97up-list-digest Monday, August 10 1998 Volume 01 : Number 178



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FTE 97up - Quality
Re: FTE 97up - Quality
FTE 97up - Side mirror replacements
Re: FTE 97up - Quality

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Date: Sun, 09 Aug 1998 19:27:14 -0700
From: Tiger
Subject: FTE 97up - Quality

>From: "shane o. conger"
>
>I have a 98 F-150 supercab, 4x2 sb 4.6l, auto. and I have about 6500
>miles on it. I have to say I am very pleased with initial quality. The
>only thing I have had go wrong is the driver side mirror is loose in the
>housing and rattles a little. The dealer has a new one ordered. I get
>17.5 mpg average and 19.5 to 20.5 on trips. Great truck.

I have the same truck except I've only got 700+ miles on it. I'm pleased with
its initial quality too, except:

* It has stalled 3 times and spontaneously accelerated once while going
very slowly in parking lots. I'm giving it one last chance. If it does it
again, I'll take it in for repair, even though it's probably too
intermittent for them to fix.
* Compared to a friend's identical 97 F-150 I think my engine is a LOT
noisier than his when I accelerate. It's very quiet at a stable speed, but
not while accelerating. He rode in my truck and agreed my engine was noisier
though not "too" noisy. Maybe I should go back to the dealer and test drive
a similar truck to compare with, now that I'm used to my truck?
* My first 2 tanks yielded gas mileage at about 12.5 MPG. One of the tanks
included 80 miles on the freeway.

Why are you getting such great gas mileage? Oh, I guess I should add that I
have a 3.55 axle with limited slip. Maybe you don't? Still the difference
in mileage shouldn't be that great according to others' comments. I leave the
fan on all the time and the A/C on about half of that time. Are you doing
anything special?

In your opinion, do you think the acceleration on your 4.6L auto is very
"spunky"? I find that in order to get an acceleration comparable to a small
car with a V4 I have to rev up to about 3000 rpm initially. Maybe that's
normal? Most of the time I try not to start too fast, but now and then I
need to move fast to make it into traffic. The power is there, however it
seems I have to make the engine roar a little to force the engine obey. I've
been trying to keep under 3000 rpm (I went up to 4000 a few times) for
the first 1000 miles and most of the time that's easy to do.


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Date: Sun, 09 Aug 1998 22:08:53 -0500
From: Chad A Dietrich
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - Quality

There is a recall out on the throtle pulley and the linkage that was supposed to
cause problems with the acceleration causing it to speed up or lock. I had it
happen a couple of times until I took it in they said there was a recall and fixed
it. Though I have not heard from ford about the recall.

Tiger wrote:

> >From: "shane o. conger"
> >
> >I have a 98 F-150 supercab, 4x2 sb 4.6l, auto. and I have about 6500
> >miles on it. I have to say I am very pleased with initial quality. The
> >only thing I have had go wrong is the driver side mirror is loose in the
> >housing and rattles a little. The dealer has a new one ordered. I get
> >17.5 mpg average and 19.5 to 20.5 on trips. Great truck.
>
> I have the same truck except I've only got 700+ miles on it. I'm pleased with
> its initial quality too, except:
>
> * It has stalled 3 times and spontaneously accelerated once while going
> very slowly in parking lots. I'm giving it one last chance. If it does it
> again, I'll take it in for repair, even though it's probably too
> intermittent for them to fix.
> * Compared to a friend's identical 97 F-150 I think my engine is a LOT
> noisier than his when I accelerate. It's very quiet at a stable speed, but
> not while accelerating. He rode in my truck and agreed my engine was noisier
> though not "too" noisy. Maybe I should go back to the dealer and test drive
> a similar truck to compare with, now that I'm used to my truck?
> * My first 2 tanks yielded gas mileage at about 12.5 MPG. One of the tanks
> included 80 miles on the freeway.
>
> Why are you getting such great gas mileage? Oh, I guess I should add that I
> have a 3.55 axle with limited slip. Maybe you don't? Still the difference
> in mileage shouldn't be that great according to others' comments. I leave the
> fan on all the time and the A/C on about half of that time. Are you doing
> anything special?
>
> In your opinion, do you think the acceleration on your 4.6L auto is very
> "spunky"? I find that in order to get an acceleration comparable to a small
> car with a V4 I have to rev up to about 3000 rpm initially. Maybe that's
> normal? Most of the time I try not to start too fast, but now and then I
> need to move fast to make it into traffic. The power is there, however it
> seems I have to make the engine roar a little to force the engine obey. I've
> been trying to keep under 3000 rpm (I went up to 4000 a few times) for
> the first 1000 miles and most of the time that's easy to do.
>
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Date: Sun, 09 Aug 1998 22:29:55 -0600
From: Eddie Torres
Subject: FTE 97up - Side mirror replacements

Has anyone installed different side mirrors on the '97 Ranger? I want
an aerodynamic/euro/sleek look instead of the stock mirrors. How about
how tough they are to remove / install new ones?

Also, anyone know where I can get a manual for this truck? The local
stores don't carry the '97s yet.

TIA.
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Date: Sun, 09 Aug 1998 22:11:19 -0700
From: "Alan Wilson"
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - Quality

At 10:08 PM 8/9/98 -0500, you wrote:
>There is a recall out on the throtle pulley and the linkage that was
supposed to
>cause problems with the acceleration causing it to speed up or lock. I had it
>happen a couple of times until I took it in they said there was a recall
and fixed
>it. Though I have not heard from ford about the recall.
>

Wow!
Alan Wilson
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Madden 98 Players Page
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NBA Live 98 League Page
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Alan's Ford Ranger Site
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