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  • bonnie_rickbonnie_rick Posts: 115
    owners! Have you heard about Ford Motor Co.'s recall of 1.7 million vehicles due to a "faulty lug nut coating that could potentially cause the wheels to separate..."?

    You can read more about it in our News and Views Conference, Ford Recalls 1.7 Million Vehicles (Topic #108)
  • 848don848don Posts: 1
    I want to buy one of these F150s with the 5.4. But first I have 2 questions. Can this truck really tow 8000lbs? And, in addition to the recall problem, has anyone had trouble with the wheels? I've heard that you cannot change the wheel at the side of the road. I've been told only a mechanic can change the wheel. Is this true?
  • roadmanroadman Posts: 1
    Does anyone have any good statitics on Cat-Back exhaust systems on a 4.6 V8, auto, and 3.55 axel? How much improvement in gas milage and H.P. could I expect?
  • polishpolish Posts: 1
    How does he Ford Powerstroke diesel compare to the Dodge Diesel Cummings? What is the performance of the Ford Powerstroke. We will be towing a trailer through mountain roads and passes,we want to know if there is enough torque to haul a heavy load through steep inclines.
  • BrutusBrutus Posts: 1,113
    The Powerstroke has more torque than any engine currently on the market, with 500 lb-ft. Everything you want to know about the Powerstroke can be found on the Ford Diesel Web site. You can also get info on the Cummins. To my knowledge, it is the best source for diesel info available.
  • walshswalshs Posts: 1
    OK, I have a question for you. I have been looking (on the Edmunds site) at the specs for the F150 and the other trucks in the same class, and it seems to me like the Ford tow ratings are a lot lower than for the similar trucks from other manufacturers. What gives? For example, the F150 with the base engine and stuff is rated at 2100 pounds, while the base Chevy C1500 is rated at 5000 pounds. This doesn't make sense to me. Anybody know why the Ford ratings are so low?
  • arwhitearwhite Posts: 1
    I just bought a 1998 5.4L F150 and was thinking of putting a cat-back exhaust system on it. I'd like input on which brands I should look at. I'd also be interested in what kind of performance gains can be had on this truck with a freer flowing exhaust and a K&N filter on the intake side. Btw,
    I'd like to stay with the stock hangers and exhaust plumbing routing as (including single tailpipe exit behind passenger side rear wheel) and I would like for the exhaust to not be too much louder than stock. Thanks in advance for any input you can give me.
  • celticceltic Posts: 1
    I own an '89 F-150 XL, 4.9L, 6 cyl., 3-speed automatic w/ 80,000 miles. I "baby" it. It runs good and has only ever needed routine maintenance/upkeep. I had the top half repainted free by Ford in '94. The dealer had someone else do the job and that vendor did a so-so job. ** 1) I have found that using 15w40 instead of Ford's recommended 10w30 reduces motor oil consumtion (roughly) in half. 2) For the past year I have experienced an ocassional engine hesitation at 20-30 mph. My mechanic says this is caused by a faulty "computer sensor relay." Any comments on 1) or 2) ? If I've done wrong by using 15w40 motor oil, please don't tell on me.
  • bogiemanbogieman Posts: 12
    to 848don: If I was going to tow 8 K, I think that i would look at the new '99 F-250 models!
    Read up on this vehicle in the latest issue of TRUCKIN'.
  • RobinHoodRobinHood Posts: 1
    Hi Everyone,

    I ordered my F150 XLT a year ago, my first new vehicle and first truck. I love it! A huge difference from the Toyota Corolla SR5 that I previously drove.

    What is the difference between a recall and a "voluntary" recall? Do you just have 'em fix the problem if you want to?

    On another note, I've also heard of a voluntary recall on the emission control for selected F150's, or something along those lines. Has anyone had either/both of these items fixed?
  • BrutusBrutus Posts: 1,113
    I would recommend that the next time you need an oil change, take it to a dealer. When you make the appointment, tell that you would also like to have any recall work done. There were a couple of times that I took my truck to the dealer and they did recall work that I didn't know existed. Even though you don't pay for the work, the dealerships don't lose any money either. I assume they get paid for the work by Ford, so they don't mind doing it.
  • djholmdjholm Posts: 5
    Will Ford offer a 4 door F-150 for 1999? I love the F-250, however, it won't clear my garage door!
  • BrutusBrutus Posts: 1,113
    All of the Ford Supercab pickups will have four doors for 1999.
  • lwflwf Posts: 223
    At some other web site that listed complaints about the F150, someone said that the aluminum wheels collected water and that this water tended to freeze in cold weather causing all of the wheels to become grossly out of balance.

    I'm a relatively new F150 owner who has yet to drive it in freezing weather, but I noticed that after a recent rain, each wheel had indeed collected about an inch of water. Mine is an XLT, so whatever wheels come with that package, that's what I have. The wheel is designed with 5 egg-shaped holes (approximately 2" x 4") that do, in fact, allow water to enter, but there is no way for the water to drain out. I suppose when the wheels are turning, this water is thrown out, but it seems to me this water could freeze when the truck is left standing and cause the problem identified above. Has anyone had that experience?

    I'll have to admit, it looks like a pretty dumb wheel design. If there is a problem, I guess a 1/4-inch electric drill will solve it, but why does a new-vehicle owner have to resort to something like that?
  • kcctakccta Posts: 1
    I am considering buying a 1999 F250 crew cab V10 engine any advice? warnings?
  • kDUKEkkDUKEk Posts: 10
    Ladies and gentlemen:

    I enjoy the discussions taking place within this topic--I own a 1991 F-150 XLT Lariat 4x4. Although it has more than its fair share of problems, I do love the truck!

