1997 Ford F-150 Consumer Review: Never Again. Ever.

1997 Ford F-150 - Consumer Review

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

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Never Again. Ever.
By RandallFord on


1997 Ford F-150 XL 2dr Regular Cab LB


I purchased this new off the lot. I was so proud to be a Ford man like my daddy before me. This truck is such poor quality that you might think it was just a lemon. Sadly, it is all just phenomenally substandard engineering. In the first few years, things seemed good. But at 50k miles the engine began to go south. By 75000 miles, it began drinking my coolant. The dealership could identify no problems. At 102,000 miles the engine blew up. Turns out it honestly was poor design. In a moment of candor, a mechanic said I was lucky I got 100,000 miles. Problems: transmission, breaks, clutch, radiator, electronics, and finally engine.

Best Features

The indentations in the bed to create double stacks for hauling. Not practical, but neat. Comfy seats.

Worst Features

Hire new engineers. Take some hints from other makers whose engines last 200k+
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