by Scot on Apr 26, 2005 Vehicle: 1997 Ford F-150 XL 3dr Extended Cab SB
I really like the truck, overall design outside, and interior room. I have had the truck since it was new, mine was equipped with the 4.2L engine. At 88,000 miles the transmission went, at 89,200 the engine went. I was very much disappointed with that. I had the transmission rebuilt and purchased a new engine from Ford, I think it runs better now than when I first purchased it (WAY MORE POWER)! I would buy the truck again but would stick with at V-8 engine. If you're buying used be careful about the early 4.2L; my understanding is it had a lot of problems, the newer ones are supposed to have all the problems fixed.
by Cranky on May 21, 2004 Vehicle: 1997 Ford F-150 XL 3dr Extended Cab SB
Lots of interior room, good instrument
layout and enjoyable to drive. Mech.
probs. incl. torque converter failed
at 60k ($1200), head gasket leak at
93k ($2000) fast brake wear (changed
to ceramic pads ($75 pair) reduced
freq.of pad replacement), ball joints
replaced ($400 cost), gas city ~11
mpg, highway ~16 mpg, oxygen sensor
failure at 65K ($40). I have mixed
feelings about the vehicle overall but
still like the comfort of driving it.
New body design on the 2004 is too
boxy looking so I probably would not
buy a newer model F150 anyway. Too
bad, I liked the styling of the
by Steve 1 on Jan 14, 2003 Vehicle: 1997 Ford F-150 XL 3dr Extended Cab SB
Overall the vehicle has been pretty
reliable. Although the brakes (disc
front/drum back)seem to need replacement
more frequently than most, transmission
torque converter went out at 65000
miles, this model has sealed front end
ball joints and had to be replaced also
at about 65000 miles, gas mileage has
been about 12 city/ 19 highway. Truck
is well maintained with no heavy towing
or abuse and regular maintenance. Good
low end torque for 6 cyl.
New engines, new sheet metal and a new suspension compliment dual airbags and class-leading side-impact protection in this user-friendly heavy hauler. All SuperCab models get a third door for easy access to the rear compartment. Grille styling is slightly different depending on what drive system is selected.