2002 Ford F150 SVT Lightning 5.4L supercharged


Reliable toy


At 113,000KM, I broke the seat-belt restraint mechanism by leaning for my wallet on the floor of the truck, while wearing the seat-belt. Replaced the item myself.

At 130,000KM, two new front tires. All four tires were large and the truck naturally developed negative cambering where it wore both front inner tires out. Also, the tires' size was hard to find in Goodyear brands.

At 162,000KM, new alternator and battery. I was driving home and all of a sudden the battery light flashed. It was hard to locate the alternator from the dealer. I had to go to NAPA.

At 164,000KM, infamous shooting spark-plug. That happened in the middle of the night in a parking lot. Luckily, I had two threads in the cylinder. I re-inserted the spark-plug and COP. The truck started and hauled tail home. I went to replace the plug and the threads let go. I had a heli-coil placed in the cylinder, and from then on periodically checked and tightened plugs constantly.

At 220,000KM, voltage regulator on the alternator went. New battery. Front bushings replaced. Brakes all around too. Wheel bearings in both fronts also replaced.

At 225,000KM, fuel pump high flow resistor replaced. Truck wouldn't start without it.

At 228,000KM, transmission cooler line into radiator cracked. Replaced.

General Comments:

It may seem like a lot of things have gone wrong or were replaced, however this truck was my daily driver for almost 6 straight years. It was quick when I bought it, and it was just as quick when I sold it.

I learned a lot about maintenance with this truck and performed a lot of it on my own. If I let the dealer touch it, then I would've been bankrupted.

The hard part about this vehicle was the fuel consumption; knowing this, I accepted it openly.

Tires were beginning to get expensive, as the most economical tire was the worst for grip.

Finding parts from the dealer was tough unless you knew exactly what you needed.

I drove this thing in the winter with a good set of winter rim/tires and about 200lbs of weight in the bed. I never got stuck and was always light on the throttle. It was never wrecked either.

Interior was comfortable, and one thing I must say about a Ford, their A/C units in their trucks are built to last. I never had to raise my A/C setting higher than MIN.

It was a treat to own and work on. I recommend this truck to anyone who needs a reliable workhorse with a bit of attitude.

I sold it because of a growing family and no time to work on it any more.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th July, 2013

2002 Ford F150 Supercab FX4 XLT 5.4 Triton


I like it, and it has never let me down


The passager side window wouldn't go up. I had to clean the contacts on the master control switch.

Had to replace the brake pads on both the front and rear.


General Comments:

It has been a great truck since I got it. Never had any problem at all in 53,000 hard miles.

The second set of tires (Laredo's) last 50k in my ownership, although they were actually pretty smooth when I upgraded to Firestone Destination A/T's 2 months ago.

I have used this truck as it was meant to be used.

Hauling wood, towing 4-5,000 lbs of sand and rock, plus pulling lesser trucks and cars out of the ditch in the winter. Plowing snow. Hunting, fishing, and just general playing around off road.

It's an FX4, so it has skid plates, an LSD 3.55 ratio rear axle and 32 inch tires, so it's set up better than the regular F150s for off road use.

I did add a cherry bomb muffler and K&N air filter to it. The old muffler was clogged, and replacing it did add a little power and MPG. Same with the K&N.

The average MPG week to week is 16-17, with a few tanks being as high as 20 MPG.

It is the 5.4 Triton with the PI heads, meaning it makes 260hp and 350lbs torque. More than enough to tow loads and plow.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd August, 2012

5th Oct 2012, 13:32

OP here, just thought I would like to add that what I did not say in the first review, the truck has 125k on it now, about 65k of it being my miles. The truck is still running fine, but a valve cover is leaking and the pinion seal also. I need to replace the lower ball joints and tie rods as well. Normal maintenance for a truck.

I just spent a week pulling 5-6k of alfalfa (hay) with it and I haven't had any problems. I did change the transmission fluid at 124k along with the filter though, and that did improve the shifting. Looking forward to another 125k with this truck.