2003 Ford F-150 Consumer Review: Still the King! Wake yours up!

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Still the King! Wake yours up!
By don wells on


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


This is my 2nd Lightning, my first was a 2000 model. Don't leave it stock for another day! As soon as you put a cold air intake and chip it, maybe change the exhaust, you realize how restricted they come from Ford. You gain at least a 1-2 second increase in the 1/4 mile, and since Ford sells those same mods, it won't even void your warranty. They are quiet, comfortable, handle well,and still tow 5k lbs! You can outrun the $50k Dodge truck for about $2000-$2500 in mods, and still be $20k ahead. And the SRT- 10 can't even be used as a truck! My first one went over 40k with NO mechanical problems - the huge Dodges, like Vipers, have many. When you feel that 550+ lb/ft of torque you know who rules.

Best Features

The leather suede seats are very comfortable and bolstered nicely to help hold you in the seat. Controls are simple and easy to use. Sliding back glass is nice. Front air dam and foglights give it that special look. Clear taillights look like aftermarket Altezzas' and further distinguish it.

Worst Features

I would like an upgraded head unit for the easy to use 6 CD stereo, and some built in subwoofers. How about some bright red Brembos for the giant disc brakes? Adjustable height suspension would help both handling and top end without compromising the towing and amazing 1300 lb. bed capacity.
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