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Old 12/15/05, 12:21 PM
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Okay, I've been considering getting an F-150. It would be a lease since I don't plan on keeping it for any longer than 36 months and the lease benefits me better than a buy in my situation.

Now the question comes down to the engine. I don't need all the bells and whistles from an XLT or an FX4 so the STX Reg. cab suits me the best. The only downside of the STX is the engine size. I'm not sure how well I will enjoy the 4.6L V8.

I have driven the 4.6 on numerous occasions but that really doesn't compare to owning the vehicle and driving it all the time.

So my question is. 4.6 owners are you satisfied with your engine?
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Old 12/15/05, 01:16 PM
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I don't have the 4.6, we have the 5.4 in our S/C, so I won't be much help. My other advice is to look for an 05. The discounts on them right now are amazing. We got ours for over 10K off MSRP.

I can tell you about the quality even if I'm not much help on the engine. Overall it seems to be good, but make sure you don't get the General brand tires -- they are SORRY. We've been through a few just to get a set to balance properly. I still feel a little vibration and nibble in the wheel, but have been told thats the side effect of being a 4x4 ... I'm watching that, though.
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Other than the fact that is really underpowered (especially when you go from Mustang to F-150) I have no complains about 4.6L in my F-150. Then again, it only have 900 miles on the odometer.
Regular Cab and 4x2 is lighter than my SuperCab and 4x4 so maybe it will feel more powerfull to you.
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Unfortunatley the 05's are nice for financing but not for leasing. The residual is better for the 06's and the rebates are stronger for the D-plan leasing than the the 05's.

Thanks for the info anyways Jeff.
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Old 12/16/05, 12:40 AM
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Uh, without being mean, what are you gonna use a truck for?
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Old 12/16/05, 07:08 AM
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Daily driving, hauling my father in laws boat 2 or 3 times a month (its taking a toll on his truck). Lugging around all kinds of furniture when we move soon
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Trucks are very useful, why wouldn't he get one?
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I am all for trucks, I just knew he was really interested in the hybrid Escape, which is a little more managable around town, and probably on the wallet too.
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Originally posted by bigred0383@December 16, 2005, 3:12 PM
I am all for trucks, I just knew he was really interested in the hybrid Escape, which is a little more managable around town, and probably on the wallet too.
Yeah, I still like the Hybrid but most of my driving is on the highway right now. Plus the hybrid comes to the price of the FX4 R/C we have on the lot.

Plus the hybrid isn't manly enough
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If you can find one with th 5.4 you might be happier. But I can send you the link to an F150 site I've been visiting if you want more opinions.
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Originally posted by 1999 Black 35th GT@December 16, 2005, 4:39 PM
Yeah, I still like the Hybrid but most of my driving is on the highway right now. Plus the hybrid comes to the price of the FX4 R/C we have on the lot.

Plus the hybrid isn't manly enough
order one without paint from the factory u kno for that badarse "primer" look

the take a hammer, makea few dents here and there. maybe a cracked light or something. then get some chrome bumperguards and spraypaint the wheels black, but dont do a good job. then get some extra foglights and a chrom step up bar thing

then drive around in the mud for a while

before u kno it, u have a mean looking off roader at the same price as the unmanly version. i mean sure the lack of paint lowers the cost a bit, but the bumper guards and chrome stuff n lights might make up for that savings...

do it. you know you want to
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Originally posted by JeffreyDJ@December 16, 2005, 8:26 PM
If you can find one with th 5.4 you might be happier. But I can send you the link to an F150 site I've been visiting if you want more opinions.
THAT WOULD BE GREAT!
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Originally posted by JeffreyDJ@December 16, 2005, 6:26 PM
If you can find one with th 5.4 you might be happier.
Does F-150 RegularCab STX 4x2 even exist with 5.4L? I could be wrong, but I don't think RegularCab STX 4x2 (that is base model) have 5.4L, only 4.2L and 4.6L.
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Originally posted by Red Star@December 17, 2005, 1:17 PM
Does F-150 RegularCab STX 4x2 even exist with 5.4L? I could be wrong, but I don't think RegularCab STX 4x2 (that is base model) have 5.4L, only 4.2L and 4.6L.
You can get almost anything in a 4x2. I was going for a 4x4 anywho. I shoulda specified that earlier.

