What's gonna be interesting is seeing if Ford will insist on sitting out of the compact truck market. Ford sold 70K Rangers in 2011, which is pretty incredible considering how little money Ford invested in the platform, and how outdated it was.
We have a 2009 Palomino Puma 30fqss that is stored at Myrtle Beach right now but we need to bring it to Texas.
This weekend we are driving our 2015 F150 down to SC to have an Equalizer Distribution hitch put on the trailer (and brake control) before we begin the trek back to Texas.
My question is do you think the f150 will be able to handle the long trip. The towing capacity for the truck is 9100 lbs and the dry weight of our camper is 6700. I know on paper it sounds good but this will be our first time towing and we are very nervous.
I think you'll be ok, especially if you don't load the truck or trailer with too much stuff.
My advice: Give yourself at least one or two days of test towing/hitch adjusting before you head back home. Sometimes even a correctly adjusted hitch needs tweaking for a nice steady tow, and you have a long tow ahead of you.
Pads are not worn out. Due to my experience racing cars, I would rather upgrade the pads BEFORE I find out they need changing.
So, can anyone recommend a good pad (thanks APT)?
I like Hawk pads. They have a large selection for different applications, and I've used them on track days and endurance racing and been very pleased.
Don't forget to replace all the fluid in the system, you'll probably get more bang for your buck with that anyhow.
Hope it's not the infamous spark plug issue
Yep. Blew one right out of the head. Took the threads with it! Helicoil to fix, then to the dealer for a trade-in. Lost all confidence in the vehicle.
Unlikely, the 04-07.5 F-150's didn't have problems with sparkplug spitting. Ford went the other way and made them incredibly unlikely to come out, even when you want them to.
My bet is on the phaser.
After having both, I really don't know why makers put P series tires on trucks. I can see it on Full Size SUVs that are essentially grocery getters, but trucks are meant to do work.
Glad you are pleased with the new tires. It's good to keep in mind when replacing P tires for us RVers.
As far as why the P tires on trucks, because:
1. EPA regulations require MFG'ers to maximize fuel economy, and LT tires don't do that.
2. The majority of truck owners commute in them (at least in my tiny city of ~6 million people) and aren't towing or hauling a load when they do. This also contributes to item #1.
I think it's pretty much a non-issue. Yes your engine loses power. All that means is that you slow down a little or your transmission shifts into a lower gear sooner.
I've driven (towed) over most of the passes in Colorado. The interesting thing here (in the mountains) is that as you gain elevation, the roads generally become more twisty with many curves speed marked at 25 to 45 mph. The general speed limit is usually lowered as well as is I-70 approaching the Eisenhower tunnel. So what does all that extra power get you? You have to drive slower anyway.
If Ford is rating their vehicles at sea level, they do a disservice to the majority of drivers since other than people who live directly on the coast, who drives at sea level?
I live in the 4th largest city in the states, about 100 miles off the coast. So if you ask me, a sh*t ton of people drive at (near) sea level. The folks in New Orleans drive below the sea level :)
Go big! You WILL buy a larger in about 3 years and be thankful to have a TV to handle it.
Wow, I'm glad I didn't follow this advice back in 2007. 8 years later, still camping in the same camper, pulling with the same truck. And I've had two kids added to the equation over the last 4 years.
Only you can predict your personality and the likelihood of upgrading in short order. It's not my style, but it may be yours.
After getting legal advice, I went ahead and contacted the detective. The advice was that it is better to get it over with. Its better than waiting and wondering if my truck was sold illegally and if it will be impounded at the wrong time.
I contacted the detective and he checked the records with my truck. He said that I should be safe. The reason is that I should be safe is because the dealer may had signed the owner's title by forgery. If the owner comes forward, then my truck could be impounded. He also said that since I have the title and it is registered and I did everything right on my end, I will never be arrested or prosecuted. The worse thing it could happen is my truck will get impounded if the title was forged.
Please note that although police like to think they are lawyers, they are not lawyers. If they impound your truck, call your lawyer.
