Recalled by Ford for :-
Oil Pump alteration.
Cruise control problem.
Engine earth alteration.
Replacement of Bridgestone tyres.
Problems I encountered:-
After driving through shallow water (300mm) the transfer case took in water meaning the truck stayed in 4WD all the time. The dealer made a modification to the breather and changed the oil under warranty.
Numerous squeaks and rattles. The dealer could not trace them.
The fuel gauge sender is notoriously inaccurate. Going uphill or down could be different by 1/4 of a tank.
Powerful and comfortable with reasonable fuel economy
25 mpg on trip.
18 mpg around town.
20 mpg on trip towing 1.2 tonne jet boat.
Interior looks a bit plasticky.
I've been told earlier models have a problem with timing belt tensioners. It happened to my mate with a 1997 XLT at 90000km. The engine has to be stripped and a modified tensioner installed. Cost up to $5000NZ.
Telltale signs are a knocking noise when idling, (louder and deeper than tappet noise)
Great 5 speed Auto
Great 4WD selection with auto 4WD system.
Assembly from USA far below that of Japanese equivalent.