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RE: Super Duty #1 stolen truck

The superduties are stolen more than any other HD truck because there are 3 or 4 on the road for every GM HD that is sold. Really the sales numbers do not indicate that! Chris Sales #'s You sure Chris? I'm not a hater, just report it as I find it. finding sales with the HD's broken out are hard, but here ya go: 18,600 Chevy 3500 HD's sold to Ford's 85,000 HD F-350's sold over all of 2013. In that comparison, it is 5 Ford HD's sold for every 1 Chevy. And yes, if you combine the GM trucks (and 3/4 + 1 ton), the ratio drops to something like 2.6 Ford HD's sold for every 1 GM HD, but since theft figures are tracked based on model, rather than manufacturer vehicle type, you must separate by model to be fair. http://cars.typepad.com/.a/6a00d83451b3c669e201a3fce437ae970b-800wi width=400
Fordlover 01/17/17 06:30am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2004 Ford Ranger 4.0L V6 4WD Automatic

My ranger was a 3.0 and I never towed anything with it, but my SOHC 4.0 /5 speed auto Explorer pulled a car hauler loaded up to about 5K lbs and it did a terrific job of pulling. It would be a different story if it had been a tall front walled TT like so many are. I'd stick with popups or very small single axle TT's in the 3-4K range.
Fordlover 01/15/17 07:34pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Fiat-Chrysler caught cheating on diesel emmissions

I think it's safe to assume that the new administration will roll back some of this unrealistic regulations. It's not unrealistic. I met a guy just the other day who told me his late model Ram 2500 Cummins was getting 41 MPG highway, and it drops all the way down to 33 MPG when he pulls his gooseneck with about 11,000 lbs. loaded. :W
Fordlover 01/14/17 12:50pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Shopping for New Ford

I've never used X-Plan, but I've been suspicious that it will lock you from further negotiating. X-Plan is right at invoice. Dealers like it because it reduces their price from Ford. It would be quick and easy negotiation for both purchaser and dealer. However, one "may" be able to negotiate better. I got my 2012 F-350 for $1400 below invoice because a sales manager was very rude and the owner wanted to make sure I left happy. After the $3750 of rebates, I was ecstatic. If past history is any indication Ford will start offering big rebates by May even in this new model year. Most salesman prefer not to sell on an x-plan price. Why? because the potential for them to make significantly more $$ off the deal. See, when you have X-plan, Ford strictly regulates what fees can be charged by the dealer. Example I poached from online source- "We get reimbursed on X plan, any plan deal Ford gives us a commission on it. There's a calculation for it but it's a good profit. X plan isn't all that bad, especially if you're in a high dealer handling fee state like myself. Example: X plan: $17,445 Dealer handling: $100 Total: $17,545 Non x plan: $17,150 Dealer handling: $698.95 Total: $17,848.95 In the end X plan is still cheaper." Full disclosure: I worked at a Ford dealer for a few years back in the early 2000's.
Fordlover 01/14/17 11:47am Tow Vehicles
RE: Should 2 Wheel Drive Low Range be a option??

I miss my old 5 speed manual trans with the floor shifter, I could leave the hubs unlocked, and get 2lo. I could also shift between low range and high range while rolling at very very low speeds. Now I have to come to a complete stop, shift to neutral/park, and wait for the electric motor to switch the T-case, but I don't have to get out in the weather to lock in the front axle anymore.
Fordlover 01/11/17 09:01pm Tow Vehicles
RE: All GM trucks combined sell more than Ford.

The numbers matter to me if the company looks like it will not survive the length of time I plan to own the vehicle. I've dealt with orphan purchases in the past and had to scramble to find cross fitting parts and do my own service. None of the big three are going anywhere so I wouldn't worry about that. I'm glad you are so sure of that, and I hope you are correct.
Fordlover 01/11/17 04:48pm Tow Vehicles
RE: All GM trucks combined sell more than Ford.

Sad when you have to start adding EVERYTHING GM makes just to beat out ONE style truck from ford While which brand has what bragging rights doesn't matter much to me. But just for clarity, F series is not a ONE style truck or one class of truck since the series ranges from the most popular F-150 up to the F-750. OTOH, including the Colorado/Canyon may not make sense when just comparing Ford and GM since Ford no longer makes the Ranger. But OTOH again, when looking across all truck sales and brands it is reasonable to count any vehicle that is legally defined under regulations as a 'truck'. If a lie is repeated often enough, does it become truth? The F-650 is not included in the F-series sales numbers, but many people claim they are. To note, Ford F-Series sales figures are comprised of the following vehicles: F-150 family, including the F-150 Raptor F-Series Super Duty family, including the F-250, F-350 and F-450 The figures do not include Ford Heavy trucks sales results such as the F-650 or F-750. Read more: http://fordauthority.com/fmc/ford-motor-company-sales-numbers/ford-sales-numbers/ford-f-series-sales-numbers/#ixzz4V5wFpdow
Fordlover 01/07/17 09:44am Tow Vehicles
RE: Best MOTOR OIL test web site ever?

