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trashline
Gearhead

Posts: 2230
From: Levittown, Pa
Registered: Dec 2003

posted 12-27-2004 10:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for trashline        Reply w/Quote
anybody drive one of these? as alot of people know ive been looking for a new vehicle and icant make up my mind so i am trying to get alot of views on different vehicles. ford trucks are kinda cheap and milage isnt bad conpared to my mustang. i would like some views on the newer ford trucks. thanks fellas

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1966 mustang coupe
200ci, 3.03 3 speed tranny
holley weber two barrel conversion, msd 6a ignition, blaster 2 coil, pertronix, 2 inch exhaust to a glass pac, stock rear (3.20),ram air install complete (homemade)
white w/ black interior, soon be painted antique bronze with the R model apron and gt350 hood scoop (functional)

BlueMule
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Posts: 1781
From: Kent Island, MD USA M&M # 2423
Registered: Sep 2002

posted 12-28-2004 07:30 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for BlueMule        Reply w/Quote
I'm sort-a biased towards the 97-03 series. There's something about an Eaton supercharger, a Lightning bolt on the side, and SVT on the tailgate that can't be described.
Anyway...
There were door crack issues that weren't corrected until the 2000 year where cracks would form at the rear of the window opening at about the "5'o'clock" position on the driver and passenger doors. They're little teenie things about .25 inch long but rust up pretty badly when left unattended. There were also units shipped with towing options where the wrong radiator was installed. If it has the factory installed (I believe the class 2) receiver, double check to see if the recall on that has been completed.

With that said, IMHO, it carried the FoMoCo banner quite nicely into the new millennium. And of course, it maintained the status of the number one truck anywhere.

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-Paul

70 Mach1 351C/FMX
79 Ranchero GT 302 smogger/C4
97 Expedition XLT 5.4
00 SVT f150 Lightning 4149 of 4966 Born on: 06/26/2000

'If you're not the lead dog, the view never changes.'

trashline
Gearhead

Posts: 2230
From: Levittown, Pa
Registered: Dec 2003

posted 12-28-2004 12:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for trashline        Reply w/Quote
cool thanks for the info it will be used

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1966 mustang coupe
200ci, 3.03 3 speed tranny
holley weber two barrel conversion, msd 6a ignition, blaster 2 coil, pertronix, 2 inch exhaust to a glass pac, stock rear (3.20),ram air install complete (homemade)
white w/ black interior, soon be painted antique bronze with the R model apron and gt350 hood scoop (functional)

68 S-code GT
Gearhead

Posts: 3835
From: Sayreville, NJ, US
Registered: Mar 2000

posted 12-30-2004 12:54 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 68 S-code GT        Reply w/Quote
I have a 99 that I bought new as a leftover late in November so I don?t know if my truck had the fix for the door cracking problem but knock on wood I don?t see any yet! I have the 5.4L engine and there is a slight miss that others say is due to the spark plug wires that Ford says is not a problem. I figured that I?ll change them when its time for new plugs though. If you plan on towing or hauling stuff and you live in a hilly area I?ve heard others say that the 4.6 is ok but it should have more power. I have to say that I love my truck as it rides nice and has some get up and go but wish I could get better than 13-14 MPG on the highway. I have a soft cover for the bed (tanoe cover?) but the mileage is probably because of the gears and the larger engine. Then again my Dads Chevy Silverado HD with a 6.0L gets a few more mile to the gallon than me.

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Ed S.

68 S-code FB GT 4spd(now C6)/3.25 PS PDB
68 J-code(now 289) Cp Sprint"B" C4/3L00-9" PDB PS AC
99 F150 XLT Ext/cab, 4X4, 5.4L, 3L55

[This message has been edited by 68 S-code GT (edited 12-30-2004).]

SteveLaRiviere
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Posts: 48752
From: Saco, Maine
Registered: May 99

posted 12-30-2004 01:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere        Reply w/Quote
My BIL has a '99 F-150 4x4, and as far as I know, the only problems he's had has been rust at the bottom of the doors {I blame the silver paint} and one time a tie-rod FELL OUT as he was backing out of his yard.

