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Ford F-150 SUPERCREW

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  • mr_mbunamr_mbuna Posts: 13
    We're currently in the market for an affordable pickup and will be purchasing by the end of the week. Price is the primary concern. Due to the lack of availability of 4x2 1500HD's, we're currently leaning towards the F-150 SuperCrew.

    We'll be using the pickup as a daily driver as well as a weekend hauler for a 6300 pound boat and trailer. Twice per year the truck will serve as the vehicle for a 600-mile road trip towing a 1500 pound trailer and a family of four down the East Coast from Maryland to South Carolina.

    I've been helping my dad pick out the right truck and its been a struggle to convince him to see the light on a 5.4L V8 over a 4.6L V8 though I think I've been successful in that regard. However, 4WD isn't going to happen as he sees it as an unneccessary expense.

    We're looking to find a truck for $25,000 or less after rebates and everything. What can we expect to pay for these trucks? Is Edmunds.com TMV pricing accurate, or is paying Invoice minus rebates reasonable, or do these trucks go for Less Than Invoice minus rebates?

    Please share views on the Ford v Chevy v Dodge **for our application and finances** as well as recommendations on worthwhile options and engine choices, etc.

    Thanks!
    Ben
  • crosley4crosley4 Posts: 295
    I looked at the 1500HD trucks from GM... all of the units were 4x4 and I do not need a 4x4. I have owned GM vehicles for decades.

    The salepeople would yap about increased resale value and I would tell them about decreased MPG and higher repair costs for something I did not want.

    We bought a 2001 Super Crew with a 5.4 engine. This was the FIRST Ford I ever bought(I'll be 50 years old soon). Not one single problem with it in 34k miles.

    Last tank was at 16.3 MPG.

    As I recall the 5.4 motor also includes a slightly higher GVW rating for the truck.
  • welk443welk443 Posts: 8
    I purchased a 02 supercrew and on the sticker it said the truck had a 6500# GVW package. The sales person did not know what it meant. I think this is the weight of the vehicle am I correct? What does this package include? Or do you know where I can find more info on this package?
  • txyank1txyank1 Posts: 1,010
    the weight of the vehicle including cargo capacity.
  • todd1965todd1965 Posts: 16
    I just brought a new Ford F-150 Super Crew XLT 4x4 two weeks with 59 miles. I had a 2000 Expedition XLT 2x4 and I am glad that I traded in that SUV. Can someone anwser two questions for me, is this truck longer than my former Expedition, because I find it harder to park this truck. What types of problems that are commom to this vehicle, thanks for any replies.
  • riff777riff777 Posts: 1
    Does anyone know if this "Tornado" air system works? It is supposed to "swirl" the air coming in from the intake to make the engine more efficient i.e. (mileage and horsepower). I replaced the stock filter with a (K & N) high flow air filter. I am also thinking of going to a high flow exhaust system that sounds deeper, but not to loud. Mainly I am looking for better mileage.
  • crosley4crosley4 Posts: 295
    IMHO you will get better value with your money by throwing on the ground and watch some ppl fight over it than the tornado..

    Local hi-way patrol(AZ) tested this thing. a small report on TV was "mixed" results. This means NFG to me. As a mechanic I see no value in the placement of the tornado designed item in the intake.

    Same deal with the billet aluminum spacers that bolt in between the engine and throttle body with grooves machined in them. On Fords they seem to whistle for some reason.

    I have a K&N replacement filter in our 2001 Super Crew 4x2,5.4 engine, no exhaust add on ect. The mileage was high 14's when new. At 34k miles the unit just gave us 16.7 mpg.

    I use synthetic motor oil by choice. I have been a mechanic, racer, restoration type person for decades and I like syn oils.

    I do not know if the mileage claims are true with syn oils.

    Next: I also own a 2000 1500 Silverado 4x2, 5.3 engine, xtra-cab. I have used an exhaust cat back system with an AirAid intake/filter setup. The ONLY place I see increased power & mileage is when the truck is hooked up to my car trailer.

    Normal day - day driving show'd no improvement on MPG in the chevy .

    Best thing for better MPG is intelligent driving and keep your tires air'd up correctly. Keep the spare air'd up too! A flat spare tire when you have a flat is no fun , but I don't want to talk about it.... LOL

    Tony
  • dustykdustyk Posts: 2,931
    The thing called a "Tornado" has been around since the 1940s. Back before the induction system of an automobile engine became a true science, this little device probably could decrease fuel consumption.

