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 |
Long Term Update 3: 2009 Ford F-150
7 Months and 13,540 Miles: Associate Web producer Carlos Lago left the City of Angels and discovered that the F-150 is anything but useless.
Long Term Update 2: 2009 Ford F-150
5 months and 11,712 miles - Our Long Term Ford F-150 is chock full of clever features that make your life a lot easier when hauling more than just the typical load of air.
Long Term Update 1: 2009 Ford F-150 4x4 SuperCrew
3 months and 8184 miles - At 7500 miles, the F-150 went in for its first service, a $48.21 oil change, inspection, and tire rotation.
Long Term Arrival: 2009 Ford F-150 4x4 SuperCrew
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