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    Show me your Ford truck!

    I'm a Ford guy through and through. They're the best trucks out there in my opinion. I lease mine and this is my 4th F-150. I brought this one home over the weekend and thought it might be fun to drive for the next 36 months.

    My last truck was a V8 with 9500 towing capacity. The dealer said this one was a V6 with 11200 towing capacity. I stood there a minute scratching my head until he said, "Just drive it!" Well, that little thing called Ecoboost made quite the difference! Man!!! This thing could run circles around my old V8!! I was impressed to say the least. This truck also has 365 horsepower and more torque then my V8.

    The computer apps are very cool also. It shows off road vehicle pitch and has rear differential lock.

    The navigation system and Sync system are very enjoyable as well.

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    I got a f150 back in january after toyota failed to honor their end of the contract and deposit deal to build me 2011. Of the same set up with the max payload and max towing capacity designated by the asterisk scattered throughout their brochure. They (ford) really didn't deserve repeat business the way they thought the cruise control/brake issue was a recall and the tie rod ends which fell right off around 65,000 mi well one of them did and the garage said it was common which got a weasel worded letter that the measuring technique on them had been changed, the dealer refused to even look at them without an appointment at the time they unplugged the cruise control. That was the last one a 2000.

    I can't possibly see how I could lease one and not pay for lots of body scratch removal or more at return time. I just got the base model, 5.0 v8, tow package, brake controller integrated with the computerized stability system, locking rear axle and of course two wheel drive eight foot bed. Yours must have the max tow package which needs ecoboost engine and has harder riding springs. You need a weight distributing hitch and in all reality probably a three axle trailer to get the tongue load low enough to actually tow that. My towing capacity is just 20 or so pounds less than my driving liscence is good for. Thy are trying a bit too hard to sell that ecoboost stuff in my opinion, there are horsepower graphs for all the engines and close examination reveals that if there were numbers on the graphs the axes would be different for different engines.

    The engine transmission and seat are better than the 2000 it replaced but the rear bumper is a joke compared to the one on the 2000. With the regular cab the blind spots are worse and the ability to move your head around is more restricted.
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    This should be fun- I am not a Ford guy through and through. I grew up a GM guy. My 3 vehicles prior this Ford, were a Yukon, a Suburban, and then a Yukon XL Denali. I like my GM products and always talked smack about Ford. Also notice that I did not mention a pickup truck. But in 2008 I was in the market for my first 3/4 ton truck. The move to 3/4 was based on a planned upgrade to a travel trailer. We expected to be in the 10K lb range and the 3/4 Suburban maxes out at 10K. Not sure what they are thinking. I looked at used Excursions (since even Ford had decided that customers with SUVs were not worthy of towing 10K plus in the 2008 model year!). I ended up deciding to go with a 3/4 pickup. My other requirement was seating 3 carseats in the back seat. That made a crew cab necessary.

    So I embarked on a new journey. I looked at all 3. I was intrigued by the mega cab, but did not care for the 2008 Dodge interior. I hear that has come a long way since. I liked the Sierra and was very close to buying one. The Duramax and Allison combo is hard to beat. But, I decided that just as I am trying to teach my children to be open minded, I should go drive the Ford. There was some key features and design difference that forced me to re-think my bias. In 08, Ford offered a backup camera, tailgate step, and power fold/extend towing mirrors that GM did not. The folding mirrors alone were key since I had to manually fold my GM towing mirrors to put the XL in my garage (9 foot door). The rear seat floor area was much larger on the Ford (at the time we were still toting diaper bags )

    This was a hard decision- I went with the Ford. Here is a pic from when it was brand new. I have not made many changes to the outside aside from the wear and tear from 43K miles.

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    And later that year, I solidified the reasoning for the pickup. We ended up in a 5th wheel instead. This one is around 13K lbs loaded to camp. Here is a picture of a quick overnight stop where I did not bother unhooking.

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    I should add, that Ford has not wowed me with reliability. I still like my truck and plan to keep as long as I can stand to. But I have had to deal with some ridiculous repairs for such a young truck. And with the reputation of this 6.4L motor, I am terrified of a major out of warranty repair bill. Who knew that they could strike out twice in a row after the 6.0L nightmare?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greatlakes37 View Post
    I'm a Ford guy through and through. They're the best trucks out there in my opinion. I lease mine and this is my 4th F-150. I brought this one home over the weekend and thought it might be fun to drive for the next 36 months.

    My last truck was a V8 with 9500 towing capacity. The dealer said this one was a V6 with 11200 towing capacity. I stood there a minute scratching my head until he said, "Just drive it!" Well, that little thing called Ecoboost made quite the difference! Man!!! This thing could run circles around my old V8!! I was impressed to say the least. This truck also has 365 horsepower and more torque then my V8.

    The computer apps are very cool also. It shows off road vehicle pitch and has rear differential lock.

    The navigation system and Sync system are very enjoyable as well.

    Here it is...

