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white250white250 Posts: 68
edited March 2014 in Ford
I wish Ford offered heated mirrors for the F250, darn things ice up on me all the time !!. Also, a power rear slider would be cool. My wife drives a sport trac, I just love that power rear window in it.
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  • vwracervwracer Posts: 90
    instructions for dummies on how to drive them long things.
  • sc0rpi0sc0rpi0 Posts: 897
    There are aftermarket power sliders available. Why don't you get one from there and install it yourself? It might even come out cheaper than Ford would charge for it.
  • white250white250 Posts: 68
    I just found that out today !! thanks
  • jcave1jcave1 Posts: 137
    The "X" comes with heated tow mirrors, why not F-250? Can't scrape ice since the mirror is polycarbonate or some such stuff and it scratches.
  • jdtopperjdtopper Posts: 58
    It would be nice not to beat yourself half to death on the road just because you're empty most of the time.

    Something that you could adjust from the cab that would stiffen the suspension (springs and shock damping) when you're loaded and soften it when you're empty. Air-bags and air shocks can make them stiffer, I know, but don't do anything about making them softer.

    Maybe they could come up with a way that you could un-latch a spring leaf or two and open up the rebound damping orifice in the shocks when you're empty, then hook 'em back up when you need the support.

    It's just a pipe dream, and probably would never work on trucks, but some cars are user-tuneable, and lots of motorcycles are, so why not my truck?
  • jim4444jim4444 Posts: 124
    And not just on $40,000 full size luxury trucks.

    For people who get snow a few months out of the year, it would be about the same cost as 4wd but less to insure because it isnt meant for off roading.

    In fact it could fall into the safety category.
  • rfrossrfross Posts: 15
    How about a small Turbo-Diesel option for the S-10/Ranger/Tacoma/Dakota size trucks? Something that will get 30 mpg on the highway yet still have the capacity to tow at least 3,500 pounds. Make it available with a stick or automatic in either 2wd or 4wd models.

    Heated exterior mirrors!

    Electric rear defogger instead of slider on compact/mid-size trucks.

    Keyless entry/power locks without having to purchase power windows, too!
  • mrb11mrb11 Posts: 58
    Built in air compresssor
    Hard tonneau cover
    Adjustable shocks
    Broader range of tire upgrades
    Your choice of hitch class
  • automiteautomite Posts: 17
    never like the tire looks and size offered on pickups. they never seem tall enough for my taste and they always look cheap. would like to see an oversized tire/wheel/suspension option,along with a choice of tire manufacturer. i especially would like to see more serrerated or raised black lettering avail. i hate the looks of white lettering sidewall. give me a choice of a quality tire; the cost is going to be past on anyway. one comment about color choice on ford superduty. was happy to see the new color, dark shadow grey metallic this year, but whats with the 2-tone combo with black on bottom as only choice? where is a silver bottom [the likes of which i saw on a supercrew]? silver would look real good. black looks ugly. hope a ford rep sees this and brings about this option for 2003 models. would rather be sending this msg to a ford website dedicated to viewing comments from customers, but dont see one.
  • dbossmandbossman Posts: 28
    Don't like the engine choices on the Ford SD's. 5.4 is underpowered, 6.8 too thirsty, and the PSD is really for commercial apps.

    How about a 5.4 with a rootes type supercharger? Torque when you need it, without the gas mileage penalty of bigger cubes.
  • quadrunner500quadrunner500 Posts: 2,728
    Let the sun shine in!
  • ** Add keyless door pad entry option to Super Duty F-250 that is available on Explorer, Expedition and Excursion.

    ** Add heated mirrors option.

    ** Add automatic sliding rear glass option.

    ** Upgrade the stereo in Super Duty F-250!!!! The current stereo in the F-250 is cheap sounding!
  • sc0rpi0sc0rpi0 Posts: 897
    I'm not trying to start a flamewar here, but lets put it this way: we are talking about trucks here, not socker-mom mobiles. Keyless door pad? What's next? a DVD player so drivers can watch movies while driving back to town? Leather? These are trucks, and they ought to stay that way. Let the crap like keyless entry stay offered on Ex* Ford SUVs, after all, ability to open a door without having to pull out a key is vital while getting groceries.
  • obyoneobyone Posts: 8,054
    Those that can't afford it....well they say stuff similar to what you're saying.
  • white250white250 Posts: 68
    I,m glad your not a automotive engineer....hehe
    If so, we all we be still driving 70's style trucks....lmao
    I don't know where you have been, but the truck market has done a 360 degree turn in the past few years, people want all the convinences of home & office in their trucks and then some. Not just for work anymore !!
  • sc0rpi0sc0rpi0 Posts: 897
    Why don't you put a bathtub in the back of your truck so you can brag about it to your baseball dad buddies?

    white250: I'm a software engineer...scary, eh? :)
    When it comes to certain things, I believe in "if it aint broke, don't fix it" principle. Thus I think trucks ought to stay trucks, and if people want crap like DVD/mp3 players, they need to get a Town and Country. Ideally each car should perform duties fit for its class. Trucks should work, not accumulate leather seats, mp3 players and things like that. Think of how stupid Chevy commercials would be then (ones with dirty workers, jumping into a truck with leather seats and watching their favorite movie on a DVD during the lunch break).
    Technical advances are fine, better engines are fine, I just think automakers ought to hold their horses on the interior design.
  • white250white250 Posts: 68
    I don't know about you but if I was dirty, I would much rather sit on leather seats. It is much easier to clean than cloth.
    I have a brother that is a electrical engineer for ford & another brother that is a mechanical engineer for chrysler....sometimes I wonder how these companies build vehicles...lmao...I hear horror stories from these two..
  • vwracervwracer Posts: 90
    how about a removable rear seat in the extended cab
  • ryanbabryanbab Posts: 7,240
    all you have to do is remove 4 bolts

    hence removable ext cab seat
  • jimvetajimveta Posts: 96
    I agree with most of the people here as far as
    the more options, the better.

