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  • peachtree103peachtree103 Posts: 189
    Well, at least Jaguar hasn't started making trucks...yet...,

    I've got a 99 F-150 supercab Lariat with the 5.4 V8, and have 80K on the odometer. With the exception of the brakes, it's been trouble free. After I had the tires replaced at about 50K miles, the pads started wearing out every 5K. I've had the rotors replaced (twice), but I've still got a bit of vibration when braking. I suspect that something warped in the tire exchange, so I don't necessarily hold this against Ford. (This is apparently a very common problem with Chrysler/Jeep products, as well).

    The bucket seats are reasonably comfortable, and I did quite a bit of highway cruising in it. I previously had a 97 GMC full size which unfortunately was not as reliable. Mulitple transmission problems starting at 50K miles which were very difficult and expensive to repair. In addition, the previous GMC/Chevy trucks had to have special parts for a front wheel alignment which made this otherwise routine procedure somewhat expensive.

    If you need less of a work truck & more of a daily driver, the Toyota is an excellent choice. Great Reliability & Superior Crash Test Scores, but slightly less towing capacity, if I'm not mistaken.

    Will answer more specific question if you've got em. Good Luck with whatever you choose.
  • marymudmarymud Posts: 3
    Hi. I went to look at a F150 today but now I can not figure out which exact type it was. It was a 1992, supercab pickup, auto, power steering, power windoes and locks, 8 cyclinder (the dealer guy said a V8 but the cylinders were grouped together in a round group not in a line or V shaped). I has bucket type seats in the front and a beanch type seat in the back (could fit 3 small people). It also had 2 gas tanks. 105K miles on it.
    So...Do you know which type it is? If so I'm tring to find out if it is a good truck or not. The dealer is asking $5,250 (thay wanted $6000 at first).

    Thanks for any help.

    Mary
    mfminahan@yahoo.com
  • bessbess Posts: 972
    It's either a 5.0L v8 or 5.8L v8.

    You forgot to mention whether its a 4x2 or 4x4.. For only 6k, I would have to assume its either a 4x2 in decent shape or a 4x4 thats only in fair condition.
    Not seeing the vehicle, it's difficult to judge, but 5,000 seems very reasonable..
  • marymudmarymud Posts: 3
    Thanks you Bess. I'm not sure if it is a 5.0 or 5.8 L V8. I think it is only a 4x2 because I did not see anything that could shift it into 4 wheel drive.
    Do you know how long or how many miled a F150 can last for? I am wondering at 105K miles if this is the breaking point?
    Thanks,
    Mary
  • marymudmarymud Posts: 3
    Do you know or do you know how I could find out what type of gas milage an 1992 F150 8cyl would get?
    Mary
  • wpalkowskiwpalkowski Posts: 493
    Hi,
    I've got a '95 F150, 5.0L V8, with ~170K miles on it. It's still running strong, and not as pretty as it used to be, but it was well taken care of. Did a lot of highway miles, but always had oil changed at ~ 3000 mile intervals. I had to replace tranny at around 125K. It's needed a new starter, and a throttle position sensor, but every thing else has been normal maintenance items - tires, shocks, belts, hoses, etc.
    Are there any maintenance records with vehicle? Is the dealer a Ford Dealer - he could probably run the VIN # and see if it has a service record. You can also run Vin # through Autocheck (?) to find out if it's ever been in accidents, or had comprehensive insurance claims against it (vandalism, flood, etc.). Do you have a private auto mechanic that you trust? If so, ask dealer if you can have your mechanic inspect the truck as a condition of sale. Check phone book, some areas have used car inspection services that go over vehicle from top to bottom and give you a report. The $100+ cost would be worth it if they save you from making a $$$ mistake.
    As far as mileage goes, my 5.0L is not great (its an extended cab, long bed, 4x2). It gets approx. 12 mpg around town, 15-17 on highway depending on how fast/hard you drive.

    Good Luck.

    Wp
  • bcogarbcogar Posts: 1
    Has anyone heard about the 5.4L on the F150 having a oil crankcase leak. I've heard this from about 3 different people now. They say if you develop it and go to Ford, even after the warranty they will fix it.
  • jcave1jcave1 Posts: 137
    My last truck was a '92 F-150 4X4 supercab shortbed with five speed manual tranny. It had been maintained however at 150k miles it needed engine work primarily with the heads. There are tons of these on the market therefore trade in value stinks. Paint and interior held up very well. Those captians chairs are very comfortable. The backseat folds down giving you a steel platform all the way across. Mileage when new was about 15, at trade in was about 11.

    If possible you should check maintenance, particulary the auto tranny. It needs to be maintained properly, drained, and flushed. Check the tranny fluid, it shouldn't look or smell burned at all. Burned would be a brownish color, not a nice red.

    I see lots of these in the 6 - 8k range but most are 4X4. Add another 1500 or so for that option. We're partial to 4X4's out here.

    I'd say at $5,200, it could be a decent price depending at least these things.

