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F-150 Owners

CatscanCatscan Posts: 9
edited March 2014 in Ford
Hello Truck enthusiasts, I figured that this
conference has gone on long enough without a topic
for owners (and future owners) of the world's best
selling truck. I am (not very) anxiously awaiting
the delivery of the '98 4WD XLT SuperCab Long Bed
that I ordered on March 1. This vehicle will be my
3rd Pick-up and replaces an '89 F-150 with 166k
miles on it that still looks and runs good enough
to have my 19 year old brother BEG me to hand it
down to him. I chose not to order the Triton
engine, because I just didn't know enough about it.
I would love to hear from anyone with first hand
experience, though. I didn't figure I needed the
extra power (not to mention cost) of the Triton
since the heaviest thing I tow is a 2 wheel trailer
with my Heritage Softie on it. We would love to
hear everyone's Ford Truck war stories...Also, for
any Dodge Truck fans who wandered in here, my 1st
Pick-up was an '81 Dodge that I loved, so don't get
upset, I check out the Ram Owners Topic


  • CatscanCatscan Posts: 9
    Please disregard the comment about the Triton engine, as I have recently found out that all F-150's come standard with it. At least Ford had the sense to stop placing "TRITON" in huge letters just below F-150 XLT on the front quarter panel.
  • cujetcujet Posts: 1
    I have tortured 4.6L triton engines in crown vicks
    for years, never so much as a hiccup!! I know of no better engine.
  • mharde2mharde2 Posts: 278
    I'm glad to hear Ford stopped putting that Triton sign on their trucks. That thing looked hidious...I know that sounds kind of strong, but it stuck out like a sore thumb.
    Catscan, I pulled a 6500lb 5th wheel with a 1993 F150 w/351 automatic for 5 years. I loved the truck, it ran great and did a good job pulling the trailer. I live in Dallas, and we we towed that trailer to the Grand Canyon, Las Vegas, Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, and all over Texas. The only problem I ever had with it was burning up the axle bearings twice in 52000 mi. After I sold it I found out that 140W senthetic gear lub in the rear-end would have prevented that from happening. I don't know why Ford didn't know that. I read it the owners manual of my new truck (98 Dodge 2500 Cummins Turbo Diesel).
    Ford did pick up 1/2 the tab for the repairs both times even though the truck was out of warranty. That was good..
    Enjoy your new truck..Happiness is a new truck
  • Hello all!! I love my 1996 F-150 to death!! It's my first Ford truck and I couldn't say enough good things about this vehicle, I bought it new on May 3 1996 with 482 miles on the clock and now less than 2 years later it's got 44586 as of this morning. I have had knick-knacky things go wrong like the blinkers quit on day, headlight leaked moisture (typical on most older F-series) and my drivers door panel rattled but that's it, motor and tranny never been touched for repairs. Got the damn reliable, durable 300 straight six with the E40D. Regular-cab longbed Portofino blue over Silver Frost. Catscan, thanks for starting a room for us Ford truckers, it's LONG overdue!! Keep the stories coming, FORD TRUCKS TILL I DIE!!! And did I mention the trucks named Earl! :-)
  • searay88searay88 Posts: 4
    Anyone had problems with their F-150 with the 4.6 liter engine. My dealer says mine is shot and needs replacement. It started making bad noise after 14,000 miles. With 40,000 miles on it, it rattles bad in the morning when cold.
  • crai9434crai9434 Posts: 1
    I'm thinking about buying a 1980 F150 with 110,000 miles. It has a 302 V8 engine on it. The owner says that he ran it on propane for 75,000 miles, but is now running it on gas again. Does anyone know if this may cause some problems?
  • fredwoodfredwood Posts: 79
    Run away, far away from this vehicle if you live in California or New York. When you transfer title of this vehicle it will have to pass smog, alternative fueled vehicles are exempt from smog tests. This vehicle will need all the smog equipment designed for 1980 vehicles. The hassle of taking it to a smog referee is not worth it to me.
  • 31modela31modela Posts: 1
    I love Ford Trucks my first one was a "72" F-100 and I have owned 4 since. V-8 to straight 6 I also own a 31 Model A Tudor Sedan. Henry had a good Idea years ago and the good Ford people just keep makin "M" better and better. My hats off to trucks on the road.
  • fredwoodfredwood Posts: 79
    Let me get this straight, you've owned 5 ford trucks in 26 years...that works out to one every 5.2 years. Hmmm.
  • BrutusBrutus Posts: 1,113
    Dang Fredwood, you're almost as anti-Ford as I am pro-Ford. Some of those vehicles could have been used or he may have traded up. I'm certainly not getting rid of my 92 F-250 because of it's performance. The performance of that vehicle is what has made me a Ford person. I was just ready to move up. With that said, I do appreciate your contributions to this conference......most of them anyway.
  • fredwoodfredwood Posts: 79
    I'm not anti-ford. I'm anti-brand loyalty. I would buy a ford or dodge in a heart beat, if they were less expensive that the chevys. I'm talking out the door price not MSRP.