We did however recieve an 04 F150 in XLT Supercab in trade the other day. Pretty nice truck. And only 18k on the odometer. I could get it for about $22K and special financing of 3.9% for 60 months because its a certified pre owned and I do qualify....

hmm.... decisions decisions. I really don't want to sell my Mustang however, so this makes the decision tougher. Its one or the other.
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Its your decision, but in my case I would never trade my Mustang for F-150. F-150 is awesome truck, but its just too big for everyday driving (at least in my case). I only drive mine when I need to tow something, or drive something in truck's bed or when its snowing outside. It takes me forever to find parking with F-150.
So if I was in same situation you're, I would keep Mustang and get maybe 1992-1996 F-Series, those were awesome. I heard many good things about them (especially about 4.9L I6).
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Old 12/17/05, 01:11 PM
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Very good point you have there.

This whole situation is going to take a lot of thought. I personally don't want to sell my Mustang but my wife does since I don't drive it much.

We'll see what happens. Life is full of change...
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i hope you dont have to sell the '99!!!

and Zoran, whats this about a 4.9L I6??? ive never heard of it afore..
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Originally posted by future9er24@December 17, 2005, 5:15 PM
and Zoran, whats this about a 4.9L I6??? ive never heard of it afore..
It was base engine in F-150 before 1997. In 1997 Ford changed base engine to 4.2L V6. Although not very powerfull, it was extremely reliable and they can last easily 200,000 miles without any major problems.
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cool! i never knew about that.
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Originally posted by future9er24@December 16, 2005, 8:57 PM
order one without paint from the factory u kno for that badarse "primer" look

the take a hammer, makea few dents here and there. maybe a cracked light or something. then get some chrome bumperguards and spraypaint the wheels black, but dont do a good job. then get some extra foglights and a chrom step up bar thing

then drive around in the mud for a while

before u kno it, u have a mean looking off roader at the same price as the unmanly version. i mean sure the lack of paint lowers the cost a bit, but the bumper guards and chrome stuff n lights might make up for that savings...

do it. you know you want to
I'm with arin on this one. I'm just pulling this one out of my hiney, i don't know the numbers at all and i'm too lazy to check, but i'm thinking the hybrid escape would be more fun to drive than the 5.4L F-150. Doesn't it only have 300hp? The F150 weighs a lot more than a mustang. Sure the escape couldn't tow your pop's boat, but that's when you go all out and rent a big F-250 for poos and giggles, then get back to your nimble, fuel sipping escape for the daily commute. A lot of people get a lot more car than they need for those few occasions they might need them. If you can afford two cars then that's fine, then you only have to drive the big thing when you need it. But if you only have the one car and all of a sudden a 2-ton+ truck becomes your daily shuttle with a helluva lot of unused capacity. But i know i know, its your money, your life, i hate being preachy and i'm sorry. But hey, if you're thinking the escape hybrid isn't manly enough, check this one out:



It got 4th place in that robot vehicle race across the Mojave Desert, after Stanford's Touareg, a Humvee and a Hummer. NOT TOO SHABBY. Here's the article:

Escape Hybrid takes on the “Grand Challenge” and endures

The Grand Challenge is a grueling race run over a 132-mile long stretch of the Mojave Desert. It’s sponsored by the U.S. military to simulate the type of harsh terrain that vehicles have to negotiate in certain desert warfare situations.

Vehicles taking on this punishing course have to navigate conditions that mimic driving conditions in Iraq and Afghanistan, including winding dirt trails and dry lake beds filled with overhanging brush.

In this year’s race, 23 robotic vehicles competed. Eighteen of them failed to finish due to mechanical or electronic problems. Only five survived. And one of them was a Ford Escape Hybrid, finishing fourth.

Two interesting facts about the Escape Hybrid’s success stand out. First, the three vehicles that finished ahead of the Escape — a VW Toureg, a Humvee and a Hummer — are all designed for hardcore off-road travel. And second, the team running the Escape Hybrid were from Metarie (outside of New Orleans) and lost at least a week of prep and practice time following the Katrina disaster — a significant disadvantage.

The Escape Hybrid’s dramatic success proves that this true compact sport utility, facing difficult odds, has the strength and durability to compete head on with some of the best off-road vehicles built today.
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