46 pm)
is over at the Nissan Titan vs. Ford F-150 thread for some reason.......
#64 of 71 Not the future
Dec 05, 2003 (4:44 am)
In part this is listed in the future vehicles board and its a now vehicle. THere are F150 groups in the truck section
Also trucks do not seem to garner the same enthusiasm as SUVs do so you can easily go a week with out a post.
Dec 05, 2003 (5:36 am)
Yup, we'll be moving this discussion over to the Pickups board next week.
Dec 07, 2003 (8:28 pm)
I don't think they would give away money but I refuse to allow the dealership to make as much money off of me as they do the average consumer. I have purchased all of my Fords using the X plan which allows me to get 4% below invoice. The dealership has stated that I can do the same with the 2004 F150. I will never pay MSRP.
Dec 16, 2003 (11:28 pm)
I would like to Congratulate the Ford F-150, for winning Truck of the Year award from Detroit News.
"Best truck honors go to the redesigned 2004 Ford F-150 pickup, which continues to stand as the benchmark in the full-size pickup market and raises the bar even higher in terms of interior amenities and quality. "
#68 of 71 The 2004 Ford F-150 Truck has THE most attractive dash of any pickup
Feb 11, 2004 (6:48 pm)
Any doubts just look and sit inside all pickups or look at the center fold pages of February 16, 2004 issue of Newsweek magazine.