2009 Ford F-150
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Overrated F-150 by Mike on 06/04/2011. Trim: 2009 Ford F-150 Lariat SuperCab 6.5-ft. Bed, Owned 2 years.
Pros: I chose the F-150 Lariat after extensive driving of all competitors. The Lariat offered the most bang for the buck, with marvellous features. The Ford Synch technology is very impressive, easy to use and very handy on the road. The back up camera LED was great. I loved the overall most comfort.. The ability to haul was impressive, too. It was unstoppable in heavy snow. On one occasion I took my kid to the hospital at 4 AM, after a 2' blizzard with no issues. The electronic 4by4 shift was a dream.
Cons: The heated and cooled seats began to malfunction after 5 mos, with a marked decline in the driver seat cooling power. The dealer wasn't helpful in making it right (and never did), explaining that AC output to the seat was fine, which it was, but the coolant was not blowing through the seat cushion,which they said wasn't an issue. This is an expensive vehicle to buy and operate, so I expected more than excuses. I paid as much as $135/wk in gas. The hauling and towing capacity of the vehilce was more than I could ever expect to use, so I wound up paying for more than I needed. Also, it lacked acceleration. Highway handling was also not very good at speeds above 60 MPH.
Overall review: I liked my F-150 Lariat, but after 18 mos of owndership I left with a bad taste in my mouth. I choose the F150 Lariat over the Laramie, Escalade, Titan and the BMW X3/X5, so this wasn't a flippant purchase. The heated and cooled seats, overall comfort and numerous bells and whistles for the money is what tipped the scales in favor of the Lariat so my issue with the driver seat cooling mechanism was very frustrating, and made worse by the dealerships that were never enthusiastic about solving my problem. I think Ford needs to better monitor its dealerships in this regard b/c this isn't the first time Ford dealers were out to lunch warranty service (I experienced the same thing with my Mustang GT Convertible, which I bought in VA, had in CA and PA). If you want excellent post-sales service, Toyota and BMW are the best. Throw in the expense in driving the truck (sometimes as much as $135 to fill the tank), and it will be a while before I buy another F-150.
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