What Others Say: Jalopnik Drives the 2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor

What Others Say: 2010 Ford F-150 Raptor First Swim

Our friends at Jalopnik spent some time recently in the 2010 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor and kicked up rooster tails in a way that we think breaks new ground, er, water. The Raptor was driven off-road at Montauk Beach in New York and into the surf of the Atlantic Ocean. Of course, they jumped it across the sand too, like it was meant to be used.

Mostly, they came away suitably impressed with the Raptor, except for its 6-speed automatic transmission. What else do they have to say? Jump over to Jalopnik for the full review, plus lots of pictures.

[Source: Jalopnik]


I wonder if they had actually put the truck in "off-road" mode. It sounds like they didn't. I looked at the pics and they were cool. I didn't see anything that would slow down a dirtbike. It makes me wonder about his "offroad" skills.

Nice fun truck. Needs a real driver to test it on a real off-road couse. any truck can do donuts in water and on sand. They get to use a truck of this caliber and thats all they do while failing to launch it more than they did in picture. Way to go FORD, nice little truck.

With all the tests previously to this one why now we are just hearing of the transmission issue. Is this a raptor only problem or does the 150 have this issue as well? Looking forward to the 6.2 its been a while since ford had a gas motor to be excited about. I am waiting to see the tests of the coyote 5.0 vs. the 6.2. From what I have seen it looks very similar hp. and torque wise but thats about all thats similar.

Not to be a critic but I do that stuff with my 2004 Silverado 4x4 with a 4.3 liter V6 and a 5 speed , I can do cookies till the ABS light comes on because of the G80 locker .

Didn't this Jalopnik guy have this same problem last time he test drove it? It seems like he is the only one to have this problem because he doesn't know what he is doing.

What! They drove the truck in salt water!?!?!?! Are you F'en me. Great way to ruin metal, unless its rinsed in fresh water imediately. Ive seen lots of heavy machinery be run in salt water at the beach for a job, then seem parts fail and fall right off.

Quote from story: "When in Drive (or "D"), the transmission will shift down under load, then the tires will start to spin rapidly causing the transmission to up shift as the engine RPM gets high, once the transmission up shifts the torque at the wheels goes down and the engine "bogs", then the transmission down shifts and the whole cycle starts over again."
I think the guy driving the truck should stick to driving cars on dry pavement. This statement proves he doesn't know his "you know what" from a hole in the ground when it comes to offroad driving. This is the 5th Raptor test I've read, and this is the first time I've heard of this problem.

@Lou N: Tow/Haul mode fixes the transmission.

Thanks Mike.
I found it odd that Jalopnik testers were the only people to have this problem.

@Lou N: They are correct that the transmission does get bogged down in full auto mode. It's what we experienced also during our first drive. It's because Ford optimized for fuel economy.

@ Mike - Thanks for the update.
I don't envy engineers. They have to try to configure a vehicle to keep the largest amount of people happy, try to figure out how people will use or abuse a product, meet corporate cost points, meet safety standards, and so on. I'd say they get it right most of the time.

"I don't envy engineers. They have to try to configure a vehicle to keep the largest amount of people happy..."

Or they could just put manual in it & let us SHIFT OUR OWN GEARS. That way they neither have to try to divine what will keep 'everyone' happy (which is impossible), nor spend all that money on computer programming.

I've said it before & I'll say it again - there will never be an autobox made that can shift as well as me, as consistently as me, in as many different modes of driving (sport, economy, & everywhere in between) as me. Why? Not because I'm the best driver in the world, but because I already have perfect knowledge of how I want to drive. Unless Ford is going to jack into my brain they will never trump that.

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