A truck that makes the workday enjoyable
This is my third Ford truck and the best so far. It has been totally reliable to date. Upon taking delivery of the vehicle, I noticed a coolant leak which was due to a broken hose clip on the radiator to water pump hose. This was taken care of, there and then. A dashboard buzz intrudes at certain engine speeds, the four wheel drive selection can be awkward, but, this is a work vehicle and it fills that role almost perfectly. It cruises effortlessly at the legal speed limit and very quietly too.
After driving my clients vehicles, stepping into my Super Duty is like putting on a comfortable pair of shoes.
These trucks will do more than the manufacturers claim and can be easily customized to your needs. I have a Class three receiver hitch fitted, fifth wheel hitch, electric brake controller, rear air suspension and a camper shell for the rainy season!
Servicing costs are reasonable if one shops around. Genuine filters are available for under $3! I do my own servicing which is easy on this vehicle. There is plenty of ground clearance to crawl underneath for changing the oil.
I hope that Ford keep the solid beam axle up front on future models and also keep the leaf spring suspension... simple and strong.
I would also like the bench seat in vinyl. The cloth seat is harder to keep clean and dry. Electric windows would be a nice addition to the XL package too. Other than these points, it's just fine.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 19th June, 2004