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CARFAX — Your Vehicle History Expert
Sometimes what you don't know can't hurt you, but that's not the case when buying a used car. As an independent vehicle history provider, at CARFAX we've made it our mission to tell you everything you need to know by uncovering as many events as possible from the previous life of a used car. Our primary goal is to help you get to know your next car from the inside out before deciding to make an investment that will be part of you and your family's everyday life. We believe your next car shouldn't be hiding anything from you.
CARFAX Vehicle History Reports contain over 28 billion historical records from 20 European countries, the US and Canada, which are updated daily with new information.
Even if you live in a country we don't collect vehicle data from, it's still always worth checking the Vehicle Identification Number without obligation. The used car import and export market is booming and many owners would be surprised to find out exactly what happened to their vehicle during its previous life abroad.
Privacy for Customers — Transparency over Vehicles
Let's be clear: Although we strive to find every detail of a vehicle's life so far, we are focused only on the vehicle's history, and do not collect any information on previous owners. The information we provide relates solely to the vehicle, its odometer reading, any accidents that have been covered up, where the vehicle comes from and much more — it never gets personal. We've uncovered irreparable damage several times in the past, but other times our vehicle history checks draw a blank — and sometimes that's actually a good thing.
Second Hand — Not Second Best
Did you know that considerably more used cars are sold than new cars? We think this second-hand system is nothing short of fantastic. However, it goes without saying that it gives rise to different methods and tactics: Some sellers will disguise a car that's been in an accident under a fresh coat of paint, tamper with the odometer or conceal theft. This is one of the less appealing aspects of buying second hand. Our goal is to establish trusting relationships between buyers and sellers, since this is the best way to help customers make the right decision. Your new car should be reliable and make you feel safe, as well as make you feel like you haven't paid too much.
But more than anything else, we don't want you or your family unknowingly sitting behind the wheel of a vehicle that isn't % safe. This is why we strive to take these vehicles off the road, which not only makes the used car market safer but our streets safer too.
CARFAX — 35+ Years of Experience in Vehicle Histories
CARFAX was founded in the US in and expanded into Europe in Around team members spread across six European offices process vehicle information from 22 countries.
Fostering strategic partnerships with registration authorities, law enforcement agencies, government departments, insurance companies, inspection centers and numerous other leading companies around the world has enabled us to compile a unique international database for vehicle histories. We use this database to help make the used car market more transparent. We give everyone in the process of buying a used car access to what is currently the world's most comprehensive source for vehicle history reports, and is growing day by day.
We remain neutral and independent despite our partnerships — our sole purpose is help customers make an informed choice and ensure their safety and the safety of their family. This includes never collecting any personal details — we do not accept any PII from data sources amongst the information we provide about a vehicle. We ensure that data protection laws are observed at all times. Furthermore, we always collect our data in compliance with legal and regulatory frameworks — in all the countries in which we are active. We expressly distance ourselves from illegal activities such as data theft, scraping and hacking.
$21, - $33,MSRP / Window Sticker Price
|MPG||15 City / 19 Hwy|
|Transmission||4-spd auto w/OD|
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The Ford F pickup truck has to carry a heavy load—the fortune and perhaps the future of the Ford Motor Company. "Since the F-series represents about 23 percent of overall company sales—and it has been the bestselling full-size pickup in the U.S. for the past 26 years—it's very, very important," says Nick Scheele, Ford's president and COO. "Nothing is ever make or break, but this probably comes as close to it as you could imagine."
Ford sold , F-series pickups in That's more than the total U.S. sales of Nissan or the sales of Mercedes, BMW, and VW, combined. And the F-series, which also includes the larger F and F trucks, added $ billion to Ford's bottom line, according to an analyst cited by the Wall Street Journal. It's not surprising, then, that the company spent a reported $ billion to develop the F
Ford took a back-to-basics approach in designing the new F The soft-contoured truck it replaces, although it sold well, was derided by some for being too, well, feminine. Ford took note of the knock. There's nothing girlish about the new F It bulges with muscular contours and exaggerated features; even the nine-inch-wide blue Ford oval on the tailgate is oversized. Compared with the prior F, the base version of the new truck is inches longer and has a denser silhouette, with a high beltline and lower-to-the-ground bumpers. The cargo box is inches deeper, the cab is nearly flat-sided, and the windows are more vertical than before. It looks big and is big—gorilla big.
