22nd Apr 2007, 03:06

My wife has a 1995 F-150 4x4 XLT with the 5.8L 351. In the last year she has had problem after problem starting with the alternator which we replaced, followed by front hubs, fuel pump, and now the transmission. There is something internal stopping the tranny from being able to switch between gears. We took it to a local mechanic who despite me telling him it was not the linkage, decided to replace the linkage as he thought it was the problem. A hundred bucks later he decides the problem is internal and he could not fix it. The symptoms include: No park gear, no low gear, the shifter free floats rather than "clicking" from gear to gear, the 4x4 light randomly blinks on and off and it is hard to find neutral to disengage the safety switch to start it. I have been told that this transmission is hard to find and will cost an arm and a leg to replace. She is dead set on having this truck for a long time as it holds sentimental value to her, and despite my efforts to talk her into a GM product it looks like I will be replacing the tranny on this heap. Does anybody have any resources that they could share with me to help me find a replacement without having to hand over my first born as payment? Thanks, Will... Cave Junction Oregon.

18th Mar 2009, 01:52

Hi, I am a big Chevy fan personally, but my brother has a 1993 F150 4x4 straight 6 auto. It is a very strong truck, although you can't tell till you try to pull. It's had its problems, on its second motor and trans at 185000, but nobody knows how they are treated before you get them.

This F150 and my 1995 K1500 305 auto are very evenly matched in power; both are great trucks, more than I can say for Dodge. I won't knock a truck unless I have personally owned it.

27th Sep 2009, 02:20

I have a 1995 F150 5.8 351w ext cab long box 4x4, and love it. It has 134000 on it, and other than the tank switch and the long body making turning sharp hard, it been a strong truck. Pulling a 96 z71 200 miles at 80mph the whole way LOL. Do that with GM without a shift kit and see how long your tranny will last in it.

So I saw people saying they hate these trucks cuz they had to replace common problems on any car/truck, but 5 rotors in 1 yr??? What are you thinking, take it to a shop, there had to be a reason for the rotors going bad.

The only issue that's killing me with this truck is that gas tank, but it is worth it when you've got to haul heavy things a long way. It's great for that, but trust me when I say don't use the bumper for real heavy loads, they ain't that strong LOL. I had to get a new one after hauling that Z71 home.

13th Nov 2011, 18:14

I was thinking the same thing. My Ford is still cranking at 230k, and still will be!

13th Nov 2011, 18:16

He meant to say "Buy a GM if you REALLY want to have nightmares". Those problems are petty compared to what he will soon receive from his "reliable" Silverado.

17th Nov 2012, 21:29

I purchased a 1994 4.9 six XL Ford truck brand new, and it has been a fantastic vehicle. I maintain my vehicles at regular intervals, and store them inside when I can. I have towed boats, campers and recently a 18' enclosed car hauler with an antique car inside. It has 74000 miles at this time. I have changed tires and windshield wipers. I have no plans to let it go.