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RE: Need a Replacement for GMC Safari

Seriously, go give the Transit a good look. I think you might be surprised. From what I understand the large Transit that comes to North America, is the RWD version. Good points for that. The regular engine I read is that the 3.5 liter non turbo. I test drove a new Explorer with this engine and found it frankly to be a bit of a slug. Other than that I really liked the new Explorer, just the standard non turbo 3.5 is short of beans. With the turbo V6, I would assume the opposite is the case for the Transit van...it should be a bit of a powerhouse. We had a '97 Astro, heavy duty suspension (not common option), G 80 Eaton locker, 3.42 gears, Michelin LTX M/S tires, 4300 V6 with Vortec heads. We towed our large Fleetwood folding (tent) trailer across the Rockies, through Western Canada, parts of the Western and Mid west USA, van full of luggage and family and we found the Astro to be a wonderful light tow vehicle. We don't have the Astro anymore, had it 10 years. It was a rugged, tough, RWD van. Of course that's based on just my experience. If I were looking at getting a new van, I would certainly look at the large Transit and the GM full size vans. Can't get the 3.5 N/A engine in the transit. The 3.7 is the base engine. Also has the 3.2 diesel, and the 3.5 twin turbo as options.
Fordlover 05/02/16 10:02am Tow Vehicles
RE: Time for a new truck

Yes, they are a business, but a good business will understand that not every customer is the same and tailor their sales approach accordingly. I went to one Ford dealer and they couldn't get past the "how much do you want to pay a month" question, they couldn't focus on what I wanted in the truck. Maybe that's the main issue with most people, but I will figure out how I'm going to pay for it after I figure out what my options are. And at best they wanted me to walk around the entire lot and see if I liked anything. I tried that at first but eventually left. And do they think people actually think the sales manager is their friend? I also love how they always sneak in several hundred dollars of worthless add-ons in the finance office. Although initially the other dealer was lame too, eventually they were very straightforward; they sat me down in front of their computer, we looked through their and other dealer's inventory, and they showed me the invoices on any one I was interested in. One thing that's really frustrating is not knowing how much it's really going to cost you with most dealers; how am I supposed to make a decision without knowing that? That's one thing I like about Dillon. I'm a car guy, but I hate the dealer experience. It's sort of a hold your nose and just get thru it experience for me. Although you got to remember most of the motoring public is clueless when they walk into the showroom, so the salesman is programmed in to only that 'channel' if you will. Good luck with your choice whatever you decide.
Fordlover 04/24/16 08:38pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2017 Ram 1500 Ecodiesel HD

Having a tailgate step like Ford is a good thing; I like mine. Personally I prefer the step incorporated in the bumper of the GM trucks. I think it looks GREAT and its very helpful to climb up when the tailgate is down. I think it would also depend on agility. I would be OK with the bumper step, but I wouldn't want my father trying it. Looks like a broken ankle or a fall waiting to happen for a guy in his 70's. He would be far more secure and comfortable using the tailgate step. Doesn't Ford have a patent on the tailgate step?, and I doubt GM or Fiat want to pay for license, which means they'll have to change it enough to avoid patent infringement. Does ram offer any type of tailgate step today?
Fordlover 04/23/16 08:32am Tow Vehicles
RE: Brain challenge

Has anyone heard or know if Ford ever offered a "Elite" pkg in '12? Buddy of mine swears that's what it says on side of a truck at his friends house.I've never heard of it, but that doesn't mean it may not exist. Says it only has like 3 springs in rear, f/r heated/cooled seats. Yep, probably a dealer add on. Big profits for the dealer, but rough for those who buy it.
Fordlover 04/23/16 08:23am Tow Vehicles
RE: New truck got hammered!!

Interesting. The only hail storm I've been in that was bad enough to do damage was in Denver Colorado. We did get some marble size hail back in January and I was stuck in traffic, nowhere to go. But I can't find any damage on the truck or my 4 wheeler I was pulling. Good luck OP, hope they are speedy repairs.
Fordlover 04/22/16 07:22pm Tow Vehicles
RE: I am a grandpa!

