Fisher Price Power Wheels Ford F150 Review

Conclusion: Power Wheels Ford F150 Pickup Truck  Rating: ★★★★☆
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After many hours of research and reading reviews of ride on cars for kids, I decided that the Fisher Price Power Wheels Ford F150 Truck was the best of breed for my oldest boy on his 3rd birthday.

Here are the primary reasons I chose the Fisher Price F150 truck over the other vehicles out there:

  1. Two seats; we have two boys and this allows our younger boy to ride along with his big brother. The seats have velcro seatbelts that aren’t really intended to serve as a saftey measure, but they do seem to be holding up well enough to keep our 14 month old in the seat even though his feet are dangling. Another plus is that the head rest has a little ‘give’ in it soften the quick starts and stops for our little one.
  2. Monster traction; one of the main complaints about ride on vehicles is that they are constantly loosing traction. The F150 Ford solves this by putting one electric motor on each of the rear wheels, so if one wheel starts spinning, the other takes over. It also has tires with deep traction grooves as opposed to the Cadillac Escalade power wheels – which looks like it is more suited for hard surfaces (asphalt).
  3. Storage; the F150 has a truck bed with a working tailgate. My son loves to put his toys, pinecones, dirt, etc. in the bed and truck them around. I found that putting a heavy cinder block in the bed gives the truck considerable added traction around our bumpy back yard.
  4. Secure Doors; some of the other ride-on vehicles I considered met my above requirements, but had open sides which make it easier to get in and out, but also make it easier for our one year old to fall out around corners.

A Couple Things worth noting:

  1. Battery Charge Indicator: some of the product descriptions indicate that this truck has a working battery life indicator, and I had expected ours to have one only to find out that it doesn’t. I can see where it used to be, but it appears that they have removed that feature from the latest model – now there is just a sticker simulating a navigation screen where it used to be. You might be able to find an older model that does have it, but if this is important to you, then be sure to check w/ your seller first.
  2. Seat Placement: the seats do allow for some forward/back adjustment, although it is not easy and must be performed during installation. By default, the seat is installed at the furthest-back position, which forces my taller-than-average 3 year old have to fully extend his leg and sit forward in the seat to depress the gas pedal. I recommend measuring your kid’s legs to take seat placement into account during installation. I haven’t adjusted the seat yet, but it looks like I’ll have to drill some new screw holes and make some other modifications to slide the seat forward.

Check out my detailed un-boxing and assembly photo essay below. Many Amazon reviewers complained about the assembly process. I’m fairly handy and have some tools and found that it was really pretty easy to put together. If you have any experience assembling Ikea furniture, you should be just fine. If not, you may want to call on your local handyman to help out.

I found the f-150 truck on Amazon for $319 with free shipping (summer 2010).

Fisher Price Ford F150 Truck Un-Boxing and Assembly Picture Gallery

Here is the birthday boy cruising around in his new Fisher Price Ford F150 Power Wheels truck:

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20 comments on “Fisher Price Power Wheels Ford F150 Review
  1. Anonymous says:

    My son loves his power wheels cars!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for this – it’s so hard to choose between all the different ones out there!

  3. Isa says:

    Hi, thanks! I didn’t have the instructions! It was very helpfull! I cound not do it without you!
    The box should come with your pics!

  4. Scot says:

    Awesome, thanks for the info.

  5. Fannie says:

    How does the size compare to the escalade? My 5 year old doesn’t fit in the jeeps or cars, the escalade has plenty room to grow, but I can’t find this in a store for her to sit in. Do you think it would accomodate a kid up to age 7?? Thx for the help!!

    • Steve says:

      Hi Fannie,
      Our son is about 4 feet tall and he has his leg straight out when pushing down the gas pedal. I would think that an average 7 year old would fit ok assuming they aren’t extremely tall.

