I bought mine with 186k miles, 5 speed stick shift and everything worked great on her, and it kept on going for the 14 months i owned her, i live in Las Vegas where most cars can overheat, she never did (except for the time in which a 21 year old hose broke, replaced the hose and refilled the antifreeze, good as ever). Only malfunction it had was a alternator gone bad, and it took me 3 belts to figure it out... my bad...
We arrived in the US and owned absolutely nothing, except for her, so she pretty much hauled us and all of our belongings from our first apartment to the next one, she never left us hanging not even when the belts were broken because of the alternator's pulley getting stuck (bad bearings i was told). Parts were always available at any local auto shop, and they were also cheap, which is great too...
We changed the oil every 3k miles, and i changed the spark plugs a couple of times, i also did the front brakes when i got her. Only problem was the famous ford power steering leak, and a couple of noises here and there. It did pass the smog check when i had to register for the first time, and guess what, it did it again the next year without any hiccups, i saw my neighbors having to spend money on their newer flashier cars, and i did nothing to her, she passed without any effort, and the last tune up had been like 15k miles before.
A really comfortable ride, even for our family of four, of which 3 are taller than 6', a bit tight on the backseats but could easily go from Las Vegas to L.A. without having to stop and stretch the legs.
The best part is that i sold her for a profit of a 50%, so i can say i'm a happy customer, and needless to say i'm getting another ford, i'm sure i'll continue to be a happy customer for the years to come. Glad to keep up buying american instead of imports.
after buying what was rated by CR as a "good buy,"
I've had nothing but trouble from this 1994 sport
model. The undercarriage is rusting out, the tranny
went out twice, the ignition module has been
replaced twice, windshield washer motors replaced,
ac gives out, emissions equipment no longer will
pass smog requirements and so on... Without a
warranty I would have paid twice for this vehicle, oh
did I mention that I had to replace the firestones
before the recall was established?
This little thing has done very well
under some rather tough usage. It's
actually quick and fun to drive - not
at all like it's 4 door big brother
who turns like a boat and rocks and
rolls over bumps like an elephant -but
he does hold more stuff! Keep up the
maintance and little things do go
wrong, but.. it will hang in there.
Quick and easy to drive.
IMprove clutch assembly that we had to
improve twice and access to back seat -
bad for people over 30.
One and only owner. 88000 miles and
going. Did all the routine
maintenances, but did replaced both
radial arm bushings, breaks, shocks and
took cared Manual transmission problem
a couple of years ago... in addition to
the two new batteries and two sets of
new tires (one was recalled
Firestone). Truck don't always get
good grip in the rain. Will keep it
for a while longer.
ordered it brand new from the factory
and have not been disappointed since.
Had to put a new slave cylinder in and
change the cluth, bit thats it!!
Peolple have mentioned that the brakes
burn out too quick, well, that's when
the lifetime replacement guarantee at
Firestone comes in handy. 94,000 and
starts everytime I turn the key. The
most dependable vehicle a person could
ask for. when I finish driving this
one into the ground, I could only be so
lucky to find something as ole
faithful. All in all, a great truck.
size, shape and style
shifter is too close to the cup
holders/ center console.