Bought it used with 20,200 miles. No engine problems. Did have issues with parking brake setup. Mechanism froze up and brake shoes were toasted. Seems to be common problem with the rear disc brake/drum parking brake setup due to infrequent use of parking brake. Easy fix for $28 with parts from auto stores. Gas mileage is what you expect from full size truck - 15 city/18 highway.
Moonroof (not many trucks have sunroofs), 4wd, looks of stepside bed, and overall utility of a truck.
More tie down points in bed. Stepside does not have the loops on the bed rail, only one in each corner of the bed.
My F150 XLT Supercab, 4.2L, 6 cylinder automatic currently has 83,000 miles on the odometer. At under $19,000 new, it is one of the lowest cost, well equipped, six passenger vehicles available. It has only had one problem with a failure of the coil assembly. It was relatively low cost to repair & did not leave me dead out on the road. We use it as our primary vehicle for our family of four. It enables to go where we want, when we want & bring whatever we want. I have been rear-ended twice. The structure held up well & suffered minimal damage in both accidents. I plan on keeping this truck for at least ten years. I would recommend it for anyone wanting reliable people & cargo space.
Size is great for everything we do. It can carry six people & a large cargo load. Ride is better than my wife's car (Subaru Impreza). Driver comfort is great. I drove it to Washington DC from NH with no discomfort. This is the first vehicle I have owned, that's this comfortable during a long drive.
Power rear windows, brighter back-up lights, standard bed liner, more robust headlight switch, knob design. (I have broken 3).
We decided that 3.00/gallon gas was the limit and went to trade our F150 in. Ended up getting a used car for commuting, and keeping the truck. This is the absolute king of family vehicles. It saved our trip to Florida, while pulling a 27' camper with no strain. Gas mileage for a 4x4 with a 5.4 Triton is good, if you don't get carried away with its power and speed. Ride comfort and room are unparalleled, and reliability is a 'given' with Fords. Even with gas prices going out of control, we won't part with our Lariat! I'm shooting for 200,000+ miles before that thought comes around again.
Everything. Comfort, visibility, climate control, handling, and performance are all excellent. The styling is really nice, too. I prefer the more aerodynamic look of the 2002 over the newer 'box' designs.
More power and better mileage would be nice ... but then, so would winning the lottery. Come on folks, it's a big truck and the lower gas mileage is to be expected. Economy is not what we buy trucks for, is it?