  6. Brian Walsh says:

    Hi, I read your review of the F-150. It was done very well and I appreciate the info. You mentioned possible adjusting the seat by drilling additional holes because your son has to stretch out to press the pedal. I was wondering how tall your son is. This would help me determine if I would need to do this for my 4 year old. I’m not a handy guy and it might be a deal breaker.

    • Steve says:

      Hi Brian,
      You should be fine with your 4 year old. My son is about 4 feet tall and can reach the pedal easily w/ the seat in the default position.

      Cheers

      • Steve says:

        I went ahead and took the following measurements to help clear up this question about child height and the f150:

        1. distance from gas pedal to front edge of seat in default position: approx 16 inches.

        2. distance from gas pedal to front edge of seat platform, if seat were to be moved to the forward most position: approx 13 inches.

        3. distance from gas pedal to back of seat in default position: approx 26 inches.

        I hope this helps you with your research and deciding between all the various power wheels choices out there.

        Let me know if I can help with anything else.

        Cheers

  7. Shana says:

    I have a question about the radio. I have replaced batteries, but still dont really hear anything. The music note lights up and I can hear a slight fuzzy noise but thats the extent.

    The large dial i believe is volume.. what is the tuner?

    Thanks.

    • Steve says:

      Hi Shana,
      You should see two arrow buttons – those are channel ‘scanners’ – so basically it will scan along the FM frequency until it finds a signal where it will stop and play that station until you hit the button again. I haven’t been too impressed with the radio at all, and the boys hardly use it anymore.

  8. Maria says:

    Thank you so much!!!! Your directions helped me fix the steering wheel. You saved the day. Thanks once again.

  9. Ravvie says:

    Thanks so much for this very detailed post! I’ve been wanting to get this for my daughter for Christmas but can’t seem to find a local place that has it out so that I can really look at it. (Well, Wal-mart had the Raptor on display, but that doesn’t help when its 8 foot in the air and bolted to a shelf.) This has been a big help in getting a feel for the layout of the interior and whether or not she’ll be able to use it for a while (she’s a really tall kiddo.) It’ll also come in handy come Christmas Eve when its time to put the thing together, so thanks a million.

    Do you know if the key can be removed and then the “tether” removed? She’s already got a set of play keys, and I think it’d be fun to stick the Power Wheels key on there; it would make it more realistic. Would you have any idea if that’s a possibility?

    • Steve says:

      Hi Ravvie,
      You’re quite welcome – my boys still get a lot of mileage out of their F150. I’m glad you found my post useful – thanks for letting me know. 🙂

      Happy holidays,
      Steve

  10. Adam says:

    I was looking for your email address but couldnt find it anywhere, I see this is kinda old so I hope you do see it. My question is pretty simple. Do you know of anywhere online/store where I can find chrome rims for the truck. I was driving down the road yesterday and happen to see this truck on the side of the road with a free sign on it. So I hit the brakes as fast as you could blink. I couldnt believe it, had everything on it still, even the battery and charger cable. Its a little dirty kinda looks like it has just sat in the back yard for awhile with no one messing with it. So I’m going to restore it but reall go all out on it my way. Now this one is the stx version. It doesnt have chrome rims like yours. Well thats what I’m trying to track down, something like yours. Id like to find a few options to choose from but even your stock ones I would put on mine before keeping what is on it now. If you could email me back and let me know I would really appreciate it. Thanks so much

    charlieHUscene@gmail.com

    • Steve says:

      Hey Adam,
      I’m not sure where you could find chrome wheels for the truck, but there are a few forums out there that focus on hot rodding powerwheels cars like this one. I learned how to use an old drill switch to hack a variable speed accelerator pedal. I meant to post the update to my above post, but haven’t gotten around to it.

      You also might be able to find chrome paint?

      Best of luck!

      Steve

  11. Larry bangle says:

    My ford 150 will run about 5 feet and stop dead. Apply accelerator again and it will run another 5 feet and stop each time. Can you tell me what might possibly cause this to happen?
    Thank you, lbangle@msn.com

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