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#4 of 6 4.5 Powerstroke
Feb 10, 2006 (6:22 pm)
I think Ford got scared when the 6.0 issue cropped up. Most of that was their own fault, as they turned down IH when they offered to do the programming on the engine (as they did and do it for all of the 6.0s they have out for other uses).
IH also had a problem that caused grief, that being a new injector plant in conjunction with someone else (forget the name), upshot was they had mu8ltiple issues. Ford had to re-program twice before they got most of the problems resolved.
Ford backed out on the 4.5 and paid a $160 million dollar penalty to IH. Now they are too close to the new 2007 standards to do it (and they are chicken, doing a lot of following everyone else, but nothing innovative).
Now rumors of a 6.4 Powerstroke for the mid year 2006 (meet the 2007 standards) and maybe common rail instead of the HEUI injection system. Stay tuned.
#5 of 6 Re: baby powerstroke f 150 [plumbcrazy]
Apr 22, 2006 (9:12 pm)
I have a 2003 F150 and drive 80 miles per day. Current gas prices drive me crazy but I can afford them. With my two horse trailer attached I get just about 10 mpg. I would love to have a diesel avaialbe because of longevity and mileage. I disagree that Ford is holding back because of trade-ins...I trade in my vehicles every 3 years no matter what because I need a reliable vehicle and I am not inclined to do major repairs any longer. Ford is missing this segment of owners who do not need heavy hauling capabilities and good gas mileage. In my state (Washington) we have an excise tax on diesel but I do not care. The increase in mileage trumps the extra tax. I just want to have a good vehicle to drive daily and hate to drive my 2003 Mustang convertible just to save money. I would drive an F150 diesel daily but now have to compromise and drive the Mustang because it gets 9 mpg more than my F150 5.4L. I will be the first person in line to order the F150 diesel and buy one every 2.5 to 3 years.