Are You Still Gun Shy About the 2015 Ford F-150?
Part of my role as an automotive journalist and reviewer is to (hopefully) make you better informed when you decide to make a purchase decision of a new vehicle. Since we’re all Ford fans here, that obviously means that you’re probably looking at a new Ford truck. Browsing through our forums, it still seems that people are gun shy about the new truck. Are you one of those people?
I’ve had the advantage of spending time in both the 2014 and 2015 version of the truck. Additionally, I’ve seen technical presentations and talked to the engineers about the truck. That type of access is something a normal truck buyer doesn’t have, so I probably feel more confident in the truck than the average buyer.
That being said, there are a couple of concerns out there that I am going to address.
The first is the aluminum. The new 2017 Super Duty is probably going to go aluminum for the body. Ford went all-aluminum with the body of the F-150. Aluminum is here to stay, and there have been horror stories about repair and insurance.
Ford has been using aluminum in the F-150 for awhile, mainly with the hood. They have experience painting an aluminum component and not having it chip away. I would expect any paint issues to be flukes, just like they’d be on a steel truck.
As for insurance, I still think it’s too early to tell what the overall insurance cost is going to be. Most people right now aren’t paying any more for insurance on the new truck as they did on the old truck. Ford worked very hard to achieve that goal, making the truck as easy to repair as possible.
Of course, if more 2015 and newer F-150s start to crash over the previous generation of the truck, the rates will go up. But, with some new advanced safety features with the new truck, such as pre-collision intelligence and active lane keeping, the truck is likely to get into fewer accidents. In the long run, that could make the insurance cheaper on the newer truck than on the steel-bodied truck.
When it comes to reliability of the engine, especially with the new 2.7L EcoBoost V6, I’m sure there aren’t going to be any major issues. The EcoBoost line of engines has been used for quite a few years now, and the 2.7L specifically saw some brutal testing by running in the Baja 1000.
The 2.7L EcoBoost is also one of Ford’s newest engines, taking advantage of everything they’ve learned through other EcoBoost engines. Additionally, the 2.7L is fuel efficient, and features cutting edge technology, including start stop.
Ford has sold over 5 million EcoBoost engines, and we aren’t aware of any major failure. Keep in mind that these engines are mass produced, and there’s always a chance you’ll get a fluke, but you run that risk with any new vehicle you purchase.
If you are still gun shy about the 2015 and newer Ford F-150, this should help put your mind at ease. Ford’s been the best-selling pickup truck for decades, they don’t want to mess that up.
What do you think? Let us know over in the thread on the forums!