1983 Ford F100 Review

1983 Ford F100 Custom Cab 4.9L straight six from North America

Year of manufacture1983
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 4.9L straight six Automatic
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 1 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.5 / 10
Distance when acquired99000 miles
Most recent distance103528 miles
Previous carChevrolet Camaro

Summary:

It was alright

Faults:

Had to replace the exhaust a month after I got it.

Tires (two rear).

Battery cable.

Windshield washer motor broke in the middle of winter. Let me tell ya, I absolutely love having layers of caked on crap on the windshield. Required a lot of elbow grease on my part.

I am convinced that my back problems have been caused by this truck, due to the crappy suspension and even crappier seat.

At 103,000 miles the left rear leaf spring came through the bed, due to incredible amounts of rot and rust, and Sears, but I'll get into that later.

Really annoying squealing noise which came from the transmission.

General Comments:

Okay, I'm trying really hard to be fair regarding my opinion of this truck, seeing as how I am mainly a Chevy/GM guy.

It really wasn't a bad truck per se, but when I got it, I think it was on it's last legs.

It served its purpose, as both a means of transportation, and hauling various amounts of crap around for friends and/or myself.

It cost $500 and I had it for 5 months, which I don't think is half bad. Also, I'm convinced that if freakin' Sears hadn't used an axle jack to jack it up when I was getting the new tires put on, than I would have gotten a little more mileage out of that leaf spring. Granted, it was probably about to go anyway, but they sure as hell didn't help it any.

After the whole Sears episode I made a decision to drive it until it died, which is exactly what I did. One day I went out to start it, it made some god awful noise, and that was it. Now she's resting in the local scrap yard, missing a door and various other parts (I actually saw it on one of my many jaunts through).

Overall, it was an alright truck. It's unfair to judge Ford products on one rusted out $500 piece.

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

Review Date: 25th September, 2001

8th Jun 2002, 20:47

Well I am kina shocked, because your the first GM person that I've ever herd to say a ford was alright, considering the price you paid and how it was treated in its life time.

Most GM folks just put it down knowing it wasn't going to last very long anyway when they got the thing. i can respect a GM person like you most of them I know are butts.

I guess FORD and GM fans will never quit fussing anyway.

Average review marks: 5.5 / 10, based on 1 review