1998 Ford F150 Reviews

1998 Ford F150 XLT Supercab 4.6 V8 from North America

Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2013
Engine and transmission 4.6 V8 Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired77000 miles
Most recent distance159000 miles

Summary:

Looks, runs, and sounds great, therefore I will drive it for a long time

Faults:

Replaced battery at 90,000 and 145,000 miles.

Brake pads at 90,000, and front and back brakes redone ($450) at 152,000 miles.

Replaced alternator at 110,000.

Front ball joints replaced at 122,000 miles (under $200... a friend helped me).

Replaced the rear differential with a used junkyard differential at 125,000 ($1000).

Replaced 1 x head at 128,000 ($1100).

All work done with a local trusted mechanic unless otherwise noted. Not Ford dealer prices.

General Comments:

This truck is great. It appears I spent a lot of money on serious repairs, but when I bought it, I drove it hard with quite a bit of off-roading.

The past 6 years have been general day use with occasional camping trips, and it has been perfect.

I loved the manual transmission when I bought it, but will get an automatic next time. Tired of pedaling.

The truck still looks phenomenal, but I have been relentless in washing weekly and waxing at least once a month.

Lacks some power. I will go with a bigger engine next time, but that won't be for a while. This truck runs like new, and has given me no problems at all for just over 30K miles.

I sometimes tow a motorcycle trailer, never weighing more than 2500 lb. Tow rating for a manual transmission 4.6 is only about 2000 lb. Never had a problem, but am disappointed at the low tow rating.

Interior still looks good. There's a crack in the dash, but that was my fault. All the seats and carpet have held together well. Only problem is stains I put in them.

Bottom line. I would trade it in on a new truck, but wouldn't get much for a 98 4x4 Ford F150 that is running and looking great... therefore I will keep it. Worth much more to me than what they would give me for a trade in. I put bull bars on and added a catback dual exhaust.

Looks, runs, and sounds great. I will drive it to at least 200K before getting rid of it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 15th October, 2013

1998 Ford F150 XLT 4.2L from North America

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2012
Engine and transmission 4.2L Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired80000 miles
Most recent distance200000 miles
Previous carFord F150

Summary:

Great truck

Faults:

I have very minor front end work done.

Since I have owned the truck, I have spent less than 1000 dollars on the truck outside normal maintenance.

Two things I have had done include:

Ball joints and A/C compressor.

General Comments:

This has been a great truck, and has held up very well. I have right at 200,000 miles on it and going strong.

Other than the normal maintenance, I have done very little to it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 26th October, 2012

1998 Ford F150 XLT 4.6 Triton V8 from North America

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2010
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 4.6 Triton V8 Automatic
Performance marks 10 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
10.0 / 10
Distance when acquired202225 miles
Most recent distance210612 miles
Previous carChevrolet K1500

Summary:

This is a great and powerful truck

Faults:

Tranny fluid line rusted a hole at about 205000.

Hole rusted in header at 207000.

Cab corner and 3rd door rust at bottom when I bought it.

Currently I have a tranny slip very lightly.

An oil leak, very small, I myself can't find the leak, but haven't taken it to get looked at, as it seems that it doesn't leak hardly at all.

General Comments:

This is a great truck. I got really cheap, but it has high mileage. I love it for the engine; still running strong, despite the little problem.

It is a great truck still; can pull a hefty load, considering how high the mileage is, and how old the truck is.

I was thinking about rebuilding the tranny and doing some other work to it, but don't know if I should waste the time and money, in case the motor does blow.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th November, 2010

1998 Ford F150 XL 4.2L from North America

Model year1998
Year of manufacture1998
First year of ownership2004
Most recent year of ownership2010
Engine and transmission 4.2L Automatic
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired45000 miles
Most recent distance71000 miles
Previous carChevrolet Astro

Summary:

Overall, very satisfied

Faults:

Front brakes and rotors at 69000 miles.

Temperature sensing unit at 71000 miles.

General Comments:

Although it's only the XL trim, the two tone paint and chrome wheels it came with makes her a looker.

Vinyl floor, and cloth front & rear seats?

Can't complain about reliability, as it has always ran well, and has decent MPG for a full size truck.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 6th November, 2010

Average review marks: 7.5 / 10, based on 38 reviews