1997 Ford F-150 Consumer Review: Dud Engine

1997 Ford F-150 - Consumer Review

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

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Dud Engine
By yard man on


1997 Ford F-150 3dr Extended Cab SB


Truck was great until the motor
imploded. Research on the web informed
me of 4.2/v6 engine problems with
Ford. TSB only addressed lower
gasket. Recall only fixed a portion of
engines mfged' during period. Water
coolant leak into motor from upper and
lower gaskets displaces oil in motor
which results in total engine failure.
Clues should have been coolant odor but
never a leak on ground. When it
happened, loud bang and clank under
hood and continual pouring of white
exhaust from tailpipe. Also strong
odor of coolant from exhaust. End
result, $4000.00 Jaspar replacement
engine which is the same engine but
with improvements of Ford's poor design.

Best Features

Comfort, visibility and ergonomics. Comfortable rear seating.

Worst Features

design a better engine. side door storage pockets hard to access
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