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Old 01-06-2005, 09:46 AM
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Let me know man..Brad, Thatís one of the trucks that Ive been considering. I need a smaller truck with more room. I may trade my 94 F250 this year. Iím dragging my feet to see if transmission issues develop with the 04 Fs. I know first hand of the transmission issues with the 04 Explorer.

I thought that the only tranny problems ford was having was on the super duty deisels running an auto transmission?
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Old 01-06-2005, 09:51 AM
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Old 01-06-2005, 09:57 AM
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Old 01-06-2005, 12:10 PM
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I currently tow with a 1500hd 4x4 / 6.0L Gas, which really really get's the job done!
Looking at the new half ton crew (which has a bit shorter bed on it) BUT it only comes with 5.3 Gas motor and 3.42 axle ratio..... ?? Seems like it would not be nearly as strong as my 6.0 3.73 setup? Anybody have one?

Ric - I owned a 00' 1500 w/ a 5.3 gas. It did a great job pulling my 02' Prostar 209 all over the Midwest. We even loaded it down w/ a Lance 845 P/U camper drove it in 3rd gear and it never once choked going up and down hills or down metro freeways.

Currently pull my 209 w/ an 04' Tahoe w/ a 5.3. Does a great job loaded w/ the family, love it.
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Old 01-06-2005, 03:03 PM
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I thought that the only tranny problems ford was having was on the super duty deisels running an auto transmission?

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The transmission guy at the dealer (yesterday) told me that the Fs are ok?? But he was standing next to a salesman when he said that.

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Old 01-06-2005, 03:28 PM
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Ric - I owned a 00' 1500 w/ a 5.3 gas. It did a great job pulling my 02' Prostar 209 all over the Midwest. We even loaded it down w/ a Lance 845 P/U camper drove it in 3rd gear and it never once choked going up and down hills or down metro freeways.

Currently pull my 209 w/ an 04' Tahoe w/ a 5.3. Does a great job loaded w/ the family, love it.
Good, what axle ratio is your tahoe?
I bet the tahoe is roughly the same dry weight as the 1/2 ton crew
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Old 01-06-2005, 03:32 PM
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The transmission guy at the dealer (yesterday) told me that the Fs are ok?? But he was standing next to a salesman when he said that.

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Reason I mention it is that I have a rancher buddy who gets a couple of new super's every 2 years & they truly USE them for pulling large loads on and off road. After replacing 3 auto-tranny's in one (02 or 03, I cannot remember), they swore them off and now buy only manual trans and of course swear by the power (which I cannot argue). I'm no ford-man but those Super Duty's are STRONG!
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Old 01-06-2005, 04:46 PM
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I guess I kind of evolved into a ford guy after I bought a new 86 Mustang 302. The last two cars (88 F 150 302 and 98 Explorer 6cyl) pulled the Nautique alright. Both got traded at about 115K miles with no problems. The last manual trans I had was in that mustang. It was strong, never pulled with it but it was strong..

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I have a friend that used to work for Ford,We were just talking about their trucks and tranny's. He said he saw all sorts of tranny problems and would only recomend a manuel.
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