2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor Long Term Road Test

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2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor: Last Oil Change

August 11, 2011

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Our time with the Ford F-150 Raptor is nearing the end. Now that the truck is clean, the next order of business was an oil change. We always take care of any maintenance that is needed before we put our vehicles up for sale. The next scheduled maintenance was the 30K service, which in some vehicles, is considered a major service. We checked the manual and it turned out that the Raptor only needed an oil change and tire rotation. Its major service occurs at 60K, when the transmission fluid and filter need to be replaced.

The dealer experience was pretty straightforward. We weren't upsold any air or cabin filters and the truck was ready in a few hours. Although it had been freshly waxed, the dealer washed it anyway.

Next on our seller's checklist is a trip to Carmax for an appraisal. Feel free to make your wild guesses and predictions in the comments.

Total Cost: $87.22
Days out of service: 0

Ron Montoya, Consumer Advice Associate @ 29,175 miles

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2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor: The Tour Continues

August 11, 2011

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Yesterday we began saying our goodbyes to the Raptor. With those goodbyes comes a survey of the truck's condition -- evidence that maybe, just maybe, we don't destroy everything we drive, as some of you contend.

Have at look a the skidplate. Or maybe a more appropriate name would be the non-skidplate.

But wait, there's more...

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2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor: Is that a Belt Whining or the Truck Whinnying?

July 13, 2011

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I finally got to drive the Raptor recently, when it wasn't signed out and I was one of the last editors in the office one evening. And even though the surf was miniscule, I just had to take it on a cruise up the coast -- if only to gauge the reaction of the jaded Malibu crew. And I found that my 10-foot longboard fit much better in the Raptor's bed than in our former long-term 2009 Dodge Ram 1500.

My surf buddies complain that I'm notoriously slow getting ready for a session. But I like to take my sweet time making sure I'm prepared with the right stick, wetsuit, wax, a jug of water to rinse off afterwards and maybe some post-session snacks. It sucks when you forget something essential like a towel.

I was methodically getting ready to head to the beach, making my second or third trip to retrieve some surf necessity, when I heard a noise coming from the Raptor's already cranked engine. Since I'd driven our Mustang GT 5.0 earlier in the week, my initial thought was that the Raptor was whinnying because it was raring to go.

But instead it was a slight belt whine, much the same way certain of my surf bros whine with impatience while waiting for me.

You can hear it in the video below, even though someone across the creek decided to crank up a chainsaw right after I hit the record button. Bonus points if you can ID my buddy's beloved truck in the background.

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2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor: Plastic Bed Extender Clips

July 01, 2011

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You know those plastic "living hinges" they use on Igloo ice chests? The retainer clips that hold the bed extender in the stowed position on our 2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor are like that.

Correction: were like that. Both living hinges on the Raptor's bed extender are dead. They met there demise a couple of days apart during last weekend's move.

Let's pause for a moment of silence, shall we?

In contrast to those found on an ice chest, the living hinges on these clips aren't being asked to bend near as far and are therefore made of a harder plastic. Further age-hardening due to time and sun exposure no doubt made them harder and even more brittle. What's more, they're shaped to stick out a little so you can thumb them, but that also puts them in a position to get bumped and jostled by stuff in the bed.

Whatever led up to it, both of these broke off in my hand as I was folding the extender back up against the bed sides and latching them into place.

Thing is, I don't really care. The bed extender is a damn useful piece and it still works just fine. It stays stowed and folded as well as I need it to without any clips. In fact, the clipless bed extender is now far easier to deploy and use than it was before. I won't miss them. I'm taking my moment of silence back.

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2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor: Unlimited Lives of the Key Fob

June 14, 2011

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Halfway through the weekend, the Raptor's key fob quit on me. No honking horn or flashing lights no matter how close I was to it. I resorted to using the key. It worked fine, as they often do, but I did notice there's no key hole on the passenger's side. Whatever.

I figured the battery was dead in the fob, but someone alerted me to the fact that it probably just lost the code for the truck. So I RTFM and sure enough, there's a procedure you can perform to reprogram the fob. It involves turning the ignition switch on and off eight times in rapid fire succession followed by press one of the buttons on the fob itself. It wasn't quite Up-Up-Down-Down-Left-Right...but you get the idea.

I was just glad that the manual actually discussed the procedure. It seemed like one of those things that they would just assume leave to the dealer to take care of. Good on Ford for actually giving the owner a chance to fix something.on their own. And yes, the key fob works just fine now.

Ed Hellwig, Editor, Inside Line

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2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor: What Caused That?

June 09, 2011

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Our 2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor has it's first door ding. I saw it while at the gas station this weekend. It isn't much to brag about but you have to start someplace.

Let's pretend it wasn't caused by something sissy like an abnormally tall shopping cart. It has to be something cool. This is a Raptor. Was it a ricochet from target practice with that .50 cal Desert Eagle? Help me out so we have our stories straight.

What do you think dented the Raptor?

Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager @ 25,555 miles

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2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor: Air Filther

May 19, 2011

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This is why you change your engine air filter regularly. Here is the one we removed from our 2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor. Try breathing through that.

Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager @ 23,549 miles

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2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor: Maintenance Summary

May 18, 2011

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We bought a 2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor 9 months and 23,000 miles ago. Many long-term cars struggle to reach 20k. So when the truck recently requested another round of service it made me wonder. How many times has this truck been in for service so far?

8,266 miles
Routine maintenance: oil and filter change, tire rotation ($87)

15,630 miles
Routine maintenance: oil and filter change, tire rotation ($87)

15,630 miles
Transmission shifting hard: replace main control valve body, clean and lubircate driveshaft slip yolk splines, replace associated gaskets from tran-pan removal (warranty); 17 days out of service

20,658 miles
Satellite radio antenna inop: replace antenna (warranty); 1 day out of service

23,508 miles
Routine maintenance: oil and filter change, tire rotation, air filter replaced ($136)

Not bad. We've spent just over $300 to date. Would DIY maintenance have saved a lot of dough? Definitely. Doing so would make the ownership experience that much more attractive. But that just wasn't the route we took with this truck.

Concerns remain about the transmission. The previously noted hard shift when cold is back. It is far less dramatic and more sporadic than before, but certainly present. During our last visit the dealer checked for error codes and found none. We are going to monitor the issue closely for now. If it progresses we'll send it back to the dealer.

Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager @ 23,510 miles

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2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor: Emphatic Alert

May 18, 2011

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At some point during my 1200-mile roadtrip in our longterm 2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor, an oil change alert lit up. It read: "Change engine oil soon."

A couple hundred miles later, it switched to the more forceful and urgent wording you see above. There's no missing that alert.

As for the transmission, it performed quite well. Only once did it exhibit the peculiar rev-up-then-blam gear selection that we've been noticing immediately following a cold start. It doesn't appear any worse now than before it spent all those miles towing 4500 pounds over hill and dale. Incidentally, it averaged 12.3 mpg over the entire towing trip. Not bad, I'd say.

We're having the transmission checked out at the dealer, and they'll be changing the oil too. When we know more, so will you.

Jason Kavanagh, Engineering Editor

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2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor: Transmission Problems Return?

May 09, 2011

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You might remember the problems we had with the Raptor's transmission back in January and February. Back then, the transmission was agressively engaging second and third gear when it was cold. The dealer solution was a solenoid replacement and a reflash.

Well, guess what?

...It's baaaaack.

Over the weekend I fired the Raptor up early several mornings in a row and experienced what I'm imagining is the same problem (I only discussed it with others the first time, never actually witnessed it myself). Here are the symptoms this go 'round: Drop the truck in drive, roll into the throttle and the tranny initially slips the torque converter and hardly moves forward -- almost like it's in third or fourth gear. Next, with elevated revs, it slams into a lower gear (probably first) with authority and jumps forward. The next gear usually engages rough as well.

Then, the first few times you slow down from more than 30 mph, the tranny tries to grab a lower gear than it should while still decelerating. This is initially accompanied by a bunch of torque converter slip and then heavy engine braking once the gear finally engages. Once the fluids reach operating temperature, these symptoms seem to disappear.

If this continues, it looks like another dealer visit is inevitable.

Josh Jacquot, Senior editor

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2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor: Radio Antenna Replaced

April 20, 2011

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It's been awhile since we reported the satellite radio antenna fault on our 2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor. The truck was busy towing this and towing that. Quite honestly, we grew so accustomed to the AM/FM bands we forgot for a time that the Raptor even had satellite radio.

We finally got our act in gear this week and called Ford of Santa Monica. A replacement antenna was shipped out in a day and installed hours after arrival. There was nothing obviously wrong with the old black dome thing so we couldn't determine cause. But the new black dome thing solved our problem.

Total Cost: None

Days out of service: None

Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager @ 20,658 miles

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2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor: It's Back!

February 06, 2011

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17 days. That's how long it took to get the transmission in our 2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor repaired.

"We completed the reflash. Then Ford technical support called my technician. They want us to change the transmission solenoid and are shipping a new one out. We'll take the pan off tomorrow and replace the part when it arrives." That was on January 24. The part-- an automatic transmission main control valve body -- arrived on Feb 2 or 3 and was installed and ready for pick up by 1 on Friday afternoon.

The process also required new transmission fluid and new transmission gasket and lubrication of the splines of the "driveshaft slip yok[sic]."

This was all covered under warranty. The oil change, however, was not...

We paid $87.24 (no discount or comp for delayed service) for an oil change on our Raptor which included a new filter, tire rotation and full synthetic oil. Materials ran $57.45 and labor was $29.31. Tax was 0.48. Brakes were good with more than 5mm of pad left and, shocker, the tires were good with more than 6mm of tread left.

We'll have a report on how the trans feels shortly.

Mike Magrath, Associate Editor, Inside Line @ 15,635 miles

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2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor: Transmission Update

January 24, 2011

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This morning we learned a little more from Ford of Santa Monica regarding the transmission in our 2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor.

Originally, our advisor said the dealership would need to pull the pan to diagnose the hard-shift problem. But today on the phone he explained there was a "misunderstanding" between he and his tech. This work was not done. Instead, the tranny needed a software update. And the delay in completing the work (now 6 days) was due to the computers in the shop being down.

