I've always owned pickup's and bought this F-150 (my first Ford) in '02. The best truck I've ever owned. Used for commuting and it was a pleasure to drive, even for a 5-speed. Had 90,000 miles and the original clutch. I'm sold and will always drive an F-150.
Reliability, comfort, handling and the overall appearance.
Some form of rustproofing on the underside of the doors.
I bought this truck used; it was four years old then, and now I've had it four years. I've done nothing but routine inspections and change the oil and filters regularly. It has never been to the shop for anything. Even the battery lasted eight years. Only 75k miles on it, but this truck has been nothing but a joy to own. I will never ever consider buying a Chevy again.
1998 Ford F-150 Lariat 3dr Extended Cab 4WD Stepside SB
I have 175,000 miles on this truck and never had anything go wrong; this is a top quality truck. I abuse the heck out of this truck driving daily from 4000 ft to 8000 ft in the mountains. The 4WD system gets abused 9 winter months of the year. An excellent truck.
4WD with low range and 4 wheel ABS. Excellent Quality.
Bought just after 9/11. It has been a good truck. I used it as a commuter, until I got a job with a company vehicle. Now it is my around the weekend truck. Like the folding rear seat, like the 60/40 bench seat in the front.
The 60/40 bench seat , the A/C still is COLD for a 7 year old truck with 120,000+ miles on it.
I hate the bed of the truck. The truck has been revised in the past few years, but the bed still looks like the bottom half of a cargo van.