Took my daughter on her first camping trip at 2 months, since I found myself unexpectedly unemployed, we took a week+ vacation to the Ozarks. Great trip and great memories. Congrats OP, I hear grand-parenting has a higher fun factor than parenting.
Fordlover 04/22/16 07:16pm Around the Campfire
RE: 6.4 2nd UPDATE

Jeez, that's terrible. Just another example of modern day "mechanics" who can't diagnose a problem and just throw parts and money at it until they finally fix it or the owner gives up... At least you can finish your trip and get home now. Good luck and drive safe. Thanks spoon, I don't really blame the garage too much. I think they tried as best as they could. What amazes me is this came directly from the Ford guru that's supposed to be the expert. They're guessing what the problem is at the consumers expense. What really bugs me is I'm about to take a hit on a nice truck and there might not be anything worst than a head gasket. Yea, I'd give Ford the middle finger. They are guessing at repairs which is no big deal because they aren't paying for it. The dealer should diagnose first, then repair, not the other way around. I hate to hear when diesels have troubles, because they can cost so much to fix. My uncle had a very similar issue with his truck, and I could have bought two long blocks and had them installed in my truck for what he paid to repair his diesel Ram. Hope it all works out well for you in the end.
Fordlover 04/21/16 06:06am Tow Vehicles
RE: Towing with a V-6 SUV?

the OP wants a TT, not a popup or A-frame trailer. i don't know of ANY v-6 SUV with a factory brake controller. it will need an aftermarket BC installed, which requires a factory tow package with the proper wiring. i owned an older Exploder 4.0 v-6, which i towed my popups with. it didn't have the factory tow package but i NEVER would tow even a small TT with it, even if it had the tow package. i know the newer ones will be better but Ford has surface area limits on towing with their vehicles. the Explorer also has such a limit. check the Ford Towing Guide for those amounts and other towing specs. i wouldn't go over 4000lbs. GVWR for a TT. i don't know of any modern TT that DOESN'T come with electric brakes. The only V6 with a factory brake controller that comes to mind is the Ecoboost Expedition. However I wouldn't call it a midsize. I did a bit of towing with my mother's 2000 V6 Mountaineer, and learned enough that I decided when I bought my Explorer I'd opt for the V8. I've never regretted the decision.
Fordlover 04/21/16 05:54am Tow Vehicles
RE: F150 Ecoboost Reliability

Ahhh, here you go: Passing 45-65mph test while towing 7k lbs: 2.7L Ecoboost 9.4 seconds 3.0L Ecodiesel 21.2 seconds. Nuff said. http://www.motortrend.com/news/comparison-2015-ford-f-150-vs-ram-1500-chevrolet-silverado/ That is pretty telling. When I'm flat footed on the throttle, MPG isn't in my mind, but each second that ticks by is like an eternity.
Fordlover 04/19/16 11:50am Tow Vehicles
RE: Man swims from sinking car on live TV in Houston !

Two fools meet! One for driving into water and one wading into water running that deep. Those are two very lucky people. Generally speaking, high water in an underpass is pretty still water. The swiftly moving bayou's however are wise to stay out of. I feel for those who got flooded however, it was a hellacious storm, the worst I've ever seen in terms of length, intensity.
Fordlover 04/19/16 06:44am Around the Campfire
RE: F150 Ecoboost Reliability

For my good ole buddy Troy, The EPA did investigate the F-150 BUT found it to be within the the acceptable range and it was dropped. For Fordlover, you said "I've never particularly enjoyed a long trip riding in the back seat of a crew cab of any of the brands" well maybe you drive a Ram 1500 or even the 2500 and see how well they ride. Dear ole Dad owns a big ole 14 Caddy and thinks my truck rides as good as his car! Me not so much but then he owns a 1991 Ram 350 CTD so that might be the reason. :W In closing I'll say it one more time the Ecoboost has proven itself to be a very good engine just a bit more thirsty than Ford said it would be. Don In your first sentence, you said Ford F-150 was investigated by the EPA, but was dropped because it was within the acceptable range (ie, the EPA estimates published). Then you said it is more thirsty than Ford said it would be. So which is it, can't have it both ways? As far as my complaint about long rides in pickups, it's not suspension related, but rather the upright seatback that is uncomfortable to me on long car rides. I haven't seen any crew cabs that allow you to recline in the back seat without losing legroom, with the exception of the megacab. Yeah I'm having a hard time with that one too... coming from an FCA employee you just to accept your going to get this kind of behavior. :B
Fordlover 04/16/16 08:45pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2017 Ford Superduty Order Guide