    I was merely questioning his claim that if they build such good trucks why didn't he have them longer that 5.2 years each. I've had my chevy 9 years, not a rip in the seats nor a crack in the dash and the original paint. I have not pampered my truck either and it is still going strong. I too am going to trade up soon and I expect to have that truck for at least 10 years. From my experience with the chevy, it should go at least 15 before a rebuild.
  • BrutusBrutus Posts: 1,113
    What do you mean by out-the-door costs? Isn't the out-the-door cost, the actual amount you pay to drive the car off the lot? The only charges added to the Ford I just ordered were $75 for advertising and $24.80 for gas. I doubt any Chevy dealer will be less. There are dealers of all brands who will try to gouge you with high ad, flooring and documentation fees. You just have to shop around. Tax, title and tags would be the same for Chevy and Ford.

    So, to do a fair cost comparison, aren't we just comparing dealer invoices (we negotiate up from dealer invoice, not down from MSRP, so MSRP really isn't relevant)? Maybe I'm missing something about the term "out-the-door" costs and why Chevy might be less because of those costs. I don't know how the price of an F-150 compares to a comparatively equipped Chevy 1/2 ton, but it seems to me that we can find the lowest priced vehicle by comparing dealer invoice prices, irrelevant of any other charges since you can negotiate those extra charges to a fairly equal level with a little shopping around.
  • weslwesl Posts: 53
    to fredwood:
    why don't you ask 31modela why he replace his trucks so often? Seems to me a better idea than assuming all of them crapped out in 5.2 years. That would be like me assuming that in order to keep his model A Ford running for 67 years, he had to replace the engine 134 times. Just a thought.
  • fredwoodfredwood Posts: 79
    Hey 31modela, why did you replace your ford truck so often? If they are so great why didn't you keep one longer than 5.2 years, other than the model A.

    My "beef" is with people claiming that this or that truck manufacturer is the best, but then they never have their truck longer than 3-5 years to really find out how great it is.
  • CatscanCatscan Posts: 9
    Sorry to interrupt this bickering, but I have never owned a vehicle for more than 6 years....Does that mean I didn't get to know any of them? Jesus, some people I know go through 3 spouses in 6 years. Besides,FredWood, I agree with 31Modella...If you have the means, why the heck not upgrade your vehicle every 5 years? I have no complaints about any of the dozen vehicles I've owned (Except for 1 bad experience w/ an '81 Chevy Caprice Classic) Anyway, I would also buy a truck from the big 3 (as long as it was a Ford or a Dodge)! Sorry, but the CK1500 is a Yugo compared with the Big Boys. If Chevy is able to offer their P/U trucks for less then Ford or Dodge (which I Seriously Doubt) It's because they don't have much of a demand for them.

    Incidentally, I originally came here tonight to announce the arrival of my new baby boy: He is 244.3" long, 79.5' wide, & 75.3" tall and his name is Ford F-150 XLT SuperCab 4WD Long Bed. He finally arrived at my local dealership after 4 1/2 anxious weeks. He is Dark Toreador Red, automatic trans., and I pick him up in 8 1/4 hours when the dealership opens. After I found out that he arrived, I drove by the dealership after work (I get out at midnight) just to sneak a peek....He is beautiful! I'll be sure to post my first few experiences with him as soon as my wife can pry my fingers off of his leather-wrapped steering wheel.
  • naynay Posts: 7
    Commenting on this brand loyalty thing - I have been researching the purchase of a truck for the last 3 years. When i say researching I mean RESEARCHING. I have made detailed databases on the F150, Ram1500, CK1500, and Dakota. I update the data each model year and try to determine a clear cut winner. I compare things like towing cap, hauling cap, engine HP, engine torque, suspension, safety, gas milegae, interior room, repair costs, reliablity,insurance cost,known defects/problems, and price just as an example of a few. In my opinion each vehicle has its strong and weak points, and the one i feel is best changes year to year based on the above. I think the idea should be to buy the best truck you can for the least amount of money. 3 years ago, i think the Ram was the best. Right now, i think the F150 wins. I'll have to check out the new chevy when it comes out, but that may be a while becuase of its all new engines and tranny. To me data is what tells me which truck is best, not Cal Ripken or Alan Jackson.
  • RoclesRocles Posts: 985
    Nay: You hit it on the nose.
    My firm currently owns eleven trucks which are in constant use. I own a roofing company here in Delaware and we go "through" trucks every five years or so. During the winter, all I do is research the current models available with the CURRENT SPECS and the price.
    Fredwood is right not to blindly follow a brand without checking it out first. Reputation does play a minor role and it does matter when buying any product. The trick is finding the best product with a solid name. Ford has long been considered the best brand yet, I own five Chevy's.
    We also own four Fords with the remainder being Dodge.
    These trucks vary with age, size, power, and all had roofers driving them.(Trust me:they are tough)
    My thoughts are still biased toward Ford. Despite my affection over the years for Chevy,I have to admit that the Fords have saved me more headaches and money. Brand loyalty is fine if you own stock but mine has faded since I was a teen-ager. It reminds me of a similar debate with friends of my hobby: motorcycling. Harley makes a pretty bike and is "American" but Honda has them whipped in every other subject.
    So what is the answer? Well, do the research and judge with RATIONAL thoughts. Lately for my company, it has been all Fords. That doesn't mean forever, just for right now.
  • richflynnrichflynn Posts: 147
    Personnally, I think that brand loyalty is built by the service advisor at your local dealership. If your service advisor gets your vehicle fixed, correctly, on time and at minimal cost your vehicle is a good one. If not, then the vehicle is a lemon.

