2004 Ford F-150 2dr Regular Cab XLT Rwd Flareside 6.5 ft. SB (4.6L 8cyl 4A)
I bought my Ford new in 2004 and it is great. Even after 3 years its interior and exterior design has aged well. The powertrain is definitely underpowered when compared to the new trucks but it still holds its own. I have had no problems passing granny on the highway even while towing. The only real issue I have had with my Ford is the wiper cowl. I must have replaced it 3 times because the plastic clips keep breaking causing it to rattle on the highway (under warranty).
Massive amount of interior room, unmatched ride quality, solid frame and drivetrain.
The wiper cowl. The stock brake pads are cheap and produce more dust than I thought possible. Displacement on demand is needed to compete with GM fuel economy. Ditch the 4 speed auto for a 5 or 6 speed. Ford needs to give us the diesel F-150 and the larger displacement V8 they promised.