But bigger means heavier. "We've added about to pounds to the vehicle," admits Frank Davis, the F's chief program engineer. He maintains that the extra poundage is "actually a beneficial element," explaining that about a third of the mass is for safety (more frontal structure for better offset-impact protection), a third to quell noise and vibration, and the rest is divvied up among numerous detail refinements, the most significant being a box-section chassis (the prior truck has C-section rails) that he claims is about 50 percent more rigid in bending and nine times stiffer torsionally than before.
Given a new frame, Ford took the opportunity to rethink and rearrange the suspension. The rear dampers were moved outward to better control roll and lateral movement, the width of the rear leaf-springs grew a half-inch to inches, and a new coil-over front suspension with cast aluminum lower control arms was designed. Gone are the four-wheel-drive trucks' front-torsion-bar suspension and the recirculating-ball steering box, which has been replaced by a rack-and-pinion setup. And there are larger ( inch front and inch rear) four-wheel disc brakes. The cumulative effect of all this new hardware can be felt in the F's ride and handling. It corners fairly flat, rides with comfort, and brakes without undue nose dive. The most noticeable improvement is in steering response. You don't need to horse this pickup around; it responds instantly to steering inputs and tracks plumb straight with the steering wheel on-center. Although it's not as agile as a Mustang, it's no lumbering Percheron, either.
The goal for designers of the past few generations of full-size pickups has been to make them more carlike. The trick is to do it without (a) mushing up the suspension so much that a load of lumber pushes the cargo box down on the rear axle or (b) seriously diminishing the trucks' pugnacious personalities. With the F's pound-maximum-payload and pound-towing-capacity ratings, plus a comprehensively redesigned interior that borders on Town Car luxury in upscale models, Ford has struck a workable compromise between comfort and utility. We should see Fs in showrooms by summer's end.
Performance gets a boost from a new engine. Well, almost new. The optional liter Triton V-8 (the base engine is Ford's familiar hp, liter Triton V-8) uses one of Ford's existing modular short-blocks, but its aluminum cylinder heads are brand-new, with three valves per cylinder (two intakes and one exhaust) and variable cam timing, which combine to improve volumetric efficiency by about five percent, according to powertrain engineering manager Harold Lowman. Rated at horsepower at rpm and pound-feet of torque at rpm, the new engine puts out 40 more horses and 15 more pound-feet of torque (over a broader range) than the prior motor. When SVT bolts a supercharger onto this engine, it will make horsepower and pound-feet in the upcoming Lightning version.
Both V-8s use a new electronic throttle control. The system's computer monitors several powertrain functions and ambient conditions and makes adjustments that improve efficiency and performance, Lowman explains. Transmissions for both engines are upgraded versions of Ford four-speed automatics.
Although there are only two engines available for the new F, either may be mixed and matched with five trim levels, three cargo-box lengths, and three cab styles—each of which has four doors—for a total of 26 combinations. Missing is the classic pickup cab with its rear bulkhead hard against the seatbacks; the new "regular cab" is six inches longer and has behind-the-seats storage space.
Ford optimistically hopes the '04 truck will push F-series sales over a million. It's a hard target. With Toyota and Nissan in the game, the full-size-pickup segment is becoming the most competitive in the industry. But if Ford can stay on top with its new truck, the year-old company, which is struggling to regain profits and market share, can start its second century with renewed vigor.
VEHICLE TYPE:front-engine, rear- or rear/4-wheel-drive, passenger, 2+2 or 4-door truck
ESTIMATED BASE PRICE: $19,$35,
ENGINE TYPES: SOHC valve liter V-8, hp, lb-ft; SOHC valve liter V-8, hp, lb-ft
TRANSMISSION: 4-speed automatic with lockup torque converter
Width: in Height: in
Curb weight: lb
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First Drive: Ford F
Lizards scatter across burning yellow sand, as our convoy of '04 F prototypes hammers through the desert. We're inside the fenced and guarded confines of Ford's Kingman, Arizona, Proving Ground, and, as heat waves wrinkle this rocky moonscape, these hardworking test mules are intent on proving that America's number-one-selling pickup (for 26 years) hasn't lost any off-road toughness or work-hard capability--though it rides, handles, and runs more like a sedan.For now, the F stands atop the last significant domestic-dominated product segment: full-size pickups. But can the iconic Ford stay there, against fiercely competitive players like Ram and Silverado/Sierra? Furthermore, can it handle the upcoming Nissan Titan and, eventually, a true full-size truck from Toyota?
