So, it's coming up on one year since I took delivery of my Raptor.
One of the interesting (read: trivial) things I found with the on-board instrumentation was that it was equipped with two trip odometers.
Each trip odometer logs four parameters : Running Time , Distance Travelled , Litres of fuel used and Average gas consumption.
Trip Odometer "A" sees usage from fill-up to fill-up, and gets reset each time.
Trip Odometer "B" has never been reset since the Raptor rolled off the assembly line in Dearborn.
This years mileage was slightly higher than normal for me, as I had three 2500 km road trips I took that were over and above daily driving.
Here's the stats:
The one that struck me the most was the amount of seat time I had.....do the math and 372 hours is roughly 15 straight days, or nine 40 hour work weeks.
Random thoughts on the last year, in no particular order:
Overall, it's been a good year, happy with the mods I've done and the performance of the truck in general.
The only real complaint was the driveline "clunk" issue that was solved by replacing the driveshaft under a TSB. 30 minutes on the hoist solved that problem.
The Raptor has received more compliments and comments than my Mustang ever did, and it hasn't been unusual for complete strangers to come up and start shooting the shit, no matter where I find myself.
Most common asked question : "Have you taken it off-road yet?"
Most common thought : " Not even close. You want to get it dirty and beat the hell out of it, buy your own. "
Most common answer : "Not yet, but eventually I'll take it for a rip" (Maybe)
Even though it can run on 87 octane, I swear it runs better on 91, and for the $10 or so extra per tank, why worry about it, run the 91.
The loss of one foot of box length (from 6.5' to 5.5') is more than you would think. I don't carry a lot of shit in my trucks, but I do notice that one foot.
Turn off the electronic nannies and jump on it, and this thing will get up and dance, which for a 6100 lb and change truck, is pretty good.
All in all, given that this truck replaced my Mustang, I don't miss the car at all. Might see another muscle car in my future, but for the short term, things are pretty good.
Thanks for tuning in.