1997 Ford F150 Lariat 5.4L V8 from North America
Good, allaround, general purpose vehicle
Alternator went out at 250000 miles.
Heater core went out at 272000 miles.
Seats are a little worn, but the leather is not torn or ripped.
Replaced upper a-arms and lower ball joints, and wheel bearings around 200000 miles.
This truck is an excellent truck, be it for work or play. The big V8 has the power to pull anything I have hooked it up to. From 35' travel trailers, to pulling out small tree stumps.
The 4R100 automatic transmission is very impressive with getting the power to the road. Has very nice shift points. Under partial throttle shifts, it's so smooth you can't hardly tell it changed (except for the loud pipes... LOL), and under hard acceleration, it will plant you in the seat with every gear change.
The truck came from the factory with the tow package. Trailer wiring is separately fused from the vehicle wiring, which is better, as it doesn't put unnecessary electrical loads on the chassis wiring.
This truck is a supercab, or extended cab. The only thing I don't like is the third door. Would rather have a door on each side in the back, as it is a hassle to access the backseat on the driver's side.
Vehicle has a clean flowing interior. While not as refined as say a luxury vehicle, it is vastly improved over the boxy generic interior of the older F series. The interior has ample room for four adults, although I would put anyone over 5' tall in the back seat, as there is not a surplus of leg room. Truck had the 60/40 split front seat, which is nice. Also has the flip up/down console.
Truck has the 6.5' bed. Plenty of room, and very strong tie downs. Tailgate is very heavy, and can be a pain to remove by yourself. I do like the fact that the tailgate has a lock built in from the factory.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 31st December, 2010
I have a 97 with a 4.6 and 250000 miles. I bought it new, and have had some issues with ball joints, etc., and a reoccurring problem with idle air control valves. But I wouldn't trade it for anything. It's rusting pretty bad, but it still takes on mud and snow better than anything I have ever driven. I would buy a new one in a heart beat.