I've been reading about various oils for over 25 years and have never shared a web site or document other than my own UOA's until today, when I came across this web site. WOW! It's a long read...various test results begin eventually. https://540ratblog.wordpress.com/2013/06/20/motor-oil-wear-test-ranking/ We've made use of the 540 rat blog for our endurance race car, but in all honestly I think it's a bit overkill for a daily driver.
Fordlover 01/05/17 08:06pm Tow Vehicles
RE: F-Series trucks # 1 for 40 years

Ford has been good for me... Back during the recession when the big three were looking for a bailout, I was impressed by Ford's position and decided to back them. I bought 5000 shares at $1.59 (against my broker's better judgment, "you're throwing your money away") now it's $13.17 (now back to investment grade and paying dividends again). I know I should be shrewd and divest, but with the new models coming out and the investment in electrics I'm going to let it ride. I've alway owned Fords both personally and in my company, they've served me well. You do know Ford ended up taking money from the government right? Originally they approached the government like all others asking for $9 Billion, but changed their mind when they got a slick idea. They instead borrowed almost $6 Billion from the Energy Department instead of going through TARP (The Bailout Program). They could then say that they didn't have to take bailout money. Ford Credit received almost $16 billion from the government. Ford's financial arm borrowed more than any other competitor. The fact is everybody got bailed out in one way or another. You can split this any way you want, but the reality is a loan and a bailout aren't the same, even if they have similar effects. Loan-noun. 1. A thing that is borrowed, especially a sum of money that is expected to be paid back with interest. (this is Ford's case) Bailout-noun. 1. An act of giving financial assistance to a failing business or economy to save it from collapse. (GM/Chrysler) I love when people try to make a bailout/bankruptcy that screwed over the bondholders of old GM equivalent to the government loan Ford took (loan, paid back with interest, meaning the Government is poised to make money), and bond holders aren't screwed over. It just makes that person look small and agenda driven.
Fordlover 01/05/17 10:35am Tow Vehicles
RE: Super Duty #1 stolen truck

I have a Ford F350 TV...Powerstroke, Crew cab, 4x4 and last week someone tried to steal it. I was in a motel and at about 7pm the factory alarm went off. I went out to the truck to find the key cylinder in the door punched out and the sob that tried to steal it was gone....he didn't get the truck. I understand the Ford Super Duty's are being stolen at an alarming rate, the Police told me they are stealing more Super Duty's than any other vehicle....Fast and easy he said. How are you protecting your TV when you're on the road or away from it ? The reality is that the popularity of the vehicle has a lot to do with how frequently they are stolen. Maserati's aren't stolen commonly because they are dang rare. The superduties are stolen more than any other HD truck because there are 3 or 4 on the road for every GM HD that is sold.
Fordlover 01/04/17 12:14pm Tow Vehicles
205K mile Ecoboost F-150

I'm impressed by the lack of any significant repairs and also that nothing underneath has seeped any lubricant. youtube link
Fordlover 12/29/16 05:40pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2017 F-150 3.5 Ecoboost

What is the purpose/gain from the start/stop feature. Guessing it is sold as less fuel consumption and less emissions, or maybe getting down to that sort of nitty gritty to met some sort of other stndard? Every little bit helps ,they have come to an "agreement" as to what its worth (to the EPA) and thus raise the mpg on the window sticker that much. It might be only noticeable to a mileage nut ,but for the fleet mpg its important. Yep, when you have a rolling group of 100 cars that approach and stop at a red light, having all of them turn the engine off for the red light duration collectively will save a lot of fuel/emissions. Now do this across 250 million vehicles on USA roads, and you can see how this will make a noticeable reduction in fuel usage. My question: how does the A/C compressor run with the engine off? In August, in Texas, you don't want your engine turning off at all.
Fordlover 12/29/16 10:05am Tow Vehicles
RE: Hand wash only, air dry...

I have run all my cars through a car wash with the antenna mast still on. All my Fords, and Chryslers. Never an issue. Unfortunately it takes one persons failure for everyone to learn. Now that we know a car wash will rip the antenna base out of an aluminum F150 those that have them know they need to be removed. gotta love your logic here. 1 Antenna ripped out of F-150= all F-150's will have the antenna ripped out. Warning warning: Suburban has door destroyed by carwash, hand wash only! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ynVm1P88lQ My point is that we don't know the situation that damaged the f-150. Could be aluminum isn't strong enough, could be issue with car wash equipment. https://s3-media1.fl.yelpcdn.com/bphoto/46_JtTOUw3LLdxtaffT9ww/ls.jpg height=300 Looks suspiciously like a steel bodied Ram to my eye.
Fordlover 12/07/16 07:31am Tow Vehicles
RE: Hand wash only, air dry...

my local chevy dealer is certified by ford to repair the aluminum bodies, wonder if they know something ? Yep. Ford sells 700,000+ aluminum F series trucks a year. If you can't repair them, you are going to miss out on being able to repair the best selling vehicle on the road for the last >35 years. Not to mention Aluminum has been around as panels on vehicles for 20+ years (My 2002 Explorer hood is aluminum) and is likely here to stay.
Fordlover 12/07/16 06:10am Tow Vehicles
RE: Here we go again!

