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Reader Emails: Ford Fan Speaks Out and A Happy Granville King Reader Weighs In

Four Wheeler readers share their thoughts and opinions.

Ford Guy

I'm a Ford guy. I have a '15 F-150 SuperCrew 4x4 with the 2.7 V-6. I was driving an '04 Ranger FX4 with 4.10 gears and the 4.0 V-6 and did good to get 15-16 combined mpg. When the aluminum bodied F-150s came out, I really liked the new styling and decided to start test driving. I was intrigued with the 2.7 twin-turbo, but my local dealer didn't have a SuperCrew 4x4 on the lot with that engine combination. I was pretty skeptical about that small engine in a 4x4 of this size, even with the lighter weight of the truck. After all, I had a 2.9 in my '87 Ranger, and it was just adequate. They did have a two-wheel-drive SuperCrew, so I test drove it. I was pretty impressed, but I told the dealer they would have to bring in a 4x4 for me to test drive, and I left thinking they wouldn't bring one and chance me buying it, since V-8 4x4s are about all you see in our neck of the woods. Low and behold, a week or so later, they called me. As they say, the rest is history.

I love my truck. You have to relearn how to modulate the throttle due to the turbos, but man, when you release the hounds, it still amazes me. It just keeps pulling. Mpg? Twenty combined and that's not many highway miles. It's my daily driver, and I live about 7 miles from work, and me and the wife also drive fairly often to some larger towns nearby, all less than an hour away.

On another note, when I got the truck it had the ubiquitous Goodyear Wranglers that Ford puts on most of the XLT 4x4s. Up to that point, I was not a Goodyear fan based on poor past experience. I currently have 60,000 miles on them, and it looks like I'll get to next year's inspection and approximately 15,000 more miles. The reason I mention this, I think it may have something to do with the lighter truck and engine combination?

So, my advice to Chevy guys, test drive the four-cylinder in the Silverado. You might be amazed too.
Fred
Via email

Family Reading

I was really surprised to find the March 2020 issue of Four Wheeler in my mailbox today. As a 40-plus year subscriber, I am saddened that Petersen's 4-Wheel & Off Road has been discontinued. Honestly, I have been a little disappointed in Four Wheeler in recent years... that being the reason I chose not to renew my subscription a few years ago. I have to say the March 2020 Four Wheeler has left me speechless and impressed.

I really enjoyed Granville King's From the Backcountry article, and I hope you will continue to include these old articles in your magazine. I fondly remember my father reading those stories to me when I was a child. Now at 47, I enjoyed reading "The Song of the Van" to my 12-year-old son and 9-year-old daughter.

Thanks to my dad, I have been an avid Jeep enthusiast my entire life and am proud to pass that love on to my children.

Attached is a photo of my '79 CJ-5 that I built out of leftovers from parts Jeeps I have owned and many years of attending the swap meets at the IOK 4 Wheelers grounds in Cleves, Ohio.

Please keep up the good work!
John
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