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Pros: comfortable ride/acceleration
Cons: nothing yet
Advice: get the 5.4 L V-8 and the tow packageI test drove the vehicle in a rural setting. Hopped on the gas, stood on the brakes, made a couple tight turns, then headed to the local Wal-Mart parking lot. Had no problem maneuvering in the shopping cart canyons! Great visibilty! I parked it in a couple of tight spots. Then took the vehicle off road. Compared to my '98 Chevy truck, this one's a winner! This vehicle outhandles, out accelerates, outbrakes my old Chevy truck. I also think the paint job looks a lot nicer than my Chevy's ever did. I compared a 2002 Silverado to this Ford and bought the Ford. I did not look at a Dodge truck as they are now foreign owned (Daimler-Benz/Chrysler is hq'd in West Germany, not Detroit.) :(
Cons: gas mileage
Advice: pick your favoeite color and enjoyExcellent all around pickup
Pros: 4 doors and seating for six.
Cons: Rear seat space.
Advice: Buy the XLT modelDid not test drive. Bought it over the phone and it was delivered to my home.
Pros: The power of the engine
Cons: The stiff, jarring ride.
Advice: Take your vehicle for a very long test drive.I ordered a 2002 F150 to replace a '98 of the same model. Both trucks are 5.4 engines, automatic transmissions and 3.55 limited slip rear. The '98 had an excellent ride with very comfortable captain chairs; the ride of the 2002 is stiff with each little bump in the road being transmitted up thru the firm bucket seat.(I have had 4 back operations; the ride of this vehicle is a real problem for me.) The automatic transmission of the 2002 is noisy with a whinning noise that is louder than the radio. It also bangs and clunks when downshifting from 2nd to 1st at 20 mph on a grade. Since this is the truck's second tranmission, the problem appears to be inherent in all the 2002 F150 transmissions. I know of 3 other 2002 F150's that have the same transmission characteristics. On the otherhand, we also bought a 2002 Expedition with the same drivetrain which has one of the smoothest and quietiest transmissions that I have seen. The transmissions of my '98 and my son's '99 F150 do not have the whinning and banging and clunking that the 2002's do. The cloth bucket seats of the F150 are firm and hard to adjust to a comfortable position. The console sets back too far and is difficult to use; especially getting the tray out. The exterior paint, Toredour Red, is very easily scratched down to bare metal. The ride, comfort level, quality of the drivetrain, and paint of the 2002 F150 are significantly inferior to that of the '98 F150 XLT that I had traded in.
Pros: It's powerful engine.
Cons: It guzzles gas like there's no tomorrow.
Advice: Get one with carpeting on the floor, as opposed to non-carpeted.This truck is perfect for any urban dwelling individual. It drives smooth as 'buttah,' it has great power reserve (even for a V6), it is incredibly roomy, and, if you're single, you will find an endless source of hot dates since simply everyone wants to be seen inside with you. You will turn into such a funk-a-delic pimp in this truck.