Ford F-150 Build Date Question Showcases Quick Help from the Forum
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While flipping through the threads in the 1997-2003 F-150 section, we came across this thread by “brxjenny”. In this thread, she asks the community for help on figuring out the build date of her truck that is without the proper information sticker in the driver’s door jamb. Although she is looking for advice on where to find her build date, another member is able to provide that information and much more for her through FoMoCo system access that she doesn’t have.
When the OP first posted her thread to the forum, she offered some basic information on the truck along with asking for help in finding the build date location.
“I recently purchased a 2003 F-150 second hand and the door sticker is missing so I’m unable to find the build date on my vehicle… I have tried FordEtis and the website is not working… Does anyone know how I can find the information? Thank you.”
The Community Responds
The first member to reply was “Sam I Am”, who offered some information on the Ford system.
“The ETIS website works, you have to be logged in.”
While “CathedralCub” went a different direction, suggesting some places where the OP could find her build date outside of the forum.
“Take the VIN to a dealer and they can tell you more.
Depending on the vehicle’s history, you also might be able to find your vehicle in auction sites from prior sales. Sometimes they have the sticker included with the pictures. Just search Google for your VIN without any other words in the search. It’s a long shot, but I’ve found previous auction sales of two different cars that were on my short list and both had the door tag in pictures.”
Member to the Rescue
After Sam I Am posted that Etis was working, but required a login, the OP asked him if he could pull the information for the F-150 if she provided the VIN, so which he said yes. As a result, less than seven hours after the OP asked the community how to find her build date, she was provided with that information and much more from a member of the forum.
This just goes to show that FTE isn’t just packed with technical information, so even questions that seem to require a trip to the dealership could be answered by members of the forum.