3" hitch receiver? I've seen the 2.5 but didn't realize a 3 inch model existed.
Fordlover 04/15/16 05:04pm Tow Vehicles
RE: F150 Ecoboost Reliability

For my good ole buddy Troy, The EPA did investigate the F-150 BUT found it to be within the the acceptable range and it was dropped. For Fordlover, you said "I've never particularly enjoyed a long trip riding in the back seat of a crew cab of any of the brands" well maybe you drive a Ram 1500 or even the 2500 and see how well they ride. Dear ole Dad owns a big ole 14 Caddy and thinks my truck rides as good as his car! Me not so much but then he owns a 1991 Ram 350 CTD so that might be the reason. :W In closing I'll say it one more time the Ecoboost has proven itself to be a very good engine just a bit more thirsty than Ford said it would be. Don In your first sentence, you said Ford F-150 was investigated by the EPA, but was dropped because it was within the acceptable range (ie, the EPA estimates published). Then you said it is more thirsty than Ford said it would be. So which is it, can't have it both ways? As far as my complaint about long rides in pickups, it's not suspension related, but rather the upright seatback that is uncomfortable to me on long car rides. I haven't seen any crew cabs that allow you to recline in the back seat without losing legroom, with the exception of the megacab.
Fordlover 04/15/16 12:34pm Tow Vehicles
RE: F150 Ecoboost Reliability

Our Edge Ecoboost can do all of that, and the ecoboost engine was only a 900 dollar upgrade (try to buy the diesel upgrade with only 900), we didn't need to buy a tune, and the backseat is quite roomy for 3. And in an emergency handling situation, I'd rather be piloting the Edge than a truck. My diesel option was 8200 MSRP but after discounts it was 7200 dollars. A 4 year old F350 according to the Used Car Price Guide you can add 8,000 for the diesel option. Not Bad..... What other option is worth more on a used truck then what you paid for new? I must not be financially sophisticated enough to understand how buying a 55K dollar truck, then selling it for 10,000 20 years later is anything but a net loss, but it's a win because it would only be worth 4K without the diesel option.
Fordlover 04/15/16 12:21pm Tow Vehicles
RE: F150 Ecoboost Reliability

21 mpg is nothing to brag about. Like I said the reason the F150 will be fallowing Ram and adding a diesel is the up coming new MPG regulations on pickups. FCA just happened to have a good reliable small diesel in house. My 4X4 pick up was running 28 mpg @77 mph on the highway all day long. Now with the GDE tune I'm running 30 @ 77 mph, no BS believe it or not. GDE is working on the baby Dmax doing tune testing right now. As a OEM provider of ECM programs they know exactly where to make changes, to maximize fuel economy and wake up the engine without compromising its life. Don If your only priority when purchasing a vehicle is maximum fuel economy, buying a truck is a mistake. However, since many people use pickups as fashion statements and commuter cars, I think the diesel is a great choice and Fiat was wise to offer it. But the little diesel flat won't cut it for some people's needs. It's also worth noting that fuel expense is just one part of the equation of vehicle operating expenses. I don't know, if he's really getting 28 highway there aren't a lot of other vehicles that can comfortably carry a family of 5 and return that kind of fuel economy. I happened to see one of my cousins last weekend and she has a new hybrid Highlander, which you'd think would be the gold standard for that scenario, and she told me it gets around 28 highway. I personally wouldn't buy an EcoDiesel due to the potential for a major injection pump issue, but they get very impressive mileage. Our Edge Ecoboost can do all of that, and the ecoboost engine was only a 900 dollar upgrade (try to buy the diesel upgrade with only 900), we didn't need to buy a tune, and the backseat is quite roomy for 3. And in an emergency handling situation, I'd rather be piloting the Edge than a truck. The new Edge is nice but I wouldn't say it's as good for a family of five. The rear seat is tighter and the truck has way more cargo capacity, and covered cargo capacity at that if you add a canopy. I suppose the best answer for a family vehicle with a priority on fuel economy would be the new plug in hybrid minivan that's coming out soon. I believe it's a Chrysler but I can't imagine competitors will be far behind. Supposedly it can run up to 30 miles on electricity alone. To each their own I guess. I've never particularly enjoyed a long trip riding in the back seat of a crew cab of any of the brands (never ridden in the back of a megacab). However, the reclining rear seats of the Edge are quite nice for longer stretches. ;)
Fordlover 04/15/16 08:56am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ditched the 1/2 ton.

