"Bought the truck brand new. Fell in love with it ever since then. I have worked it hard and maiteained it well. Driven over 182,000 miles on it so far without any major mechanical failure. The engine (4.6 litre) hasn't missed a beat. I've hauled 2000 ilbs over 500 miles with no noticeable damage to the truck. The engine doesn't burn any oil. The power of the engine is exactly the same when I bought it new. The gas mielage for a V-8 truck is the best in its class. Can't go wrong with this vehicle. I get it now, the reason the F150 has been the best selling truck model now for over 40 years."
"I bought new in Feb 1999 and have driven it since then. I have NOT had any major mechanical problems - just routine wear replacements.
Seat design is less than OK - Have had two seatcover replacements as there is a metal brace where one sits when entering or exiting the cab and the cover is only good for a short time before it shows a lot of wear.
Wish all makes would return to glass headlights that did not fog!"
Pros: "When you need speed you got it! Power to spare."
Cons: "gas mileage not so great, but never a concern"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I bought this truck new in 1998 in Decatur, Al at a dealer that is no longer there. I traded in a Chevy Scottsdale pickup due to excessive mechanical difficulties and not really knowing much about Ford trucks. I have now been driving my F-150 back and forth from Birmingham to Huntsville on a regular basis for many years and it has never broken down. It has been the best and most reliable truck one could ever imagine and i would not hesitate to recommend a Ford pickup to anyone. I hate to give it up but am going to by a new F-150 within the next month."
Pros: "lots of power, comfortable, feels big but not f350"
Cons: "MPG, 100k maintenence"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I originally bought the '97 FX4 extended cab for a lawn mowing business, and after selling the business, kept the truck because of how much I liked it. I owned it from 111k to 126k, and did the first spark plug change and coil replacement, not cheap ($850) but standard maintenance doesn't need to be discounted. 4x4 was not super-reliable in the cold weather (10 degrees F and below), but was a $150 fix. I love the 5.4, and wish it had better mileage than my typical 13-15 mpg, but that baby was fun EVERY time you stepped on the gas. This truck was great at towing, and very stable and capable for larger double-axle trailers; though I mostly towed single axle ATV-style trailers. Sold it when I moved to LA for work. I regret it."
"I bought this truck for 5k in 2005 with 175k but it already had a new transmission. I replaced the ball joints, #4 coil and a new intake thats it and this truck just won't quit. You can load a scoop of sand on it one day and take it from So Cal to Vegas the next, no problem. And it is such a comfortable ride. Has never let me down."
"Honestly i love this truck! it has been very dependable no major problems. When i first bought the truck i was iffy so to speak due to my past experience with Ford vehicles. The truck turned out to be great it had the check engine light on and was fixed within days just some minor air leaks. overall the parts i have added are CAI, Dual 15 Electric fans, 33 MT tires, alpine deck with all new alpine speakers with 2 Kicker CVR and 3000 watt mono. also had fuel economy tune with a DSC chip so instead of the 11 MPG i get about 17 in town which is fantastic for a full size truck with a v8 and 4x4"
"A reliable vehicle that seldom needs anything. My v6 5-speed is great on gas for its size and has plenty of power to do any normal task.
My first set of tires lasted 160,000 miles. It didn't need spark plugs until after 150,000 miles, and the factory battery lasted 12 years (!).
It's not like I never asked the truck to do anything, either. I've hauled loads of furniture, firewood, and other things sometimes hundreds of miles.
Among the things that I've never had to service are:
Ford might equal the overall value of this truck, but they will never surpass it."
Pros: "Comfortable to sit in while waiting for a tow"
Cons: "Not reliable"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1
"I've been a long loyal ford man but this truck changed my mind! I bought the truck with 7,000 miles on it and got a great deal, $10,000 in 2001. at 10,000 miles the transmission went out. At 28,000 miles the front end needed totally rebuilt. At 30,000 miles the transmission went out again, and I bought an extended warranty. at 40,000 miles the oil pump went out and the front end needed rebuilt again. At 49,000 miles the shift solenoid went out in the transmission. Then at 94,000 miles the engine went out. Now at 114,000 miles it needs a new injector and the front end rebuilt again.
I guess I was spoiled by my Rainger i owned before the F-150. it gave me 285,000 miles needing little more than oil changes, brakes, and a coupple of clutches."
