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post #1 of 42 Old 08-17-2016, 09:41 PM Thread Starter
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Ford trucks

Have been wanting a new truck for a while to replace my 2003 F150. It has been a really good truck for me, but I want more seating, more power and 4 wheel drive so I don't get stuck.

Went to look at the 2015 & 2016 F150 and some were good and handled well but honestly most of them did not impress me. All were the 5.0 engines. Some sounded and felt fine, some just didn't feel strong enough to pull the 10,000 pounds they are rated to pull.

Other thing I am wondering about is the aluminum body.

Wanted to get thoughts from other folks that may have purchased one of these trucks. Are they holding up or would you buy something else?

I have been a loyal Ford truck buyer for a long time, but I just don't feel comfortable paying so much money for something I am not too sure of.

BTW I only have a small two horse trailer that weights less than 2000 pounds. My biggest horse is 15H 1000 pounds.

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I cannot speak to the new ones...but those bodies and frames are made right up the road from me. I pulled a fairly large KiefferBuilt trailer with a Ford Supercrew, all over Texas.

I cannot even afford to walk into a dealership right now, lol!! Those trucks cost more than my 50 acres!

I could ask DH, but he will no longer talk about a Ford...even though he knows all about them...
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If the ads that Chevrolet has out with how the bed tears when a load of brick is dropped on that aluminum bed... wow!
I would be reconsidering that new truck...

I was a Ford person.
Years ago when they had recall after recall after recall and I saw front ends falling out commonly, I left Ford and went searching for another American brand of tow vehicle...
I don't like the Chevy/GMC ride or how the brakes feel to me. So out with them....
I fell in love with Dodge.
The ride comfort, the handling around town and the ability to pull heavy, heavy loads not needing a costlier diesel engine.

Me, if you really, really like that Ford I would wait a year till I purchased "new".
By that time owners will have put their comments on the web with pros and cons....
I have learned the hard way you never, ever buy the new design as you will find what was not disclosed and are stuck with it and the re-calls to fix it...band-aids!
Wait a year more and buy the "new and improved" version.

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I'm and "old" ford person. I've had an 97, 04 and 2011 f150. All the same engine, extended cab, 4x4. The only one that hasn't left me stranded was my 97. That truck took a beating and just never stopped. My 04 would die while applying the brakes after we replaced the battery and the transmission eventually went out. Had all sorts of problems with the power steering and the 4 wheel drive. The 2011 would randomly die for no reason and RPMs would shoot up to 6 while driving 20 mph through a neighborhood... That one had all the mechanics stumped for awhile. Ended up replacing the computer and sold it shortly after.

Moral of the story...if you want a new truck maybe rethink ford, or spend some time googling "recent problems" with the 150's.
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Have not seen the Chevy ad you are referring to...wonder how to find it. The aluminum does have me worried. These have been out for a few years and I haven't heard of any specific problems.

Have had absolutely no problems from my 2003 F150, but it has a lot of miles on it and never had a lot of towing ability.

Had a friend have major problems with a 2005 F150, traded it for a 2005 F250 gas burner and traded again in 2010 for a F250 diesel.

I am waiting to buy, cause yes very expensive. Would be a last truck for me so want the best I can get. Would love a super duty 250 but don't have the funds and really hard to run around town in a big truck.

Rather cautious of the Ram trucks because I had one that was junk from day one. Had that truck for 6 years and it broke down at least once a year. Piece of shiitake.
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@horselovinguy thanks for posting the video. Ouch! That was bad, very bad. Can't imagine the damage an accident would do to the aluminum.

A truck needs to do truck things...but now am wondering about all the aluminum horse trailers too.
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I am die-hard Chevy, DH bleeds Ford because he's worked for them since he was 17 ----- he's 68.

I've seen the above ad on TV several times.

That Chevy truck Has a STEEL bed!!. Chevy does NOT have an aluminum truck out yet!! False advertising, IMO.

If you drop anything with a point from a high enough altitude, it's going to destroy anything-------

I was raised on a farm with heavy duty trucks, so I wouldn't even consider an F-150 as a heavy working truck. If we ever hit the more-money-than-brains lottery, I would be ordering an F-450, 4-wheel drive, std shift.

My opinion is to not waste your hard earned money on anybody's brand new truck. They lose too much value the minute they leave the lot. Plus you're going to be paying for it, long after its wore out or you've become bored with it; unless you're a mechanic and can fix little things yourself.

After you read Consumer Report to see which motors hold up the best with the least amount of inherent problems, look for a 2-3 yr old truck that has been well maintained

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My 2003 F-250 has 360,000 miles on it. My problem is not with the truck, but the company.

It had 132,000 when we stopped at a barn in NC, on our way to Sport Horse Nationals in VA. As we backed the trailer up, we left a trail of transmission fluid. The BO recommended his little mechanic, so we took it there. We had blown a seal,( fixable, )but he recommended that get a reman replacement since we travel, so we would have the warranty....

That little dealer was super....ordered it overnite, had the truck torn down so it could go right in....we left in 1 1\2 days, with a reciept that was typed "3 yr, 36,000 mile warranty" .

At 142,000 miles, we barely made a crossing on a highway....transmission gone.
Made it home, took it to my dealer (the dealer that sold it to us, plus its replacement, people DH had gone to school with, small town). I waltzed in with my receipt, asked them to please fix my truck. They took it APART, down to the tiniest nut, and refused to fix it. REFUSED.

DH went up the FORD corporate ladder, and got nothing..They refused because my truck had aftermarket parts. First, they refused because I had no catalytic converter.(2003, most diesels did not). Then, they never would say exactly which aftermarket part disqualified it.

We borrowed a trailer, picked up the truck, drug it to a tranny shop 30 miles away, and had it fixed, by a man who stood behind his work.

The strange thing was, DH worked GETTING warranty concessions FOR Ford from Caterpillar at the time.......
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I think the thing to remember here is that Ford went to an Aluminum body to meet regulations for gas mileage and the way to do that and still have power is to reduce weight. Chevy- GM and Dodge will all be doing things to their trucks to reduce weight as well. Dodge is now owned by Fiat and rumor has it will be moving to their own diesel motor at some point. Cummins engines made Dodge trucks what they were- good engines bodies that rusted and fell off (we had one!)

I agree with others though - don't buy brand new. Wait for a end of year sale or a lease sale. I do not have a new Ford we have a 1998 Ford Expedition with 268,000 miles, a 1999 F350 Diesel and a 2012 F250 Diesel. All have been great vehicles. the diesels pull better than the gas trucks and hold their value better. Even with the smaller loads.

Good Luck - and try to remember commercials were made to get you to buy a product - don't believe everything you see. Drive all brands -ask if you can pull your empty trailer on a test drive. Research - Research- Research!
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