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2008 Ford F150 Regular Cab

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2008 Ford F150 Regular Cab Review

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If Ford does one thing better than building tough trucks, it's selling them. Rising fuel prices and a move toward smaller vehicles have forced the company to revise its 2008 F-150 line-up by offering more features and options with an aggressive new pricing strategy. Determined to keep the F-150 America's best-selling pickup, Ford continues to offer a dizzying array of configurations as well as a new 5.4-liter V8 Flex Fuel engine that can run on E85, a blend of 85-percent ethanol and 15-percent gasoline. Tough competition from Dodge, as well as new lines from GMC and Chevrolet, will keep the fire under the F-150's tires, which could very well translate into some great deals for the savvy consumer.

You'll Like This Car If...

If you're a pickup-truck kind of person to begin with, but your spouse is not, this truck could very well win him or her over. Bold colors, outrageous trim packages, a lavish interior and the all-American big Blue Oval should win thumbs-up approval.

You May Not Like This Car If...

If you like your trucks rough, loud and shaky, this one won't cut it. On a serious note, the 2008 Ford F-150 cannot claim the most horsepower or torque in its class, an important bragging right for some truck owners. Safety-conscious consumers won't care for the lack of side-impact and side-curtain airbags.

What's Significant About This Car?

New options include a factory-installed cargo management system, remote start, manual telescoping trailer mirrors and a rear backup camera which displays its image in the rearview mirror. New trims include the Lariat Limited, STX Wheels and Stripes package and the XL SuperCrew. Fleet buyers can opt for a mid-box cargo container that fits between the cab and the bed.

Driving the F150 Regular Cab

Driving Impressions Power is the name of the game when it comes to full-size trucks, and here Ford has made some significant advances. The Triton 5.4-liter V8 features a three-valve-per-cylinder design and...

variable cam timing to generate 300 horsepower and a healthy 365 pound-feet of torque. A beefed-up version of the 4R75E automatic transmission has been assigned to handle the engine's added muscle. Gone are the long-familiar Ford power steering system and torsion bar front suspension; replacing them are a modern rack-and-pinion steering and front coil-over-shock suspension. The combination of these features makes these the best-handling, best-riding F-150s to ever leave a Ford factory. If you grew up driving older F-150 models (2004 or prior), you'll be duly impressed by the dead-on steering feel and straight-line tracking of today's F-150s.

Cargo Management System
Installed at the factory, Ford's new Cargo Management System (available only on short-bed Styleside models) consists of two rails, a pair of bins, a pair of crossbars and a header bar.

Small Rear Door
Regular Cab models have a small rear door to help load items behind the back seat.

2008 Ford F150 Regular Cab Details
Interior

The F-150's interior is as close to car-like as you'll find in any pickup. Not only is the new F-150 better looking inside, it's also more quiet, safe and spacious. The dash and interior design on the base models look good enough, but the addition of leather, wood, chrome and center console-mounted shifter found on the high-end models combine to raise the bar on the plush pickup concept. Seating is firm and upright, and SuperCrew models feature lots of rear legroom and amenities such as DVD-entertainment and power windows.

Exterior

The 2008 Ford F-150 carries over with only minor exterior upgrades. The recently redesigned shapely Ford body, egg-crate grille and Blue Oval badging remain intact, surrounded by some new chrome trim and a crop of fresh new colors. The F-150's silhouette is easy to spot, thanks to its tall bed wall (about two inches taller than the previous-generation F-150). Though it looks different, some may find the tall bed walls make it difficult to reach a toolbox from the side of the truck. The Regular Cab features a set of small, rear-hinged doors that allow easy access to the narrow space behind the front seat. Those who like to have as much fresh air in the cabin as possible will appreciate the SuperCab's optional rear roll-down windows, a first in this segment.

Notable Equipment
Standard Equipment

The base F-150 has a 202-horsepower V6, five-speed manual transmission, four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes (ABS), 26-gallon fuel tank, AM/FM stereo, dual side mirrors, vinyl split-bench seat, tilt wheel, power steering, locking tailgate and 17-inch steel wheels.

Optional Equipment

The F-150 offers numerous trim levels, engine choices and bed and cab lengths. Notable options include a 300-horsepower 5.4-liter Triton V8, power seats, power windows, power locks, remote entry, keypad unlocking system, auto-dimming rearview mirror, AM/FM stereo with six-disc CD changer, SIRIUS Satellite Radio, leather seats, DVD navigation, trailer and towing packages, power sliding rear window, cruise control, power moonroof, Reverse Sensing System, limited-slip differential, 35.7-gallon fuel tank, Rearview back-up camera, mechanical or automatic shift-on-the-fly four-wheel drive, rear-seat DVD entertainment system, power-adjustable pedals and 18-inch alloy wheels.

