2009 Ford F-150 Consumer Review: poor exterior design flaws

2009 Ford F-150 - Consumer Review

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XL Regular Cab Pickup (4.6L V8 4-speed Automatic 6.6 ft. Bed)

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poor exterior design flaws
By 20victory03 on


2009 Ford F-150 XL 2dr Regular Cab Styleside 6.5 ft. SB (4.6L 8cyl 4A)


I just purchased a new 2009 Ford F-150 4x4 XL Regular Cab. I Love the truck except for 2 flaws in design. First...The head rests protrude out from the seat back about 5 inches which pushes your head in a lookdown position. The seat must be reclined back in order to level out your head so you are looking out the windshield instead of down at the bottom of steering wheel. I turned the headrests backwards which now has zero protection in the event of a rear collision but it now is comfortable. Secondly, The 2 openings on either side of license plate has 2 brackets that Fords engineers have no clue of what they are for, sitting there and is an eye sore,these holes are for extra cooling. The holes supposedly, according to the engineers route extra air up to the radiator for engine cooling. If this is a fact, Ford should have installed air intake ducts to direct air up to the front of radiator...not filled the back side with a rubber mat, enclosing the area.

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Change the headrest design... Install 2 small air intake ducts where the 2 holes are on either side of front license plate to dress up front and hide the 2 mystery brackets. Or install a larger core radiator for better engine cooling.
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