Where's the data that actually shows that the EcoDiesel equipped vehicles cheated emissions and produced illegal amounts of emissions? That's what I would like to see. The lawsuit accuses them of doing what VW did, but with VW I thought it was the EPA that broke it open and then the lawsuit. Actually, it was a college that first discovered the anomalies, and upon further research started to suspect something was amiss. It was then reported to the EPA and CARB. Link
Fordlover 12/05/16 07:29am Tow Vehicles
RE: Anyone tow anything behind a Ford Edge ?

Max tow weight is 3,500 lbs (Class II), but even the EcoBoost (turbo) 4 cylinder is rated for that ! The Trailer Towing Option comes with a 2" receiver and a 4 wire trailer harness. Sadly, the 2.7L EcoBoost 6 cylinder, which has lots of power, is NOT rated for towing. Probably because it comes with ridiculous 20" wheels and extremely low profile tires and they did not want to design a larger radiator and transmission cooler. Plus they really want yo to move up to a Flex or Explorer. Depends on the year. We ordered my wife's 2013 Edge and the 2.0 liter Ecoboost is rated to tow 2,000 lbs. But the factory tow package wasn't available as an option on the 4 cyl ecoboost. That being said, I've not towed anything with it, we just use the Explorer.
Fordlover 12/02/16 07:09am Tow Vehicles
RE: Jeep Grand Cherokee Eco Diesel

Well we went and test drove the Grand Cherokee Limited 4x4 today. I must say the diesel's get up and go was more than what I expected. I had to pull out into traffic on a heavily traveled road the dealership is on and I had nail it to get out of the parking lot. Very impressed. Noise level was ok. Wife says it sounds like a bus. Seats comfortable and power adjustments let us dial them in to our liking. Now for the bad. I knew one of my BIL's had gotten one. DW texted him and he in fact has the eco diesel. It keeps throwing a code that the dealer can not clear and he is ready to file a lemon law claim on it. I will have to talk to him to find out what exactly the problem is. He owns his own mechanic shop so I would trust his word. I went to lunch with a coworker who has the ecodiesel grand cherokee this week. We spoke at length about his experience, and I came away impressed. He was showing nearly 29 MPG and it was quick. He did say his first JGC was bought back by the dealer at about 10K miles because the MIL came on and the dealer couldn't fix it. He hasn't had any similar issues with the replacement truck.
Fordlover 12/01/16 02:54pm Tow Vehicles
RE: New Tires for an F-350

Interesting read about OEM equipment vs replacement tires. clicky This is not limited to BMW either, I know Ford, GM, Probably Fiat, and all the luxury brands do this. Tire compound can be customized to create longer wear, less resistance IE better fuel economy, grip in high temps or low temps, etc. This is why the tires that come on your vehicle might not be the best performance indicator of how the 'same' replacement tire from NTB or discount tire will perform.
Fordlover 11/29/16 08:12am Tow Vehicles
RE: US car in top 5 reliability in a long time, it wasn't Ram

CR has been fairly reliable since the 1930's. Use it or don't. Maybe some of its bashers can be specific about what they don't like in their review process. Reliable! In your dreams! CR is notorious for pandering to the ones that pay the most for afvertising. notorious???? I've never been a subscriber, but I've looked through probably a dozen or so over the last 5 years, and I've never seen a single bit of outside advertising in those pages. I'm convinced we have a few conspiracy theorists around here. I wouldn't say CR is the bible on everything, but if you lack any info on what vacuum picks up pet hair, I supose you could go buy 12 vacs and test them yourself, or you could read the mag and use the info to make an informed purchasing decision..or not.
Fordlover 11/16/16 06:15pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Motor Trend names their"Truck OTY" Anti GM bias there?

Who knew the new Super Duty has a "jake brake"? This from the article, and when it came time to slow after the quarter mile, the Jake brake gave me so much compression braking that I felt extremely confident transitioning from off-throttle to gentle braking for the turnaround." I agree with you on substance, but if the writer had written about the kleenex holder, you making a comment about how it's actually a tissue holder would likely get you laughed out of the campfire circle, and we might take your beer and man card as well.
Fordlover 11/16/16 05:57pm Tow Vehicles
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