    The theory is that the little fan blades rotate, interupt some of the fuel droplets and break them into still smaller droplets. This can increase fuel density and subsequently fuel distribution and volumetric efficiency in an otherwise marginal design. In more up to date carburetor systems, these little creatures have cause hesitation complaints, especially has fuel mixtures became leaner.

    In a modern system fuel delivery system, especially throttlebody fuel injection versions, I would be hard pressed to believe that you would gain any efficiency. Modern intake manifold designs are very, very effective in producing small fuel droplet sizes. Disturbing the factory design flow characteristics will change something, probably to the detriment of engine performance somewhere in the operating range.

    In a port injected system you'll see nothing but a loss.

    Regards,
    Dusty
  • zderfzderf Posts: 44
    Was advised by my dealership yesterday that Ford is aware of a design problem with the A/C plenum forming condensation on its exterior and subsequently soaking the front passenger carpet. (sneaks under the mat.. so its hard to spot unless you feel underneath)Ford apparently has no current plan to remedy.

    Ever heard of mildew, mold, and stinky carpet/padding? $40k plus vehicle that comes standard with these features. Nice bonus.

    Any feedback from others and their wet super crew mats?

    Thanks....

    Zderf
  • crosley4crosley4 Posts: 295
    A friend that works at a local Ford dealer told me this eve that they have a 2004 F-150 Super Crew at his dealer here in AZ.

    I guess the truck is making the rounds for all to see it at the dealer.
  • bhags7bhags7 Posts: 1
    I just bought a F-150 SuperCrew 4x4 (FX4) a month ago. I drive about 80/20 freeway/city and I've been getting 13 mpg. The sticker says 15 city and 19 highway. Any advice?
  • wpalkowskiwpalkowski Posts: 493
    Give it some time, put some miles on it. Even though they don't have real break in periods these days, the engines seem to get their act together after they've had some use. Mine ran smoother and mileage improved around 5K miles.
  • tkenny53tkenny53 Posts: 41
    I have a 2001, 5.4 and 25k miles, I average 13mpg during normal driving in the los angeles area. I work 4 miles of street driving away from my house. I use the freeways 3 times a week. Only if I do a freeway driving will it get better, slightly.. The best I ever got was a trip to Vegas, got 16 doing 75mph, got 15 doing 80 on the way back. I do have a lead foot and always first away from the stops. My truck is 2 yrs old and EVERYONE here drives one, there are at least 5 within 2 blocks of my house and 4 at my work. There is no need to drive slow so everyone can see my cool truck anymore. ONE BIG thing, I DO get better mileage with mid grade gas, at least 1-2mpg better.
  • A friend of my husband's is selling his 2000 F-150 supercab, 5.4 EFI V8, w/cap & bedliner, 16 more months on an extended warranty, 22,000 miles, mint condition, heavy duty electrical/cooling, 4x4 off-road package and a few more perks. He's asking $17,500. I usually do extensive research on vehicles before purchasing and I am starting to learn about Fords. But I've never owned one before, so I thought I'd come to the place where folks have had experience!

    I've done some searching at Edmond's on used truck prices, but haven't found where i can enter all the extras (especially the cap). I'd appreciate any insight you all can give me, ASAP.
    Thanks,
    Elizabeth
  • 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.
  • Just bought w/ high miles (ALL highway miles) & am looking for any advice/comments. First "new" truck & am psyched! thanx!!
  • What kind of mileage can I expect W/my 4.6 liter
    engine (4x4)? thanx
  • tkenny, have you tried feeding it premium gas for a few tanks to see if it improves further? .... Pity, but it's a big heavy vehicle and there's no diesel option. (Yet). A more cautious driver content to be last away from the stop sign might add a mile or two per gallon, but that's as much as can be asked. 800 lb more weight is more then going to offset any theoretical gain in the reworked 5.4
  • sonjaabsonjaab Posts: 1,057
    While goofing off in Vegas this week on vacation!
    Spotted several 04 150 Crews decked out as Yellow Cabs. WOW....
    Stopped by local Ford dealer..They must of had 50+ 04s on the lot !

    Heres a good laugh....A big GM shindig was in town at the Sands convention center. They had a set up at the Thomas & Mack center with a bunch of new GM vehicles to test drive..........

    On the corner at the entrance was a new 04 Crew hanging by a crane as you drove into the lot with a big banner saying "NEW FORD F-150 HERE NOW!!!!"

    Bet those GM honchos were NOT pleased !......geo
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