Great truck all overall. Its an 03 so theres not a whole lot of crazy acessories. But its a good reliable, comfortable truck. Very simple to drive. No different drive settings just get in and go. Stops well on dry and wet ground. Pretty decent acceleration. Great speed (without governor) got it up to 140 and was still smooth. For being a 4x4 and so heavy i get pretty decent mpg. Im in city and on the highway every day and the overall mpg is usually around 17. 14-15 city average and have gotten it up to 22 highway. Not constantly repairing it. All i ever do is maintenence. But i love the f150 its an amazing truck all around.
190000 miles with only 1 tail light bulb and 2 interior bulbs that failed. Truck is now sentenced to occasional driving and is perfect. Family members have lined up to take my truck when i dispose of it and the local Ford dealership was hoping I would trade it in on a Fusion I bought last year....... no suck luck to them. The 6 disc changer failed and was replaced by a Kenwood touch-screen deck. I still cant believe the looks and stares from people as this beauty goes by as well as a coworker who was lamenting how their purchase of a 2010 f150 would not have happened if they could pry my truck out of my hands..... they would have to be cold dead hands for that to happen. The future of this truck to to replace the engine/transmission as a pair when either fails. This truck was used in my pinstriping and graphics company and had heavy use for the first 4 years with absolutely no problems. I have kept the truck original with only some tasteful graphics on the vehicle which is black/charcoal 2 tone. Also an ARE topper with a cargo bed slider are the only two add ons.
We are still loving our F-150, so much we paid the money to get a second ignition key programmed and we also committed to buying 4 new tires and updating the spare tire. Suffice it to say we spent $600 on new tires and we're now stuck with it, which is all the better since we are really fond of it. My son gets very stressed when I take the F-150 to work and leave him with the 20 year old (and with us for all that time) Ranger, which is a bit disconcerting. But that's what you have to accept in order for him to be happy.
After spending almost all of the savings we realized by purchasing it vs. a Chrysler minivan that cost $1k more, we have something that can outperform it in every area between the three aspects of versatility, reliability, or affordability, and sometimes more than one of those aspects.
It even works (plays AND charges) with my work iPhone, my personal iPod, my son's vintage PowerBook (as a DVD player), it charges my Android smartphone with little accessories. (That is if you're thinking it's too old-school for your high-tech tastes.)
This truck brings the steak in every area it ought to while still integrating the sizzle to just the right degree for all three members of our family!
Make these brand new again so that people who want a truck without fluff but with a real, not overly complicated V8 (while still being beefed up enough to be worth getting), instead of forcing them to get a too small V6, too small EcoBoost V6, really too small EcoBoost V6, or an overly complicated and hard to repair/rebuild V8. That's how good we feel it is. Maybe the so-called improvements should be to how we ought to like sizzle instead of steak if anything.
...it went so smoothly, it was like butter, I had options for advanced technology (for the era) to use it in the truck and I just settled for listening to music on the iPod video that is vintage (almost as vintage in portable device years as the F-150 is in vehicle years) and I didn't want any more features than what the F-150 had on tap. I guess I'm not a car connoisseur like I should be, because I don't want features that require monthly expenses to cellular companies. That's really all the high-technology is, just another way for cell phone companies to get riches from you by expecting you to pay for "convenience". I can tell convenience no, you should try it too. Still so very pleased!
No 3G, 4G, or other cellular data limitations in the name of "convenience", no undue hassles, pure modern performance without postmodern fluff, and everything that choice entails! Everything's a favorite feature!
I'd be picking nits if I was to say there were any improvements needed except to resume making vehicles like this that are stylish and dependable and free of unnecessary conveniences that are really just hassle.
I got to look inside a neighbor's 2008 Chevrolet Uplander LS and aside from having a beefy V6 engine, it seemed to be skimpy on everything else. It's like the GM engineers spent so much of their recycled design budget on giving it more power and neglecting what would make you want a van from 2006 and later-namely options like navigation, DVD playing, high-end stereo systems, even a supposedly crucial safety feature like OnStar unless you buy a $40,000+ model. My F-150 cost much less (both brand new and when we bought it) and has everything I could possibly ask for. That's a pivotal moment to me.
Feature parity with a much newer family vehicle, masculine appeal, the right options properly placed, the recalls that are needed were already attended to or were fixed promptly, the fact that our engine has more cylinders and displacement than work to do, basically everything. It makes me feel like I got everything I wanted and I'm blown away. The fact that a 5/6 years newer Chevrolet van isn't that much better is just icing on the cake! Everything to love!
Drop the whole idea of the postmodern vehicle and deliver proper, reliable options like this. You can't better what I've got, and I've looked high, low, and everywhere in between. You just drop postmodern technology and we'll do great. Also fire Allen R. Mullaly, he's the one who convinced Ford to go postmodern.