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2000 F-150

2000 F-150

Like its worthy competitors, the Ford F-series is offered in an astonishing array of models, with a standard 4.2-liter V6 engine, an... Read More
Like its worthy competitors, the Ford F-series is offered in an astonishing array of models, with a standard 4.2-liter V6 engine, an optional 4.6-liter V-8, and an optional 5.4-liter V8. F-250 models also offer a 6.8-liter V10 engine and a Power Stroke diesel V8. Aside from engines, there are 5-speed manual and 4-speed automatic transmissions, short and long cargo beds, standard and four-door SuperCab extended cabs, flat (Styleside) and fendered (Flareside) bed styles, two- and four-wheel drive models, and four trim levels: Work, XL, XLT, and Lariat. That means, with colors and options thrown in, its easy to order a truck that only a few others will have, because the model matrix is so huge. Minimize
Author's Rating: Rating: 5/5 stars
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By:   brian121
Jul 3, 2000
2000 F-150

If you want a REAL truck...

Author's Rating: Rating: 5/5 stars

Pros: Tough 5.4 liter engine, quiet and comfortable ride, fun to drive

Cons: If I find any, I'll let you know..

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Would you like a truck that can take a beating?
Would you like a truck that you can "play in the mud with", and not have to worry about getting stuck?
Would you like a truck that is more comfortable and quieter than a 2000 Chevrolet Z71, comparably equipped?
Would you like a truck that can actually "get up and go"?
How about a truck that is easy to load up, and/or get in and out of?

Well... you may want to seriously consider a Ford 5.4 liter F-150 XLT Flareside Supercab... did I mention these come standard with those 2 nifty little "extended cab doors"?? These are great for toolboxes, lunch boxes, co-workers, and so on.

Granted, I'm still not terribly thrilled about the new "body design" Ford decided to drop on us in 1997... However, the comfortable and convenient layout of the interior makes up for this.
I am aware of the "interior goofs" that the 1997-99 F-150's had. I have been informed these "goofs" were taken care of before the 2000 "rolled out". I have not seen any of these "goofs" in my 2000 to date.

This truck is SOLID! I never thought going down a beat up "industrial district" road could actually be so much fun!
It's TOUGH, too - got bumped in the rear by a 10 wheel delivery truck on a rainy morning... This delivery truck probably hit me between 5-10mph (sliding). I brushed his license plate paint off of my bumper, took his insurance info, and had my truck looked at. Got it lifted in the air, and not a dent, scratch, buckle, or any other sign I had just been bumped!

Did I mention that the national crash test results for this truck came back as "Excellent"?

If you are wondering "How does this compare to the 2000 Chevy Z71?", do what I did - compare the two with a test drive. I rented a 2000 Z71 for 3 days before I purchased my F-150. The only good thing I can say about the Z71 was the 6.0 liter was plenty powerful.... It was hard to notice this though, because I was either uncomfortable in Chevy's "newly designed interior", fiddling with Chevy's version of "Push Button 4 wheel drive" (painfully irritating - it took me shifting in park, reversing, and going back in drive up to 4 times 'once' to get the "4 wheel low" unlocked!), or trancefully gazing at their gawdy "COMMAND CENTER" in the middle of the dash...
I have to say - the 2000 Z71 can do some "really interesting donuts" in the middle of a field in 4 wheel high...
My Ford can, too.
Of course, I can easily switch back to 2 "wheel drive" with a turn of the "dial" in my Ford. It's that easy. I don't even have to stop. I just turn the dial from "4 wheel high", to "2 wheel" before I hit 60mph. I don't have to fiddle with the "push button" fiasco like I did with the Chevy...
Now, I'm sure a Chevy owner will eventually ask me "What about the 'Automatic 4 wheel drive' button"??
Well...are we really sure this is such a great idea?? Ever try to pull a trailer with "Auto 4 wheel drive"? How about those lovely "almost totally wet" days when having 4 wheel drive is really nice?? I tried both in the 2000 Z71. Two more disappointments... Oh yes - where's the "4th door" on the Z71's?? I have to "special order it"?? It's not "standard"?? Hmmm... Make that three more disappointments from GM.

I decided on the Ford after only having rented a 4x4 F-150 for ONE day... I tried to give Chevy a chance... GM failed me. It looks like Ford may have "their act together" with this 2000 F-150 4x4.

I've had this F-150 for 5 months now - no major complaints come to mind at this time.

P.S. If you are concerned about the smaller size of the engine - 5.4 vs. 6.0 liter, or if you want some "added" power from your 2000 F-150 5.4, chop the exhaust after the catalytic converters back (cat back system) - yes, the new 2000's actually have TWO converters now (another plus) -- and put a "true dual" exhaust system on (like "Flowmaster", or my choice -- Flo-Pro,for those who would like a little quieter ride on the freeway at cruising speed). I've literally gained AT LEAST 20% doing this, and adding a K&N air filter. I was truly amazed! This is the only "modification" I've done with my F-150 so far.

 


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