1997 Ford F150 XL 4.2 from North America
Keep Away from Children
Nothing major until a bolt in the steering assembly came undone (I'm still unsure as to how that happened) causing complete loss of steering during a right hand turn @ 108,000 miles.
She'll need completely new rear breaks @ 110,000 miles (problem with mechanic not servicing them the first time).
This was a vehicle that my parents passed down to me at 98K miles, and I've since done what I could to keep it running. We've never had any problems with it, so I guess no one really questioned if handing it down was a good move or not. Well, I've made my stupid beginner's errors with this truck, and it's ended up causing very serious and costly problems.
It's a good truck if you stay on top of preventative maintenance, and bad as a high mileage first vehicle for your starving college student, no matter how reliable it's history.
I doubt many other people would have the same steering problem.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 7th January, 2003
6th Jan 2005, 15:41
It turns out that the steering thing got recalled and my issue with the company has since been resolved in that arena. however, with school becoming increasingly intense, and my starvation becoming more and more problematic, I've decided to allocate all time and money to these endeavors instead. The truck has really taken a beating the past couple years with rough idles, fluid leaks, corrosion of battery cables, and tardy oil changes. The check engine light has remained on, almost continuously, since this review was written and the truck has gained about 25000 more miles.
With all the abuse I've put this poor thing through it has remained drivable and reliable since. Throughout it's entire history it hasn't started twice (see battery cable corrosion above).
I've more or less put the thing through hell, and it keeps on going. Just imagine how well it would run under the care of ever more vigilant individual, such as yourself. Final verdict is that this thing wants to fall apart, but it doesn't necessarily want to self destruct.
Knock on wood.