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Well, I just recently bought my Fusion, but life has been calling for a truck. I went to test drive some '07 Ford F-150s and fell in love with the Lariat. 4 full-sized doors, leather interior, decent-sized bed, tow package, and 4x4. It also had some nice 20" wheels that made me drool. I honestly fell in love with this truck. I had to tell myself numerous times I wasn't going to drive away in it yet. I want to get my financing together since I still plan on keeping the Fusion.

Are there any typical problems I should look for with 5.4L Triton? They seem pretty solid to me, but I want to make sure. This will be a large purchase for me, since the sticker with all the options puts me at a hair over $40K.

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My grandfather has a 1999 with 5.4l triton he has 200,000+ miles on it and has had no trouble and its seen lots of use (hunting, travel, work) he's so hard on it he's replaced the seats and tore off his side steps. My dad has a 5.4l engine in his navigator which I assume is similar and we've had no trouble either
 

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If you like the Lariat then I would not buy until you test drove the FXT (All terrain) F-150. For nearly the same money you get everything that th Lariat has plus Two gade laether interrior (leather with suadleather centers) hood scoops, a factory lift kit with oversized rims, and knobby tires!
 

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Turned in my 2005 F-150 XLT 4x4 5.4L lease in January. It was the best Ford vehicle I have owned so far. Handles like a car, decent power. The 13.5 mpg average was kind of tough, but the truck made up for it being fun to drive.

The only warranty issue I had was injector #7 taking a dump at 1000 miles. They replaced the fuel rails and all eight injectors.

If I ever get another one - like the 6-speed auto model coming out in 08 or 09, it will be a Lariat with leather and sunroof. The four door Crew kind of sucks - the front doors are shorter than the supercab by about five inches, putting the B-pillar right at your left elbow. But, they started offering a Crewcab with 6.5' bed in early 2006. Can't imagine owning a pickup with something shorter than 6.5'. Might as well get a SportTrac.

 

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if you are spending 40K; go look at the Mark LT for 3K more you get niceier interior/ exterior and longer warranty.
 

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For 2007 the Mark LT has unique headlights and the 6.5' bed option too. Not sure about that appearance package - it put 4" tall chrome 'MARK LT' badges on both doors. Without 28" wheels, it ain't ballin'! :lol:
 

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I hope to God that a 6-speed doesn't make its way to an F150. Sadly, however, I feel that Toyota is going to leave Ford no other choice. A 6 speed auto NEVER, NEVER, EVER belongs on a truck, period, unless it is beefy enough to handle a big load.

If O/D off shifts the truck to FOURTH and NOT to FIFTH, then it will be much, much better.

The new Chevrolet is HORRIFIC with towing in fifth gear in the auto tranny. The Tundra is even worse in 6th. OD off makes the Chevrolet decent.

The thing is - the NEW Chevrolet and NEW Tundra are still about 10 years behind the F150.
 

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[quote author=thereisnospoon link=topic=64741.msg1701942#msg1701942 date=1189396759]
I hope to God that a 6-speed doesn't make its way to an F150. Sadly, however, I feel that Toyota is going to leave Ford no other choice. A 6 speed auto NEVER, NEVER, EVER belongs on a truck, period, unless it is beefy enough to handle a big load.

If O/D off shifts the truck to FOURTH and NOT to FIFTH, then it will be much, much better.

The new Chevrolet is HORRIFIC with towing in fifth gear in the auto tranny. The Tundra is even worse in 6th. OD off makes the Chevrolet decent.

The thing is - the NEW Chevrolet and NEW Tundra are still about 10 years behind the F150.


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The owners manual says not to pull loads in over drive. My F250 S/D owners manual says that, it will wear your tranny out quick as heck, so I wouldn't reccommend that. the japanese trucks are going toward the unfunctional realm. put a 6s in there and you'll get better economy at speed keeping rpm's lower but it makes the trans useless UNLESS they give the driver a lockout option for towing but even still that just complicates the matter even worse. my 5 speed auto (4 plus o/d) works well with towing as a matter of fact I don't get much different mileage with or without a load. I've done the comparison and would hands down choose a 150 over any other truck on the market. there's a good reason that the 150 has been the #1 selling truck in america for 25+ years now. Looking at the sedan crisis in the domestic arena brought on by the Japanese sedans has got me looking into the truck segiment and I've been really eye balling the 150's class and when it comes to functionality... toyota, honda and nissan aren't built even close to compete with the domestics. If you want a truck that can't hack it pulling and hauling but looks different and is built for babying and ricing out then go for the nissan, tundra or ridgeline but if you want something you can use that will take a beating and will keep on keeping on, then go for the domestics.

FORD TRUCKS FTW!!!!!!! :dhl:
 

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I use to own 05 f150 5.4 before my fusion. Great truck just got rid of it for the gas mileage.
Find you one of the 08 f150 limited trucks they put out this year. We got one in other day .. sharp truck it's one of only 5,000 ford made in this truck. 22's on it painted and chrome.
 

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[quote author=pkoko link=topic=64741.msg1237449#msg1237449 date=1172621016]
if you are spending 40K; go look at the Mark LT for 3K more you get niceier interior/ exterior and longer warranty.
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I totally agree. I bought the Lincoln Mark LT. I looked at the Lariat it was very nice, then looked at the King Ranch it was a suede seat Lariat with extra triming and a price tag of a Mark LT, and the n looked at the Harley Davidson model it was nice but too much for that truck. Mark LT was the one for me. Below is my truck at my pad in Pahrump, NV.



 
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