1993 Ford F150 XLT FlareSide 5.0 V8 from North America


Best truck on the road


ROT! This truck's reliability has been pretty damn amazing, the only problems it seems to ever have is issues due to rust/rot. I live in the Northeast where there are long, harsh winters with generously salted roads, and the road salt eats these trucks alive. It's a shame too.

The coolant system has had some issues in recent years with hose blowouts, fittings leaking, and nasty rusty coolant. This has also caused the heater not to work in the truck... not fun in the winter.

Power window started slipping on the driver's side. It was fixed with a new gear kit, but within a few months, it started doing it again.

The twin traction beam front suspension...it's a love/hate deal with that set up. It's tough as nails, but you have to keep the alignment in check or it will eat up the tires.

There has been some issues with the 2 fuel tank setup. The gas gauge doesn't work on one of the tanks, and it needed new sending units once upon a time. I guess other people have had even worse issues with these tanks though.

The exhaust manifolds cracked a long time ago. I've heard that is also a very common thing on these Fords. Very expensive fix.

General Comments:

Absolutely amazing truck. The styling of this truck, F-150 XLT 4x4 Flare Side Supercab, is probably my favorite truck designs of all time. The 92-96s F-series have a good mix of old school and new school styling that I think look really good together. The Electric Current Red color of the truck is really beautiful paint, and it still looks good to this day! The pink and purple stripes in between the lower valence trim and the main red color look a bit dated... but it's a 93... pink and purple were in back then... I think? Haha.

The interior has held up amazingly, well even after the original owner's abuse. The captain's chairs are awesomely comfortable, and the dashboard has nicely placed controls and easily visable gauges. The dark charcoal color of the interior looks really good... much better than the lighter colors of the new school F-150s. The rear seat could be a bit more comfortable that's for sure; it's too low and needs way more support and better angling... that has been addressed on later models though. But overall, for an almost 20 year old design, the interior of the truck still looks quite modern.

The truck rides and drives great for its age, miles, and condition. It always rode extremely well for a truck, much better then the Chevys and Dodges I have ridden in.

The 302 V8 is kind of a dog. I'll admit it. I cannot knock it too much though, it has been tough as nails. It's not the best on gas either. The transmission has also proven itself, even though I don't feel the shifting allows the engine's power to be used to its maximum potential though.

This truck has been tough as nails. There has been absolutely zero mechanical failures in the last 30,000 miles or so. None. Amazing. If it wasn't for the rot like mentioned above, this truck would roll over 250,000 like nothing, I guarantee. I love it, and I will hate to see it when it goes. I just hope the new school F-150s are just as good... probably not though!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th October, 2010

11th Jan 2011, 14:49

Hey, the new-school F150s are even better, the 97-03 at least. Their Triton V8s go a long time; these are the same engines the police use in their Vic's and in work vans. And how many of those do you see running around with 500k on their stock bottom ends?

I agree with you on the looks of the style side pick up, and the strength of the TTB front end. But the new style IFS with the 8.8 ring gear is great too. Plus the newer trucks make more power, and in most cases will return a lot better mileage than the old 302s.

Best of luck for you and your truck though. They have a habit of blowing their head gaskets at 200k, so I'd watch for that.

24th Feb 2012, 15:04

My 1993 Ford F150 XLT 4x4 with a 5.0, auto trans, and 3.55 rear gears. It has 229,xxx, and I'd still put it against any Chevy.

I'm running 31x10.50x15 tires without a lift.

We live in Minnesota, so I know how everyone feels about rust, however my Ford is holding up a lot better than any of the Chevy's of its year.

As for styling, I prefer a truck that has slight rounded edges, than a spaceship that the newer ones look like.

As for the gas mileage, if you expect to have good gas mileage on a truck, go buy a Ranger or Colorado/S10. You buy a truck to work it, and if you're worrying about the average 243 miles per tank, then again, go buy a small rice burner.

I love my Ford, and wouldn't sell it for anything. When the motor goes, 351w and 5.0 engines are a dime a dozen 300-500. Will buy a rebuilt engine; let's see someone with a Dodge or Chevy do that.

As for now, I got 10 cords of red oak to deliver, and did I mention I'm sitting high in my Ford F150 XLT 4x4?

20th Jul 2012, 18:25

No, 302's are not notorious for blowing head gaskets at 200,000 miles, and to say Ford's new Triton engines are superior to a 302 is a pretty bold statement, and tells me you know very little about cars. Those police cruisers are very well maintained, and never miss an oil change, and you don't know what they had to done to them within those 400,000 miles.

1993 Ford F150 XL 5.0 from North America


Would not trade this beast in for a newer model


Piston's in engine went after 200,000. - $2000.00.

Alternator replaced around 200,000 as well.

Radius arm bushings replaced due to improper replacement by previous owner.

Rear differential seal leaked and had replaced.

Fan control never did work except on high.

A/C never worked.

Brake shoes replaced just once.

U-joints wore, and needed all three replaced.

Starter replaced (wire attached to starter under truck always needed to be jiggled)

Water pump replaced.

Muffler seal rusted and came off during a trip.

Rear brake line badly corroded and burst due to rust.

Replaced belt.

Steering column worn, and steering parts inside of steering housing came apart and hindered my steering while driving.

Oil pan bolt stripped.

Rust from underneath cab ate through and can now see the road when driving.

General Comments:

Although I have had many many troubles with this truck since I bought it off the owner in 2002, I have grown very attached to it, and have always relied on it to get me from A to B.

I have never really done long distance driving with it, but the very fact that it is comfortable inside and revs like a beast; it's still an awesome vehicle to drive.

I would recommend a vehicle like this one for only those who can afford to get their hands dirty. It is expensive to keep up, but the truck is still alive!

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

Review Date: 11th June, 2010