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SVT Lightning 5.4L V8 Supercharger 4-speed Automatic 6.6 ft. Bed - (33 reviews )
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By BlackLightningS8
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2003 Ford F-150 SVT Lightning 2dr Regular Cab SVT Lightning Rwd Flareside SB (5.4L 8cyl S/C 4A)


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A fun and exctng vehcl, prfrmnc on par with a BB muscle car. The interior is very unsophstcted, boring and neither fnctnal nor sprty. The tires work very well but last about 10K mi due to the wght and ease of unintntnal tires spin. It is geard so low that at 80 mph it runs at 2500 rpm, it seriously needs a 6 spd man tranny. It tows my boat very well. It runs the advertised 140mph and feels like it's on rails. The hndlng is superb, thumbs up to SVT for a very neutral well-blncd hndlng pckg. The SC is awsome, a chip will improve shifts and adds some power. It is a narrowly focused package that lacks versitility, but the prfmnc is excllnt.


Favorite Features

Supercharger.


Suggested Improvements

Bigger rear rim and tires. Six Speed transmission. Bucket seats and console. IRS Suspension. Humm....That would make it a 2005 ligtning huh. Thanks Ford..!!! How about the same engine and handling in a ZR2 4x4 Truck package. That would really be awsome.


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Great Truck
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By autenb
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2003 Ford F-150 SVT Lightning 2dr Regular Cab SVT Lightning Rwd Flareside SB (5.4L 8cyl S/C 4A)


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This truck is the most fun and practical vehicle I've ever owned. Not only is it the fastest truck on the road, but it can also tow or haul nearly anything. Only drawback is lots of high octane fuel.


Favorite Features

Supercharger, wide 18" wheels, dark shadow grey, 380 stock HP


Suggested Improvements

IRS, 1.5-2" Lower, 19" or 20" wheels. Upgrade to Kenne Bell SC as factory option. Factory boost guage with a higher scale so you don't have to go aftermarket. Some kind of anti-knapp material on the suade seats where you get in the truck.


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Fun for $2.50 a gallon
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By stodd
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2003 Ford F-150 SVT Lightning 2dr Regular Cab SVT Lightning Rwd Flareside SB (5.4L 8cyl S/C 4A)


Review

This truck is by far the fun pedal of the new car market.After the new wears off, smoking burnout for the youngsters, (I'm 54)its still a lot of grins, if you want for an everday driver FORGET it. It's like having a Street Rod without the work.


Favorite Features

Instant tire smoke, the whine of the Eaton. The overall look and feel of the truck.


Suggested Improvements

Up to date floor shifter that works, Lower rear height, say 2 more inches and stop lying about 16MPG it just does not happen.But if you want gas millage buy a Hybird!


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One Awesome Truck!
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By tearex63
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2003 Ford F-150 SVT Lightning 2dr Regular Cab SVT Lightning Rwd Flareside SB (5.4L 8cyl S/C 4A)


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I purchased this truck in December 2012 with 54K miles on it. The truck had already been modified with an oversized blower drive pulley, tuner, cold air package & Bassani exhaust. I had the truck dyno tested and it pulled 383 HP at the rear wheels. Needless to say, this truck is WICKED fast. Random people come up to me and compliment me on how cool it is. I love the sound of the blower coming on and the fact that I can light the tires any time I feel like it. Starts and runs just like a regular truck, great exhaust tone & instant throttle response. Only bad thing is the 10 MPG around town, but what the heck, I've got motorcycles & junky cars to drive to work.


Favorite Features

Fast! Reliable & comfortable.


Suggested Improvements

This truck is perfect in every way


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SVT Majic
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By Chicago Soldier
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Vehicle

2003 Ford F-150 SVT Lightning 2dr Regular Cab SVT Lightning Rwd Flareside SB (5.4L 8cyl S/C 4A)


Review

This vehicle is very fast and sturdy. I feel very confident to "pull up" next to a high performance car at a red light.


Favorite Features

380 H.P. engine


Suggested Improvements

Add left foot rest, defrosting side mirrors and Daytime Running Lights as standard equipment.


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