    I mean, "We couldn't find anything wrong and give me $134 for two hours to diagnose." doesn't do anything for me!

  • bogiemanbogieman Posts: 12 hit it right on the head! The dealership makes the brand! I left chevvy in the late 60's when they refused to stand behind an engine that blew 4 water pumps off in 33,000 miles. They told me that at 36K their job was done! 3 days later I concurred as I showed them my brand new Ford! Have never owned another chevvy and been happy with the many Fords over the years. My local dealer made 2 major repairs on Windstar even after warranty was long gone. Now I am trading it in on a new supercab F150 XLT.....soon as I see one I like by color, etc. Good Dealers make good customers stay loyal! / Ron
  • champychampy Posts: 1
    i need info on the f150 flare side pickup trucks
  • richflynnrichflynn Posts: 147
    It's interesting!

    On my '86 F-250, Ford sent me a questionaire asking how happy I was in November of '91. I answered Paint sucks, Front end sucks. Ford responded with phone call tpo my wife "Take it to your local dealer and have them call this number."

    Ford painted the roof and hood for $100 and rebuilt the front end at no charge.

  • CatscanCatscan Posts: 9
    Bogieman, If you're looking for a great color for the F-150, check out Dark Toreador Red, It is real nice. It's darker than the plain Toreador Red that you see on Explorers/Expeditions. I love mine! Good Luck with a great truck!
  • naynay Posts: 7
    color choice??
    i was thinking of a 1998 clearcoat black lariat f150. is it really true about "hard to clean","water spots" you've heard um. i have never owned a black vehicle before (always red or blue). Any comments. - nay
  • sleeprsleepr Posts: 16

    If you like in the northeast or midwest (Ohio Valley), I would avoid darker, I wouldn't buy a new car! Acid rain causes those "waterspots". Rainwater left on your paint is evaporated and concentrated till the ph drops to a real etchy number. Now you have a shallow crater in your paint. Next time it rains, water gathers in the crater and the sun goes to work on it again. The cycle repeats...

    The only way to really avoid this is to hand dry your vehicle after each rain and/or avoid parking
    outside at all.

    If you live elsewhere, just keep that baby waxed and try to protect it from fallout anyway.
  • bishopalbishopal Posts: 2
    I'm on the verge of buying an F-150 supercab 4WD styleside with the 4.6L (281) engine and auto trans. Does anyone have any feedback about this combo being seriously underpowered. Heavy or frequent trailer hauling in not in my plans. Mostly routine highway and some offroad play.
  • yramlambyramlamb Posts: 6
    Hi, I am looking at buying a Ford F150. I am interested in a v6, automatic, 2wd, x-cab w/3rd door. Have seen them and like the size for my use. Can anyone give me feedback on reliability and comfort on long trips, espcially sitting in the back bench seat as my son would be relegated to that place.
  • sleeprsleepr Posts: 16

    I own the very pickup you're looking at and I can say that it will most likely meet ALL your needs.
    I drove my 1997 XLT from Texas to NY and back very chiropractor visits necessary! The six hauled me and mine easily.

    Reliability has been very good. I had just two defects. My mass airflow sensor died and the windshield washer switch was intermittant. The sensor would have cost about 500 bux, but it was under warranty. Both items were fixed right the first time and in a timely manner too.

    The back seat I cannot vouch for...I don't sit back there! It looks like it would be ok for trips of 2 hours or less (due to the short seat and erect back). If your son is under 10 years, I wouldn't sweat it. Kids have a way of making the best of things, eh?
  • sleeprsleepr Posts: 16

    Get the isn't worth quibbling about the few dollars difference and your milage won't be hurt much, if at all.

    If you MUST get the 4.6, rest assured it will serve you well. The only reason I recommend the 5.4 is because this is a truck and it is meant for work. A little power in reserve seems warranted.
  • lwflwf Posts: 223
    sleepr made a point you may want to consider seriously. I got the V6 (the exact vehicle you described) and the HP is adequate, but the fuel economy doesn't seem to be any better than what others with the V8s tell me they get. Maybe mine's just "tight" because it's new, but I'm skeptical things will change for the better. Anyway, I love the truck, but I wish someone had told me a couple of months back what you are being told now. Good luck.
  • yramlambyramlamb Posts: 6

    Thanks for the reply. I laughed when I read about your lack of need for a Chiroprator, my husband happens to be one.
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