Originally I bought this truck for $600 as temporary transportation when the engine in my Escort dropped a valve seat back in October of 2009. I found out that the machine shop that I bought the truck from, maintained it very well as it needed absolutely nothing to pass inspection and emissions. Six months later, the only thing I've done was two oil changes and a tire rotation, but the tire rotation was free.
The 4.9 Inline Six with the 5 speed after almost 200,000 miles is still an excellent combination of power, torque, and fuel economy. I average around 16-19 mpg, depending on how hard I put my foot down in 85% non-highway driving. The torque alone from this engine is amazing, I can even put it in 3rd gear from a stop, and it accelerates well in 5th from 35 mph.
The interior is very spacious and comfortable for even tall people, the heat and the AC works great, gauges are accurate, power windows work like they're new, and even the factory speakers sound good with an aftermarket head unit. The overall size and visibility make driving much easier as well.
The handling and ride of this truck is very good, though on rough roads it sometimes isn't pleasant. The ride is excellent on the highway at any speed.
It can still pull a load with no problems as well. I've overloaded this truck with furniture, Christmas wreaths, musical equipment, car parts, and much more, and it hasn't had a single complaint.