    I mean I dunno.. how is a "truck" defined? What
    some people may see as diluting the truck genre
    I see as improvment. If it doesn't comprimise
    the truck's abilities, then why not offer it?
    Well, I guess I can understand maintaining the
    "tough truck" image, but then again.. it's just an
    image and all relative anyways.

    Being a software engineer as well and one in the
    unix world, there are those hardcore people who
    believe in command line interface only, nothing
    automatic, no abstraction, etc. So while I use
    my gui primarily to have even more text filled
    terminals, there are some things microsoft has
    that we don't which would be very useful and
    convenient.

    So why pigeonhole something? If a truck's gonna
    have tunes, we might as well have MP3 players
    included.
  • obyoneobyone Posts: 8,054
    some are resistant to change. I wonder how many do their laundry by hand using those crank ringers to help dry their clothes...hey if it ain't broke.......
  • tonyytonyy Posts: 26
    I want a "full size 4X4" without the shock and park brake line above the bottom of the rear axle.
  • sc0rpi0sc0rpi0 Posts: 897
    Using a laundry machine instead of doing it by hand is a time-saving device, thus an improvement.
    What improvements does keyless entry pad offer on a truck that's advertised as a tough work horse, hauling crews of dirty bluecollar workers to and from construction sites?

    jimveta: Using GUI over CLI offers some degree of ease of interface, I don't argue there. I use both on my linux machines. However, where do you draw the line? Whats next? DVD player in the HD/SD trucks? How about a nice expensive stereo system? Keyless entry? Leather seats? Rear seat climate control? People who want that in a truck ought to buy a van instead.
  • obyoneobyone Posts: 8,054
    Remote door locks and keypads

    Remote door locks opens the door faster with less effort. Keypad entry sure beats calling AAA when you lock your keys in the truck. Then again, breaking the window is quicker than both.

    "People who want that in a truck ought to buy a van instead."

    You'd haul manure in a van?
  • eric2001eric2001 Posts: 482
    Or you can call the 800 # for On-star and they will onlock it right then, at no charge. No AAA for your Denali, or do you like breaking the glass (ha-ha).

    If people are willing to pay for the options, why not have them?

    How many people use the crew cabs to haul the family around with the travel trailer out back? Its still a truck, but the DVD player would sure keep the kids quiet for the trip. So why is that a bad thing?
  • mullins87mullins87 Posts: 959
    I'm glad trucks today are as nice as they are. I spend a lot of time in mine and those comfy captains chairs and nice stereo make the trips more enjoyable. But, I do wish someone would offer an all metal, no plastic anything, truck that its sole purpose is to get the job done. You know, the kind of truck that scares women and small children, couldn't tear it up if you tried, ride like a log wagon, beast of a machine that only a diehard truck fan could appreciate.
  • mledtjemledtje Posts: 1,123
    is a small hi-torque diesel engine that weighs no more than a gas V8. Maybe a 3.5-4 liter 6 cylinder diesel to replace the 4.8L gas V8 I currently have. And how about an NV4500 trans behind it. And the option of 2500 series front differential and rear end in a 1500 truck.

    Then you can have good torque, reliability, fuel economy without the weight penalty that hurts when you venture off road. Normal diesel weight also hurts load capacity.

    My Silverado LS has every luxury I want as standard equipment, so no problems there. Well, maybe a mount for my laptop so I can view the realtime map linked into the GPS so I'm never lost!

    Mike L
  • saddaddysaddaddy Posts: 566
    Can you elaborate on what kind of navigation setup you have with the GPS and laptop - as far as what software you use and how it works. I am looking to do the same thing here in the next couple of months. What do you have to keep the laptop charged?
  • jdtopperjdtopper Posts: 58
    I'm interested in laptop-based GPS & mapping capabilities too. There used to be PCMCIA GPS cards that you could slip into a slot in your laptop, but I haven't seen any lately. I have some moving-map software now, but it's strictly aviation oriented. No road info at all.

    One thing about the software: If you haven't already bought something, get the software that uses GPS data and vector-based coordinates to determine where you are on the map. I think it would take too much room on the board for me to explain just why it's better, but you will find that it is much more accurate than software that simply plots a GPS coordinate against a scanned chart image. If you want to know more, drop me a line. Maybe between the three of us (and anyone else that's interested) we can find a system out there that does just what we're looking for...
  • mledtjemledtje Posts: 1,123
    I have a Garmin E-Trex Vista, with Garmin US Roads and Recreation software. I've never found a road or dirt trail that isn't included in the map package. Small dirt trails in Death Valley, fireroads in the Sierra's, out of the way places in Alaska, they are all in there. You can go to the Garmin website and try out the software at:


    http://www.garmin.com/cartography/mapSource/


    On the right side of the screen, in the box labeled 'MapSource Map Viewer', select US Road and Recreation - Continental US (or any other map set you desire) and you can pan around and zoom in for all the detail you need.


    Mike L

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