Received many PMs and one guy mad...wanted to sue that guy for his false
advice...told the PM person the advice here is worth the price
paid...nothing. That there was only one person responsible for the
setup...the driver and that could have been his wife if she was
He followed that 'half ton' advice...not knowing that advisor had one of these
fake half tons with a +8K GVWR and a 6K RGAWR
He burned up hid F150's rear end on the way to a long vacation in Florida/DisneyWorld
Spent all of his vacation stuck in the middle of nowhere on motel/food/etc
and the cost to have his F150's rear end rebuilt
He had a +4K RGAWR and about 2,000 lbs LESS rear axle rating than
the advisor...so of course burned up his rear end...
He lost even more money, as he had to turn around and go home...to
forfeit his deposits in Florida...
That fella doesn't seem very bright. Trying to sue an anonymous internet forum name isn't likely to go very far.
All the information is available to do your homework and determine if 'this' can tow 'that'. Caveat Emptor. Just seems these days people don't want to think through something, they just want the salesman to say "you'll be fine" before signing on the line.
Thirty year old Toyota with a NY tag still running? That speaks pretty highly of Toyota.
I think that is an Alaska tag..
Trucks that look like that are basically non existent down here, unless a relocated northerner brings the remains of their truck down with them.
Yep, when I used to off road in a heavily modified Ford truck, it could be hard to get the tailgate open. Luckily I rarely find myself in situations like this:
I guess if a person insists on extreme off road driving while loading/unloading the bed, it might be good to drop the tailgate first if driving a Ford. This probably fits <1% of SD owners.
I think modern pickups are governed at 99 mph as that is the speed rating of the tires - not that it really matters, they all have more power than that but the computer will shut you down at 99 mph.
I tested it once in a GM as I was doing a crash investigation. When I did the download, the "black box" from the involved vehicle said he was doing 99 mph prior to impact for several seconds in a row. He was drunk as a skunk when he crashed, so I found it odd that he was able to maintain a steady speed before crashing. So, I got myself the same make/model truck out of the Police Fleet (undercover vehicle), got a tech to ride with me and hooked up the scantool to read live data. What happened with this 1500 series GM 5.3L 4x4 was the truck got to 99 mph than the computer put the throttle servo (drive by wire) to about 32% IIRC while I still had the pedal mashed to the floor. It held me at 99 mph and would go no faster.
The 99+ Chevy pickups were limited to 99MPH as you state. Most fords seem to be limited to 107, as my explorer is. My friend with the new chevy was annoyed when he couldn't keep up with another buddy driving a 4 cylinder ranger while coming back from west texas.
FCA as a whole is at the bottom.
There's those pesky FCA nameplates at the bottom, including, Chrysler.
Moving the goal posts now? First it was "Chrysler", now it's "FCA as a whole". And at first it was EVERY ranking... but now it's not really EVERY ranking anymore, is it?
Personally, I put a lot more stock in "dependability" than on "initial quality" anyway. A good reason to drive a GM or a RAM. Maybe not a Ford so much.
But hey, don't let a few pesky facts get in the way of some good hyperbole! Carry on, brother!
To be fair, it's Chrysler that keeps changing the name/ownership... Remember Chrysler Group, DaimlerChrysler AG, Cerberus Capital Management, now FCA, what's next?
"But how will it ever tow anything other than a few bags of groceries!"
Maybe Fish can explain that one!
Let's just hope it doesn't share some of the early teething problems of the ecodiesel. It's embarrassing to have a journalist write about having to hitch a ride with the tow truck driver. At least the tow truck was a dodge too though, so it made for a good pic.
Diesel is about 10 cents per gallon less than 87 octane in my area today. Prices fluctuate seasonally as well as with location and the breeze. Typically in winter, itguy08's statement applies, just not today in Michigan.
Must be nice! :) Here in PA it's $2.79 for regular unleaded and about $2.99 for Diesel.
The Ecodiesel takes special oil that is not standard Diesel oil (at least according to the Mopar guys) an expensive oil filter. One of the Ram forums was saying $70 DIY oil changes every 10k. It also requires DEF every couple thousand (5k or so) at $2-3 per gallon.
The Ecoboost uses regular 5w30 and a cheaper filter, also every 10k. No DEF needed.
They both sucked the fuel down on the Ike Gauntlet test with the 2.7 doing it faster. The Ecodiesel also ran warm on that test.
You have a very strong dislike for the EcoDiesel and for Chrysler in general. We get it.
And I can't speak for PA, but I travel the West, and just about eveywhere I go (CO, UT, AZ, TX,) all have diesel at or below unleaded.
Maybe you can go back to your cost of fuel arguement this fall. It isn't valid now.
I don't have a dog in this fight, but seeing as how I live in Texas in the largest city in the state, I can say that Diesel still averages >10 cents a gallon more than regular at nearly every station. I'd consider that a wash personally, but it certainly isn't less expensive.
*Announcer voice* And now back to the Gas vs. Diesel wars.
Well I went to test drive the 05 Chevy today and did not like it at all. It looked good on the outside but the ride was rough and the front end felt a little squishy. They also had a 09 Ram 3500 on the lot but as soon as my family sat inside they all said no way. I was originally looking for something decent in the sub 20K range, but I'm a sucker for pretty white things so I ended buying a 2012 Ford F250 6.7 CC Lariat. Thanks for all the replies on the original topic.
Congrats on the new truck. Any pictures so I can drool?