Source: I'm a lawyer.
Will it better for us to sell the truck and move on? We don't have money to hire a lawyer or go through any kind of legal stuff.
Not unless you won't buy any vehicle to replace it, after all, what guarantee do you have that the replacement vehicle title isn't compromised somehow?
This is like thinking your spouse might be cheating on you, and going ahead and divorcing her just in case.
The irony here is that Ford is the only MFGer to warn about reduced performance at higher altitudes, and make recommendations about appropriate weight capacity reductions depending on your travels. Yet they are the only full line truck manufacturer to offer turbocharged gasoline engines that don't lose noticeable performance at altitude.
By the way, this notice/suggestion has been around for a long time in Ford's literature. In the 2002 Ford Towing Guide, you'll find this:
High Altitude Operation
• Since gasoline engines lose power at a
rate of 3% to 4% per 1,000 ft. elevation, a
reduction in gross vehicle weights and
gross combination weights of 2% per
1,000 ft. elevation is recommended to
That's the thing with an EcoBoost. You can only have one. Eco, or Boost. Your right foot chooses.
You are correct. That is why the Motor Trend long-term F150 4X4 Ecoboost averaged 14.4 mpg over 30,000 miles and the long-term Ram 1500 4X4 Hemi averaged 15.6 mpg over 30,000 miles. A year of different lead-foot drivers resulted in these numbers. But, I assume a year of careful conservative driving would have resulted in the Ford getting higher mpg.
Either way, to the OP, congratulations on your new ride. You will enjoy the power.
Turbocharged engines are a lot of fun to drive, fun to drive but ya gotta pay the man at the pump.
Props to those who can keep their tachometer below 2K RPM all day, but I've got no interest in that game. My daily driver sees 6+ grand on the tach at least once nearly every day I drive.
OP, my neighbor has had their Ecoboost Expedition for a couple months, and they are very pleased with it over their previous 5.4 powered Expy.
I don't think any insurance company will eat the 26% cost increase to fix your 2015 F150. As far as fuel cost goes. Gas and diesel are within 15 cents of each other. With diesel and gas flipping week to week. There is the added cost of DEF with the new diesels to add in but I ran just over 9200 miles on my first tank and am sitting at half a tank with at 4800 miles so far on my second tank.
Not sure way you think Mich defuncted my "truths" but everyone I have talked to with a EB says they love everything about it but the fuel mileage.
What you think doesn't appear to be correct. As previous poster stated, the 2015 F-150 is cheaper to insure than the Ram (at least for now).
If a vehicle is a complete loss, it doesn't matter if it's an aluminum F-150 or a steel Ram, it's gonna cost big money, much bigger than a body shop bill. I appreciate the fact you are super concerned about panel repair time, but the reality is no two wrecks are the same, so until insurance companies have enough empirical data to audit this claimed 26% higher repair costs associated with the F-150, insurance rates are unlikely to change.
When I had the aluminum hood and fender repaired on my 2002 explorer, I didn't notice nationwide insurance rates jump because it was 26% more expensive than a previous generation steel hooded Explorer. And considering my truck is 12 years old, I think we would have heard by now.
Gas vs. Diesel prices are in a constant state of flux. Around me, historically the average is Diesel being 50 cents to 1.00 more expensive per gal. Trying to accurately calculate future fuel expenses is like trying to nail jello to a wall, absolutely useless.
...fact is the F-150 is going to cost you more all around, upfront, fuel and insurance...
Don, you are confusing your opinion with real facts, which aren't the same thing. More than what? not buying one and just walking?https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=http://www.autonews.com/article/20150730/RETAIL05/150729842/ford-f-150-aluminum-repairs-cost-more-than-steel-iihs-says&ved=0CC0QFjAAahUKEwimsaXMv-fHAhVH0oAKHYirAmY&usg=AFQjCNEQzt0N2Xt6mxS4Hkjqq6li4dROXg&sig2=Hk9M8cf0SrEa47YSanGZzw
Tests by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety found that repairing body damage on the aluminum-bodied 2015 Ford F-150 took longer and cost 26 percent more than on the 2014 F-150 made of steel.
