I had been doing some reading in other places. They said that they were able to get OEM cruise control added to their older model trucks. All of them said they ordered a OEM steering wheel fitted with cruise control, replaced it with the new one and then brought it to the dealership for programming. I read that they normally cost $50-$100 for programming.
Many of the sites that I went to recommended going to: http://www.thecruisecontrolstore.com
I went there and found the OEM Steering wheel for the truck at:
They are listed for $324.95 plus 13.95 SH for the lower 48 states.
I contacted the Ford dealership to verify a quote on the programming. The answer that I got from my local dealership was if it didn't come with it, you can't add it because there isn't a wire harness for it installed.
I contacted the cruise control store and asked them if they knew if every model of F150 came with the harness for the cruise control and explained to them what my dealership said. They assurred me that the harness was installed. They said for me to contact the dealership again and let them know that they can contact the cruise control store and they will assist the dealer in a 15-20 minute walkthrough on the programming at no charge.
I was thinking about pulling apart the steering wheel and having a look. The cruise control store has directions on how to do this but said that the installation for the F150 is so easy that they didn't need one. They told me to remove the three screws on the back, the air bag pops off. There is one bolt holding the sterring wheel on that does not require a puller. After that is removed the steering wheels pops right off. They said the installation start to finish takes roughly 15 minutes as well.
I'd hate to go through this, get the steering wheel, then no one want to program it. Any suggestions? I am about to call a different dealer to see what they say.
I should have paid more attention when I bought the truck. I didn't realize I didn't have one until I got home. I was looking everywhere during my drive back to find the cruise control. Makes sense why I couldn't find it.
I purchased the 2010 Ford F150 XL, base model. It came stock with the 4.6 liter Engine, 4x2, power locks, power windows, and AM/FM Radio.