This is my favorite ford of the 5 I
have owned, all 150 and 250 4x4's.
However this is the most expensive
truck I have owned. I have replaced
the auto tranny, head gaskets,
instrument cluster, both power door
lock units and after several attemps to
correct the left rear wheel locking up
when applying a cold brake, i just gave
up. It will turn heads and is a
pleasure to drive when not driving the
the local dealer service department!
Oh, the top of the engine makes too
much noise on a cold start.
I love the looks I get in this truck. I
only wish the performance was as
awesome. Its not bad, but not as good
as I thought it would be knowing Fords
record for performance.
The interior room is great for a
regular cab pickup. The interior layout
is driver friendly, and easy on the
eyes. Plenty of storage space behind
the seats, and in the center console.
Dont put the 4.2 liter in this truck.
It does not have enough pep
to pull a small lawn trailor without
hanging in the passing gear. The fuel
economy is not at all what I expected
from a 6 cyl. (empty weight,no trailor)
My truck generates the standard Ford
problems annually. The 'hem' seam on
all four doors developed rust (which
Ford refused to fix as the rust did not
perforate the metal), phantom
windshield wipers (unfixed), coil pack
failure (1) and air conditioner
refrigerant leaks requiring annual
recharge and also the famous Ford door
crack above the intersection of the
front and rear door on both sides.
The irritation is that these problems
are all reported but Ford refused to
address the problems until (reportedly
and time will tell) the 2004 redesign.
How does one say "Cash Cow".
1999 Ford F-150 XLT 4dr Extended Cab 4WD Stepside SB
In june 2001 I bought a 99 modle with
only 17000 on it . Since then I had to
have 2 coil's put in under warr. In 03
for some reason the gasket around the
rear sliding window sank in but the
dealer would not replace it. and the
extended would not cover . again in 03
the trucks drivers door started tearing
the meatle at the bottom of the window
at the rear corner. The dealer said it
was common. not covered under extened
warr. now the odometer comes and gos
the dealer will fix it if I pay another
$50. and it is one of the warr. codes
in their computer.There is a drive
train vibration from rear. the
automatic transmittion sucks and truck
body styleing is nice, the truck rides
high for a factory unit (plus to me not
I have seen the 04 but not driven one .
I would hope that ford has gone the
extra mile to fix these problems .