I think the engineers had better get busy and figure out how to improve fuel mileage in the F150. Now that there are more trucks being sold than cars, time is growing short before the mileage-cops attack with force. I commute 120 miles per day and would feel much safer and more comfortable in my F150 than my Escort, but can't justify 15 mpg. My wife's 95 Explorer with the 4.0 L V6 gets 20+, but I can't get it away from her.
International Truck and Engine has a v6 TDI based on the new 6.0 Powerstroke (basically just 2 cylinders lopped off the block). It was originally slated to go in the F150 and Expy's, but Ford in there infamous wisdom says "there is no business case". With 225 hp, 350#' torque and 26mpg, I would be in line for one in no time flat! PULL YOUR HEADS OUT AND PUT THE V6 IN THE F150 FORD!! YOU WILL SELL MORE THAN YOU THINK!!!!!!
When do the federal emission laws expire for a vehicle, I think it is at 21 years. I have been giving some thought to buying an older Ford Truck and grafting in a new generation diesel powerplant from Ford. They have a complete 4.3L diesel for a reasonable price that doesn't require external computers...
Amen on the V6 decision...I think Ford decision-makers would be surprised at how much demand there is for a good mileage diesel in a F150. I have talked to several contractors around here who have to buy heavy duty trucks just to get a diesel engine...who really want a half-ton. I think they would be overwhelmed with the response...especially with the gas prices at over $1.50 per gallon and unlikely to drop much. I too, have thought about putting a different engine in a truck, but thought about the opposite...putting a diesel engine in my 2000 F150. In my state, I don't have emissions tests, so I wouldn't have to worry about that...just making it all work right with the computers, sensors and the like.
I was told that the one of the primary reasons is because people buy heavy duty trucks for the type of truck applications diesels are used for. And that when you look at the added cost of a diesel in a light duty ($5000+) people won't buy them. Ford's done their homework on this, don't think that because a few diehards want them and is willing to pay an extra $5k on a light duty that the general public will.
Okay this particular point has always bothered me. A new drop in 7.3 dsl complete is around $6500 in the aftermarket. A new 5.4l gas turnkey is around $5500. The math I learned in grade school says we're talking about $1000 difference. Of course you now need a beefy-er front end for the extra weight. But can someone explain why the $4k difference?
Market forces, greed...
I suspect that Ford doesn't really give a diesel purchaser credit for the gas engine's cost when the diesel is selected.
They can say Navistar charges Ford 4K+ for the engine so they are not making any money on the transaction - just giving customer's what they want. Ya Right!
It looks like the only economical way to get a diesel engine is to build your own vehicle aftermarket. I am seriously considering doing just that with my 2000 F150. If I could sell my 5.4 l gas engine for 1 thousand or so less than I could buy a dielsel, it makes it pretty tempting. It really is frustrating when they don't offer you options you know they could. If we all bombard the customer service line with requests, maybe they will listen...?