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  • This is exacly what we needed. I was looking for a thread with a similar name but the closest we had was "F series problems." This is much better. Good thinking flyer!!!
  • Thanks Flyer, we needed this.
  • I just picked up a 1999 F-150 extended cab Lariat off lease with 29,000 miles for $17,200. I feel I got a great deal as the truck is mint however I am disapointed about one thing. The leather seats in this truck are terrible. Both seats have several creases that I'm sure will be cracks soon. I see myself re-covering these seats in a year or two. I will use lexol to protect them and see what happens. Other than that, the truck is great. Glad to have a thread just for F-150 owners.
  • ndahi12ndahi12 Posts: 235
    Congrats on the truck. But I would urge you to check the passanger side head gasket if you have the 5.4 L engine. On F150s made between 1998/99 the passanger side headgasket leaks. The engine is poorly machined and that is causing the gasket to blow.

    Got to Read the engine forums and there is a long [non-permissible content removed] thread about leaky head gaskets.

    Good luck

  • You can checkout , , and . These are very good sites to find useful information. Planning any modifications to your new truck?
  • tbundertbunder Posts: 580
    my sis had a '99 exedition with the 5.4 in it, they replaced the whole engine due to this machining problem. dad had a V10 super duty, basically the 5.4 with 2 more cylinders, he also got a whole new engine. id stick with the 4.6 unless you need the extra torque.
  • tbundertbunder Posts: 580
    i have found a '97 F150 4x4 with off-road pkg, supercab, and auto. its got 65K on it, asking $16400 for it. this sounds kinda high to me, what do you all think? im thinking of offering no more than $15000. i prefer the '97's and '98's, due to their stout front end appearance. ford really made these trucks conservative looking with the front end redesign in '99. jmo. let me know on the price of this truck, and any problems with the earlier '97's with the 4.6. was it rated at 210 horse back then? i think its 231 now, but same torque i think. thx
  • 97/98's, make sure you check for door cracks at the lower corner of the windows. Also, some of the 4.6's had piston slap, depending on where they were manufactured. There is a TSB for this. I believe you're right on the 210 horse.

    $16,400 does seem high...I have a 99 XLT SC ORP 4x4 5.4 auto, 3.73LS with 31k miles and dealers are only offering 16.5 trade, selling for 19k. Something below 15k would probably be more like it.
  • crosley4crosley4 Posts: 295
    I recently purchased a 2001 F 150 Super Crew.

    I hope Ford got the machining problems corrected.


  • frey44frey44 Posts: 230
    A beautiful truck !! I have been thinking about that same truck except with the smaller 4.6 Liter motor. What rearend did you end up getting ? Are those the stock tires ? Are they Firestones ??? they look great !
  • ryanbabryanbab Posts: 7,240
    they look like bfg longtrail ta's
  • tbundertbunder Posts: 580
    you lower your super crew? nice truck, however living in iowa, i prefer 4x4.
  • rm13rm13 Posts: 46
    I recently traded my Lariat 4x2 4.6 and bought the same truck with the 5.4. The power difference is substantial. In day to day, city driving the gas mileage is off about 1 mpg. On a recent road trip through the mountains, the 5.4 got about 1 mpg better than my 4.6.
    Regarding the rear ends, both trucks had 355, which I think is the only choice. The 4.6 was the limited slip. The 5.4 does not and I settled for this truck because of the financing deadline, which of course got extended after the fact. On wet road,this has not yet made a bit of difference. Let's see if I get stuck in the driveway this winter! Good Luck shopping and buy from a place that will sell or order at (or right close to) invoice.
  • crosley4crosley4 Posts: 295
    2 inches in the front and a little over 3 in the rear. I think it looks better and is a bit easier to get into the truck now.

    I owned 4x4 trucks in my 20 & 30's, I have no need for a 4x4 now.

    ryanbab hit the tires on the beads.....BFG's.

    Rear gear is 3.55, seems like that is all Ford builds them with. So far 15.2 mpg is the average the truck is getting. Sometimes a bit more and less mpg is always easy too....... LOL

    I've got a 2000 Silverado with a 5.3, 4x2 xtra cab truck. It does mid to high 17 mpg in the same driving as the Ford. It seems like GM only installs 3.73 gears in the 1/2 ton trucks.

    Now...... you may wonder how did I end up with a GM & Ford truck?

    We previously owned (traded it in to Ford) a 2000 Impala LS that gave 25 mpg. The new FWD design Impala's have an aluminum sub frame. In some of the Impala's this aluminum engine cradle makes noise. A popping, clicking noise on turns, stop & starts etc....The noise started on our car at 9,000 miles. We just missed the AZ lemon law by 4,000 miles with the Impala.

