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Old 01-23-2005, 09:11 AM   #15
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Hi Terry,

Do you know if these problems are being addressed at Ford? Usually when an new vehicle comes out there are lots of bugs. It takes 2-3 years to work most of them out. Since the 2004 F-150s were the first year of the new body style/design, I'd expect the 2006-2007 models will have the tire/rotor problems worked out.
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Old 01-23-2005, 10:12 AM   #16
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Old 01-23-2005, 10:20 AM   #17
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Have owned Ford 150s, and one Tundra. Now have a Nissan Titan. You'll regret not checking it out.
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Old 01-23-2005, 11:31 AM   #18
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Hi Judy,

I bought a 2004 Dodge Ram, and had it set up special just for towing. It has been a wonderful truck. I drive a lot (I mean a lot!!) and it has worked flawlesly. I purchased it last March, so in less than a year it has over 57,000 miles on it with no problems. With a steel camper shell on the back and the bed fully loaded with boxes of parts and such, I get 16-18 mpg. It hauled my '75 sovereign 31' like it wasn't even there.

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Old 01-23-2005, 12:40 PM   #19
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Hi Terry,

Do you know if these problems are being addressed at Ford? Usually when an new vehicle comes out there are lots of bugs. It takes 2-3 years to work most of them out. Since the 2004 F-150s were the first year of the new body style/design, I'd expect the 2006-2007 models will have the tire/rotor problems worked out.
Any thoughts?

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Ford right now is being closed-mouthed about these issues. Sometimes the hardest thing is admitting their new baby has a problem. Back in the 1960's Ford was accused of "stonewalling" customers with quality/safety issues. That was a long, long time ago, and they are much better now, but old habits do die hard. If I could just kick this eating habit, I would have more money for my trailer repairs.
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Old 01-23-2005, 02:29 PM   #20
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The new F-150s are also very safe, having passed the 40mph front offset crash test with flying colors. Very little deformation of the passenger compartment.
Bob, I'm not saying you are wrong about the 2005 models, but 2004 and earlier had abominable crash test results. I wouldn't want to be in one of them in a front-end accident. There are some amazing pictures available here:

http://www.leasetips.com/f150crashtest.htm

and here:

http://www.bridger.us/2002/12/16/Cra...operVsFordF150

Does anyone have a link to 2005 model year crash test results for the F150?
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Old 01-23-2005, 03:04 PM   #21
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Does anyone know a link to similar crash tests on older models.I will be looking for an older F150 when I am ready to get my trailer on the road.Would like to get one now so I could run off and tow home another Airstream but driveway is full and insurance cost prohibitive here for second vehicle.
I will be getting a F150 from '70's to about 92 model depending on what kind of deal comes up.I've been loyal to the Fords since my dad's Edsel.Maybe I should get me one of those.I'm not going to tow anything but the boat with my Bronco2 from now on.
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Old 01-23-2005, 03:29 PM   #22
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Bob, I'm not saying you are wrong about the 2005 models, but 2004 and earlier had abominable crash test results. I wouldn't want to be in one of them in a front-end accident. There are some amazing pictures available here:

http://www.leasetips.com/f150crashtest.htm

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http://www.bridger.us/2002/12/16/Cra...operVsFordF150

Does anyone have a link to 2005 model year crash test results for the F150?
Rich, 2003 and prior F150's had horrible crash test ratings, I think the only way they could be less, is if the Insurance Institute allowed negative numbers...
The 2004 is completely different, and now has a 4 or 5 star offset front crash rating. If I had to choose reliability or safety, I would choose the former, just my personal opinion. Of course, I hate airbags, too, but that is also another story for another thread.
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Old 01-23-2005, 03:45 PM   #23
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2004 F-150 Crash Test

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Old 01-23-2005, 04:06 PM   #24
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Thanks guys, for the info. I see that the re-design which took effect with the 2004 model year changed things quite a bit. I would be cautious with used (2003 and earlier) F-150s if safety is a concern, but it looks like the new ones are a different story!
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Old 01-23-2005, 04:49 PM   #25
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I bought the Toyota Tundra, 4.7L Force V8 with the trailer towing package. Just got home and have to say this is a beautiful pick-up. I hope I made a good decision, thank you all for your help. This forum is great. Hope some day I can actually get to a rally and meet some of you. I have an Argosy that I love, but this silver truck would look wonderful pulling an Airstream. Judy and Bob
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Old 01-23-2005, 04:51 PM   #26
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I bought the Toyota Tundra, 4.7L Force V8 with the trailer towing package. Just got home and have to say this is a beautiful pick-up. I hope I made a good decision, thank you all for your help. This forum is great. Hope some day I can actually get to a rally and meet some of you. I have an Argosy that I love, but this silver truck would look wonderful pulling an Airstream. Judy and Bob
The Florida State rally is in about a month, it would be a great inaugural trip for you!
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Old 01-23-2005, 06:37 PM   #27
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How do I find out more information about the rally? We have never been to one. I don't know that we could get the Argosy ready in a month, it's still very cold here and it's winterized. Also, it's just too cold to work on it and we just got it in November. Don't know what's working and what's not. Don't really know HOW to work some of the stuff on it. The cushions are at the upholstery shop right now, but should be here by next week. Still the rally sounds like fun. Judy and Bob
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Old 01-23-2005, 08:21 PM   #28
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Just thought I would note our 04 Diesel Excursion is great for towing. We had a 00 DSL and like the new engine and tranny this year. Lots of power, 17.5 @ 70, 13-14 towing the 25' Tradewind Land Yacht. I prefer it to a pickup as we travel with our 7 kitties. I am getting an 05 as it will probably be the last year. We plan on a 28' CCD soon and will do some more traveling. We commute between SEA area and Whitefish Montana, so over the mountains is normal.
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