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More bad news for F-Series

You probably heard recently about the Qld ambos slapping a ban on driving their F-250s because of possible faulty steering caused by shoddy RHD conversion.

In the Sydney Morning Herald there is this article about the new Aussie F-Series.
What goes up ...
Ford's latest attempt to colonise our roads with American mechanical dinosaurs has begun embarrassingly.
The new weapon (there's no better term) is the F-series 4WD pick-up truck - nearly six metres from nose to tail and two metres from side to side. Yesterday a shiny new example climbed a challenging set of wooden steps in front of media at a 4WD course in Narbethong, outside Melbourne. It got to the top and stopped.
A red-faced PR flack blamed a fuse. Two mechanics worked on the vehicle but, with an engine which still refused to start and a weight approaching three tonnes, it wasn't going anywhere. The mechanics gave up after 90 minutes or so, by which time the journalists had repaired to lunch - with the stranded Corolla-crusher still in full sight of their tables. Nonetheless, from next week Australians will have the chance to buy an F-Series of their own, with an optional 7.3-litre engine.

Also on BON there is an article about Ford USA getting a class-action lawsuit over supplying incorrect radiators in some F-150 models. 1999-2000 model year F-Series owners are claiming that they ordered the optional trailer towing or SuperCooling package, both which Ford specified included a larger radiator. Many F-Series
owners later found that Ford did not install the larger radiator as specified in the dealer's ordering books and Ford's sales literature.

The 1999-2000 standard F-Series radiators were single core units measuring 1.02" thick. When a 1999-2000 F-Series was ordered
with a SuperCooling package, the radiator was upgraded to a two core, 2.2" thick radiator; however, in many instances the standard
radiator was installed rather than the optional unit specified by Ford as part of the SuperCooling package.

You know, somebody actually complimented me on my driving today. They left a little note on the windscreen. It said, 'Parking Fine.'So that was nice.

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