I love this truck, I am very glad that ford has decided to head in this direction, it has teh SuperDuty's looks as well as an explorer front end. The to me is quite satisfying, the chasis, everything. Why don't you guys like it? I sure there are lots out there who do like this truck but the general feeling that I have felt is that no one does
1) Looks, thats kinda personal though
2) Engine, 300 hp pleanty 345 tq is fine
3) Interior, looks comfortable and easy (to see, use, get in etc...
4) I no longer think Cheby *might* have an edge, yeah... lets pretend I didn't say that
1) It came a little late, the current one is six years, I guess thats par for the corse though
2) I might not be able to own one brand new (money issue), anyone wanna buy me one?
3) Ford can still slip up, production (another bridgestone misshap) cheaply made trucks (aka the 3 as the first digit in you VIN)
What am I missing? Where is the plastic in the body? I haven't seen one in person and I can't find that written in the specs. It is not unusual to use plastic fenders on the flareside but other than that I thought it was all metal. Somebody enlighten me. I'm not opposed to plastic. You can see in my signature that I have a Trans Am. The T-bucket is fiberglass too. I just want to know.
Its been a while since i visited this forum, and I'd like to point out some things that i see as good/bad (i.e. going back to original topic)
The new 5.4l's power
double wish bone front sys. (love my i-beams, but that is and old design) on 4x2's
From waht i saw, still a stick axle out back
trim level breakdowns
Keeping the flareside (are there any pics of those? so many pics from detroit i cant sort thru them all...)
Lack of a 6-cyl. (less power, but better economy/price)
Lack of the E4OD (unless they renamed the 4R75W,)
No manual (great for a 4x4, not for towing)
that rear end is till styled funky for my tastes, though i havent seen one in person yet
These are just my opinions. and i know it doesnt really matter for me, i wont be in the market for a new truck for years, if ever, but i still gotta deal with them on the roads.
for my money the 04 is a great improvement over the 97/03 series in terms of looks; interior and especially exterior. the early production model coming with standard 4.6L v8 is fine for me as i dont need/want a six cylinder stick. Will be interesting to feel how the stiffer hyrdroformed frames affect driving experience. I wasnt that impressed with the 04's until i saw them at houston car show. They are a great looking machine in person and i look forward to sitting in one when they hit the dealers lot. bottom line, in my opinion, the 04 ford will bring plenty of new truck buyers into the ford lots and kick some serious competitive GM/Chrysler butt.