    This is my first Ford, but I have developed a strong sense of brand loyalty--Which brings me to my question...

    I am having a very hard time accepting the new looks for the F-Series--The Super Duty line is nice, but not economical! I wish to hear anyone's information on when Ford Motor is going to again overhaul (major/minor) their full-size trucks.

    I know what you're going to say: "But they just did one!" I do not like it and I am anxiously awaiting the next overhaul. The Ford Trucks of the 1970's were great...

    Thank you and Long Live Ford Trucks!

  • MotormouthMotormouth Posts: 99
    If you don't like the looks, why not drop Ford customer relations a line and say so. People laugh when I suggest writing a letter, but the fact is, they know that each letter often represents the opinion of thousands of others who don't take the time to write.

    If they get enough negative feedback on the new look to Ford trucks (the Dodge wannabe look), they'll make another overhaul rather than lose sales.
  • darrincdarrinc Posts: 5
    Does anybody know why the 1998 F-150's do not
    have a heat shield under the hood? A dealer
    told me that the hood is made out of alluminum?
    Is this true?


    Darrin Cashel
  • lwflwf Posts: 223
    I believe it is made of aluminum. It certainly isn't steel because a magnet doesn't stick to it. But if by a "heat shield" you mean a fiberglass blanket on the underside of the hood, I have no idea why making the hood out of aluminum would eliminate the need for that blanket. I always had the idea that the blanket supressed engine noise as well and that was its primary function. But I'll have to admit that the engine isn't noisy in spite of the fact that there is no blanket.
  • ib3djunkeeib3djunkee Posts: 1
    I have a 1997 F-150 and yes the hood is made of aluminum.I would not agree that the engine is quiet. Mine is very noisy.
  • lwflwf Posts: 223
    Well........mine's brand new. Maybe in another 20,000 miles or so I'll be saying the same thing. Can anyone shed some light on this? Why would Ford spend the extra money to make the hood out of aluminum rather than steel and then save a couple of bucks by not putting in an under-hood blanket which would definitely improve the perception of quite operation? The usual reason for using aluminum is to minimize structural weight, but that can't be the case here.
  • BrutusBrutus Posts: 1,113
    Going out on a limb here, but what did ib3djunkee drive before? Is is possible it is loud because it is the first pickup? If not, is it possible that your truck made it off the assembly line without a part? There has to be a reason why the noise level is so acceptable to lwf but not ib3djunkie. My 1992 sounds the same as it did when I bought it. Don't get me wrong. It has 85,000 miles on it, but it isn't any louder.
  • lwflwf Posts: 223
    Good point. Maybe my expectations are very low, but I don't look for the sensation of being in an anechoic chamber when I'm behind the wheel. However, I have driven other vehicles in which the engine noise was really irritating to me, and this present one is definitely not in that category. But, hey, I'm not the only one with an F150. There's hundreds of thousands of us. Does anyone else think it's noisy?
  • avgjoeavgjoe Posts: 1
    Hello all,

    I just ordered an F150 XLT with 4.6 V8 and 4spd automatic transmission. I am trying to decide
    if I should go for the 3.55 rear-end gear ratio over the standard 3.08.

    With the lower 3.55 gear I'm sure I'll have better towing performance and perhaps better acceleration, but will there be a negative impact on gas mileage, or does the 4spd auto's overdrive give me a low enough highway rpm to make this a non-issue?

    Can anyone give me any advice based on experience?

    Thanks in advance
  • Lex40Lex40 Posts: 5

    I to will order tomarrow the same drive line combo as avgjoe except for a 5.4. I have the same thoughts. Also they say it will take 4-6 weeks, think that will be true.

    Anybody got any more lines to tell the wife other than "I need it to go to the dump and lumber yard", it's working so far but getting a little thin.

    I will keep you updated on my order story.
  • jjsonjjson Posts: 42
    I see someone asked about a 4-door F-150. When will they be available? When can I see my Ford dealer and order one?
  • BrutusBrutus Posts: 1,113
    The four door will be available on the 99 models, which will probably come out this Fall. I doubt dealers will order them much earlier since they want to sell what they have on the lot. Since the four door will be new, Ford will probably start offering some healthy rebates on existing stock. By healthy, I mean $1,000-$1,500. They may be offering that now on some trucks. Chances are that you can get a pretty good deal on the current trucks on the lot, especially as we move farther into summer. I suspect it will be very difficult to get a break on the new models, at least for the first few months. You may also run into long waits on orders.
  • sleeprsleepr Posts: 16

    My '97 4.2 XLT is noisy, but only from the outside
    of the truck. I never noticed noise in the usual
    places (fast food drive-up windows), but did notice it when approaching it from the front while in a fast idle. The large grille opening may be responsible for this, but I gotta say that the cooling system works fine here in Texas and it's
    purty durned HOT here lately!
  • fjwfjw Posts: 2
    So talk to me about 4.6L vs 5.4L. I now have a Chevy 1500 with a 350 Cu In and I like the get up and go. How do the new Ford engines compare.
  • danaalandanaalan Posts: 1
    what do SB and LB stand for?

    Which is less expensive styleside or flareside?
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