Originally Posted by JustN83
That said, I have been following the forums for quite some time and I see a lot of complaints of 4x4 issues. Am I reading too much into that? Should I just buy and rely on the extended warranty? Are the issues a factor of poor maintenance?
I have thought of just opting for the e-locker, but I just don't think it's going to get it alone.
What say you?
With regard to the 4WD system, I have only had one problem on my Fords. The vacuum actuator in the hubs went out on my '05 at like 150k. Was a pretty cheep fix at the dealership. Aside from that my 4x4 systems have been flawless in all my Fords.
Keep in mind, people come to the forum for three reasons, to bitch, to show off, and to hang out. If one's only experience with Fords was solely derived from reading this forum you would think every Ecoboost is about to explode, every 5.0 uses 2 quarts of oil a week, and every 5.4 is about a minute from shooting a spark plug through the hood. Luckily, things like this are very, very rare.
There are 175,083 members on this forum, 13k of which are active. This forum caters to almost 30 years worth of truck models from Ford. Ford sold around 350,000 thousand trucks last year alone.
My point, the issues are rare. And this is coming from one of the people who has had major issues in the past. I say get a 4WD and don't look back. (And get the rear locker too, it's awesome.)