1983 Ford F150 Reviews

1983 Ford F150 XL 4.9 from North America

Model year1983
Year of manufacture1983
First year of ownership2008
Engine and transmission 4.9 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.3 / 10
Distance when acquired108000 miles
Most recent distance108999 miles

Summary:

Good all around dependable truck

Faults:

Water pump, clutch fan @ 108,000 miles.

General Comments:

One tough 4x4 six banger, take care of it and it will take care of you. 25 years old and still turning heads.

Easy to work on and parts are available everywhere due to so many produced.

Legendary 300-4.9 equal to the small block V-8's torque. Averages 14 mpg.

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

Review Date: 10th January, 2009

1983 Ford F150 I6 from North America

Year of manufacture1983
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission I6 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired250000 miles
Most recent distance301000 miles
Previous carFord F150

Summary:

What else could one possibly ask for

Faults:

Very few major things have gone wrong with the truck, other than the expected wear and tear of a vehicle this age. seats are starting to wear through, and the armrests had screws jiggle out.

The clutch had to be replaced due too bad linkage in combination with heavy city traffic.

The truck exhibited major rust, and subsequently the floors were patched and a wooden bed was added.

The starter was rebuilt before I received the truck, but it now performs perfectly.

The engine was rebuilt before I got the truck, and now runs loudly due to a leaky exhaust manifold gasket.

The front end had one half-shaft replaced, and the calipers and disks were replaced.

The rear axle was replaced, the ring blew up under hard acceleration on a cold morning.

General Comments:

My father bought this truck new in 1983, and the truck has had constant abuse ever since.

There have been times when the engine went 10,000 miles without an oil change, yet the truck still burns rubber and smokes new "pocket-rockets" from white-line to white-line.

Any of the above problems have all been scattered over the last 20 years, and there has never been a time when the truck wouldn't get me home, even if that meant driving in four-wheel drive since I blew out the rear axle.

I have used and beat the truck on numerous occasions, and the truck has never done much more than simply fry the wiring when the batter jumped into the solenoid after going airborne.

Even under the hard, rough driving of a sixteen year old who like to go mudding, this truck has always got me home.

I'll never drive anything, but a strong, old truck.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th March, 2003

3rd Mar 2004, 19:02

Hello, I have just turned fifteen and received a 1983 Ford F-150. I love my truck and just had to comment. The older trucks are real beasts!

7th Nov 2008, 01:16

My 1983 Ford F150, 6cy 4.9 has so much smog control stuff on the engine that its like the truck is all plugged up - every 2 years it has to go and be smog tested, and of course it fails every time, and they won't issue a tag until it passes. The smog pump alone must weigh 10lbs, and with the air sensors you can't even put a nice air cleaner on it because it needs the stock air cleaner - it's a joke, I know it could boot ass with a little time, but it's sad man.

18th May 2011, 14:00

We have one of these trucks trucks with +400000 kms on it. Put a flat deck on it with plywood sides. It never gets oil changes, hauls 3000 liters of water, the leaf springs are so worn they look like we flipped it upside down, and the rear axle is bowing. The tranny is just now starting to go. This truck is indestructible. If you need a beater, this is the truck you need.

1983 Ford F150 Custom 302 V8 from North America

Year of manufacture1983
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 302 V8 Automatic
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.8 / 10
Distance when acquired200000 miles
Most recent distance300000 miles

Summary:

I highly recommend this truck to any body looking for a good hot rod or a real work horse

Faults:

Pretty much every thing has been replaced on this truck. The original engine blew a 200,000 miles. This was due to fuel being pumped into the oil pan. The truck would still start up and run, but it was knocking very badly. I have since replaced it with a mild built 302. The transmission was replaced with the engine, but the transmission came out a another 300,000 mile truck and was rebuilt with a shift kit 50,000 miles ago. Rear end was rebuilt once it now is a posi unit, this was done before I bought the truck. The usual suspension components like ball joints and tie rod ends. New York salt has been the biggest cause of problems with this truck.

General Comments:

I bought this truck when I was 15 years old as a parts truck for my 1986 f150. My dad gave me the 1986 that he bought new, we were going to build it in to a mild custom for me when I turned 16. Well it did not work that way we were almost out of time so we started putting the 1983 back together for something to drive while we worked on the 1986. Things got out of hand and snowballed. The 1983 now is serving for the past 4 years as my daily transportation through high school and now in college. I am 1800 miles away from home and I need a dependable truck, this one is very dependable. On the trip from New York to Wyoming, I am going to Wyo-tech. It only chewed up a starter. This truck is very sharp blue with white flames, and fat tires. I am addicted to customizing this truck and still have many plans including lowering it in the future. I probably will never sell this truck. It has done it job of transporting me and turning head very well. I will soon start on customizing my 1986 and it will not be as mild.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th January, 2003

Average review marks: 7.8 / 10, based on 6 reviews