    GM covered all costs to install a new updated frame in our car at 43,000 miles. A full 7,000 miles out of warranty!! 3k miles later the car started the mild, low pop noise as we backed out of our garage in the mornings. This problem noise is not a safety issue so the Fed's are not involved.

    So now we own a Ford since GM does not build a similar truck to the Super Crew. We really like this Ford truck.
  • Anyone have this problem? 2300 miles and the thing feels like it is trying to find a gear - you know - - serging up and down. Makes you feel like it will stall out any minute! Took it to the dealer. Said it was a bad platinum spark plug. Too bad that replacement did not fix the problem. Got the recall info from, hope I did not get stuck with a lemon! Anyone else have the same problem!
  • txyank1txyank1 Posts: 1,010
    with 3.73's (pretty common) and some 4.10's. BTW....all of my GM's have had the std. 3.42's although the 3.73's seem to be showing more and more. I think for towing as it doesn't rwally affect mpg all that much.
  • dasidasi Posts: 2
    I just picked up my 02 5.4 xlt, and was curious as to what the feelings are out there as to when to make the 1st oil change.I typically take the "break in oil" out around 3500mi on a new rig. Anybody have any input?
  • I read with interest biscayne's comments on the F150 seats. I test drove a 2002 Supercrew Lariat 4WD yesterday and was really disappointed in the seats. The leather was rigid and the seat cushions were hard as a rock. In addition to being hard, the length of the cushion resembles the seats in a "foreign job." I think Ford should look at the Dodge Ram seats and think about upgrading.
  • txyank1txyank1 Posts: 1,010
    Lariat that a Friend had owned for just a few weeks. I couldn't get over how creased and worn the Driver's seat looked. About like our '96 Explorer with 35k miles on it.
  • crosley4crosley4 Posts: 295
    Our F150 seat have some areas where the stitching is coming apart. We will have to see what Ford has to say after 2 months of ownership.

    On the flip side we like how the seats feel and the size of them. With the power drivers seat it's easy to get it where you think the seat needs to be.

    Fuel mileage has come up to 16 mpg now , with almost 4k miles on the truck.

    Every single 2001 or 2002 F-150 4x2 xtra cab or super crew truck we looked at here in the valley of the sun in AZ had a 3.55 rear gear. Can't speak of the 4x4 , standard cab 4x2 trucks or any of the F-250's or bigger.

    A buddy has a SDuty F-250 with 5.4 and the 4.10 gears. He ordered the truck too. It's an alternative fuel vehicle that the state of AZ is helping him pay for when our elected officials passed a law to pay out rebates on alt fuel vehicles and alt fuel conversions.
  • bowhuntwibowhuntwi Posts: 262
    out this new home and garage....yup I think my 02 Screw will fix just fine in here. End of Sept, I reduced in size from a 2YK F250 Lariat 4x4 Crew Cab to a 02 F150 SCrew XLT 4x4, both trucks carry the 5.4. I went from leather to cloth, which I fine to my liking alot better, I don't worry about sticking my cloth like I did with my leather. The 02 has 4x4,5.4,LS,RX4 off-road pkg., 2-tone (Black/Dark Shadow Gray), moonroof, 6 disc cd changer, power driver's seat/auto headlights, towing pkg, cab steps. I have added an ARE Z-Series Cap (goes down over the bed rails) Full wrap around Black (MAAP)powder coated grill/brush guard. Along with a 6yr/100,000 mi 0 deduct. Everything listed except the grill guard was in the original trade, I swapped payments, no money was exchanged...I went in with a 2YK and came out with a 02. In 5000 miles I have been back to the dealer for the first free oil change at 2500 and haven't been back. It has taken a little getting used to the down sizing...I just carry a bit less in the bed...can get into a lot more places then before. There is always flashbacks when I see the big elephants mirrors coming down the least I can say, I have been there, done that.
  • bessbess Posts: 972
    Congrats on your new truck.. I was around here when you were getting the SuperDuty. I'm glad the S-crew is working out for you..
  • txyank1txyank1 Posts: 1,010
    I have a former classmate who lives in Ashville, but my excite address book is still screwed up so can't e-mail him.
  • bessbess Posts: 972
    In Raleigh, (actually I live in the outlying boonies aka Holly Springs), I had 11" in my driveway and on the road..
    I don't think Ashville got quite that much, but they would be much better prepared for something like this.

    Yesterday the roads were very passable because the unplowed roads were mostly very wet snow and slush, and most stuff that was plowed was just wet.. At least one lane of all major roads was in decent shape..
    The killer is at night, when it gets down to 15 degrees, all the wet stuff freezes into solid ice.. Also, any spot that gets alot of shade does't thaw out, which makes for some way slick spots..

