Ford F-Series X 101997 - 2004
Model: F-Series (1948 - ...)
Wikipedia (F-Series): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ford_F-Series
Ford took the aero styling further for 1997 with a rounded nose on the new F-series. Since it was the F-150's first major redesign since 1980, the redesigned truck went on a nation-wide 87-stop tour to Ford plants and the external part suppliers in October, 1995 prior to its release. To build anticipation for the redesigned truck, the 1997 model was released in January 1996 with the first ad campaigns airing during Super Bowl XXX. Because of the radical styling, Ford predicted that traditional truck buyers wouldn't receive the radical and car-like 1997 too well, so it continued to produce and sell the previous 1996 model alongside the redesigned 1997 model for a few months.
The regular F-250 (light-duty) was basically an F-150 with the same body panels but with a heavy-duty Sterling 10.5 axle and suspension, along with 7 lug wheels. Additionally, the F-250 Light Duty also offered a load leveling rear suspension system. The F-250 HD (Heavy Duty) was in the same series as the F-350. With the arrival of the all new 1999 "Super Duty" series in early 1998, the standard F-250 ('light-duty'), F-250HD (Heavy Duty), & F-350 line was totally dropped and the F-250 (light-duty), which was a temporary model from the start, became the "7700" package for the F-150 (noted on the tailgate emblem).
Completely new, more efficient engines were offered beginning in 1997. A 4.2 L OHV V6, based on Ford's 3.8 L Essex V6, replaced the 4.9 L OHV I6, while 4.6 and 5.4 liter SOHC V8s replaced the 5.0 and 5.8 liter OHV V8s, also the 7.5 liter big block V8 was replaced by the 6.8 liter V10 for the super duty models respectively. The 4.6 and 5.4 liter V8s were marketed under the name "Triton" and mark the first use of Ford's Modular Single Overhead Cam (SOHC) engines in the F-Series pickups. Ford's own 8.8 IFS replaced the Dana 44front end, while the Ford 8.8 rear remained. The Ford Sterling 9.75 axle was also optioned in heavy-duty versions. In 2000 the Sterling 10.25 axle became an option.
A wide variety of body options were available: regular cab and SuperCab, standard or flareside boxes, and short and long beds. A newLightning was introduced in 1999, and Harley-Davidson and King Ranch versions were also created. In 2001 the SuperCrew cab was introduced with four full-size doors. In 2002, an FX4 model was introduced which came with skid plates,a carbon steel frame, Ranchoshock absorbers, and specific 17" aluminum wheels along with more standard features that were optional on XLT. In 2003, a sporty STX trim package was introduced, aimed at younger truck buyers. The STX package featured color keyed front/rear bumpers along with clear lens headlights and integrated round fog lamps. The package also featured chrome step rails, 17" chrome wheels, and a Kenwood Z828 stereo was installed in place of the standard Ford radio.
This generation F-150 received an overall "Poor" rating by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) in the frontal offset test, and was ranked the 2nd Worst Performimg Vehiclebehind the 1997–2005 GM U-platform minivans.
Sales of the F-150 surged in the tenth generation from 750,000 to over 900,000 in 2001 as the General Motors and Dodge products lagged. Ford's sales dropped, however, for the final years of this generation as the redesigned Dodge trucks were released.
The new F-150 was Motor Trend magazine's Truck of the Year for 1997. The grille was updated in 1999 with minor interior updates as well. The SuperCrew was added to the lineup in 2001. Ford manufactured a limited run of "Heritage" F-150s of this body style in 2004 (as 2004 model years) to finish out production.
Ford has found that the cruise control system in many of their trucks could catch fire, because the switch system could corrode over time, overheat and ignite. Ignition was later blamed on spillage from the adjacent master cylinder. On March 5, 2007 Ford recalled 155,000 2003 full-size pickups and full-size SUVs for the defective part. During the previous two years Ford had recalled 5.8 million vehicles in because of the defective cruise control systems in trucks, SUVs and vans. That recall, one of the largest in history, covered vehicles from the 1994–2002 model years.
This generation of F-150 was sold in Mexico until the twelfth generation 2010 model was released there.
|4.2 L Essex V6||1997–2003||202 hp (151 kW)||252 lb·ft (342 N·m)|
|4.6 L Triton V8||1997–98||220 hp (160 kW)||280 lb·ft (380 N·m)|
|4.6 L Triton V8||1999–2003||231 hp (172 kW)||293 lb·ft (397 N·m)|
|5.4 L Triton V8||1997–98||235 hp (175 kW)||330 lb·ft (450 N·m)|
|5.4 L Triton V8||1999–2003||260 hp (190 kW)||350 lb·ft (470 N·m)|
|5.4 L Supercharged Triton V8||1999–2000||360 hp (270 kW)||450 ft·lbf (610 N·m)||Lightning|
|5.4 L Supercharged Triton V8||2001–2003||380 hp (280 kW)||450 ft·lbf||Lightning|
|5.4 L Supercharged Triton V8||1999–2003||340 hp (250 kW)||425 ft·lbf||Harley-Davidson|
|6.8 L Triton V10||1999–2003||310 hp (230 kW)||425
ft·lbf|| Super Duty Only
|7.3 L Power Stroke Turbo Diesel V8||1999–2003||250 hp (190 kW)||500 ft·lbf||Super Duty Only|
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