1987 Ford F150 Custom 302 5L 6c trans from North America


One very good truck


Some coolant leaks.

Replaced the alternator before it went bad.

It had a tranny leak, but easy to fix.

Power steering leaked (my fault).


Steering was loose, but tracked very nice.

Changed the tranny fluid/filter, and soon after, when I would decelerate by releasing the gas pedal, it would pulse in and out of 2nd and 3rd gear, down around 35-45mph. It cleared up in a couple months.

General Comments:

One good truck that never left me stranded or gave me any trouble that wasn’t easy to fix.

The gas mileage wasn’t that good when I first bought it, but I modified it and practically doubled the gas mileage.

I was driving in some really nasty weather and the right tire just caught the slush and it slowly started to pull me in. I released the gas and every so gently tried to correct, but lost control anyway and ended up hitting a tree. It was one tough truck, it was still running. It saved my life, I would have kept it, but I have too many projects as is. It was my first truck and thankfully It wasn’t my last.

I miss my truck!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th March, 2008

20th Feb 2013, 21:44

How did you modify the truck to double the gas mileage?

1987 Ford F150 XL Lariat 302 EFI from North America


Great work truck


The power steering went out at about 100,000

The stater got replaced at 127,000 because of old age.

The motor went out (broke valve) at at 258,000 miles, put in a new long block and its been great ever since.

Replaced the clutch when I put the new motor in, but the clutch still had quite a few miles left on it.

Driver side door, lady t-boned me when she ran a redlight, totaled her Toyota Tercel and all I got was a dented door that still worked.

I had to put a new tailgate on, because a I didn't latch on my gooseneck trailer, and it came off thus ruining my tailgate.

General Comments:

I got this truck from my grandfather a couple years ago because after 258,000 miles of long hard abuse, the intake valve on the #1 hole broke, thus he gave it to me because he didn't want to mess with it. I put a new long block in it, and it runs great.

I love the granny low 4-speed and 4.10 axle, because I have never owned a better pulling rig than this truck.

Which brings me to the bad thing about this truck, it only gets 11 miles to the gallon, which is horrible, but it gets better mileage than an old 460 Ford that I once had.

The on-road handling isn't anything to brag about, because it handles about like a tank, but I personally like that feeling, and come on it's a work truck.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th April, 2007

25th Jul 2009, 16:59

I have an 1987 F-150 XLT Lariat cylinder 5.L 2WD that put 848,417 miles on the original engine. Of course the old work horse gave up on me, but in all I just have to replace a few external parts of the engine, put in a few gaskets, replace anything else that's necessary, and me my old work trucks ready to go for another 800,000 miles. Now that's a reliable truck.

22nd Jul 2012, 19:52

Damn!!! Those 5.0's have a reputation for going a long time.

1987 Ford F150 Custom Straight 6 cylinder. from North America


This is better than my 1999 F150!!!


I had to replace the clutch twice, 2 alternators, and a couple belts.

General Comments:

The transmission is going out, but I think its well deserves another.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th September, 2004

1987 Ford F150 LX 4.9 inline six from North America


The best truck on the road, period!


I have had no major problems with this truck. There have only been two things to go wrong was a leaky radiator.

The timing gears stripped out at about 175,000 miles, during a long trip.

General Comments:

This has been the most reliable vehicle I have ever owned. The only time it has left me stranded was when the timing gears stripped out.

Even with this many miles, the truck is still capable of pulling anything I need it too.

It has had a hard life, pulling horse trailers, tractors, and race cars, and still runs well.

The four speed transmission is the only way to go for working. The original clutch didn't even wear out until about 180,000 miles!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th May, 2004