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Old 09-12-2016, 06:03 PM   #21
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They also sold the Lincoln Mark LT between 2006 and 2008 I believe.
Ah, I missed the different name on round two. They're so rare they're easy to forget... and so old you can't get parts for them anyway.
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Old 09-12-2016, 06:24 PM   #22
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When the alternator died in my eight-year-old Focus.....
IMHO, for what it may be worth, alternators are the "common" Achilles heel of Fords. I had an E350 work van that went thru 3, and a Ranger that went thru 4. I didn't care about the van; it was a company vehicle assigned to me. I ended up getting a "lifetime replacement" alternator at Auto Zone so the last 3 for the Ranger were free. I could change those things out in 10 minutes. The Ranger went to my wife's cousin at 12 years old and now has over 300,000 miles on it. But, I have never had one go on either of the F150s.

Incidentally, I love the current Chevy ad in which they criticize the F150's aluminum body. Very funny, considering GM is switching to aluminum, so I've been told by a retired GM employee (from Parry Sound).
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Old 09-12-2016, 06:28 PM   #23
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I guess Canada cleaned up their junk yards, seems to me there are plenty of wrecked Fords in junk yards around here in the lower 48....
There are problems with getting used parts. The first one is that if yours broke, the ones in wrecked vehicles may well have broken, too. Another problem is that wreckers can't keep everything forever, so they strip vehicles down, inventory the saleable parts, and trash (recycle if possible) the rest. Many interior parts just go in the trash because there's no market for them, even if they are in perfect condition. So if the part you need breaks a lot there are no good ones available, and if it never breaks there were lots but they all got thrown away.

I'm sure there are thousands of F-150s in Alberta wreckers yards, being stripped for the stuff that sells, such as engines, transmissions, suspension components, and body panels.
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Old 09-12-2016, 07:10 PM   #24
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The subject F-150 is seven years old, and I'll bet that if a member of this forum asked whether their 2009 F-150 would be a suitable tow vehicle for an Escape, someone would express reservations that it is too old.
Uhh...I'm towing my Escape with a 1993 F-150XLT but you guys are scaring me as the thread title suggests.
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Uhh...I'm towing my Escape with a 1993 F-150XLT but you guys are scaring me as the thread title suggests.
I'm not one of the ones who would be concerned about a 7-year-old tow vehicle. 23 years may be pushing it, but it is a matter of individual vehicle condition. The good thing about parts availability is that stuff you are likely to need is likely to be available from aftermarket suppliers, to some extent because many of the parts also fit later years or other models. The guy with the 2009 F-150 needing an HVAC module was unfortunate enough to have something fail which usually doesn't, and which is unique to the model.
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All of the major manufacturers have similar policies, which means discontinuing parts about a decade after those parts were last used in a production vehicle. In some cases this drives new vehicle sales, since older vehicles could run for decades if parts were available.

I have had two Fords, and have not had a problem getting most parts... one of which was a suspension part that should not have ever needed replacement but failed so frequently that local dealerships kept it in stock!

When the alternator died in my eight-year-old Focus I was on a trip, so I was stuck at the first Ford dealer that I could reach while it was replaced, and I ended up wandering around the new cars in the lot. A sales guy asked if he could be of assistance, and I responded no, because I had no intention of buying another Ford (reflecting my feelings of the moment). When I told him what I was driving and why I was there, he said that it was an old car so I should get a new one anyway; I told him that we Toyota owners think of eight years as "broken in" and ready for another decade, not broken down and needing replacement.

The attitude of the manufacturers, the dealers, and a substantial fraction of owners is that once a car is due for any service other than oil changes, it should be thrown away and replaced by a fresh one. If you trade cars at less than five years old, you are encouraging this philosophy, although I suppose you could just be saying that older isn't good enough for you, but it is for some poorer people out there. The subject F-150 is seven years old, and I'll bet that if a member of this forum asked whether their 2009 F-150 would be a suitable tow vehicle for an Escape, someone would express reservations that it is too old.


