Was there a warning come from the Ford Canada on the Front suspension regarding Tire rod ends?
Dude I have a 2003 supercrew fx4 with the 5.4 liter. I get 18 mpg and that's even with my wife driving it a few times a week. I like the way it rides and love the interior room because I am 6'7" tall. It has more head and leg room then the Hummer H 2 which that is what my wife drives and if you think you are getting bad mileage in the f-150 try 6-7 mpg in the Hummer H 2. My only dislikes is the small bed and that darn torsion bar front end. I don't like the new 2004 f-150 it looks ugly, but I love the fact they went to the coil set up. As far as service, normal oil changes and tire rotation and alignment, 40,000 care free miles.
I own a 2001 Super crew Lariat 2wd. It is the most comfortable and roomy of any other truck or SUV I have been in. I am not thrilled about the gas mileage which is usually 15-17 on the highway, but it's not that bad. The only thing that I do not like is that I have to replace the front brakes every year. The truck also seems to "go" when you put it in gear without putting on the gas. I have been satisfied overall. It is about to be paid for and I am thinking about getting an SUV, but can't find anything near as comfortable or roomy.
I have an '01 XLT 4X4... beats the pants off the Dodge that I had before. I agree the mileage could be better (I have the 5.4L engine). But spent 180 dollars for a bed cover and my mileage shot up to almost 20 on the highway. Have had to have 2 coils replaced and at 108 thousand miles I've only been through one set of brakes and 2 sets of tires. Must be the way I drive. I only complaint is the size of the gas tank... thinking of installing a second tank to extend my range. But overall.. this is the best vehicle I've ever had. Plan on keeping it for another 200,000 miles or more.
I purchased a 2001 Ford Super Crew Lariat, 4WD because I liked the room and design.
But at 12 MPG highway it is starting to hurt. Not to include the repairs!
Where do I start? At only 79K miles, warped exhaust manifold which broke manifold stud bolts, major Ouch. Power steering pump bearing (wiped out 2 serpentine belts) kick me when I'm down. Drive shaft U-Joints, minor pain.
Front brake wear, constant pain. No cruise, they disconected at last service interval (no replacement parts). Leak under windshield onto interior power distribution box, (causing heater to run when ever it rains without Key, killing battery), call the banker for a loan.
My husband purchased his 01 F150 Super Crew 5 years ago, We have a lawn care business; we pull a full trailer everyday. Yeah the gas mileage might not be the best, but it's not the worst. My husband has a lead foot and is not easy on his truck; we did have to rebuild his rear end around 150,000 miles for $400, but it was worth it.
We didn't change the oil like we should of, but we did have to change a few ignition coils; $25.00 to $ 30.00 a piece. He did it himself.
Brakes; well yeah we go through a lot, but (lifetime guarantee) take them back get another pair (free).
We finally blew our motor 6 months ago at 275,000 hard miles. We put another motor and decided to change the transmission; $1700 for both motor and tranny at a junk yard (2003 with 60,000). It's like new again.
In my opinion Ford built a great reliable truck; we just pushed it.
You say "lack of power" and "brakes wear rapidly". I am thinking are the calipers grabbing???
I have the exact same truck. 2001 5.4L V8 and I love it! I don't know what's wrong with yours. Mine is amazing.
I have a '01 F150 XLT 4x4, with the 5.4. I love my truck! Changed the brakes once, and just put my 2nd set of tires on it. Have had no problems with it. Gets 19 on the highway, 17 in town. Going to keep it for along time. All ready have 173,000 miles on it. And it still runs like it's brand new!
I have a 01 Supercrew 5.4, 130,000 miles.
I have a hard tonneau cover, c.a.i, headers, duals and a programmer.
I bought this with 100,000 on it, everything was pretty much stock (coils, exhaust, brakes etc.).
I put my stuff on it, and have put in 1 coil pack, front pads, and changed the oil once or twice.
It runs great still, and my miles are hard ones. This is my 3rd set of tires; my fault of course; I pull my mudtruck, and a 28ft camper, and have no problems.
My brother has an 03 Chevy 2500 6.0 gas, and he has me pull my mother's camper, because he says his truck is getting too tired to pull it for her. 100,000 miles on it, a three quarter ton Chevy, and the F150 has to do it.
My truck stock had a lot of power, and now it cranks pretty good. With the programmer up a little, I'm doing 60 in 1st and chirps 2nd, barries it past 100 for 30-40 seconds, before it shifts to 3rd. I don't know how fast I'm going, but it's still pulling hard.
I have 285-75-16 trail cutters, and I have no problem of blowing doughnuts stock.
My truck is great. The stock running boards were the only body problems; they held the sand-salt on the rocker panels, and it sticks there eating the panel out.
Had a 06 crew cab XLT 4x4. Great except the front end shimmy that Ford refused to fix or admit exist, even after replacing 4 tires, 1 rim, always seemed out of balance. Refuse to own a truck that I have to have a certain type of balance (Force Road) done to TRY to keep front from shaking. Now I read there was a recall on that issue and yet never received anything from Ford or NTSB regarding it. GM for life.