2002 Ford F150 Lariet SuperCrew 5.4
I love my truck, but I wish it was in better shape...
Ignition coils - I have replaced seven of eight coil-on-plug units, one at a time at $80 each... bad design! (that includes labor)
Catalytic converters - There are four cats on the Y-pipe, and it cost me just over $1000 to replace the entire exhaust system, due to one bad cat and rust-out of muffler from sitting. I did opt for a turbo muffler and custom dual tailpipes straight out the back, with stainless tips (the spare tire is still accessible).
Rear axle bearings - When I went to have the brake pads replaced, all four rotors were worn past minimum spec. When the tech pulled the rear rotors, he noticed the axle seals were leaking, and since my truck came with a towing package, it was equipped with the larger rear-end. This means it has the larger axle bearings that are pressed on with the seals between them and the axle flange. The bearings have to be removed (destroyed), and replaced just to replace the seals. After all was said and done, my brake job ended up costing me a little over $2000! (I did opt for the better pads so my wheels don't turn black)
Blown fuse - For some reason, the five amp fuse for the circuit that operates the auto door lock, the auto headlamps and the overdrive switch on the shifter (cannot turn off over-drive when pulling a trailer), keeps blowing. I have tried to trace the wires and locate a short, but to no avail. All of the systems it affects work fine for three or four days, then it will blow again without warning. I even tried a higher amperage fuse, just to see if it would last longer, but it was blown in the same time period.
Rusted out rocker panels - What is it about these trucks and rust in this area, I have noticed many on the road with the same rust-out. Best estimate I have so far is $1500 to cut out, replace, and touch up paint. Still debating on this... it really needs a complete paint job, but that jumped the price to $3000!
Steering column falling apart - The other day, as I shifted from park to reverse, something fell out from under the dash and hit my foot. Afterward, I noticed the shifter was real sloppy, but still works. I later found a pin about an inch long in the floor; I'm assuming this came from the shift mechanism...
Even with the problems that I have had along the way, it has been a very good vehicle. When Ford came out with the SuperCrew in 2000, I had to have one, and I finally did get one, in 2005. Although it was used and had a lot of highway miles, it was a very nice truck when I got it. I mean, who wouldn't like a truck with four doors, heated leather seats, power everything, climate-control, a moon roof and a sliding back window, it has the spray in bed-liner and a fiberglass bed cap. I even like the factory 17 inch alloy wheels (except for the price of those 265/70R17 tires).
All in all, I love my truck! I like a full sized pick-up, for the comfort, ease of entering and exiting, you're up high enough to see around yourself when driving, and I think it's much more safe than a car, and I will always drive something this big, or bigger!
This thing had a sticker price of more than $32,000 new (I have the original sticker someplace); of course I didn't pay near that for it, not even half! But, to replace it now, with one three years old, would cost me more than what I paid back in 2005. I just hate to put three or four thousand dollars into a vehicle that books for less than $5000. Now, I've got to do some serious debating with my pocket book!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 29th August, 2014