I bought this truck new in 2000. V6 5speed. It's now almost 12 yrs old and what a ride. I will have 200,000 miles on it this month and the only things that I had to have had to fix, besides routine maintenence- Fluid changes, Brakes and Tires- are the water pump and the ignition coil. The v6 with the manual tranny has plenty of power and dose great on the highway. If you need a good dependable truck, this is the one.
I work for a construction company and travel all over the U.S. and average 42,000 miles per year. This truck has never left me stranded even when it had a pre-mature trasmission failture at 65K it still got me back to my home town. (I was 100 miles out) The transmission was replaced and the truck now has 301,500 miles on it and this transmission still is going strong, so I assume the 1st one was a unusual failure. The engine still runs strong but does use a quart of oil between changes, I have the oil changed every 3 to 4 K and the oil allways looks clean. I am going to keep driving it because when it is cleaned up it still looks like a new truck.
So far I am very happy with my ford
Truck. I have been a foreign truck
owner and was very reluctant to switch
to the full size ford vs
tondra...can't beat the incentives.
Two problems, fuel tank guage and
leaky differential (covered by
warranty) other than that excellent. I
recently go 23mpg on trip to
Virginia. Great in snow with off road
package 4x4 and powerful 5.4L V8.
This truck was equipped with the 4.6
liter V-8. I tow a 22 foot boat which,
with trailer, weighs about 4000 pounds.
This truck tows poorly, with constant
downshifts on the slightest grades. I
was forced to sell the truck due to
underpowering and a non-locking
differential after it could not
effectively pull the boat and trailer up
It performed well when not towing.