Positive comments abound about our 2004 Truck of the Year winner: "I'm still amazed how Ford has been able to civilize the full-size-pickup driving experience without compromising its work ethic. Brakes, steering, structure, and damping set the bar for others." But we have a bone to pick with Ford for the new three-valve engine's power rating: "Now if only the 5.4 V-8 felt a little more 'full-size' when you asked it for class-leading acceleration, that would be nice." A not-so-subtle editor said, "Throttle response is abysmal (where are the 300 horses hiding?), downshifts are met with a busy engine and no corresponding surge of acceleration.
This drivetrain (biased for torque--I know) isn't worth the premium for the 5.4 V-8 or its fuel economy." Our oft-used F-150 hit the 10,000-mile-service mark, which brought us to the dealer for another oil/filter change and tire rotation. They also replaced squeaking brake components under warranty.
FROM THE LOGBOOK
"When all is said and done, I still think it deserves our trophy."
|2004 Ford F-150 4x4 SuperCrew|
|Base price|| $34,980|
|Price as tested|| $38,460|
|Vehicle layout|| Front engine, 4WD, 4-door, 5-pass|
|Engine ||5.4L V-8, SOHC, 3 valves/cyl|
|Hp @ rpm|| 300 @ 5000|
|Torque @ rpm|| 365 @ 3750|
|Transmission|| 4-speed automatic|
|0-60 mph, sec|| 8.9|
|EPA mpg ||14 city/18 highway|
|Total mileage ||10,110|
|Average test mpg|| 13.1|
|Maintenance cost || $57 (5000-mile service, same for 10K)|
|Normal-wear cost || $0|