I really like that color, enjoy and congrats.
Fordlover 04/15/16 08:46am Tow Vehicles
RE: F150 Ecoboost Reliability

21 mpg is nothing to brag about. Like I said the reason the F150 will be fallowing Ram and adding a diesel is the up coming new MPG regulations on pickups. FCA just happened to have a good reliable small diesel in house. My 4X4 pick up was running 28 mpg @77 mph on the highway all day long. Now with the GDE tune I'm running 30 @ 77 mph, no BS believe it or not. GDE is working on the baby Dmax doing tune testing right now. As a OEM provider of ECM programs they know exactly where to make changes, to maximize fuel economy and wake up the engine without compromising its life. Don If your only priority when purchasing a vehicle is maximum fuel economy, buying a truck is a mistake. However, since many people use pickups as fashion statements and commuter cars, I think the diesel is a great choice and Fiat was wise to offer it. But the little diesel flat won't cut it for some people's needs. It's also worth noting that fuel expense is just one part of the equation of vehicle operating expenses. I don't know, if he's really getting 28 highway there aren't a lot of other vehicles that can comfortably carry a family of 5 and return that kind of fuel economy. I happened to see one of my cousins last weekend and she has a new hybrid Highlander, which you'd think would be the gold standard for that scenario, and she told me it gets around 28 highway. I personally wouldn't buy an EcoDiesel due to the potential for a major injection pump issue, but they get very impressive mileage. Our Edge Ecoboost can do all of that, and the ecoboost engine was only a 900 dollar upgrade (try to buy the diesel upgrade with only 900), we didn't need to buy a tune, and the backseat is quite roomy for 3. And in an emergency handling situation, I'd rather be piloting the Edge than a truck.
Fordlover 04/15/16 05:53am Tow Vehicles
RE: F150 Ecoboost Reliability

21 mpg is nothing to brag about. Like I said the reason the F150 will be fallowing Ram and adding a diesel is the up coming new MPG regulations on pickups. FCA just happened to have a good reliable small diesel in house. My 4X4 pick up was running 28 mpg @77 mph on the highway all day long. Now with the GDE tune I'm running 30 @ 77 mph, no BS believe it or not. GDE is working on the baby Dmax doing tune testing right now. As a OEM provider of ECM programs they know exactly where to make changes, to maximize fuel economy and wake up the engine without compromising its life. Don If your only priority when purchasing a vehicle is maximum fuel economy, buying a truck is a mistake. However, since many people use pickups as fashion statements and commuter cars, I think the diesel is a great choice and Fiat was wise to offer it. But the little diesel flat won't cut it for some people's needs. It's also worth noting that fuel expense is just one part of the equation of vehicle operating expenses.
Fordlover 04/14/16 10:20am Tow Vehicles
RE: F150 Ecoboost Reliability

Our Edge Ecoboost delivers EPA sticker #'s very reliably. My wife only runs local errands like shuttling the kids back and forth to school and her to work. She works 2 miles away from home, and the kids school is about 5 miles. Nothing but stoplights and traffic between here and there. We've had it 4 years and it has 40K miles, nearly all stop and go. City MPG is 21 and the dash shows 20.5-20.9 all the time.
Fordlover 04/13/16 04:20pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2016 half ton IIHS crash testing small overlap

Odd crash test: "small overlap front crash" I love my Fords, but what is with all these individual crash tests? Sometimes it seems like they are tailoring the crash tests to get the results they want. What about taking results from all the different tests and averaging them? Front, rear, 1/2 front, sideswipe, the small overlap test in the original post, etc. Are averaged results of all crash tests available somewhere? What happens is the Manufactures get quite adept at keeping the occupants safe. So then the testing agencies find new ways of challenging the structure of the vehicle, hents the small overlap. It is not an easy test to do well on, as all the force is applied outside of the frame rails. Individual crash tests are the best way to determine the likelihood of injury to occupants of the vehicle in a controlled, repeatable environment. If you want them combined, you can go to IIHS or NHTSA and read, they have the results from each vehicle they've tested. I was highly critical of Ford's performance with the small overlap with the extended cab last year. Glad they fixed it. I'm surprised at how poor the Ram and Tundra performed. Thanks for sharing! Jeremiah Agreed on all points. Glad you enjoyed.
Fordlover 04/12/16 08:15am Tow Vehicles
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