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    I am not a Ford guy either, but that is nice; real nice. I really like the idea of the Eco-Boost. I am afraid that in my house, it would be considered yet another toy in my toy box. I read rumors that GM is working with a turbo gas engine for their new GMC's and Chevys. I also like the fact that Ford refused government money during the bailout. They refused and have come out better financially than the other American manufacturers.

    Nice truck.

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    I like Fords myself, and will most likely purchase a Ford F150 next time around. I thought the idea of the Eco-Boost sounded unique, but isn't the Eco-Boost just a sic cylinder with a turbo blower?
    It would scare me to think what the repair bill might be to replace a turbo after the warranty expired.

    With regards to Ford not taking a goverment bailout if I remember correctly the new CEO had morgaged Ford including the Ford name up to the hilt proir to the economy going sour.
    I think Ford did not need the government money as they had the financing because of that.


    Still I think Ford makes a good product. GMCs look appealing, and Dodge looks like thay have come quite a way, but I remember the Dodge line as inferior and old thoughts are had to forget.
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    Kenny, great truck. I really like the old body style. I'm a Ford kind of guy. Shocking, huh? I don't have any pictures of my first two Fords. My first vehicle ever was a 1964 Ford F-350 flatbed with a 300 straight six and a 4 speed. It was replaced by a 1978 Ford F-100 with a 302 and a C4. Then...the diesels.

    There was a time in my life when I ate, slept, and breathed Ford diesel. It started with a two wheel drive 1994 F-250, one of the first PowerStroke trucks produced. It still had the Turbo Diesel badges on it, not the PSD badges. Ran that one to 315,000 miles, most of which was doing some heavy towing, then it became a playtoy. I decided that drag racing an extended cab stick shift was fun...and it was! Once I kind of lost interest in that, the truck was put back stock and is now serving as a second vehicle for a family member.





    I picked up a 2002 F-350 4x4 Lariat once the F-250 became a toy. Great truck, loaded with all the options. Even had an automatic transmission. I got rid of that one after putting about 10,000 miles on it at 169,000. What could inspire someone to get rid of such a truck?

    Something like this.



    I sold my 2002 and bought a 1956 Ford F-350. It had a 272 V8 and a 4 speed. Top cruising speed was 55 MPH, manual everything. Steering, brakes, windows, the whole lot. Only power option was the dump kit installed on the Ford factory flatbed. I had maintenance records back to the 60's, which included a listing for the dump kit being installed around '64, I believe. Lowest mileage vehicle I've owned, with only 73,000 on it.




    It was a great truck, and my only personal vehicle for about two years. If you saw me, it was in that. It was a blast. That truck did a lot of work, too. Hauling firewood, railroad timbers, you name it. I had 4,000 lbs on the bed once.

    But, things were not perfect. As great as the truck was, it wasn't the most practical. Slow top speed, no A/C, and rather poor towing capability. The hunt was on again, and I wound up with the 2001.



    I was specifically hunting for that truck. I wanted a 3/4/550, cab and chassis 4x4 with a manual transmission and transfer case. Found it, with 4.10 gears to boot! With 193,000 miles on the odometer, I bought it. It needed work; it had been rode hard and put up wet. It met all my criteria though, so it came home. Had some injector trouble with it, among other things. Had it for about two years now, and just crossed 200,000 miles a couple of months ago. Like all the trucks I've owned, it works.





    It's not perfect, but it's real close. If I were to buy another truck, I would go after the exact truck I have. Same engine, transmission, transfer case, etc. The only changes would be to make it an extended cab or crew cab, and an F-550. I looked at a nice crew cab, air ride, 4x4 F-550 a few months ago but it sold before I got there. I know where another crew cab 550 is, but it looks like it's had a rough life. That's alright though, I like my red truck.

    The closest thing I have to a family photo of them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 56FordGuy View Post
    Kenny, great truck. I really like the old body style. I'm a Ford kind of guy. Shocking, huh? I don't have any pictures of my first two Fords. My first vehicle ever was a 1964 Ford F-350 flatbed with a 300 straight six and a 4 speed. It was replaced by a 1978 Ford F-100 with a 302 and a C4. Then...the diesels.

    There was a time in my life when I ate, slept, and breathed Ford diesel. It started with a two wheel drive 1994 F-250, one of the first PowerStroke trucks produced. It still had the Turbo Diesel badges on it, not the PSD badges. Ran that one to 315,000 miles, most of which was doing some heavy towing, then it became a playtoy. I decided that drag racing an extended cab stick shift was fun...and it was! Once I kind of lost interest in that, the truck was put back stock and is now serving as a second vehicle for a family member.





    I picked up a 2002 F-350 4x4 Lariat once the F-250 became a toy. Great truck, loaded with all the options. Even had an automatic transmission. I got rid of that one after putting about 10,000 miles on it at 169,000. What could inspire someone to get rid of such a truck?

    Something like this.


    Man, is that 1956 Ford truck cool! I think an old classic truck like that would probably be my dream vehicle. Maybe someday I'll have one in my barn.

    I thought the black wheels on my new truck were sort of a new thing. Guess not! I see them on your old 56!

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