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Old 12-14-2003, 00:08   #1 (permalink)
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Ford F-150 scores poorly in tests

BY DEE-ANN DURBIN
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WASHINGTON -- Ford Motor Co.'s new F-150 pickup did poorly on bumper crash tests performed by the insurance industry, requiring an average of $1,500 in repairs in each of four tests.

In results to be released today, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety also gave the 2004 Ford Freestar minivan its second-lowest bumper crash rating. The Freestar required an average of $700 in repairs in each of the four tests.

The front and back of both vehicles were hit in the 5-m.p.h. tests, which simulate low-speed crashes in a parking lot or heavy traffic. The F-150 sustained the most damage -- $2,041 in repairs -- when it backed into a pole. The Freestar sustained the most damage -- $1,239 -- when its front end hit an angled barrier.

Ford stressed Wednesday that the tests aren't related to the safety of either vehicle. The company also said it designs all of its bumpers to perform well in internal tests.

The institute's tests "may not be representative of the type of damage that occurs in real-world situations," Ford spokesman Glenn Ray said.

The institute said predecessors to both vehicles -- the 2001 F-150 and the 1999 Windstar -- did better in previous bumper tests when costs were adjusted to 2003 prices. In 1999, the Windstar got the institute's "acceptable" rating -- one level higher than the Freestar -- and had an average of $523 in damage per test. The F-150 got the institute's worst rating both years, but its repair costs were slightly lower in 2001.

"Ford could have used this opportunity to design better bumpers," said institute chief Adrian Lund. "A bumper should be strong enough to prevent major damage at a fast walking speed."
Rollover prevention

Ford said it will offer options on sport-utility vehicles to prevent them from rolling over.

Ford will make available a system it calls Roll Stability Control on 2004 Lincoln Aviator and Navigator sport-utility vehicles. The system has a suggested retail price of $855, said spokeswoman Kristen Kinley. A version of the Navigator has the system as a standard feature, she said.

The automaker plans to extend the system to 2005 Ford Explorer and Expedition and Mercury Mountaineer sport-utility vehicles, she said. The company hasn't determined whether the system will be an option or standard equipment on those vehicles, she said. Bloomberg contributed to this report.
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I guess they arn't built like they use to. My 89 is as tough as nails especially the bumpers.
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That's what we have insurance for! If we wanted the cars themselves to sustain no damage in an accident then car manufacturers would build them like they did in the 1930's. I rather have a car that protects the driver and passengers in an accident than one that doesn't sustain any damage. It's all about absorbing energy over as large as time frame as possible. Something has to give and I rather it be the car than the occupants!
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Your right in a way there '92, but there has to be some toughness about these trucks, what happened to the phrase "built ford tough"
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[QUOTE=89F150]Your right in a way there '92, but there has to be some toughness about these trucks, what happened to the phrase "built ford tough"


Hey if you dont like the strength of the bumpers go to a fab shop and have some made they will outlast your truck and many more.
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I've seen a bullbar where the main section was a length of railway track...
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O.K. ,

I won't crash mine!
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