    Mine served very well. The oxygen sensor would fail about every 40k miles which is fairly normal I'm told. Overall I was very satisfied. Have a 2001 Superduty Powerstroke Diesel today. The
    F-150 was good enough that I decided to stay Ford.

    jerry
  • eleets00eleets00 Posts: 27
    Hello all. I would like to know if anyone here owns the 2000 F150 Harley Davidson SuperCab &/or the 2001 F150 Harley Davidson CrewCab. How do they drive? How is the reliability? What is the gas mileage like? I'm looking at the 2002 Ram Quad Cab, but like the Harley Davidson F150's better. But.. after my 96 Contour fiasco, I'm skeptical of buying another Ford product (I've heard the horror stories on the pre-2K2 Ram's). I have a 48 mile round trip to work every day. Plus I plan on getting sport bike & would like to know which one is better equipped to handle the bike. How much should I expect to pay for either? Any info/advice anyone can provide will greatly appreciated.

    PS - Anyone know where I can get some info on the next generation F150's?
  • mwautomwauto Posts: 4
    I have an 2002 F-150 Suprcrew with 7,300 miles and the transmission slips intermitently between first and second gear approximately 10 times per week. I notice it mainly in stop-n-go traffic when I do not come to a complete stop or leaving a parking lot etc. and go to accelerate. The vehicle jerks when the rear wheels finally catch and I have heard a metal scraping noise from the rear once. It has been in the shop twice so far and they have been unable to find anything. Any help or suggestions would be appreciated.
  • The F-150 truck seats hurt my back. That is the only reason I have not bought one. I find that the Ford Windstar seats are very comfortable and the Ranger seats are not bad. But I want a full size truck, not a van. Does anyone know if F-150 seats have been successfully replaced by anyone? I don't want to buy a Ranger because I want the extra room and size that an F-150 would give me.
  • I have a 2000 F-150 extended cab flair side...I love it. However, there seems to be a short in the electrical somewhere around the dome light area. Has anyone else experienced this?
  • dwrestledwrestle Posts: 72
    Has ford already offered a F-150 with a deisel engine in the past? I was just wondering because on www.kbb.com they have the 7.3 as an option on the engine selection part, well at least on a 1993 F-150.

    Any help would be nice, that engine would be sweet in an F-150.
  • wpalkowskiwpalkowski Posts: 493
    Think that's a typo on the part of KBB. I think that the 7.3L Powerstroke diesel only came out in '98. Prior to that it was a 6.9L Diesel, but they were only available in the 250/350 series trucks. (Jim can you corroborate?).
      I don't think that the front end of an F150 could carry the extra weight of full-sized diesel motor.
  • playerplayer Posts: 2
    Just purchased a 2004 F150 Lariat with the leather trimmed captains chairs. I find these chairs to be very uncomfortable. The back side bolsters are not very big and set too far outboard causing my back to slide left and right when making turns. Also, the side bolsters on the seat is uneven. the outboard side is almost flat where the inboard side in high. This makes me feel as if the left side of the seat is lower than the right prompting me to constantly adjusting my seating position. The passenger side seat has similar problem except reversed. I also noticed irregular surface areas just beneath the leather sheathing. When I took the vehicle to Ford dealership, their explanation was that Ford made the outboard sides of the seat cushion lower to aid ease of getting out of the car. Does this make sense? Does anyone else have this problem?
  • playerplayer Posts: 2
    Just purchase an 04 F150 Lariat with the 5.4 liter 3 valves per cylinder. The engine idles rough when stopped or in park position. Took the vehicle to Ford. Their explanation was that the new 5.4 idle a bit rough due to the nature of the design of the 3 valves per cylinder configuration. Anyone else experiencing this problem?
  • shawnc2shawnc2 Posts: 12
    I have an '02 F-150 supercab flareside with the FX4 off-road package. I wanted to put a flowmaster dual exit rear exhaust on it. I saw that some of the other aftermarket catback exhaust systems require you to move or remove the spare tire (Gibson and Jeg's and I think), something I'm not willing to do. Has anyone put this on their truck? I wanted to know if you had to make any changes to the spare or if the tail pipes will clear. Also, how long do the aluminized pipes last compared to stainless steel.

    Thanks.
  • todd1965todd1965 Posts: 16
    I have a 2003 F-150 SC and I placed a Flowmaster Dual Exhaust System on my truck. I think you can't put any other system on your truck, it gives that low rumble sound that everyone can hear when you start up your energy.
  • price4000price4000 Posts: 4
    I recently bought an '01 4x4 SuperCrew and have been researching some exhaust systems, as well. My question for you is: even though you love the low rumble of your FlowMaster split dual upon start-up, how loud is the internal hum/rumble at highway speeds? I hear from the installers that the usual complaint by customers is the loud, internal rumbling on the highway. Have you experienced this and just live with it, or does your cabin stay relatively quiet at all speeds?
  • price4000price4000 Posts: 4
    I recently bought an '01 4x4 SuperCrew with 29k miles. Mint. Although I've owned two V-8 Bronco's in the past and know quite well that V-8's obviously aren't the fuel efficient wonders that we wish they were, I've been a little surprised to see a city avg of 13.3 mi/gal and city/hwy avg of 15.5. For those of you with '01-'03 4x4 SuperCrews, does this fuel economy sound about right to you? Also, have any of you upgraded your air-intake systems and seen positive effects on your fuel economy since? I'm thinking about going to an aftermarket ait intake, primarily for throttle response reasons, but I hear such changes (also going with true split exhaust, etc) often result in slightly better fuel economy as well? Any suggestions are appreciated.
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