After 15,000 miles had accrued on the odo, the F-150 made its second service visit, a $49.71 oil change, full inspection, and tire rotation. With fresh oil running through its V-8 veins, the F-150 hauled managing editor Rusty Kurtz to Laughlin, Nevada, for some jet-skiing fun.

"The F-150's backup camera made hooking up the jet-ski trailer a breeze. That said, the backup sensors were another story: Their constant beeping while backing down the boat ramp was unnerving. You can turn the sensors off by toggling through a menu with a button on the dash; however, it must be done while the vehicle is in park. A busy boat ramp is not the place to do this. The sensors will automatically reset to the On position each time the vehicle is started. I'd forget about that until it was my turn to back down the ramp-too late to stop and toggle through the menu again."


2009 Ford F-150
Months/miles in service 8/15,733
Avg econ/CO2 15.0 mpg/1.29 lb/mi
Unresolved problems None
Maintenance cost $97.92 (2 - oil change/inspection/rotate tires)
Normal-wear cost $0

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