Red Candy Metallic. The picture doesn't do justice to the metal flake paint.
The Xterra had served me well, but it had almost 90K miles, and was a tad small for all our "stuff". The 25' travel trailer was pushing the 5000 lb weight limit of the vehicle. Also had to decide what we'd take on any particular trip. Bikes, cooler, grill, generator, screen room, lawn chairs? Can't take it all, what do we want to leave behind this time? That's no longer an issue.
I've looked at trucks for the past two years. I had my heart set on a Nissan Titan. Only problem is, what you build online isn't necessarily available in the real world. Build a 4 door, 4WD, with a moon roof, then try to find one. None available in the SE. Talked with Nissan USA, none available period. I asked why they would have their website setup to build something that wasn't available. No answer. I looked at several other brands, then looked closely at the Toyota Tundra. Recalls were really becoming worrisome, but Toyota does have a long standing tradition of building good vehicles, and willing to give them the benefit of the doubt. I believe they'll fix any and all issues. However, what would have been in the low $40s for the Nissan, was $52K for the Toyota! Ouch. Moving on...
I had a '94 E150 van back in the day. Initially is was great, but turned out to be a bag of worms. Lots of issues, traded it the day the title arrived in the mail. Had Mustangs since then, no real issues. My brother-in-law, and lead engineer at work, both have fairly new Ford trucks, and have been very pleased with them. Okay, worth another look. Against my better judgment, I talked with the local dealership (Paradise Ford). The salesman found a truck like I wanted at another dealer. I met with him on a Saturday, test drive a similar truck, and negotiated a trade-in price on the Xterra. We settled on a price, and started signing the paperwork. Before we were finished, he said the truck has sold. Crap.
I went home aggravated, ready to give up. My WONDERFUL wife convinced me not to give up just yet. So I contacted Barbara Mascioli at Greenway Ford in Orlando. Told her of the saga and asked if she could find a similar truck. Within a 1/2 hour, she had checked 2600 dealerships online, found the same truck. Not similar, the exact one. Turns out the truck HAD sold, but not to an individual, but rather to a dealer in Louisiana. She called that dealership, and it was still available. She put a hold on the truck (something the first salesman had neglected to do), and I drove to Orlando to finalize the deal. Paid about $3500 below MSRP, then received $4500 in factory incentives. Ultimately, there was only 1 truck like this available, and I bought it while it was being transported from Plant City Florida, to somewhere in Louisiana (652 miles away from Orlando!). Once it arrived up there, it was put on another transport truck and sent back to FL. Took a week to finally get it, but it was worth the wait.
This truck has a lot more bells & whistles than I needed, but I'm not complaining. 700W Sony stereo, Sync system, Sirius radio, Max Tow package (11,100 lb rating), integrated brake controller, tow mirrors, moon roof, backup camera system, reverse sensing system, retractable side steps, tailgate step, 4WD, locking rear differential, chrome step bars, 20" aluminum wheels, etc.
It came with a Flex Fuel 5.4L 3V V8, which develops 310 hp and 365 lb.-ft. of torque (Regular gas) ... or 320 hp and 390 lb.-ft. of torque (E85 fuel). While it's not the fastest truck at the track, it has the best towing of its class. It'll pass the Dodge Hemi while towing on a grade (45-70 MPH), and the F150 is the only truck that has trailer sway control built-in. If the trailer begins to sway, the truck will apply brakes on alternating sides of the truck, and apply trailer brakes, to automatically correct the sway. Very cool!
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