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Ford Tough
By nightfrog65 on
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1995 Ford F-150 XL 2dr Regular Cab Stepside SB
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Owned a 1995 F-150 XL Regular Cab Short Bed with the 5.0 V8 and 5-speed manual transmission. Pros: The truck was fun to drive with the 5 speed. Did occasional hauling/towing, but not every day. Body style: I love the boxy body style and simple interior. I was lucky enough to find one without power windows or door locks. The only real upgrades to the interior were a cloth bench seat (instead of vinyl) and cruise control. Cons: Stock 5.0 V8 was a bit under-powered and thirsty-averaged 10-15 mpg. Weak link was the 5-speed tranny-Ford used the same tranny used on the 4/6 cyl Ranger. The F-250 got the heavy duty version. Went through 2 clutch replacements in 80K miles.
Favorite Features
Love the ride height and ruggedness of the F-150-this is why Ford has been the leader in the US truck market for decades. It's too bad the newer trucks often don't even come with manual transmissions-they are trying to turn work trucks into Cadillac Escalades (just my opinion). I believe that the only new F-150's with manual transmissions are the base model 6 cyl versions-V8 engines can't be mated to a 5/6 speed.
Suggested Improvements
Improve 5.0 V8 HP and fuel economy. That being said, the 5.0V8 has a huge aftermarket for performance accessories thatnks to the Fox Body Mustang. I'd love to see the new 2011 and later 400+ HP 5.0V8/5 speed drive train in a 1995 F-150 work truck body. That would be fun to drive and haul stuff with.
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