That would be approximately reasonable, because parts (at least emissions-related parts) would need to be available as long as the warranty on the emissions systems runs.
Just before my trip went to Ford dealer and bought new master cyclinder . Our truck is a 1992 Ford . I still get parts I need after 24 years . On this last trip it looks like the Ford dealers could be lonely , because I never saw so many of these trucks still on the road and looking very good .On way home parked next to another in campground ,and spoke to owner
and he said what I say new trucks are pretty exspensive and our trucks still can do the job and have a lot of life left in them . He also said these were very good years for Ford . For how many I saw I think he is right . Pat
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Old 09-12-2016, 09:36 PM   #27
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Uhh...I'm towing my Escape with a 1993 F-150XLT but you guys are scaring me as the thread title suggests.
Karen if Ford can't get it for you LMC Ford truck parts . Have used them replaced ac vents and very happy with parts . There are also other truck parts dealers . Just can't think right now . They are out there because so many of these trucks still . Pat
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I forgot to put in my Ford part-no-longer-available anecdote. The heat shields (between the exhaust system and floor) on both my 2004 Ford Focus and our 2004 Toyota Sienna corroded through at some of the mounting points, where they are held on studs welded to the floor. On the Sienna I just unscrewed the nuts (proper nuts on machine threaded studs), added fender washers to make up for the missing shield material, and screwed the original nuts back on. For the Focus, the nuts were cheap stamped things on sort of threaded studs, which wouldn't hold securely... and the Ford dealer said they didn't have those fasteners any more (at about a decade old, and probably much less since those nuts were last used). The Ford dealership's service guys gave me a handful of generic push-on clips which I added to the original "nuts" (along with fender washers like the Sienna), and it worked.

The Ford parts were junk which were not available, while the Toyota parts were standard hardware so they would always be available... and were not needed anyway. I suppose whether you notice the lack of availability of some parts depends on whether you need to replace them...

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Just before my trip went to Ford dealer and bought new master cyclinder . Our truck is a 1992 Ford . I still get parts I need after 24 years .
I'm not surprised, because that's a part that does commonly need replacement eventually (although I've never needed one except for a VW, and maybe one Datsun... hard to remember), and it can be easily built (or rebuilt) by aftermarket suppliers.

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On this last trip it looks like the Ford dealers could be lonely , because I never saw so many of these trucks still on the road and looking very good .
There are lots - I stopped at a gas station today and there were two tenth generation (1997–2003) F-150's there. Pre-1997 models are now pretty rare here, but that's two decades plus.

Ford doesn't care if you like your older F-150, only if people buy new ones, and many of those people will only have them for less than 5 years. What keeps parts available for older ones is simply that there is enough demand for them to make production of the parts economically viable.
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Old 09-13-2016, 12:19 AM   #29
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I forgot to put in my Ford part-no-longer-available anecdote. The heat shields (between the exhaust system and floor) on both my 2004 Ford Focus and our 2004 Toyota Sienna corroded through at some of the mounting points, where they are held on studs welded to the floor. On the Sienna I just unscrewed the nuts (proper nuts on machine threaded studs), added fender washers to make up for the missing shield material, and screwed the original nuts back on. For the Focus, the nuts were cheap stamped things on sort of threaded studs, which wouldn't hold securely... and the Ford dealer said they didn't have those fasteners any more (at about a decade old, and probably much less since those nuts were last used). The Ford dealership's service guys gave me a handful of generic push-on clips which I added to the original "nuts" (along with fender washers like the Sienna), and it worked.

The Ford parts were junk which were not available, while the Toyota parts were standard hardware so they would always be available... and were not needed anyway. I suppose whether you notice the lack of availability of some parts depends on whether you need to replace them...


I'm not surprised, because that's a part that does commonly need replacement eventually (although I've never needed one except for a VW, and maybe one Datsun... hard to remember), and it can be easily built (or rebuilt) by aftermarket suppliers.


There are lots - I stopped at a gas station today and there were two tenth generation (19972003) F-150's there. Pre-1997 models are now pretty rare here, but that's two decades plus.

Ford doesn't care if you like your older F-150, only if people buy new ones, and many of those people will only have them for less than 5 years. What keeps parts available for older ones is simply that there is enough demand for them to make production of the parts economically viable.
Brian must be true about demand . All the way up and down the pacific Coast Washington to California , we saw more of I think, 1989 -1996 Ford trucks . F150, F250 , and F350 's . Pat
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Hi: PGDriver... My brothers Taco PU was condemned by the dealer while on the hoist. Frame rotten!!! He took the settlement added 5 G's and bought a newer Taco. Living in the Capitol of Canada's rust belt... he just got a recall notice for a free frame inspection and oil undercoating. Alf
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