by Bob Friebus on Aug 20, 2010 Vehicle: 1997 Ford F-250 Lariat 3dr Extended Cab 4WD SB
I have owned this truck for 11 years and have done very little other than scheduled maintenance. I have hauled trailers up mountains, gone 4 wheeling over very large boulders, driven very long stretches with no problems what- so-ever. I have 198,000 miles on the odometer and have been amazed by the continued reliability of this truck. Ford has my business for life!
by nathan on Jun 23, 2009 Vehicle: 1997 Ford F-250 HD XLT 2dr Extended Cab LB
i have had my ford for about 8 months and i have been shocked over and over i have hauled over 15,000 with a trailer. the most impresive was the 5100 hundred of scrap medal shavings just in the bed, no trailer. i love my truck, the only thing is i get lousy gas milege...
by Rain on Jun 18, 2009 Vehicle: 1997 Ford F-250 Lariat 3dr Extended Cab SB
This truck does everything well. What's amazing today, 13 years later, is its reliability and it drives new. "Built Ford Tough" is true. This isnt a commercial, just 13 years of ownership. I bet the truck has 13 more years left. Has 120K now and should do 250k. After 1200 miles, always used Mobil1. Replaced shocks and tires normal interval. Oxygen sensor replaced once and just changed the plugs at 120K and engine sounds new and runs out perfect.
by Mike on Mar 14, 2008 Vehicle: 1997 Ford F-250 HD XL 2dr Extended Cab 4WD LB
We bought this truck from a drilling company after it had 155,000 miles on it. Its a tank. The drilling company obviously did not take it easy on it and we have had minimal problems with it. The head gasket blew on it and some minor brake issues. With the 7.5L 460 and a 5 spd it has alot of power. The fuel milage is not the best because of the large v8. The truck is very solid and reliable. Suspension is very strong for hauling and towing. Lots of power and braking control with large trailers.
by phasers on Jan 10, 2003 Vehicle: 1997 Ford F-250 HD XLT 2dr Extended Cab 4WD LB
Great truck. I've had a lot of trucks
in my business, many Fords.
My experience has always been a big
truck with a little engine and lots of
gears. Poor power to weight and
The Navistar DIT diesel is definetly
the way to go with a truck. When the
turbo spools up, there's no catching
it. It'll pull a house off the
foundation and gets good mileage (for a
truck) as well. There are plenty of
chatrooms for Q & A on this setup if
you have a problem, and the guys will
give you lots of responses to keep it
by Talbot on Jan 6, 2003 Vehicle: 1997 Ford F-250 HD XLT 2dr Extended Cab 4WD SB
I've had a little trouble with the
capacitor on the diesel. However, Ford
has a 3rd generation capacitor that is
now reliable. I added a leaf all around
to raise the truck, rather than using a
lift kit.Happy with the results. This
truck is extremely reliable and will do
anything and get me anywhere. Put 265
tires on it right away.
Plastic trim on the inside of the XLT
is fragile Rear seat is ok, although
we've had teenagers sit in the back
across the country twice.
If you get a diesel, get the manual
transmission. You get the great
advantage of using engine compression
off-road and in poor road conditions.
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