1986 Ford F250 Reviews from North America

1986 Ford F250 Base 4x4 Crew Cab 6.9 diesel

Model year1986
Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2011
Engine and transmission 6.9 diesel Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.2 / 10
Distance when acquired160000 miles
Most recent distance180000 miles

Summary:

Tank that'll never die

Faults:

Burns oil.

Tire blew at about 175,000, causing turn signal to be broken.

Has a little trouble starting in cold weather.

General Comments:

This truck is one tough machine. I have used this vehicle for just about everything, and it holds up to the task, even despite the age. I have been able to go through several feet of snow with the 4x4 activated with no problem. In fact I've never gotten the truck stuck.

Performance suffers a little bit because it's a diesel, but it puts out plenty of torque; it was able to tow a tractor with a flat tire with no problem.

It also has the extended cab, allowing up to six passengers, which has enough room, even though the manual gearbox takes up part of the front.

The engine is rock-solid, and may go a half million miles if treated well.

Overall, if you like old trucks or if you are looking for a truck for a good price, these old F-250's are a great option.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st April, 2011

1986 Ford F250 XLT Lariat 6.9 diesel

Model year1986
Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership2009
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 6.9 diesel Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.2 / 10
Distance when acquired210000 miles
Most recent distance257000 miles
Previous carFord F150

Summary:

Awesome man

Faults:

I bought this truck in Florida, and it sat for two years with a dumb ass working on it.

I had to replace the starter, alternator, glow plugs, injector seal kit and injector o-rings, transfer case, and the clutch.

I've got over 2 grand worth of parts on this thing, and now I'm doing wheel seals and pinion seals.

I would love to have a turbo and a five speed, and could have got them for all the money I've already spent

General Comments:

This truck is a beast.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th August, 2010

1986 Ford F250 XLT 6.9

Model year1986
Year of manufacture1986
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2007
Engine and transmission 6.9 Manual
Previous carChevrolet Apache

General Comments:

This truck uses about two quarts of oil every oil change, about 3500-4000 miles. Previous owner said it was like this since new. No leaks, no ugly smoke, is this normal with 6.9L?

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 5th September, 2007

31st Dec 2012, 18:53

Oil consumption and oil leaks. Fix 'em. Consumption usually means worn piston rings, seals and valves. Make sure the air intake is free of dirt. I have a 1986 6.9L 4x4. Bought a long block from Ford. Completely re-manufactured. Comes with a 1 year warranty. It came with Banks exhaust and intake. It runs GREAT. Very torque-y. These trucks are very tough!

1986 Ford F250 4x4 6.9L Diesel

Year of manufacture1986
Engine and transmission 6.9L Diesel
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.3 / 10

Faults:

Suspension all redone. Has about 350,000 miles & need to add 2 quarts of oil a week.

General Comments:

Ford makes very good trucks.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 8th September, 1999

Average review marks: 7.2 / 10, based on 4 reviews