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^^^^ Sure, I'll bite.
I try not to bag on the other brands too much but I'll share my F150 experience.
As I stated in the OP, I bought the truck at two years old and 20,000 miles. The first thing I noticed at about 25K was how bad the front tires were wearing. The outside edges were well past the wear bars and, overall, the tires were worn very unevenly. Took it to a reputable tire and alignment shop and had it inspected and new tires installed front and rear. At that point I was told the front end was severely out of alignment (mind you, this is my commuter that tows my 17 ft boat 10 times a year; hardly worthy of requiring alignment at 25K IMO). It was aligned and for the duration of my ownership (15K-ish miles) I had no further problems.
The first winter I owned it, the passenger side turbo developed an internal oil leak on one of the seals. Because it was internal, the engine was burning the oil and not dripping on the ground (not enough that it was smoking excessively so I didn't notice). When I checked the oil, which I try to do monthly, I noticed it was over a quart low. I took it to Ford and was told the turbo was burned up from the leaking and would need to be replaced. It was replaced and off I went. After the repair was done, within a month it was leaking again and a second turbo was replaced. I was told there was potential for this due to a check valve in the PCV system that was prone to freezing.
Next was a master cylinder recall (no issue, these things happen). My truck was not experiencing the issue but fell within the VIN range for replacement. However, after the replacement, I started having issues. Ford corporate told me this was a known potential issue and bring it back for a second replacement. I did and had no further issues.
Then, at 40K I noticed a leak from the rear differential. After inspection, I could tell it was coming from the pinion seal. Took it to the dealer and they replaced the seal.
At this point, I had no faith in the truck. I got the truck back from the dealer on a Friday after the pinion seal was replaced and traded Saturday morning on the new Tundra.
In Ford's defense, they never questioned me once about any of the issues. I just brought it in and they fixed everything, every time, under warranty. Other than tires, I never paid a dime. But it is quite clear the only thing Ford cares about is how many F150s they can sell annually and they'll deal with the quality problems after the fact. In my mind, there is no excuse for the poor quality of those trucks.
This only outlines the mechanical issues with this truck. Not the terrible fit and finish of the interior, awful "premium sound," heater and defroster that were so pathetic that it was practically undriveable during winter in MN, and turbo lag that was so pronounced as to be almost dangerous on the highway.
This is merely my experience, but the blue oval will never get their fingers in my wallet again.
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