He went on to tell us, "We will complete the update this morning and should have your truck back to you around noon." At noon our phone lit up: 1 new voicemail. On the recording was our advisor, "We completed the reflash. Then Ford technical support called my technician. They want us to change the transmission solenoid and are shipping a new one out. We'll take the pan off tomorrow and replace the part when it arrives."

So that's the latest.

Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager @ 15,630 miles

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2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor: Transmission Surgery

January 21, 2011

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Awhile back we noted the transmission of our 2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor was acting up. The hard-shift symptoms persisted so we did what we knew had to be done. We dropped the Raptor off at the local dealership.

So far the dealer is dragging its feet. We are told the pan is being pulled today and that we can slip over to take some pictures once the tranny's been surgically removed. From there, it's time to diagnose the problem. When we know more, you'll know more.

Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager @ 15,630 miles

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Ford F-150 SVT Raptor: Feed Me, Seymour

January 07, 2011

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While waiting for the Raptor to refuel, I decided to check the oil. I didn't realize that the hood and the grille would both rise from the bumper. The resultant opening is cavernous! I mean, really, quite massive. I think a Prius fell out.

The oil level was just fine, though there was a coating of brown dust over everything in the engine bay (just as any true off-roader should have). Closing the hood wasn't nearly as easy as opening, though. I'm not short, but I had to reach for the bottom of the grille on the tips of my toes. I'm guessing shorter folks will need to step onto the bumper, hold onto the grille and jump.

Mark Takahashi, Associate Editor

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2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor: Transmission Troubles?

December 28, 2010

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The Raptor has taken to showing some transmission temperament when it's waking itself up in the morning. When the systems are cold, both second and third gear engage with a stutter and a slam, and the rear of the truck wriggles up and down like an old dog.

It's hard to say what kind of issue we're having. We'll see what the dealership says at the next service. With all that hydraulic fluid flushing through those passageways, the whole automatic transmission thing seems more like sorcery than science anyway.

Considering the way the Raptor is driven, it's a miracle that all the wheels are still on.

Michael Jordan, Executive Editor, Edmunds.com @ 15,307 miles

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2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor: 15,000 Miles

December 23, 2010

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We just rolled 15,000 miles in our 2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor. So far we've spent $90 on regular maintenance and nothing more. No days out of service. The cost-to-fun ratio is definitely working in our favor. Now let's hope this post doesn't jinx us all.

Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager @ 15,016 miles

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2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor: The Warranty

November 12, 2010

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After my day off-roading earlier this week, I was wondering how warranty coverage works with the Raptor. (That is, if something breaks on our truck while off-roading, would it be covered under warranty.) So I've pulled a few quotes from the Raptor's owner's manual.

"The F-150 Raptor carries the same New Vehicle Limited Warranty as other Ford F-150 models."

"SVT does not recommend modifying or racing SVT vehicles, as they are designed and built to be driven as delivered from the factory."

Ford SVT has engineered your F-150 Raptor for off-road use beyond what is normal for a F-150. However, it can incur damage if driven beyond its capabilities. Skidplates, shock guards and running boards were designed to help limit damage to vital components and exterior finishes, but cannot prevent all damage if driven in extreme off-road conditions. Damage to skid plates, shock guards, running boards and exterior finishes as well as bent, cracked or broken body, frame and chassis components may not be covered by warranty."

It still seems a little nebulous to me. The truck is meant to go off-road, but if you end up breaking parts, who's to say whether the way you were driving it was "beyond its capabilities"?

Brent Romans, Senior Automotive Editor

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2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor: First Dealer Service

October 13, 2010

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We dropped our 2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor at Ford of Santa Monica for the first round of scheduled maintenance. Just after crossing the 8,000-mile mark the service light recommended we make an appointment. But we didn't. We just showed up.

It was 11am when we pulled into the service drive. By 2pm our truck was ready. Pretty quick. Synthetic oil and a tire rotation set us back about 90 bucks, most of which was spent on the oil itself. While there we asked the dealer to slap on the front plate to avoid any pesky no-front-plate tickets we might get from our local parking enforcement ninnies.

Days Out of Service: None

Total Cost: $87.24

Mike Schmidt, Vehicle Testing Manager @ 8,266 miles

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2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor: Comes With A Funnel

October 13, 2010

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Here's something Kavanagh didn't mention in his breakdown of the Raptor's jack and associated accessories: The funnel.

Presumably this is there in case one has to fill the capless fuel tank from a container without a nozzle (Slurpee cup, anyone?), but I see no reason it couldn't be used to direct oil into the engine as well.

Either way, it's a nice thing to have around.

Josh Jacquot, Senior editor

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2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor: Big Wheels, Big Jack

September 02, 2010

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The last time I towed with our 2010 Ford F-150 Raptor SVT, I piled a bunch of stuff in the backseat. Namely, plastic bins that I wanted to stack back there. However, the giant jack in the fuzzy satchel got in the way and made the boxes sit all cattywampus. That's all I was really after with this blog entry.

Then I became curious about the satchel's contents. Bad idea.

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