Under the Hood

Base Regular Cab models are powered by a tepid but fuel-efficient (for a big truck) V6. We don't recommend this engine for towing or hauling heavy loads. The 4.6-liter V8 engine might save you some money, but it, too, seems to lack the punch this truck deserves. We prefer the 300-horsepower 5.4-liter V8, which has the power to move, haul and tow that fits this truck's can-do image.

4.2-liter V6
202 horsepower @ 4350 rpm
260 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3750 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 14/19 (manual), 14/19 (automatic)

4.6-liter V8
248 horsepower @ 4750 rpm
294 lb.-ft. of torque @ 4000 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 13/18 (2WD), 13/17 (4WD)

5.4-liter V8
300 horsepower @ 5000 rpm
365 lb.-ft. of torque @ 3750 rpm
EPA city/highway fuel economy: 13/17 (2WD Gasoline), 10/13 (2WD E85),
12/16 (4WD Gasoline), 9/12 (4WD E85)

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2008 Ford F150 Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.9
Out of 10

Based on 2425 Ratings for the 2004 - 2008 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    9.0/10
    Quality
    9.0/10
  • Reliability
    9.2/10
    Performance
    9.0/10
  • Comfort
    9.1/10
    Styling
    9.2/10

Great Truck!

By on Wednesday, January 20, 2016

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 140,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "power,handling,styling"

Cons: "no cool storage compartments in the cab....."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Great Truck.. Plenty of power and pickup. Handles and drives very smoothly. I use it to tow trailers and to haul my dirt bikes, never an issue. Always reliable, 140k miles and no serious repairs. I get compliments everyday, and nobody believes that it is a 2004! great style inside and out. I have the Lariat edition and would not trade it for the world!"

2 people out of 3 found this review helpful

Tritan engines are poorly designed

By on Thursday, December 17, 2015

I don't own this car

10 2.0
overall rating 2 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
2/10
Value
4/10
Reliability
1/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Truck itself WAS great, comfortable ride."

Cons: "Engine in the heads, popcorn plugs that shoot out."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 2

"This truck was a dream to drive. It was a company issue that saw many different drivers. However, I maintained this baby. It was kept clean and all regular maintenance performed. Mileage was actually low for the model year. 101944 miles. Not many for a 2006. Started a bad miss in the engine just out of the blue. I was accelerating onto the freeway and bang. Dead miss in the engine and engine light starts blinking. Ford dealer diagnostics performed and found "Catastrophic Failure of #3 cylinder". That's when I researched the TRITON's history of problems. New engine estimated at $5600."

13 people out of 17 found this review helpful

Good reliable and dependable truck!

By on Saturday, November 14, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 127,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Excellent truck,very dependable"

Cons: "Satellite six disc player was not to great!"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Truck has been great to me over the years,purchased brand new off the lot in 2006.its in great condition with added amenities such as front chrome bull bar,dual exhaust,chrome lighted step hitch,retrax cover ,line x liner,remote starter as well.real good condition with plenty of horsepower in this 5.4 v-8 four door flair side blue pickup."

11 people out of 23 found this review helpful

Doesn't use oil, tonneau cover , cold air intake

By on Saturday, November 07, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 175,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
7/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
9/10

Pros: "It looks good and really runs good."

Cons: "The air needs work and front seat needs repair'"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"Truck looks good runs excellent good tires 4x4. I bad thing air needs to be hooked up. It is a good truck."

12 people out of 16 found this review helpful

Great truck.

By on Saturday, October 31, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 96,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
9/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Fun to drive."

Cons: "The stereo radio has no knobs to tune station."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"The only problem I have had is the rotors had to be resurfaced. I got shaking when brakes were applied. Then off course, they charged me the extra money for 3 broken plugs when I had them replaced."

3 people out of 8 found this review helpful

Very disappointing...

By on Thursday, October 22, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 90,000

10 1.0
overall rating 1 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
1/10
Value
1/10
Reliability
7/10
Quality
1/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
1/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "Nice to drive."

Cons: "unbelievable frame rusting"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1

"The overall functioning of the truck is pretty good, but because the frame has rusted so badly (the worst that I've seen in any vehicle) I am forced to give it a low rating. The truck won't even come close to passing inspection, and thus, is pretty much worthless in value. It only has scrap or parts value. Once again, very disappointed!"

10 people out of 18 found this review helpful

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