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1999 Ford F-150 SVT Lightning Consumer Reviews

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Super bad truck
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By Skip St.Sauveur
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1999 Ford F-150 SVT Lightning 2dr Regular Cab Stepside SB


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If you purchase a 99 Lightning, be ready to upgrade to some of the features found on the 2001 Lightning and the after market goodies. i.g. Just to name a few, head and parking lights, grill insert, upper brake light, 80mm MAF, intake filter, blower pulley. Alum. driveshaft, 373 gears, traction bars, 2003 heads, Level 10 shift kit and a re-tune which is mandatory when upgrading the drive train. If you're a speed and torque freak, there's almost no limit as what you can do with a lightning as long as your money holds out. I do have one problem with the Lightning though and that is the quality of the seat and steering wheel material (cheap) Anyway, I have had my white 99 since July of 2000 and really can't complain. It has 78000 miles with original paint and it runs just as strong as ever. I had mine kicking out 16 lbs of boost, but realized the bottom end couldn't hold up to it, so I dropped it to 14 lbs. Keep a couple things in mind with this SC 5.4L. If it runs too lean, it's going throw a rod and the spark plugs could blow out because of the lack of threads in the heads. Head problem fixed in 2003 late year models. I keep mine in the garaged and take it out every now and then to car shows and just to drive it to keep the seals from drying out. It's amazing how many people at shows haven't seen a Lighting or had any idea Ford made them. On day it will be a collectors item.


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Sneaky fast
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By Bill C.
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1999 Ford F-150 SVT Lightning 2dr Regular Cab Stepside SB


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Bought this 1999 Lightning after reading AutoWeek review. Same red as on the cover in January 1999. Still have the truck in 2016 with 31,000 original miles with no accidents and So. California driven. All bolt-on upgrades keeping ALL original parts. 4lb. overboost lower pulley, Air Raid air system, larger Mass Air Sensor, Diablo tuner, Borla Exhaust, Bilstein shocks, 5" Aluminum Drive Shaft (this really improves highway smoothness), JLB shorty headers, clear rear lens covers (from 2002 model), upgraded headlights, cabin air-filter and custom red tonneau cover. This series is a great vehicle that far exceeds expectations and cost new. Now holding resale value very well. These trucks are stupid fast.
No additional comments except every time I take the truck out or wash it someone stops me and wants to buy it. These trucks are holding excellent resale value and excellent condition ones are gaining value. With the bolt on modifications and a shift kit just installed it remains extremely fast. Mileage per year averaging less than 1,000 since 2003.


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My fifth Lightning, Not Kidding!
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By BadBolt
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1999 Ford F-150 SVT Lightning 2dr Regular Cab Stepside SB


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New 2000 New 2001 Used 1999 Used 2001 Used 1999 It's a sickness. I guess I can't get this truck out of my blood. The Lightning is now a legend. Get yourself a low mile one while you can. They are going to be more difficult to find from here on out. I have never had any issues with the five I've owned. They tow like crazy. I think this will be my last, as I have the one I want for the long run. Only drive this one in the summer and it's never seen salt. The only thing about the 99's is the spark plug threads in the cylinders only has four and if you're not keeping up on maintenance, you can have a plug blow out. Just make sure you check them for gentle tightness and don't over-boost the motor


Best Features

Looks, power, blower whine, towability. The other thing that I really like is these trucks really respond to high performance tuning. It is not uncommon to get a Lightning in the 11's with not too much effort and investment. Just don't go over 450 hp without forged internals like rods, crank, piston


Worst Features

Start making them again, maybe a turbo. Yeah, a turbo!


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Lightning Bolt
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By Santopete
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1999 Ford F-150 SVT Lightning 2dr Regular Cab Stepside SB


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Bought this truck used in Jan 2010 with only 39K miles on it. One of the prior owners added a pulley, a Diablosports tuner and quite possibly a demon in the engine. The reason I mention that is because I was already traveling at about 60 mph when for the first time, I really hit the gas and literally got pinned back in the seat. The whistle of the Supercharger only added to the thrill while the truck accelerated to blatantly illegal speeds almost instantly. At no time during that experience did I feel that the truck was topping out, it just kept pulling. There is no hesitation at any speed and the power can best be described as instant and indefinite.


Best Features

The power of the engine is INCREDIBLE. and the aggressive look of the truck body coupled with the wide tires makes it pretty obvious that it is no normal F150. I may never sell this truck.


Worst Features

The only improvement I could suggest is longer back roads and less highway traffic so that you can see what this truck can really do. Unfortunately, it accelerates so dam fast, the back roads are too short and the highways are too crowded....hit the gas and you are right up somebody's bumper.


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Incredible Truck
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By Greg
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1999 Ford F-150 SVT Lightning 2dr Regular Cab Stepside SB


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This truck is incredible. The horsepower & torque is neck snapping. Didn't realize there was a truck built that was so fast & that handles so well. Love the interior styling. This vehicle equals my Corvette in speed.


Best Features

The horsepower & overall styling.


Worst Features

Power rear window & power passengers seat.


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