1986 Ford F150 XLT Lariat from North America - Comments

9th Aug 2005, 19:41

I have a 1986 Ford F-150 XLT Lariat. The only problem this truck has for me is the timing is off and carbon blowing out the exhaust. It is on its second engine at 90000kms and was replaced at 200000kms and is still on the original transmisson. It is a good truck with about 20 mpg. I would recommend this as a good highway and work truck.

29th Oct 2007, 20:01

Just like the one guy, I too have a second engine in mine due to a head on before I owned it, and still on original tranny.

The timings off, and the carbons now blowing out of the exhaust, as my exhaust is now basically non-existent.

6th Mar 2008, 09:11

I drive an 86 F-150 XLT Lariat Ext Cab. Only Problem I've ever had out of it was the gas line came off on me. but there is a recall on that. Other than that this has been the best vehicle I've ever owned for reliability.

6th Mar 2008, 09:20

I drive A 1986 F150 XLT Lariat that has been good to me. The body has stayed in good shape, the frame is holding strong, and overall I am impressed with the performance of the 5.0 liter. With a 2wd would 33x12.50r15s fit under it on the factory rims with a 3 inch body lift? I use it for trail work and I can't afford anything else.

10th Mar 2008, 21:57

Hi, I am going through a loan to buy a 1986 Ford F150 XLT 4x4. The price is $1095.00. The motor is a 5.0 302 v8 efi. The transmission is out on overdrive, but does drive on Drive. And I've got a bed for the 1986 Ford truck.

I use to own 1982 and 1983 Ford F150 trucks. The 1982 is a 4x4 the 1983 is a two wheel drive. The 1982 is a 5.8 Windsor and the 1983 is a 300 6 cylinder. Are the transmissions good or bad, I'm just wondering?

Thank you Robert Ramsey.

11th Mar 2008, 10:00

To Robert.

You're going to borrow money to buy a truck which has a faulty transmission? Sounds like a bad idea to me. If I were you, and if you're set on buying it, at least find out what it will take to fix it properly. Maybe it's worth only 50 cents at the end of it.

12th Dec 2008, 01:15

I got my 1986 F-150 in Sept as a gift from my mother. I love it. Everything in it works... p/w, p/locks, cruise, tilt, even the a/c.

Everything on the truck is original... engine, trans, cloth seat, carpet, even the clearance lights on the cab are original.

All the paperwork was still in the truck the day the original owner bought it new. It has dual fuel tanks with three fuel pumps. Replaced two so far at a cost of $115 a piece.

There is not one dent, with original paint which looks as good as it did brand new.

I love the 5.0 EFI with overdrive. I am currently getting about 13-14 miles per gallon, but you will not hear me complain.

The exhaust is split from the muffler to a dual pipe, replacing it with true duel exhaust. I am not fond of it being a short bed, but when someone else buys the truck for you... who is complaining.

In all, the 150 IS a great work or pleasure truck.

10th May 2010, 11:50

1986 Ford F150 Lariat EFI 5.0. By far the most reliable truck I've ever driven. Very strong hearted. Never let me down. Not rusted. 4 minor problems in the last 15 years. The best..

12th Jan 2012, 17:57

My dad bought an 85 F150 from a local guy for $900 with 275,XXX miles on it. Then sold it back to the guy for $900 with 400,XXX miles on it 10 years ago. I still see the truck driving around 4-5 days a week. Only work ever done on it was a new exhaust, plugs and wires, and light body work. If this doesn't tell you how reliable a truck can be, I don't know what will.

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