Alongside a shrinking, profit-poor car market, Ford sold more than , F-Series pickups last year. Any time an automaker remakes its best-seller, it's a risky proposition. Dearborn hopes to fortify its market position by creating a new F with a stiffened frame, increased power, more refined steering and ride, upgraded interior design and equipment choices, improved quality, and a bolder edge on its appearance.
Many F critics--translation: Ram owners--feel the drooping nose and soft overall shape make the current truck look wimpy. So Ford Design put the starch and creases back in with upright sideglass, a higher nose and beltline, and crisper radii on all the bends. This tougher, planted look is reinforced by wider front and rear tracks.
The new F comes in five trim flavors: XL (base), STX (sporty), XLT (family), FX4 (off-road), and Lariat (premium). Choose from Styleside and Flareside bed types. Ford will offer regular, SuperCab, and SuperCrew cabs and three bed lengths: , , and 8 feet. The new cabs are six inches longer for more storage or rear-seat legroom, and all the beds are two inches deeper. Even the regular cab has four doors; these narrow back doors allow easy access to storage.
One of the most exciting elements of the F's design brief is an upgraded interior look and specification. These range across the trim lines from base, hose-it-out XL to leather-lined Lariat. The Lariat and FX4 are the most impressive, with metal-trimmed gauges and bright door handles and levers that recall the look of premium Euro sedans. For the first time, interiors will vary by model; not just in color or seat material, but with differing instrument panel, console, and seating layouts. For example, some automatic-trans-equipped versions will have column shifters, while others will be floor-mounted.
The new frame is boxed and partially hydroformed, features seven crossmembers, and is reportedly nine times stronger than the previous F's. Attached to the front rails is what resembles a scaled-up Honda Accord's long-spindle double wishbone, with a beefy, aluminum lower A-arm and an easily serviced coil-on-shock unit. In the rear is a live axle, located by extra-wide leaf springs and damped by shocks mounted outside the frame. This unusual shock setup enhances body-motion damping and reduces roll.
During skidpad maneuvers and high-speed lane changes, the truck carves pavement neatly and cleanly via a new heavy-duty power rack-and-pinion steering unit, which replaces the old recirculating-ball system. Besides being more responsive, it feels lighter. Also inspiring driving confidence is the all-new braking arrangement consisting of large, vented four-wheel discs with standard electronic ABS. Pedal feel is excellent and, despite high ambient (95 degrees F) temperatures and repeated high-speed stops, the brakes displayed zero fade.
A workhorse needs horses. There are two engines: a new SOHC valve--that's correct, three valves per cylinder--Triton liter V-8 and a smaller SOHC valve liter/horsepower V The serves up horses--a percent improvement over last year--and lb-ft of torque. Its new head design uses two intake valves and one exhaust valve, as in a Mercedes. Other motor advances include variable valve timing, with 50 degrees of adjustment range, and electronic throttle control. Ford claims five-percent-lower fuel consumption and a broader torque peak.
The new engines are powerful, yet quiet; even the idle quality is superb. Both are mated exclusively to four-speed automatics. Despite even higher torque outputs, these trannies exhibited smoother, more well-managed shifts and less noise than we've come to expect from Ford trucks.
If you want a V-6 engine and manual gearbox, Ford will continue to offer the current pickup--dubbed Heritage--alongside the new model, for several months, as the company's many F-Series plants change over to new production tooling during
On the off-road course, we sampled the electronic shift-on-the-fly transfer case; a manual system will also be offered. The former moves easily in and out of four-wheel high and low modes without drama or sticking, and it turns the polished new pickup into a veritable mountain goat on the grades.
Our proving-ground foray gave us a good overall read on Ford's all-important new truck. Based on this first experience, we believe the '04 F has the potential, smarts, and good behavior required to stay at the head of this multimillion-unit sales class. It's great looking, has more power (though still not as much as the competition), offers many innovative details, and resets the meter at an altogether higher level in terms of light-duty-truck interior design and execution. Full road test coming up.
|Ford F Crew Cab|
|Base price||$35, (est)|
|Price as tested||$37, (est)|
|Vehicle layout||Front engine, 4wd, 4-door, 5-pass truck|
|Engine||90* V-8, cast-iron blk/ aluminum heads, SOHC, 3valves/cyl|
|Max horsepower @ rpm||@|
|Max torque @ rpm||@|
|Curb weight, lb|
|EPA mpg, city/hwy||14/17 (est)|
|On sale in U.S.||October|
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