Cons: "needs latchdowns for carseats in the backseat."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"We got this truck in 09 and have never looked back. This truck is so wonderful, comfortable to ride in and performs great. The only thing I find a pain is that although it fits 6 people comfortably, it is a tight squeeze when 2 are in carseats. Overall this truck is very dependable and we love it!"
"I bought my 98 f-150 with 16400 miles on it in 06 my first truck. its 2wd long bed. i had to put a starter, idle pulley, gas tank strap, and cab corners on it. i got 222,000 miles on it now( hard miles). those years the rust is bad but i did body work and put acceseries on it and took a plain jane truck to a stylie sharp looking truck. the motor does not use oil and great porformance had good luck and no complaints."
"I really liked my truck. Its had some exhaust issues. Ford used studs instead of bolts and they tend to break off along with some rusting. (living in high salt rust belt area doesnt help) Been a dependable truck for what i've paid and put into it."
"I have a 2000 Ford f-150 XLT 4.6. Best vehicle ever owned! All original parts with the exception of 1 spark plug and normal maintenance (brake pads, oil/trans change). 144,000 miles on this vehicle and still runs strong. Has never broke down on the side of the road and it sure has towed alot. You can take your chance on another auto company or stick with the built ford tough. I'll match my good old Ford truck to a another any day of the week! P.S. This vehicle is driven at the Ford Testing Grounds in 120 degree heat daily and has never once over heated."
"Frequent mechanical problems including all four doors rusting at the hem seam, head gasket (oil) leaks both sides, failure of ignition modules and failure of the front differential seal. At 50 k, non-fixable rear wheel misalignment. Historically, this engine pits spark plugs with the cost to check the plugs between three and four hundred."
"I've owned this truck for 6 years and its still just as beautiful as the day I bought it. Dependable, stylish, comfortable. The ride feels like a smooth jet plane, never feel the bumps. Of course I have Dunlop Touring Rovers on it, but even still. It now has 170,000 miles and shows no signs of problems. Use it to tow, haul, over long distances, sometimes driving it for 14 hours straight. Highly recommend this truck."
"I'll start off by stating that I am not a Ford loyal person, in fact this is the first Ford vehicle I have owned in over 30 years of driving. This has also been the most reliable, trouble-free vehicle I have ever owned. So reliable and solid/tight that I keep it despite no longer needing a pickup truck.
Pros: Solid and tight body and handling. No rattles and overall tight feel. The ride and driving do not show the age and miles of this 8 year old truck. I know it will start and get me where I want to go in comfort with more than ample power for merging into freeway traffic. The 4 wheel disc brakes stop the vehicle well.
Cons: Fuel economy with the Triton 5.4L engine is dreadful - 13MPG on average with reasonable driving habits and the 3.31 highway axle ratio. Note that my driving is a mix of city and hwy commute. Honestly, I can't think of any other negative worth mentioning. I do understand the 4.6L engine returns far better economy.
Overall I could not be happier. As I stated above, I no longer need a pickup truck and could switch back to a car. Yet this truck has been so reliable and feels so solid for it's age and miles (115K) that I keep it. Plus when you're 6' plus and wear larger than average shoes, you appreciate the headroom, legroom length and width.
Would I recommend this vehicle to a friend? Absolutely! As a matter of fact, I have friends waiting for the day I sell this truck so they can buy it."
"I bought my 97 in 2006 76k, already 10 years old. I love it. Ride quality for a long wheel base makes up for the lack of power. I drive it really hard, but I maintain it equally. I have replaced the lower ball joints, wheel bearings, 1 front hub, plugs and wires, front brakes, and rebuilt the transmission. Most were problems from lack of maintenance by original owner. I have no complaints about the motor except the lack of HP. But, there is alot of bolt ons to fix that, for cheap. Regular maintenance is the key for any ford truck."
"Bought the truck new in 1998, had some electrical problems covered under warranty. Extremely comfortable to travel in for a 4x4. Never got more than 20MPG on the highway, 13MPG around town, all stock, no monster tires or anything. It was very reliable until a head gasket blew at 120,000 miles. I would buy another one other than fuel mileage is too low for $3 a gallon gasoline."
"ok check this out...2000 ford f150....has 4.2l v/6 with 150000 miles on it... i bought it for 5,000 ive had it for a yr and it has 180000 miles on it......this truck has never ever given me any problems but for the tensione pulley which is common on all fords....best vehicle i ever owned as far as reliability..........."