1997 Ford F-150 Consumer Review: 4.2L Engine

1997 Ford F-150 - Consumer Review

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XL Extended Cab Pickup (4.2L V6 5-speed Manual)

Build Quality
Reliability Value
4.2L Engine
By Scot on


1997 Ford F-150 XL 3dr Extended Cab SB


I really like the truck, overall design outside, and interior room. I have had the truck since it was new, mine was equipped with the 4.2L engine. At 88,000 miles the transmission went, at 89,200 the engine went. I was very much disappointed with that. I had the transmission rebuilt and purchased a new engine from Ford, I think it runs better now than when I first purchased it (WAY MORE POWER)! I would buy the truck again but would stick with at V-8 engine. If you're buying used be careful about the early 4.2L; my understanding is it had a lot of problems, the newer ones are supposed to have all the problems fixed.

Best Features

Lots of room and decent handling.

Worst Features

Get the bugs out of the 4.2L V-6.
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