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2008 Ford F-150 XL 2dr Regular Cab Styleside 8 ft. LB (4.2L 6cyl 5M)
I have the XL with the XL decor group and auto transmission, limited slip rear end and sliding rear glass. This is the perfect base truck. It is well built and designed, and rides like a cadillac. Gas mileage in town has been as high as 19 which is as good as the Hyundai Accent I replaced was getting. The 10% ethanol blends have not negatively affected mileage like it seems to do with other engines. (straight gas is not available in my state) Plenty of power for a V6. Visibilty is great. The standard features and built in quality are well thought out for a truck
Overall quality, gas mileage, I love roll down windows and no power this that and the other to break . Vinyl floor is easy to keep clean. V6 engine is tried and true technology that has a long history and leaves plenty of room under the hood. Ride quality is one of the best I have had in any vehicle
Nothing really. Keep quality up and no frills base models available. Sad to see there will be no V6 available in 2009, but the 4.6 is and strong and tested powerplant too
Hey I got the STX Model and found a rear leveling kit for the truck which extends the hanger to bring the rear down and my gas mileage up. Ive gone down I-10 doing 70mph and got close to 23mpg. The parts are at any parts store as a universal fit for only 40 buck that you can install on your driveway in an hour. Also let me know if you want a link to install flat top pistons for an added 20 to 25 hp. They make the compression ratio up to a 10.2 to 1. The best think I found with the rear leveling kit is that i can reach in the bed of my truck to grab fishing poles a lot easier and it doesnt look too bad too, still plenty of ground clearance.