1995 Ford F150 Extended Cab XL 5.0 litre 302 V8 from North America


Absolutely best truck ever made!


The starter relay went at 30,000kms.

The front caliper brakes have been replaced twice, due to them dragging on the rotor.

General Comments:

I drive this truck every day, year round, and it has never let me down, even in the cold Canadian winters.

The body is in mint shape and still solid. Was oil-guarded once in 1998. It seldom gets washed, even in the winter.

Has not had a tune-up other than plugs and air filter being changed once.

Everything is original, even the exhaust system, and it still passes the emissions test.

It isn't the best on gas, but it is a Ford.

The oil gets changed once a year, and the engine runs smooth and quiet.

I had written several updates regarding this truck, but are now deleted somehow. Maybe I have had this truck too long!

By far the BEST vehicle I have owned!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th November, 2012

25th Nov 2013, 12:20

Original poster update

Another year later and no repairs. Just installed new tires. My wife went with me for a ride and she can't believe how quiet the motor runs and the new truck feeling. The passenger rear wheel well edge is just starting to rust. At this rate the truck shouldn't be totally rusted out for at least five years.

Don't ever want to get rid of it! I will never get another truck that is this dependable again.

17th Jan 2015, 16:50

Original Poster Update.

Another year later and it is still going strong. A little more rust on the one wheel well, but not bad yet. It past the emissions test with no problems, with the whole original exhaust system still intact. As far as I know, I have never even replaced a light or signal bulb in twenty years. Truly an amazing vehicle.

17th Jan 2016, 23:47

Original Poster Update.

Had to replace the brackets that hold the leaf-spring shackles to the frame. They had rusted out and cracked. I did have 3/4 of a ton of bagged cement on it two years ago; I'm sure that didn't help. Also just replaced the serpentine belt that was 9 years old. Other than that, the truck still runs like new. Rust situation isn't too bad.

3rd Mar 2017, 17:49

Original poster update.

Another year later and still going. Had the front brakes and lines replaced last fall. Exhaust system is getting close to full replacement (never been touched in 22 years). Passenger side is starting to rust more quickly. The cruise control stopped working a month ago; I hope it is just the pressure switch on the front of the master brake cylinder. Other than this it still runs great. Hope to keep it going until the new Ranger is produced.

1995 Ford F150 XL 4.9 I6 from North America


The best pickup you can buy... full stop


I bought this truck about 10 months ago. Mind you, the truck was running and this stuff was done on weekends, whenever I had some extra cash kicking around:



Slave cylinder.

Front rotors/calipers/pads/bearings/ball joints.

Front coil springs and shocks.

Serpentine belt.


Shackle on the left side.

Replaced stock (235/75/15) tires with 265/75/15s.

Still not working:


4 ways.

General Comments:

What else can I say? This truck is an absolute TANK. The PO was using this rig to tow used cars from New England to New Jersey about twice a week. When I had gotten this thing, it already had 310k on it and purred like a kitten, but needed a whole bunch of stuff done 'at some point'.

Long story short, I have taken this thing on several road trips and it hasn't complained or left me on the side of the road. Before the bigger tires, I was getting about 16 city and 19 highway. After the upgrade, that got pushed up to about 17/21. The I6 provides a beastly amount of low-end torque, and the high-end starts creeping in at about 2750 RPM.

After the shackle was repaired, I was moving boulders around my property with absolutely no problem. I probably had the better part of 2200 lbs in there with no complaints. I personally have never towed with it, but wouldn't hesitate to do so.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th September, 2012