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Old 12-04-2021, 12:03 PM   #1
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What options for your truck do you think you’re going to need

Just wondering what options you think you need or want for a new truck, an example may be heated seats automatic back up etc.?
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Old 12-04-2021, 12:12 PM   #2
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This answer may show my age, but automatic trans, A/C, power windows, regular cruise control and heated mirrors are all I need in any vehicle.
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Old 12-04-2021, 01:10 PM   #3
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This answer may show my age, but automatic trans, A/C, power windows, regular cruise control and heated mirrors are all I need in any vehicle.
That ain't being old....just smart

Bells and whistles are NOT needed, do not make truck more reliable and just end up with $$$$ to have/repair

Auto Lane changing, GPS 12" monitors, SUPERCruise Control, auto parallel parking, auto backup
Neat stuff...but NOT needed, and costly
Unfortunately Dealers order fully optioned vehicles and they is little one con Delete if you special order
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Old 12-04-2021, 03:06 PM   #4
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This answer may show my age, but automatic trans, A/C, power windows, regular cruise control and heated mirrors are all I need in any vehicle.
Works for me except that I don't really need the heated mirrors down here where we live. The newer cars and our 18 year old motorhome have them but I don't believe any of them have ever been activated.

OP, opinions are what you are going to get here. If you like technology, then there's plenty of it out there these days. Lot's of safety features too. Ford has some kind of back up assist thing but I'm not sure I would even try to use if I had it. I'd think your best bet is to look at what you have on your present vehicle now and go from there.
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Old 12-04-2021, 03:15 PM   #5
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Heated seats should be standard equipment on every vehicle produced.
One of life's little pleasures I can't live without...
All the other stuff is just fluff.
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Old 12-04-2021, 03:21 PM   #6
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Since every truck built these days comes with an automatic and air conditioning the only thing I can think of is an upgraded interior which usually gets you power windows and maybe the upgraded sound system if it doesn't come with the upgraded interior. In 2008 I was looking for a plain Jane stick shift truck and I think I got the last one Ford made. If you're thinking about getting one now you'll have to order it anyways because the auto makers aren't building them without a customer order last I knew. This may be the opportunity you're looking for to get exactly what you want. Happy hunting.
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Old 12-04-2021, 03:47 PM   #7
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All as mentioned above, but I will not buy a truck without 4x4. Have used it on every but the last trip, only because we parked it in downtown Los Angeles for the most part and straight back home to TN. I also really like the descent control and mileage of my Ram diesel, but I probably would buy a Tundra TRD (larger brakes) if/when I purchase my next truck. I had a Tundra and sold it to get the diesel, then Tundra came out with a larger gas tank and with the TRD package I think it would be a real winner to tow my 25B Big Foot, which is about 7500lbs to 8K lbs. Also thinking about putting air suspension on the Ram, although a WDH does a nice job with the porpoising.
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Every new truck comes with certain packages. A package may contain power windows, door locks and power seat. You typically can't buy one of those options without getting the others.

Personally, when I buy a vehicle, I pay a little extra and get one fully loaded, with either their top of the line or one just under that, like a Denali or SLT in the GM line. The resale is better and why not enjoy the extra comfort. I worked hard all my life and I deserve it.

Usually, I buy GM trucks that are 4x4 and can be towed. This time I bought a Ford Raptor. It's one of the most comfortable and best riding trucks on the market, not to mention, it's pretty quick with EVERY option.

In my younger days, I bought lower end vehicles a couple of times and regretted it. I soon realized for a few more dollars up front or a few more dollars in the monthly payment, I could have had all the bells and whistles.
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Personally, when I buy a vehicle, I pay a little extra and get one fully loaded, with either their top of the line or one just under that, like a Denali or SLT in the GM line. The resale is better and why not enjoy the extra comfort. I worked hard all my life and I deserve it.
A little extra? I priced out a 2022 Ford F350 XLT 4x4 SRW CC LB with the 7.3L gas motor for $63k. Exact truck I would want. A fully loaded limited is $94k.
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Old 12-04-2021, 07:25 PM   #10
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I think the blind spot alert is a useful bit of new tech. Also like Ford's keyless entry keypad. Sometimes you have the option to get LT tires on a half ton from the start, rather than waiting until the first tire replacement. 4X4 would be essential. Ford also has a good sized Li battery pack/"generator" that would be really nice for those with travel trailers.
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Towing on the highway, I appreciate the adaptive cruise control. I tend to find a semi going the speed I prefer, pull in behind it and engage cruise. Significantly reduces the stress and keeps me at a safe and legal speed.


On longer drive days, I've come to really appreciate the "active motion" seats from Ford. Gets the kinks out of my back and legs.
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Old 12-04-2021, 09:01 PM   #13
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I ordered a new truck in 2015 and picked the options I wanted. I ended up with a F250, Diesel, 4x4, CC, with mainly Lariat options. My wife only requested that it have heated seats which meant that it also had air conditioned seats. I opted to have this on the front seats only thinking that the air conditioned seats were a gimmic. Besides I would not be riding in the back.

Well the Air conditioned seats work, and a cool dog is a happy dog so if I had it to do over I would do the rear seats also.

I have driven a rental car with the adaptive controls and didn't care for them except for the forward collision avoidance. The other thing I got besides the block heater was the electric heating element in the heater. Diesels take a while to warm up and it is nice on cold mornings. I also got a locking rear diff.

Everything else is what Ford issues with towing controls, engine management to slow you down. It has more bells and whistles than I need, but try buying anything newer without them.
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Just wondering what options you think you need or want for a new truck, an example may be heated seats automatic back up etc.?
Ability to tow it 4 down.
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