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4.2L Engine
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By Scot
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Vehicle

1997 Ford F-150 XL 3dr Extended Cab SB


Review

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.


Best Features

Lots of room and decent handling.


Worst Features

Get the bugs out of the 4.2L V-6.


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1997 F150 4.2L Ext. Cab
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By Cranky
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Vehicle

1997 Ford F-150 XL 3dr Extended Cab SB


Review

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 previous models.


Best Features

Cabin layout, driving and space.


Worst Features

Engine gasket redesign, no perm. ball joints, use ceramic brake pads, improve transmission reliability, gas mileage, electrical glitches.


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F150 XL 6 cylinder (4.2 L) Auto Trans.
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By Steve 1
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Vehicle

1997 Ford F-150 XL 3dr Extended Cab SB


Review

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.


Best Features

Room, climate control, instrument layout, smooth ride, fairly quiet, high stance/ good road visability, fairly responsive for a 6 cylinder at lower speed ranges, smooth transmission shifting.


Worst Features

Gas mileage, get rid of no maintenance ball joints,brake pad material or brake design, improve cab noise levels, front hood directs lots of rocks and debris towards windshield (already had one cracked windshield even with a bug deflector installed on hood). LED lights.


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After The Warranty
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By pgg
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1997 Ford F-150 XL 3dr Extended Cab SB


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My XL started having trouble in 2001 and seems to continue.The heater core blew costing $600.00 to have put in.The Water pump went costing $100.00 plus to fix.My starter went out for another $130.00.The oxygen sensors were bad and had to be replaced.The sliding rear window has leaked in the rain from day one.Silicone seems to help.I have owned Fords all my life.I might change!


Best Features

Fold open back seat for storage.


Worst Features

Improve the quality to match the Japanese vehicles for the long term and not just until the warranty runs out.


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great truck
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By gary mullen
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Vehicle

1997 Ford F-150 XL 3dr Extended Cab SB


Review

This has been a great truck over the last 5 years. The only thing I have had trouble with has been the brakes.


Best Features

It has been a pretty reliable truck.


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