1997 Ford F-150 Consumer Review: Fix Or Repair Daily

1997 Ford F-150 - Consumer Review

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XLT Extended Cab Pickup (4.6L V8 4x4 5-speed Manual)

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By bigruss on


1997 Ford F-150 XLT 3dr Extended Cab 4WD Stepside SB


I have a 1997 F-150 XLT 4x4 with approx 165000 mi, ran well when just bought but developed a heavy cylinder misfiring issue. This is common with many F-150s especially the 4.6L V-8. I had to take the truck into the shop 3 times to fix the issue and the cause still cannot be diagnosed today. It is still misfiring! I do know that I have to keep changing my spark plugs which are almost impossible to gain access to. The total cost of repairs on this issue is now near $500. Another issue with this F-150 is the 4 wheel drive system. It mal-engages and a I hear a big BOOM underneath the cab. I engage it normally by setting it in neutral and then switching it. Ford must improve their quality!

Best Features

Sharp looking in and out. Powerful and OK fuel economy for a V-8 truck

Worst Features

Poorly built engine and very hard to work with. (Spark plugs hard to change) 4x4 needs to be constructed better
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