1994 Ford F150 XL 4.9 inline six from North America


I like this truck, but it needs a lot of maintenance


Had to have 2 in-tank fuel pumps replaced, one at 7,497 miles. and one at 53,352 miles.

Exhaust gas sensor replaced at 16,460 miles.

Air bag contacts replaced at 53,352 miles.

Water pump replaced at 105,000 miles.

Both radius arm bushings replaced at 80,000 miles. One replaced at 112,851 miles.

Alternator replaced at 32,891 miles, another in 1998 and another in 2002.

Starter replaced at 125,000 miles.

Rear u-joint replaced in 2002.

It's had three batteries, which I take care of (and I don't buy cheap batteries).

General Comments:

I got the light-duty version of the F150. It has been up to every task I've put it to since new. It tows light (under 3,000 lb) trailers well, hauls the way-under-capacity loads I put in the bed, and drives well.

Gas mileage is good for a full-size pickup - 16 in town and 20 on the highway.

The air conditioner is first rate, and since August temps here get over 100, that's important.

The body has held up remarkably well. One of my neighbors commented yesterday that it looks new.

It handles crummy, rutted, steep roads well for a two-wheel drive and I've never gotten stuck. It has on/off road tires.

The only complaint I have, and I didn't realize it until I compiled the list above, is that it's had **way** too many things break prematurely, in my opinion.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 19th April, 2003

1994 Ford F150 XLT 5.0 from North America


This is the most reliable vehicle I have ever owned


Replaced starter at 120,000.

Replaced alternator at 180,000.

Replaced Air Conditioner (Condenser, Compressor, Accumulator) at 180,000.

Have had to replace rotors about every 75,000, front pads about 25,000.

Replaced factory EGR valve at 250,000.

Replaced factory shocks at 250,000.

Replaced water pump at 260,000.

Replaced factory O2 sensor at 270,000.

Rear gas tank added gas to front gas tank when running on the rear tank, problem began about 240,000 miles, corrected itself about 270,000 after adding fuel system cleaners at oil changes.

Replaced universal joints twice, about 180,000 and at 280,000.

Part of the dash lights quit working at 250,000.

Lower drivers door hinge had to be replaced due to wear at 270,000 miles and about 1 zillion times opening and closing.

Windshield wiper switch short since about 50,000, have to jiggle switch to find the "sweet spot". This is really the only annoyance I have had with this truck.

General Comments:

I purchased this truck new and have never had to return to the dealership for service on anything.

Aside from replacing rotating external pieces, have never had to do anything other than normal maintenance to this truck. It has never been 3500 miles without an oil change, and the filters, fluids and belts are changed regularly. I have never had a valve cover off, nor been inside the 4-speed Automatic OD transmission. You might think that the truck has not been worked, but I have towed a 2-horse trailer and a racecar regularly for the life of the truck, although I never pull anything while in overdrive.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th January, 2003

27th Aug 2003, 11:10

You stated, "Windshield wiper switch short since about 50,000, have to jiggle switch to find the "sweet spot". This is really the only annoyance I have had with this truck."

I have a 1994 Ford F150 with 192,500 miles and have the same problem with the windshield wiper switch. It just makes you want to get out of the truck and manually move the wipers back and forth. Also on this truck, the timing of the windshield wipers is not well spaced. I don't use 90% of the delay timings because they don't match well with the way that rain comes down. I end up manually activating the switch whenever the windshield mists up.

1994 Ford F150 5.0 Liter from North America


Too many things failing prematurely, as I am not hard on vehicles and try to maintain them properly


Replaced the Manual Lever Position Sensor due to transmission going into a neutral condition while at speed.

Replaced piston and springs in the #1 accumulator when transmission started having delayed shift form 1st-2nd.

Replaced leaking radiator at 85,000 miles.

Replaced left and right radius arm bushings at 70,000 due to premature failure. (purchased Polyurethane ones from 3rd party)

Replaced water pump at 91,000 miles.

A/C hose developed leak at 35,000 miles.

General Comments:

A bit under powered when running in overdrive with a head wind. Runs good at 70 MPH on a long flat highway. Pretty smooth ride.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 11th December, 2002