I had this truck for 7 years and it's been reliable until it reached 89,000 miles. Both head gaskets blew, but I found out this is a very common problem for 97-99 F150's with the 4.2 V6. STAY AWAY FROM THE 4.2!
Redesign the 4.2 engine with better head gaskets and intake manifold gaskets
Bought just after 9/11. It has been a good truck. I used it as a commuter, until I got a job with a company vehicle. Now it is my around the weekend truck. Like the folding rear seat, like the 60/40 bench seat in the front.
The 60/40 bench seat , the A/C still is COLD for a 7 year old truck with 120,000+ miles on it.
I hate the bed of the truck. The truck has been revised in the past few years, but the bed still looks like the bottom half of a cargo van.
The only proble ever experienced was a
minor adjustment in transmission
shifting that was under warranty.
Extremely solid, reliable, safe,
vehicle. Drives even better when
loaded. V6 has plenty of pep and
torque. Unless towing a LARGE
trailer, V6 is all that is needed.
People who buy V8 waste money.
You do not need an XLT for comfort.
If you want a truck, an XL with needed
features will save lots of money. A
truck is what you use it for. If you
want to look like you have money, buy
an XLT and be poorer.
The way the third door opens is very
I really like my F 150 and have
believed that Ford has always produced
a superior truck. However, to my
surprise, shortly after the warranty
expired, I have had to replace the
rear axle seals and a tie rod end
which happened to shear off and punch
through the drive side rim at 5
kilometers per hour (good thing I
wasn't travelling any faster.
Surprise, FORD has yet to recall this
vehicle for this problem. I have been
told by numerous TOW TRUCK operators
that this SAFETY Concern is a common
Other than above, I really enjoy the
ride and capabilities of the truck.
Mr. FORD recall this vehicle before
someone DIES. For a heavy half I would
not recommend this as a working truck.
I hate the body style, but they dumped the beautiful truck style I liked in 1996. This
has been an excellent vehicle. One time in the shop in 88,000 miles (because I
forgot to tighten the gas cap and the check engine light came on).
It goes up hills without downshifting and has really reasonable accelleration for a
The cab is easy to get in and out of.
I wish Ford would get rid of the "spaceship" design and make it look like a truck.
Otherwise, no suggestions.