I agree that with normal maintenance he will make 100,000 miles with no problem, and then some. I own a 1982 F150 with over 300,000 miles on original equipment, a 1988 F-150 with over 160,000 miles on original equipment, and a 2002 F-150 with only 3,000 miles on original equipment. I have no reason to think that I will not get well over 100,000 miles out of my 2002 F-150. And yes, all three Ford F-150's consume fuel as if it were free. That old 1982 F-150 5.8L V8 can still out run many newer cars and trucks, but not past a fuel station.
I've been happy with my 01 supercrew so far (42K so far). Why are you surprised it weighs 5k lbs.?
Well time has past and 50K miles. The truck runs great just like the day I bought it new. It is a great truck! We have kept the maintenance up very faithfully though.
2001 Supercrew XLT 4.6L 4x4
Oil 5W-20 all year round.
Tow my boat about three times a year.
My second 2001 Supercrew. Crashed my first at a 100k. I do about 40k a year.
Love it. Love the space, and I beat the crap out of it. It's never washed and when I lift the hood, most people can't find the engine.
Replaced Fuel pump and Fuel Pressure regulator, Rear U-joint, right front Hub and lower ball joints all at 100k. I replace the brake pads once a year at least and the tires too. I don't consider that too bad on a truck that is driven on the roughest roads you can imagine.
I think the guy saying the truck weighs 5000 lbs doesn't know what he is talking about. A "half ton" does not signify the weight of the truck.
While I may not know what it signifies, I know it doesn't mean that.
True, the "half ton" designation has nothing to do with the weight of the vehicle (except in a roundabout way that you may need a heavier vehicle to carry more weight). I guess the first guy got a little confused on what that "half ton" means. A ton is 2,000 lbs., so 5,000 lbs. does in fact equal 2 1/2 tons. However, the 2 1/2 ton weight of the vehicle has nothing to do with it's 1/2 ton payload capacity. And since he didn't know the difference, maybe he was wrong about the weight itself. Can anyone confirm the weight of an F-150?
If you want to know how much a ton is, subtract 500 pounds from the weight of your girlfriend.
Uh, I'm pretty sure half ton means it's rated to haul at least 1/2 ton (1000 lbs) in its bed. Three/quarter ton means it's able to haul at least 1500 lbs in its bed. Of course domestics can usually handle three times this amount in their beds. Really all 1/2 ton and 3/4 ton tells me is how many lug-nuts to expect on the wheel hubs (5-6 for 1/2 tons and 8 for 3/4 tons) and how many leaf springs to expect (3-4 on 1/2 tons and 5-9 on 3/4 tons).
OK guy's. I have weighed my 01 F150 regularly over the past 5 years in and out of the local scrap yard selling batteries. It weighs 5200 lbs with tools, me and fluids. My last load equaled 1800 lbs of batteries. 800 lbs over the capacity of a 1/2 ton, it showed at the bumper and on the tires. 1/2 ton and 3/4 ton is the weight that is safe to carry over the actual weight of the truck. After that it becomes dangerous and illegal to transport excess weight.
None of you guys know what you're talking about. The half-ton, 3/4-ton, etc. designations are outdated and not exact. The are actually based on old per-axle ratings. A truck has a gross vehicle weight rating specified for that particular model, subtract the weight of the truck from that, and that gives you the payload. It will vary by model and equipment. For a current F-150, the actual payload capacity for a regular cab is between 1690 and 3020 lbs, depending on options. Obviously the F-250 and 350 models might, (but not necessarily) be higher. Trucks with larger cabs have less payload because the truck weighs more. I have hauled over 2 tons in a standard pickup without any big issues. I also hauled 8500 pounds in my Chevy G30 once, but I wouldn't recommend that on a daily basis.