2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor: Emphatic Alert
May 18, 2011
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