Ford reconfigured the availability of the manual transmission in the Focus because it was being requested in higher level trim packages which were automatic only. That's the first I've heard of manual transmission offerings being expanded over the last 20 years, rather than being eliminated. The cost for this change was incremental, which it would not be to introduce a manual transmission into trucks. I can't venture a guess as to what OP saw, but I am highly doubtful it was indeed a manual trans.
Also the F100 and the Ford Bronco was built here. The Bronco from 1981 to 1987 4.1 litre six and 358 cu in V8
The engine offerings seem especially odd, as the 300 ci inline six worked out to be a 4.9 liter in the US, and the 351 ci V8 was a 5.8 liter. Imperial to metric conversions were notoriously falsified in the states for some years, as the well known '5-point-oh' 302 V8 was actually a 4.9 liter.
So did Ford offer unique engine offerings in Aus, or were they calculated differently?
Can anyone run a VIN for me to find out the build options for a vehicle I'm looking at?
Maybe what make you are looking for would help.
I believe Chrysler/FIAT or whatever the parent brand is these days and FoMoCo are the only companies that provide window stickers to previously sold vehicles online and are self service/easily accessible to the consumer. To me it's a great help when shopping.
For Ford go to www.researchmaniacs.com and use their Window Sticker page. You pop in the VIN and it spits out the Window Sticker for the vehicle.Could not get it to work for me, my 2000 might be to old.
Yep, farthest back you can go is 2007, and even then it's only some 2007's will work. Nice thing is Ford will produce a sheet with the factory installed equipment, and indeed did for my 1995 F-150. Just send Customer service an E-mail with your VIN if it's pre 07.
Infiniti however, couldn't or wouldn't produce jack squat for my G35. "Uh, we built it I think."
This fix GM has come up with is pure BS.
Maybe it is pure BS, but that was the fix that the NHTSA agreed to. So, blame GM on the poor fix if you want, but NHTSA signed off on it, and they are holding GM to it, just like they are holding FCA to the trailer hitch issue.
When I was young, we had a 68 Ford Torino that would slip out of park and roll away. The Ford fix was to install a sticker on the sun visor reminding people to be sure the shifter was in park and the brake was set. That is pure BS.
Yeah, setting your parking brake is so lame.
The issue with the switchs is a smaller/weaker spring was spec'd by GM to their supplier Delphi and Delphi notified GM that the spring was to weak but was overruled by GM's beancounters.
The reason the ignition switches shut off even though they weren't supposed to was because the "switch detent plunger", which is designed to provide enough torque to keep the ignition from accidentally turning off, did not supply enough torque. General Motors was aware of this potential problem, and held meetings about it, as early as 2005. Link one
And then failed to make a revision change to the part number on the redesigned detent plunger, which is a huge no no to anyone in the manufacturing or engineering field.
Matches the Ford warranty. Ford has had the 5 year/60,000 mile power train warranty on their diesels for some time and some people don't realize it. Including some on this forum
Just out of curiousity where did you get this miss-information?
From the Ford 2014 Model Year Warranty Guide:
Your vehicle’s direct injection diesel engine and certain engine
components are covered during the PowerStroke Diesel Engine Coverage
Period, which lasts for five years or 100,000 miles, whichever occurs
first. The following parts are covered during this extended coverage
period: the engine, cylinder block, heads and all internal parts, intake and exhaust manifolds, timing gear, harmonic balancer, valve covers, oil pan and pump, water pump, fuel system (excluding fuel lines, fuel tank and frame mounted fuel conditioning module sometimes referred to as the frame mounted pump/filter/water separator), high pressure lines, gaskets and seals, glow plugs, turbocharger, two-stage turbocharger assembly, turbocharger actuator, powertrain control module, engine control module, high pressure fuel injection pump assembly, electronic driver unit, injectors, injection pressure sensor, fuel rail pressure sensor, high pressure oil regulator, exhaust back pressure regulator and sensor,exhaust pressure sensor, manifold pressure sensor, intake air temperature sensor, crankshaft position sensor, camshaft position sensor, accelerator switch.
love the project. Just a quick thought, did you check for suspension travel on the rear? Those rear axles can really articulate on the right angle. Of course your daughter will likely behave with it, while I pretended my ranger was 4wd a lot.
Thanks for the updates and pics.
How about the camera on the back of my truck? Does that make me less of a man because I use that to line up the hitch?I use a hand truck to move a generator. I'm a real sissy.
I use gloves, and I use wrenches when I work on my vehicles. Real men would grind their bones into the appropriate socket size. Mark me down as a sissy as well.
This has GOT to be the most ridiculous 'feature' I've seen on any vehicle. Ever. There are no words to express my disdain for this 'feature.'... If you can't figure out which way to turn the wheels, maybe you shouldn't be towing the trailer in the first place?
Ford Pro Trailer Backup Assist Feature
Now, is the technology that enables this cool? Yeah. The nerd in me marvels at it. Is it at all practical? As far as I'm concerned, it's utterly useless. I'm confident that I'd be able to do it faster and at least as accurately...
While I pride myself on my ability to back my trailers into tight spots, I can see how this would be useful to some. If something ever happened to me, my wife would probably love to have this feature on the TV.
I had it done, noticed no difference in anything.
Now I have to hold on to the emissions card the dealer gave me and send it in when the registration is due or it will not be renewed.
I get the impression CA is serious about this. :E