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97up-list-digest Saturday, October 16 1999 Volume 02 : Number 280

Ford Truck Enthusiasts - 1997 and Newer Trucks and Vans
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In this issue:

FTE 97up - My 00 SD never coming
FTE 97up - CB Mount
Re: FTE 97up - end of lease question (residuals)
Re: FTE 97up - Extended Warranty for f/450??
FTE 97up - 4WD Expedition With 3.73 - High Altitude Package?



Date: Fri, 15 Oct 1999 08:49:36 -0700 (PDT)
From: Becks2
Subject: FTE 97up - My 00 SD never coming


Went through the same thing when I orderd my 99 SD. They told me 6-8 weeks in early March of 98. Didnt get it till January 99. Every time I went to talk to the dealer they gave me the same story, There on demand and that it would probably be here in the next shipment. I called the Ford Customer Service # so many times they knew me not only by name but they even sent a Christmas card. I litteraly raised hell over it about waiting so long.

All i can tell you is, first ask to look at the order list. That will give a pretty good idea of where you are in the order line. Then you can call Ford Customer Service and just call them every day and just anoy them with questions. Ask for the regional manager of your Region (ex:south-east, north-west,.....) And tell him what the dealer told you. he may be able to do something for you. The basic thing is, if they keep on giving you the run-around, try finding out whats realy going on.


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Date: Fri, 15 Oct 1999 12:07:44 +700
From: bwat
Subject: FTE 97up - CB Mount

Dan, etc
I, too, have the same CB dilemmas....
Where to mount the unit...CRAB 1's Ram mount looks good.
Is there decent access to pas the cable thru the firewall or do you
need to route to the back thru the "known" holes? Where did you
access power?

As for antenna mounting...I'd like to "lip mount" to the front. I haul
an overhead camper 3-4 mionths a year so roof-top is out. Over
the years, most lip-mounts usuallly cause problems with paint
chipping around it..ANY Ideas??

TIA, Brent ,Seattle
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Date: Fri, 15 Oct 1999 15:51:27 -0400
From: kpayne
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - end of lease question (residuals)

jmann wrote:
> Here's one for you Nathan,
> The 2000 F-150 5.4L Lariat 4x4 that I'm getting MSRPs for just over $35k.
> I'm getting it through the A-Plan for a little more than 28K. Then I'm
> putting 7k down on it and leasing it for 3 years. The dealer says my money
> factor/rate is 11 and the residual is 54%. This is what gets me, he say
> it's 54% of the selling price of $28k. Which results in something like 15K.
> Excuse me, BULL SH_T! You mean to tell me a truck like this in the state of
> Texas is going to depreciate $20,000 in 3 years! NO F'ING WAY!!
> Joe


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Date: Fri, 15 Oct 1999 16:01:55 -0500
From: "Michael T. Greenlee"
Subject: Re: FTE 97up - Extended Warranty for f/450??

My experience is that Ford treats extended warranty cases just the same as factory
warranties; at least this has been the case at dealers I've used.

Neil Stahl wrote:

> I'm getting up toward the end of my warranty and, having had both a
> transfer case and a fuel pump go bad, I'm inclined to get an extended warranty.
> At least two of the companies that sell extended warranties don't cover
> f/450's. Ford does, but I understand they don't pay as much for the work.
> Three questions:
> 1. What kind of experience have folks had with the Ford extended warranties?
> 2. Does anyone know of a reputable company (other than Ford) that
> definitely covers f/450's?
> 3. Any thoughts on whether failure of two components means it's more
> likely others will fail early?
> Thanks.
> Neil Stahl
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Date: Fri, 15 Oct 1999 21:04:36 -0400
From: "Ashok Ajmani"
Subject: FTE 97up - 4WD Expedition With 3.73 - High Altitude Package?

As I have found out from my dealer as well as Nathan, the 2000 ex cannot be
regularly ordered with a 3.73 ratio. It is available with a 3.73, if
specified for usage at or above 4000 feet asl. Would this correctly be
referred to as an ex equipped with the "high altitude package"? If so, what
does it mean for sea level driving? Since the engine management systems in
these trucks automatically compensate for temp., pressure/altitude, driving
conditions/habits etc., what is the difference between the "high altitude"
package and a routine one. I am asking this as I do not want to get stuck
with a truck that is tuned to "only" perform well at high altitudes. I do
not think this will be the case, but just want to make sure.

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