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Discussion in 'The Garage' started by DirtyDog, Dec 1, 2012.
I got a recall for the steering column a couple years ago.
my 2 year old f150 just got four new alloys, as corrosion was bleeding under the clearcoat. Ford was good about it, replaced no hassles. 60k and it's been a great truck all in all. Easy to slag a manufacturer like Ford, but every time I go in my buddies dodges or gms I'm happy with my purchase. The other vehicles seem cheap and nasty as for as interior trim goes....
Ford's horrible. I own 2 fords and love them, a 99 Ranger and a 94 Mustang GT, but would never by a new one. If I had actually paid a lot for this truck I would have been super pissed -
That's a 99 ranger... just over 10 years old and the frame was rotted in the back, and all the cross pieces behind the cab were shot. First thought would be, well it's from new england, must not have been washed enough in the winter.... but the front half of the two piece frame is perfect, along with the rest of the truck that is 100% rust free. If I didn't know how to weld this would have sent the truck to the junk yard. Seems to be some of these just rot out, and some are perfect, regardless of whether they were taken care of or not.
Supposedly around 2005 ford was making a turn around on quality issues... but looking at your truck, I'm guessing not.
The spare wheel on my Ranger looks like that, and the other 4 don't look much better. Ford did give me new tires 11 years ago during the Firestone debacle, but at their current age I don't trust them, and with the wheels so rusty I should probably buy new wheels too, which pushes the cost up to around $1000... A questionable investment in a rusting away 15 year old truck.
That's not even the original spare tire, I got that from a junkyard out of a explorer. What happened to my original spare tire? It was there when I bought the truck. About a month later I do the rear brakes and notice it missing! The bell shaped piece of metal on the end of the winch cable that holes the tire up had collapsed. So my spare tire had fallen out at some point, maybe even causing an accident for all I know. A few month back my brother was driving behind a ford ranger on the highway and the tire dropped out, it went to the left of his car, but bounced past his side window... if it had been a foot to the right it would have went right thru his windshield...
When I had my S-10 pickups, a couple of times a year I'd lower my spare to clean and lubricate the lift mechanism and clean and lubricate (silicone) the spare tire. That kept them from rusting or collecting mud daubers.
Was that said tongue-in-cheek? Just wondering because of the Toyota truck recall over the rusted frames, over 3/4 of a million trucks if I remember right.
IIRC, the Toyota frames rusted out becaues their supplier (Dana) imporperly coated them. I suspect part of the reason Toyota is being so generous replacing the frames is the supplier is helping pay for it. Just my guess.
wow my 98 chevy looks better and has 180k miles.
Anyway, try some CorrosionX HD spray. I find it at boat stores. It really works, even in a salty env.
PS, some gun and fishing places will have it too.
I feel your pain, i have a chevy truck, the f-en thing has wax coating the frame,,, so the frame is rusting. yup feel real stupid spending huge dollars on a new truck.
Update: Truck was placed in the shop today for the "death wobble" and they replaced the steering stabilizer under warranty plus an alignment and caster adjustment. 28,000 miles.
I forgot to inquire about the lack of coating.
It's nice to know that the "Death Wobble" is alive and well after all these years.
I had to replace the rusted out oil pan on my 02 powerstroke 250 last year at a cost 2,500 bucks. The whole F'ing motor has to be pulled to remove the pan. After some internet searching I figured out this is not uncommon. I bought this truck new and always took good care of it in winter. Some winters I had a beater to drive and the 250 sat in the garage and never touched a salty road.
First gen tundra owner?