    My 4x2 Superduty (with limited slip diff) does 'ok', but I have high mileage highway tires on it, not all terrain tires.. Also I need about 300 to 500lbs in the rear to help settle it some. The 4x2 Escape we have which is front wheel drive and has good tires, has no problems at all..

    A friend of mine's 4x4 is in the shop.. It got stuck in 4wheel low. When he brought it in, he said the service department was PACKED with folk's 4x4's in for service. Most wouldn't go into 4x4, with a small number of others with different 4x4 system problems.

    Why? I think because 4x4 systems a. need to be used, and b. do require more maintenance, but since its not used, they don't know its broke..
  • txyank1txyank1 Posts: 1,010
    Have fun in the snow. We've had a lot of nights below freezing recently but fortunately no precip with them. These people can't even drive on wet roads forget about on ice/snow. And if anything it's usually ice.
  • My first F-150 was a 1981, Yesterday I bought a 2000 F-150 super cab xlt, black, 5.4L, 4x4, cloth seats, power everything, am/fm/cd, bed liner, bed cover, tow package, cab steps, 48k miles. $17,600. Hopefully will not have any problems and be happy with it. Thanks for the info pages found here.
  • my Grandfather's F-150. He gave it to me since he can't drive anymore, and its a 1995 XLT 4x4 automatic with the 5.8 liter engine. I just wanted to ask anybody out there if there may be any problems/concerns about this truck that I should be aware of. Thanks.

  • I've got same truck - '95 extended cab. (Also have '01, F350 CC, so F-150 doesn't see all that much use anymore.) F-150 has 167,000 on it. Aside from tires and maintenance, had to overhaul auto tranny at 125K, needed a starter at 152K, and replaced throttle position sensor at ~160K. Motor is still strong and responsive, still has original exhaust and passes Smog test with ease. I changed oil religiously at 3K miles, and its been a fine truck. My needs changed and I got the '350, but I'm "saving" the '150 for my teenage son.
    My F150 had a tendency to eat front tires - need to rotate them every 6-7K. Tire shop had to put some kind shim on front end in order to align it and it still doesn't stay aligned - bump one curb and it's outta whack again.
    You've gotta engage 4wd at least once a month and drive around a few minutes (off dry pavement) to keep things lubed. Need to do this or you'll get a rude surprise one day when you need it and front hubs won't engage. Is your's a manual 4x4, or do you have "shift on the fly." Shift of the fly can have difficulties with vaccumm actuator springing leaks and prevent shifting into 4 wd. Make sure system can disengage too.
    Oh yeah, also check your spare tire holder. The big bolt that holds it in place under the bed can get pretty rusty. It's kinda humiliating to have a flat and not be able to change it cause you can't break the bolt free to get to your spare. Put some anti-sieze compound on it.
    Enjoy the truck. If you haven't driven a pickup before, the rear ends are light when unloaded, so they handle different than a car. Also remember that 4wd doesn't make you Superman on the road, they take just as long to stop in the snow as 4x2's.
  • Thanks for giving me some info. I'll be sure to kick in the shift on the fly 4 wheel drive every once in a while. Yeah, I was told by my grandpa that he thought that the wheels weren't quite aligned correctly. Just a while ago we got new tires for it and had an alignment done on it. I'me pretty used to driving trucks around, because I've been going around in my Dad's 1990 F-250 for a little while. I have another question, my dad drove this truck from wisconsin, where the altitude is lower. So far, we think that the engine power is a little skimpy compared to the same engine on our 250 when we have to accelerate in conditions like on freeway on-ramps. Do you think the higher altitude of Idaho could cause that? Its about due for a tune-up anyways. Also, there is some corrosion all around on the bottom from the salted roads in Wisconsin. Should that be of any concern?? Thanks again wpalkowski.

  • Glad to be of help.
    I think gassers lose 3% of their HP for every 1000 feet up in altitude. Not totally sure if that 's the right number, but regardless, as you go up the engine loses power. Too much fuel and not enough air. I don't now how to tune an injected engine for higher altitudes but I'm sure the mechanics in your area can help it.
    I live in CT, and they salt pretty heavy here too. Is your corrosion on the body or on frame? My body's fine, only minor rust around a few knocks and dings. My '150 was undercoated, and now 7 years later, it's peeling off and showing rust on frame. It's just surface rust, so I'm not worried. If it was a 20 year old truck then I'd probably be concerned. If you're gonna have your's serviced, check it out while it's up on the lift. While it's there check it out for oil/tranny leaks and also check rear brake cylinders. I forgot to mention that mine were replaced during a brake job because they had started leaking.
    Don't forget to keep on thanking your Grandfather. Not every day somebody's just gonna give you a decent pickup truck, so take good care of it as a sign of respect to him.

    Good Luck,

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