I had a '97 f-150 4.6 ran great but
traded it in for a '03 f-150 5.4
because the '97 had 210,000 miles.
The '97 never had major problems.
The '03 I have pretty much sucks. Motor
knocks on a cold start, tranny shifts
funny, and the rear diff "grabs" when
making a sharpe turn. Needless to say
the '03 is for sale.
The power pedals and power rear window
in the '03 is pretty nice to have.
Although the quality of the 5.4 in my
opinion sucks, it pulls nice w/ a
6,000lbs trailer. The '97 w/ the 4.6
was underpowered but held up longer
than the 5.4
I've heard of other people not liking
the 5.4 due to problems. Same goes for
the rear diff. In fact I've heard bad
stories about all American trucks
except for the power stroke and duramax.
Have had my second F-150 for a year now
and can't say anything bad about it.
Pulls 6,000 lb boat with ease, handles
the snow like it's dry asphalt, and
looks great while doing it.
Recently challenged the safety claims
and must say that the poor bumper
review does not apply. I ended up
sideswiping a small coupe that was in
my blind spot at about 30 mph. Took out
the whole side of the car (about $3,000
worth) and the damage to the
truck....none. I ended up hitting the
side of the car with my front bumber
and the only damage was a streak of
blue paint, which buffed out in 2 min.
UNBELIEVABLE!I love this truck!
Tows like a champ
Good MPG for a full size truck
Looks good (the last year before they
changed to the boxy body)
I coould not ask for much more out of
a truck. It is a blast to drive.
Quiet and smooth. The only thing I
would improve on is the gas mileage,
at 1.70 a gallon it is punching
through the wallet quick. Great truck
leg room. I am 6 foot 3 inches and I
am very comfortable in this truck..