Last I knew 30 MPG (ED EPA rating) will cost you less in fuel then 23 mpg (the EB EPA rating).
If the total cost only went up by 400 over the steel body it's because Ford is eating the cost difference. That won't last for long.
Repairing aluminum vs. steel is more costly, for now. But the blanket statement that a 2015 F-150 will always be more expensive to repair after an accident ignores facts like many current vehicles on the market have (and have had for years!) aluminum hoods, fenders, etc. All other things being the same, a moderate hit on the front of a 2014 F-150 and a 2015 F-150 is likely to cost the same in repair. (airbags, grille, bumper, hood, etc.)
Also keep in mind that insurance rates are determined by MANY factors, only one of which is repair costs. Theft rates, personal injury, the list goes on and on.
So at least in one real life situation, the F-150 is cheaper to insure than the Ram:
While I don't have a dog in this fight, out of curiosity from reading this this thread, I got quotes from our insurance on a comparably equipped F150 and Ram 1500. I went to some dealer websites and got actual VINs for the comparison. For us, the actual 6 month premium for the F150 would be $393.65 and for the Ram 1500 would be 406.51. This was for trucks that stickered at about 57K and seemed to have the same or similar equipment. Of course this can vary widely from company to company and from person to person, but in our case, the F150 would be cheaper. Of course, as the insurance companies get more crash/repair data, that could change.
The rest of your "truth's" were debunked by Mich800.
I'd seen these rumors, but without any confirmation or test mules spotted...it's just rumor to me. Seems like We've heard "the Bronco returns!" at least annually for the last 5 or 6 years.
I'm guessing Ford has been keeping an eye on the success of GM's compact trucks, and the case for bringing back the Ranger will be easier if it's based on an existing platform, which really could only be the global ranger for a BOF.
...fact is the F-150 is going to cost you more all around, upfront, fuel and insurance...
Don, you are confusing your opinion with real facts, which aren't the same thing. More than what? not buying one and just walking?
The humor I find in all of this is that intensive use of aluminum in vehicles isn't new, even for Ford. Neither is epoxy or adhesive use. I guess the reality is people are always afraid of what they don't understand.
Futuristic all-aluminum bodied Ford vehicle, circa 1994
Aluminum Sable, from 1994
Here's a bit more reading on the long term evaluation of the aluminum body vs the steel.
Hope someone finds this interesting.
Heard on the news that Barrel of oil may be dropping to around $20/bbl the price from the 1990's Would be nice.
While this could very well be possible the oil companies will not let that happen. the oil industry is the only industry that can manipulate prices by 1000% to bolster their profits. Now I do agree that they should be allowed to make as much money as possible, but to manipulate prices at will with nothing more than a statement of "a shutdown" or "shortage" is bad both as a business and for an economy that can be crippled by a huge change in a barrel of oil. the oil they pull out of the ground today will not see production for almost a year! don`t believe me? look what happened when oil prices went to $4.50 a gallon back in 08. No, that wasn`t the sole reason for the collapse, but it didn`t help!
If oil companies set the price of oil, why in the hell would they let it drop to 40/bbl. when it was north of 120/bbl not too long ago?
I hope your subbie proves more reliable than my sisters' 09 legacy outback has been. She's struggled with inadequate A/C cooling, overheating, intermittent radio failure, engine stumble/running issues, clogged moonroof drains so the water leaks inside, and it's only 6 years old with about 60K miles.
She loves it though, and really enjoys the 6 speed manual. She hopes the reliability improves because she really doesn't want to replace it.
Quite frankly, google maps/navigation makes all these in-dash nav systems look like amateurs. Probably the most up to date source for POI's, construction, new roadways, and traffic data. The issue becomes even more apparent if you live in an area experiencing tremendous growth like I do.