What Do You Miss About Your Last Ford Truck?

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Miss the eight-foot bed, big gas tank, or easy-access door handles on your old Ford truck? You aren’t the only one!

Hindsight, as they say, is always 20/20. But no matter how much we love our old trucks, there’s always a shiny new one out there tempting us. Some resist change, holding onto their beloved Ford truck until they start to rack up big-time repair bills. Others don’t even think twice, jumping at the chance to swap their old Ford truck for fresh sheet metal.

Regardless of which side of the fence you’re on, most of us here at FTE have owned more than one Ford truck in our lifetime. And even if your current ride is your favorite of the bunch, there’s bound to be some regrets. This is true whether you swap from a classic to a modern truck, or simply change trim levels.

There is a positive side to this regret, of course. You learn valuable lessons and strive to not repeat your mistakes. And when you can learn from the mistakes of others, even better. This is exactly why we were intrigued by this recent post from FTE member RBraughn.

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“I have recently upgraded from a 2010 Lariat Super Crew 2wd with the 5.4 to a 2017 Lariat FX4 with the 3.5 EB. Sorry if this has been posted before, but I was wondering what if anything you miss about your last truck that was not available on your new models? Here are mine:

1. The turn signals being visible to me under the side mirrors.

2. My backup sensor alarm is very quiet compared to my last annoyingly loud one. wish there was a happy median or an adjustment.

3.The keypad entry being so high on the door. I am not real tall and feel like someone can see the code I am entering. I have the keyless ignition system, but on the few occasions i do use the pad, I feel paranoid.

Other than that the new truck is so much better in every way than my last one.

How about you?”

For some, the answer is a simple matter of one option choice.

“I’m gonna say 8 foot bed,” said ACADguy. “That would be about it. I haven’t hauled a lot in the new truck yet so it hasn’t been an issue. This is the first truck I’ve ever owned that does not have an 8 foot bed so we’ll see how it goes the first time I go for lumber or drywall.”

“The 36 gallon gas tank,” added Soundwave. “My new truck only has the 23. It was the ONLY thing I didn’t get on my list of must haves when I bought it.”

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For folks like TSeekins, owning a newer truck tends to increase the old stress levels. And we can certainly relate to that.

“My last truck was a 1988 F-150 4×4. The paint was faded and the trucks was scratched and dinged up. I miss that about the truck, the fact that I could park anywhere and no have a care in the world as to who hits it with their door or what ever. My 2011 truck is still about as nice as any 2015/16 truck on the road and I still baby it like it’s brand new.”

Another perk of older trucks is that they’re usually paid for. But it’s hard to argue with everything else, according to TheWheelMan.

“My last truck was an 05 XLT SCrew with the 4.6. The ONLY thing I didn’t like about that truck was the power. The only thing I miss…..it was paid off! My 16 is so much more powerful, quieter, more efficient, roomier. Oh yeah, I miss that extra 6 inches or so in the bed that allowed me to carry a 6 ft step ladder……”

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Then again, new trucks also come with minor quirks that some, like ScottMeiners, find inferior.

“I also like the door handles on the inside of my 13 over the one in my new 17. The doors were a bit easier to open. Especially when you have something in your hand. Its nothing major, just a quirk that I am sure I will get used to.”

No matter what your preference, it appears that every Ford truck owner has some sort of regret. And we’d love to hear what you miss about your old/new/different pickup!

So head on over here and chime in. With your help, maybe some one else will even avoid making the same mistake!

Brett Foote is a longtime contributor to Internet Brands’ Auto sites, including Chevrolet Forum, Rennlist, and Ford Truck Enthusiasts, among other sites.

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