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Is it time to trade in?
By Annabella Rosellini on
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1996 Ford F-150 Special 2dr Extended Cab SB
Review
Bought new in 1996, w/ 5.8L V8. Now has 190,000 miles. Ran relatively well. Replaced rear differential due to gear oil leak. Replaced also: AC compressor (imploded, costing $1400),radiator (leaked), water pump, alternator, cruise control pressure switch, all hoses and belt, master cylinder and brake booster, battery (twice),CD/radio (twice). Truck had a bad oil leak since 60,000 miles. ABS warning light last year resulted in inability to shift from Park to Drive; and now has the same trouble and I can't drive it -- probably needs to replace the ABS module(cost over $1000 the 1st time). Got stuck one winter in Donner Pass due to a broken special lug nut key -- Tow man raped my wallet.
Favorite Features
Climate controls were easy to use, esp. with heavy gloves. Dual tanks were nice, until the front tank started shunting gas off to the rear tank, causing perilous hyperinflation pressures to the rear tank. The repairman at the dealership said my truck was probably "built on a Friday."
Suggested Improvements
Take off the special lug nut key and use a regular lug nut. Hopefully I'll repair the truck's ABS problem soon. I'll probably keep the truck until it dies from a catastrophic collision.
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