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'70 Mustang Mach 1 351C 4V/FMX/3.25 Open
'70 Mustang Convertible 250 I6/3 speed/2.79 Open
'72 Mustang Sprint Hardtop 351C 4V/FMX/4.30 Trac Loc
'94 F-150 XL 5.8L/E4OD/3.55 Limited Slip

BlueMule
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Posts: 1781
From: Kent Island, MD USA M&M # 2423
Registered: Sep 2002

posted 12-31-2004 08:43 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for BlueMule        Reply w/Quote
Ed...
The 5.4 has eight coil packs, one on each plug. Plug changes are no fun either for the "uninitiated" and can be fatal (if one is launched).

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-Paul

70 Mach1 351C/FMX
79 Ranchero GT 302 smogger/C4
97 Expedition XLT 5.4
00 SVT f150 Lightning 4149 of 4966 Born on: 06/26/2000

'If you're not the lead dog, the view never changes.'

Stewart
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From: Monterey, CA Mustangsandmore Member #437
Registered: Apr 2000

posted 12-31-2004 03:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Stewart        Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by 68 S-code GT:
I have a 99...the 5.4L engine...but wish I could get better than 13-14 MPG on the highway.

I would think you should be getting a little better than that on the freeway too. I have a '99 Lightning (supercharged 5.4L) and I get 14.5 - 15 on the freeway. For combination city/freeway, I usually get 12.5 - 13.8, depending on how heavy my right foot gets!

My mods are a 4lb lower, e-fan, FTVB, JLP ram air, NGK TR6's, and custom tune. I changed my factory tonneau cover for one that would allow me to use the cover properly (one man operation) because the L is my work truck and I'm constantly hauling and towing with it.

When was the last time you changed your air and fuel filters? Do you still have the factory rims? Is it lifted? Is it a 4x4?

All these things will affect MPG, as will driving habits, conditions, and usage.

Stewart

Stewart
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Posts: 10525
From: Monterey, CA Mustangsandmore Member #437
Registered: Apr 2000

posted 12-31-2004 03:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Stewart        Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by SteveLaRiviere:
My BIL has a '99 F-150 4x4, and as far as I know, the only problems he's had has been rust at the bottom of the doors

I have that problem too, Steve. I took it in to be looked at by my buddy who has a body shop and he said it's because Ford didn't seal the bottom properly. Said where the metal is folded over and welded to the panel, it should have been sealed better and that little lip blended better so as not to hold moisture as easily.

No biggie...I figure I'll sand it down before it gets too bad, seal it, and then have it shot with a touch of primer and painted.

Stewart

MLariviere
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Posts: 4235
From: Biddeford,Me.USA
Registered: May 99

posted 01-02-2005 11:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MLariviere        Reply w/Quote
That series of supercabs had some trash media from Dateline NBC and Consumer reports about them. The cabs were collapsing in part frontal collisions.

trashline
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Posts: 2230
From: Levittown, Pa
Registered: Dec 2003

posted 01-03-2005 02:32 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for trashline        Reply w/Quote
really thats good to know. im big on safety. i will look into it thanks

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1966 mustang coupe
200ci, 3.03 3 speed tranny
holley weber two barrel conversion, msd 6a ignition, blaster 2 coil, pertronix, 2 inch exhaust to a glass pac, stock rear (3.20),ram air install complete (homemade)
white w/ black interior, soon be painted antique bronze with the R model apron and gt350 hood scoop (functional)

trashline
Gearhead

Posts: 2230
From: Levittown, Pa
Registered: Dec 2003

posted 01-04-2005 10:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for trashline        Reply w/Quote
im now lookig at a 2002 anything up with them?

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1966 mustang coupe
200ci, 3.03 3 speed tranny
holley weber two barrel conversion, msd 6a ignition, blaster 2 coil, pertronix, 2 inch exhaust to a glass pac, stock rear (3.20),ram air install complete (homemade)
white w/ black interior, soon be painted antique bronze with the R model apron and gt350 hood scoop (functional)

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