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    Charter Member#330 Charter Member MrCIG's Avatar
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    keep us informed
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    Charter Member #943 OnTheBay's Avatar
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    Originally posted by East Coast B
    This is my first FORD I ever bought(2002 PSD) and they haven't been impressing me yet with quality.
    My thoughts also on the last Ford I owned, the ABS computer kept self-destructing, first two were covered under warranty I had to fight like H#@$ to get the third one replaced and I ate the $650.00 cost for the fourth one. I would have fought the last one, since there was obviously a problem with this system, but the dam thing blew up the day before I traded it. I was just glad to get rid of the thing.

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    Here is my email and reply from Ford......

    Dear Brian,

    Thank you for your message of 05/1/02 regarding your 2002 Ford F-350.
    We appreciate the time you have taken to write us concerning the towing
    capabilities of the vehicle.

    Congratulations on the purchase of your new vehicle. We are pleased to
    welcome you to the Ford family and regret the circumstances which have
    prompted you to contact us. Please accept our apology for any
    frustration or inconvenience you may have experienced as a result of
    this issue.

    When calculating trailer towing capacity, several variables must be
    considered: the Base Curb Weight of your vehicle, the weight of all
    occupants, and the weight of all the cargo you wish to carry in your
    vehicle. The sum of these three weights equals your Gross Vehicle
    Weight (GVW).

    Due to the many possible vehicle configurations and options, we are not
    able to accurately provide a base curb weight for your vehicle. We
    suggest that you visit a local truck scale to get an accurate base curb

    Once you have determined your GVW, you should then compare it to your
    Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR), which can be found on the Safety
    Compliance Label on the driver's side door post. The GVWR is the
    maximum allowable weight of the fully loaded vehicle (including
    passengers and cargo). The GVW must never exceed the GVWR.

    According to your vehicle type and configuration <2002 Ford F-350 with a
    4 speed auto transmission and a 7.3L V8 engine and a 3.73 limited slip
    rear axle. The vehicle is equipped with a camper package> your Gross
    Combined Weight Ratio (GCWR) is 12,300 lbs. The GCWR is the combined
    maximum weight of your fully loaded truck and trailer, including
    passengers and cargo in the vehicle itself.

    By subtracting the GVW from the GCWR, you can determine a comfortable
    maximum towing capacity. It is important to remain within this limit and
    not exceed the GCWR.

    All vehicle information in this e-mail refers to the features and
    options of your vehicle, as ordered from the factory on your vehicle.
    The features and options of your vehicle may vary slightly due to plant
    variations or the addition of after-market items.

    We have also requested that an RV and Trailer Towing Guide be sent to
    your mailing address. You should receive it in approximately two weeks.
    Please refer to it for more information about towing with your vehicle.

    We hope that the information provided assists you with your inquiry.

    We value you as our customer and would like to wish you continued
    success with your vehicle.

    At Ford Motor Company, we consider the satisfaction of our customers as
    one of our most important objectives. If you have any other inquiries
    or concerns, please feel free to contact us and we will be happy to
    address them.

    Thank you for contacting Ford Motor Company.

    Ford Motor Company
    Customer Relationship Center

    Original Message Follows:
    Title: Mr.
    First Name: Brian
    Last Name:
    City: Northampton
    State: pa
    ZIP: 18067
    EMail Address: [email protected]
    Vehicle Owner: Yes
    Telephone Number: 610-
    Model Year: 2002
    Brand: Ford
    Model: F-350
    VIN Number: 1FTSX31F82EC09212
    Mileage: 450
    Category of Query/Concern: New Vehicle Information
    Site Escalating From: Ford
    Description of Issue/Concern: I recently purchased an F350 diesel after
    selling my 1999 GMC Yukon, in anticipation of buying a 35' boat. I
    ordered it with just about everything, I wanted to make sure I didn't
    have to buy another tow vehicle. However, as I learn more about my
    truck, I've learned that what is labeled as a V5 hitch, in reality is a
    Class 3. I wasted my money in ordering the trailer package! Now, I have
    to rip off a perfectly good hitch and replace it with a TRUE class 5
    hitch so that I will be equipped to pull a 35' boat. Why does Ford put a
    Class 3 hitch on a PowerStroke Diesel truck? And why is it incorrectly
    labeled with a V-5 representing a Class 5 hitch??? This is my first
    Ford, I've always been a Chevy truck person. I love the room in the
    truck and the feel of the truck, but the quality of the delivered truck
    was poor and now I find it won't hook up to the boat that I intended the
    truck for. I put out a lot of money for this truck and thought I could
    just bring it home, keep it shined and off we'll go. But, scratches,
    dirt in paint, incorrectly ordered parts, mislabeled parts, I'm not
    having a good experience thus far.
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    so they tell you what you already know but don't fix the issue. perfect politics

    i too just looked at my hitch and it also is a class 3 and not a 5 like i thought. thats why i bought a PSD so i could tow. so yea thats what i ordered a big truck with a half ton hitch. what a bunch of B.S.

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    Charter Member #232 Charter Member Audiofn's Avatar
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    I am going to put in a call tomarrow and let you all know what I find out. I am pissed that they guy gave me a bumm recal number. They better make good on the fact that they guy yesterday said that it would be covered!!!!
    Put your best foot forward!

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    Charter Member #232 Charter Member Audiofn's Avatar
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    Sorry guys I just got off the phone and I am not sure what the first guys was telling me but They said there is no trailer hitch recal!!! Piss me off. Anyhow I called up the dealer and they agreed to put on the new Class V hitch for me. SO I guess all you can do is call your dealer like I did and tell them that you were told that there was a Class V hitck on your truck. I was in fact told by the sales man that there was a Class V hitch on there.

    Put your best foot forward!

  7. #17
    liquid lounge
    When I bought my '01 , the receiver was not included with the tow package, this didn't make sense to me at the time, but when I asked why, I was told that F**d deleted the reciver and lowered the price of the option because many people buying heavy duty trucks wanted them for 5th wheel hitches and other types that the factory didn't offer. Anyway, Audio, dont get too upset, I got a DANA hitch rated for 12000# on the ball for $150.00

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    My (early) 1999 F-350 PSD extended cab...... has a class 5 on it factory installed....... I don't get it?????


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    No offense but i would double check. I have been dealing with Ford for the last week, and they (ford) do not have a class V hitch. It is possible that they had it installed afterwards, but no very likely. You can order the F350 with a class iv. They do have a v-5 rating on it, which does not make it a class 5 hitch, i is just a sfety rating.

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    Charter Member #232 Charter Member Audiofn's Avatar
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    Even the sales men and the service guys did not know that Ford does not make a Class V hitch!!! What ever they are giving me a Hiddenhitch or Hideahitch? is that a good one?

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