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2001 Ford F-150 Pros and Cons at TrueDelta: Owner Pros and Cons by artfd



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Reviewed: 2001 Ford F-150

4dr Extended Cab 6.5ft bed 202-horsepower 4.2L V6 4-speed automatic RWD

Why the 2001 Ford F-150?

Front seat support & comfort

This is a key part of my choice for any vehicle. Driver's seat has adjustable front-back, up-down, seat tilt, elevation & lumbar support. I also have a 1983 F250 HD pickup with an old-fashioned bench seat. This is actually more comfortable than the much fancier seat in my 2001 F150. However, both are very comfortable. The longest drive I ever took in my F150 was about 20 hours out of 24, where I covered 750 miles. I took frequent rest breaks, felt just fine at the end of this very long driving session.

Reliability & durability

Will focus on this strictly on rust resistance. After 11 years and 107,000 miles I discovered the lower radiator support bracket had completely rusted through, causing the radiator to sag a bit & threatened to destroy it, the auto transmission, the A/C lines and the fan belt, if the radiator should shift any more. Ford has already had a major recall for rusting of gas tank support straps. In my opinion this degree of severe rust damage should not have happened this soon, and is a combination of design defect and poor materials. See my YouTube video about this problem.http://youtu.be/EjAXPkduQrc

Why Not the 2001 Ford F-150?


I knew this would be comfortable for me to drive, do everything I wanted to do. I hoped it would be as reliable & durable as the 1983 F250HD diesel I purchased new.

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