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Ford F-250, Ford F-350, Ford F-150, Truck
#1 of 520 Ford F-Series: Prices Paid & Buying Experience
by KarenS HOST
Aug 01, 2003 (7:40 am)
Did you get a good deal on your F-series?
Aug 06, 2003 (6:10 am)
Got a great deal for '01 on F350, CC,4x4, V10.. Used X-plan, and was several hundred bucks under dealer invoice. Could probably do much better today with motivated dealers and FoMoCo incentives. Though it was quite nice not to have spend a day dickering with salespeople.
#3 of 520 Advice on Purchasing
Aug 06, 2003 (2:10 pm)
Going to buy an 03 F150 Supercrew this weekend to pull my 2 horse trailer,mostly with one horse but once in a while 2 horses. Going for the 5.4 V8. I shouldnt have any problems with the towing/weight should I? My husband has the F350 diesel/dually but I want something smaller than I can safely pull by myself. Also, appreciate opinion on captain chairs versus bench seat or any other suggestions on purchase such as gears 3.55 vs 3.73? Thanks
Aug 06, 2003 (3:26 pm)
A Supercrew should "handle" that load with the 3.73 rearend. You will be at or near the limits of comfortable towing however. Have you considered an F-250 CrewCab shortbed? They are not much longer than a Supercrew and it will be able to handle the horse trailer much more comfortably. The 5.4 in either version will suffice.
Also, you didn't state if the Supercrew is a 4x4 or not. If it is, then that is extra weight and drivetrain drag working against you.
I have the standard 40/20/40 seat in my 350 and I like it just fine. The captains seats are nice though. A guy I work with commented one day after spending all day in the truck with me that my seats were nearly as comfortable as his captains seats.
#5 of 520 Slip differential
Aug 20, 2003 (2:58 pm)
Need some advice. Plan on buying a '03 Supercrew in the next couple of weeks. I used Edmunds website to solicite offers on different ones. Its worked well so far with 17 vehicles quoted from 10 dealers. My delima is the best offer is a Lariet with 5.4L V8 and standard differential. Its the only one out of 17 that doesn't have this option. I don't plan on towing anything, but I'm not sure what abilities I'll lose if I don't have it.
#6 of 520 re; Limited slip
Aug 21, 2003 (1:56 am)
Limited slip differential is set up to do just that - it limits the wheel slip in low traction situations. The rear end is set up with a system of clutches that essentially measure the torque being applied to the wheels. The clutches engage and disengage according to how much traction each side of the axle is experiencing and shift a larger portion of the power to the side that has best traction.
If truck with regular (or open) differential is sitting with one wheel on dry pavement, and the other on sheer ice - all the drive torque goes to the wheel that's slipping. Wheel with no traction spins freely, while wheel on pavement sits there doing nothing and you're stuck. With a L. S. differential, clutches shift over to side with traction and allow torque to be applied to wheel on the pavement. Truck can move!
It's not perfect, it can't apply all the torque to one side or the other - hence name "limited" slip. But in many situations, limited slip rear end almost negates need to have to shift into four wheel drive. L.S. has small draw back, it can sometimes result in kind of "squirrely" behavior at highway speeds on wet roads. Torque application can shift back and forth quickly between sides and give you a momentary thrill.
Whether it's necessary for you depends on where you live and where you drive. If you live where it doesn't snow and you're not going to do much off roading then you can probably get away without it. I live in CT, and have a steep driveway where my L. S. came in quite handy many time last winter.
#7 of 520 Limited
Aug 21, 2003 (8:04 am)
Going for the rest of the story... I concur with the above post, but would suggest another thought direction... The result is a limiting of the amount of slippage (or difference in speed of spinning) that the lesser traction wheel has.
The differential allows the wheels to turn at different speeds for turning corners. The Limited slip limits the rate of difference in speed.
Hope that helps.
Your appreciation for the feature will not surface until you have sat with a wheel spinning with no traction, the other drive wheel sitting idle, and you going nowhere.
Aug 21, 2003 (6:12 pm)
Thanks for the info on the diferential. I won't be buying that vehicle after finding out about the "teardrop" rims. Completely changes the look. Internet buying experience has been good. Even over the net you can tell which dealerships you want to deal with. Looks like I'll be purchasing a White/Beige Lariet, 5.4L & limited slip, Tow pkg, bed xtdr, captain chairs, & heated seats for $29,244 - $4000 rebates = 25,244. MSRP is 33,195 so I think its a pretty good deal. My biggest concern is get used to a truck after driving an '98 Interpid ES. My commute is mostly highway (35mi 1way) and hopefully I'll get better than 13 mpg as sited by others.
#9 of 520 2003 F-150 Depreciation
Aug 23, 2003 (7:13 am)
I'm looking to buy a new 2003 F-150 but I'm not sure what my barganing power might be due to the redesigned 2004 models. Does anyone know what a 2003 F-150 might depreciate now that it will be an old model?
#10 of 520 2003 F150 Depreciation
Aug 25, 2003 (6:33 am)
I am starting to see screamer ads for high 19's- low 20's for 2003 XLT 150 SCrews, depending on rebates and whether or not you finance through Ford. My question is...... If the 2002/2003 USED models (Screw XlT 4x2 less than 25k miles) are normally advertised for 20k, will they now be advertised (or sold) for less?