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Old 03-06-2019, 10:00 PM
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Been a serious winter in MN, have to say my 2012 Sierra 1500 SLE with full time 4x4 and old school locker in rear got around a lot better. Been hung out turning right on icy intersections, but dry roads, a time to many.

Any one else wonder why Ford doesn't offer that on the XLT, especially with where they sticker out at now?
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Offer what? My XLT has an electronic locker... I barely even need 4x4 most of the time; I usually only need to pull out on the switch, lock the rear and I’m moving forward.
I don’t live in MN, but NJ definitely gets it’s fair share of **** weather and I’ve spent some time in mud, sand and other “fun” surfaces.

Im not even sure what you’re saying or asking for so maybe I’m misunderstanding?
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What is the problem?
If you want full time 4WD turn the switch to 4H and leave it there.
Pull the **** to engage the locking axle and done.
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Been a serious winter in MN, have to say my 2012 Sierra 1500 SLE with full time 4x4 and old school locker in rear got around a lot better. Been hung out turning right on icy intersections, but dry roads, a time to many.

Any one else wonder why Ford doesn't offer that on the XLT, especially with where they sticker out at now?
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Offer what? My XLT has an electronic locker... I barely even need 4x4 most of the time; I usually only need to pull out on the switch, lock the rear and Iím moving forward.
I donít live in MN, but NJ definitely gets itís fair share of **** weather and Iíve spent some time in mud, sand and other ďfunĒ surfaces.

Im not even sure what youíre saying or asking for so maybe Iím misunderstanding?
When you are in the turn spinning is not a good time to flip 4x4 on, unless you like breaking stuff. The intersection ice has been really bad this year.

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What is the problem?
If you want full time 4WD turn the switch to 4H and leave it there.
Pull the **** to engage the locking axle and done.
The feedback with running 4x4 on dry roads is unpleasant, and definitely not good for the transfer case. GM lets you put it in auto 4x4 and has no unpleasant feedback and engages when you need it on a SLE. Ford makes you go to Lariat trim to get auto 4x4 and it makes no sense, let the XLT guys option it.

Previous 3 winters no big deal, this winter, big deal.

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When you are in the turn spinning is not a good time to flip 4x4 on, unless you like breaking stuff. The intersection ice has been really bad this year.



The feedback with running 4x4 on dry roads is unpleasant, and definitely not good for the transfer case. GM lets you put it in auto 4x4 and has no unpleasant feedback and engages when you need it on a SLE. Ford makes you go to Lariat trim to get auto 4x4 and it makes no sense, let the XLT guys option it.

Previous 3 winters no big deal, this winter, big deal.
Yes if you want 4 auto option you have to buy a better optioned truck, that's just how it is.
I have gotten along just fine with the XLT standard shift for over 20 years and 3 different trucks.
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Totally agree with OP. Precious truck was a Chevy and the 4A is great. Especially driving around town or changing road conditions. I would gladly pay for the option, donít want a Lariat. You can get it in lower trim Rams also.
Makes no sense, but they sell a ton of trucks so why change I guess.
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You can add 4A if it’s that big a deal. It’s a transfer case, controller and switch. I think with all brand new parts it’s a little over $1000 if you do it yourself and with used parts can probably be done for around $500.

My 13’ FX4 has 4A and I can count on one hand the amount of times I found it useful. I just put the truck in 4H when the roads are bad and drive more cautiously...
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Xlt with an e locker on my truck. Same weather as you and no issues. I prefer the e locker on this truck to my previous trucks. I've got an explorer with 4a and I hate driving it in the same conditions. I usually put it in 4high when it's slick. If you've been "hung out to dry" learn to pay more attention. All there is to it. Takes a tiny turn of a ****. So tough...

Ford packages it this way to sell more lariats. Plain and simple.
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Originally Posted by Weather Man View Post
Been a serious winter in MN, have to say my 2012 Sierra 1500 SLE with full time 4x4 and old school locker in rear got around a lot better. Been hung out turning right on icy intersections, but dry roads, a time to many.

Any one else wonder why Ford doesn't offer that on the XLT, especially with where they sticker out at now?
When I was a much younger, I drive a 2wd s-10 in the snowy winters of PA. Man how things have changed.

Ford wants you to drop much much more money on a truck, plain and simple.
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