My very first truck. I couldn't have done better, if I do say so myself!
There has only been one problem since owning. But guess what... the problem corrected itself! The rear window (drivers side) would power down, but not up when using the local control switch. I could however use the driver control switch and make the window move both up and down. Kind of weird, yeah...
Anyway, after noticing this for about two weeks. I was at a Ford dealership getting some step bars installed. I informed the technician about the window issue. We went to take a look at it together. Boy, did I feel stupid when he simply tried the switch and it worked perfectly... go figure!
It has now been about a month and the window is still not an issue. I don't know what happened. I must have tried that switch a couple dozen times over a two week period... always resulting with the same issue. For him to simply operate it like that... I just don't know! Oh well, I'm just glad that my truck remains problem free. Such a great feeling!
I simply love this truck! Ford said that they would improve the comfort of the seats. I give them a 10 for doing exactly that. This truck is absolutely comfortable for the driver, in all ways.
I know... some of you will say that I have driven the truck for only 4700 miles. But let me inform you that 2458 miles of that was on a trek from San Diego, California to the Columbia Gorge, which borders Oregon and Washington State. I had read that the ride would be pleasant for a truck. It simply surpassed that. I set the cruise averaging around 70 mph most of the way. The cabin's quietness from road and engine noise is superb. Only once in a while would I ever hear some wind noise around the front pillars. But this was when I drove in the Columbia Gorge area, known for its wind (Also once considered the Windsurfing capital of the world).
I really like the maneuverability of this full size truck, I never feel unsure or hesitant when driving. For me, I almost forget about the size of the vehicle. The visibility is fantastic. You ride at a height which enhances the feeling of safety.
As for towing and hauling, I spent a day in Northern California, pulling my Uncles boat (18 ft.) with four adults and one child inside the cab. The drive seemed effortless for the truck (I should mention that my truck came with the 3.73 limited slip axle). The three passengers in back remarked how surprising comfortable and roomy the back seat was.
Fuel mileage is as expected, if not slightly better. The best I have gotten so far was 18.69 mpg (almost all highway). I am as of now averaging just above 16 mpg in city/highway driving. Note: I commute about 28 miles each way to work. So overall my driving is truly close to a 50 city/50 highway split. I feel sorry for those who state that they get less than expected mileage in their F150's. I just don't get it! My numbers are not fudged, they are truly accurate. In fact, I even feel confident in saying that I expect these numbers to slightly improve as I break the truck in further. On the other hand, I do wonder about those who say they are getting between 19 and 22 mpg on the freeways. I guess it could be possible though. I remember when I had the little Focus hatchback when they first came out. After a couple of years it actually started getting better mileage than was listed. I don't know about you guys... but when I'm in my truck I just feel a great sense of pride. Driving a Ford makes me feel that much more of an American!
-ANOTHER GREAT FEELING-
All right... some are probably saying the truck can't be perfect (Even though I think its as close as can be). So I will write a few things about this truck that might distract another driver... Here goes:
1) I am around six feet tall, and while I am perfectly comfortable in the seating arrangement, a smaller person might find that the width of this cabin makes the arm rests on door and in middle of front seat too far apart. They might find that they can only use on at a time.
I know... I am searching here!
2) Some might prefer the longer 6.5' bed. Though, I will add that the F150 bed depth kind of makes up for my trucks shorter length (5.5'). I'll also add that it is somewhat easier to get in and out of parking spaces (Especially if this is your daily driver).
3) I really wish there was a middle armrest for the back seat. Does anyone know of a modification I could install to solve this issue?
4) Lastly. For some reason Ford forgot to put various storage compartments throughout the cabin. Oh well, can't have everything. Besides the cabin is a behemoth inside, so you can just throw everything around. Don't worry the stuff won't ever get in your way!
Well, I really hope this helps someone pick out the truck that is best suited for them. I know I have found mine. And maybe just maybe I will write again in the future! -Take care all-
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 24th May, 2007