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Ford F-Series Pickup Trucks: 2004 - 2008

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2008 Ford F-150 King Ranch Pickup Truck

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Ford F-Series Pickup Trucks: 2004-2008

Shop for a used 2004 F-Series truck and you'll discover two different body styles, the new generation pickup and trucks that Ford called the Heritage Edition, re-badged 2003 SuperCab or SuperCrews offered to bridge the time gap until the new model was ready for delivery.

The new generation truck was redesigned from end to end, with a less rounded front and taller grille and fenders. Bed side height increased by two inches to suit the taller body lines. The result was a more rugged, powerful looking pickup.

Standard and SuperCab trucks were stretched six inches in length, adding to the leg space in the rear passenger area of the SuperCab and creating enough extra room to allow Quarter rear-opening doors to access the expanded storage behind the seat of Regular Cab trucks.

Engine Choices

Ford offered two engine choices in the 2004 F-150. The 4.6L Triton V8 was the same engine used in the previous generation, but 2003's optional 5.4L V8 with 2 valves per cylinder was replaced with a 5.4L V8 with 3 valves per cylinder. The new engine produced 15% more horsepower (300 hp), improved low-end torque and better fuel economy.

New Fully Boxed Frame

A new, fully boxed frame increased torsional rigidity, providing a better ride (especially on rough roads) along with a reduction to cab vibration and noise. More improvements to ride and handling were a result of new rear shock absorbers mounted outside the frame rails, advanced design suspension bushings and rack and pinion steering that replaced the previous truck's recirculating-ball steering box.

New Ford Truck Safety Features

Although lighter in weight, the new truck's hydro-formed steel panels with additional built-in crush zones enhanced passenger safety during a crash. A new front passenger seat weight sensor was installed to control the air bag on that side, and a new seat belt reminder system warns if the passenger seat belt is not fastened.

2004 Ford F-Series Trucks

10th Generation F-Series Year-by-Year Refinements

2005 Trucks

  • King Ranch edition became available as an F-150

  • 4.2L V6 with manual transmission added to the power train list

  • Work Truck Group package offered for customers who don’t need or want a truck with frills

  • More About 2005 Ford F-Series Trucks

2006 Trucks

  • 20-inch wheels available on FX4, Lariat and King Ranch trucks

  • Sirius Satellite Radio available on STX, XLT, FX4 and Lariat

  • Traction Assist available on 2WD V8 pickup trucks

  • Harley-Davidson Edition available as an F150; choice of 2WD or AWD

  • Introduction of the Flex fuel version of the 5.4L Triton V8

  • More About 2006 Ford F-Series Trucks

2007 Trucks

  • FX2 Sport Package available on SuperCab and SuperCrew XLT trucks

  • New grille design for XLT and Lariat pickup trucks

  • 4.6L V8 horsepower increased from 231 to 248

  • Tire pressure monitoring system is standard equipment

  • DVD based navigation system becomes an option

  • Auxiliary audio input jacks are standard on STX, XLT, FX and Lariat trucks

  • Maximum tow capacity is increased to 10500 pounds

  • More About 2007 Ford F-Series Trucks

2008 Trucks

  • Maximum tow capacity is increased to 11000 pounds

  • Factory installed Cargo Management System; features side rails, crossbars and header bar (additional rails and tool storage bins available)

  • New tailgate-mounted rear view camera

  • Remote start system available

  • New (manual) telescoping trailer-tow mirrors

More About 2008 Ford F-Series Trucks

F-Series Trucks History

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