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This article taken from The Associated Press (AP) Thu, Dec 11, 2003:

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 released Thursday, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (news - web sites) also gave the 2004 Ford Freestar minivan its second-lowest bumper crash rating. The Freestar required an average of $700 in repairs on each of the four tests.

The front and back of both vehicles were hit in the 5-mph 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 — actually 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."

Link of the AP article ==> http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=stor...ts&sid=95616385

Insurance Institute web site @ http://www.iihs.org
 

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A foot note here, I have the link from the Insurance Institute on other large pick up's bumper test.

And as you will see many other bands are as in the same fate as the F-150. However, the list does not show the cost for repairs for the other brand of pick ups. I will try to dig a little deep in the Insurance Institude to find the costs for each brand's current model.

http://www.iihs.org/vehicle_ratings/low_sp...peed_lgpkup.htm

Here is another diagram showing the difference of repairs cost, bumper performance, of the 2001 to the 2004 F-150 and 1999 Windstar to the 2004 Freestar.

http://www.iihs.org/news_releases/2003/pr121103.htm
 
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