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97/8 F-150

Is there anything in particular to look for when shopping for a 97/8 F-150?? Beater car died, so I'm looking for something to replace it and be farm worthy at the same time. My dad's got a 97, it's been a great truck thus far, no problems at all, granted it doesn't have that many miles on it. My price range allows for around 130K+ miles, so I'm thinking ball joints for sure and trans issues. Probably going with a 4.6, but if a 5.4 is in my price range I'll go that route. Thanks

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Great trucks, I love mine to death.

I don't think there are really any major issues to look out for.

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I think the cruise control switch that was catching fire affected those years? Might wanna check into that but that is the only thing that i can think of....

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imo , buy a 92-96 they are a tougher truck , and being its going to have farm uses, youll be happier with it, and if you opt for a 250/350 you can get a 460 or 7.3 di turbo

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We've got one here..and my Wife loves it-won't even consider another truck to drive-she likes it that much.
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I don't really care for them. I like the newer F-250/350s. I have actually grown to like my style. Didn't care for them much before. Problem is gas mileage. You ought ask them to fill it up and take a decent sized drive. Fill it back up and see the ratio of gallons of gas to miles. They might say it's one amount, but you may drive it differently. Guy I bought mine from said 15mpg, I get 10. Stock I was still getting 10.5-11mpg. You can see what I've done.

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For a daily beater, an older F150 (or possibly Bronco) maybe the way to go. If it's going to be a most of the year daily driver, then I'd try for something newer, 97/98 F150. My dad has a 98 F150 4.6 and likes it, except for the 4.6. I've got a 00 5.4 and really like it. I'll be the first to admit that the fuel mileage isn't fantastic, but I didn't buy it for the mileage. If you shop around, you might be able to find a good 97/98 F150 with reasonable mileage at a good price. The 4.6's are cheap.

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96 F150 in my opinion. my dad has one and its teh only thing i have ridden in where it didnt feel like the roof was crushing me.

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96 F150 in my opinion. my dad has one and its teh only thing i have ridden in where it didnt feel like the roof was crushing me.
Must be a small guy then..I drove a'95 F150 for a work truck for 2 years.Felt like I was stuffed in a sardine can driving it around.Wife's '98 Model is totally different.

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Never had one problem with my 98 4.6 4r70w 2wd nascar edition.

Just general maintenance.

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Must be a small guy then..I drove a'95 F150 for a work truck for 2 years.Felt like I was stuffed in a sardine can driving it around.Wife's '98 Model is totally different.

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well fat /large guy here , i am 5'9 260# my truck is a supercab . and its got a ton of room. was the truck you were drivng a regular or supercab?

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My dad had a 95 F150 extended cab....he drove the sh*t out of it, he traded it in last year with 156,xxxmiles for an 05 F150.....needless to say, he likes F150s
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Thanks guys, really appericate the replies. My dad has had 1/2 ton Fords since I was born (and before that actually...) and that is all we have have for trucks in our family. Basically I'm looking for a winter driver to/from school and farm truck all seasons. I realize gas milage isn't going to be that great, but I'd rather have that than trying to manuver the cougar around in snow (it just ain't happen')

95badbird-that is the exact same color combo my dad has with his...except his is reg cab.

Right now, I'd rather have an ext cab xtl/lariet than just a plain old xl, since i will be drinving it to school (~4 hr drive...creature comfort) but it definately will be used on the farm. but if i find a reg cab cheap enough...I'm sold.

I know the 93-96's are cheaper, but I'd rather have a 97-8 since I know more about the drivetrain than the earlier ones...oh and 4 wd is a must. even if I can get one for 1K, if it isn't 4wd, no way.

what's a good price for something w/100-150K on it w/4.6? This is the fist time I'm shopping for a truck so I haven't had an eye on these lately. I'm seeing lots if ext cab 4wd in the range from $5-8K that I wouldn't mind having. Lower milage is pretty much cost prohibitive, and I know a 4.6/5.4 will run plenty past 150K miles.

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well fat /large guy here , i am 5'9 260# my truck is a supercab . and its got a ton of room. was the truck you were drivng a regular or supercab?
I've driven both,but that one was a single cab.
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Must be a small guy then..I drove a'95 F150 for a work truck for 2 years.Felt like I was stuffed in a sardine can driving it around.Wife's '98 Model is totally different.

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I paid 10 for mine, its a 4x4, it only had 62,000 on it, when I got it.

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There's no market for the early 5.4 superduties, everyone wants a diesel. It's almost the same truck as the f150 but much more capable and with more room. You might be able to find one at a great price.


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im 6'6 185. if that answers your comment
I'm 6'9"/190 lbs,and that '95 F150 was misery driving it everyday.I'm in an '01 F150 at work now,and have plenty of room to spare.
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I can see that...In my 95 F250 I only have about an inch of headroom left, and I'm only 6'.




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not to mention the 97+ f150s dont have the twin i-beam front suspension, they use a short long arm suspension.


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not to mention the 97+ f150s dont have the twin i-beam front suspension, they use a short long arm suspension.
in otherwords they became a very large rwd car

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not really, the design was getting old, and had been around since the 60s, and it was time to make an improvement.


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a truck is a truck , it not supposed to handle like a car. yes it was 60's tech , but why change it when it works well, when my cousin had his 2000 f150 5.4 , 4r100,s/c 4x4 , 3.55 gears , my 96 f150 with a 351 , e40d , s/c 4x4 , i out pulled him, and his truck had a real problem being on a gradient , and since you want to say 60's , its 73-96 that had the same basic frame, 73-79 -80-85 -87-91 and 92-97

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a truck is a truck , it not supposed to handle like a car. yes it was 60's tech , but why change it when it works well, when my cousin had his 2000 f150 5.4 , 4r100,s/c 4x4 , 3.55 gears , my 96 f150 with a 351 , e40d , s/c 4x4 , i out pulled him, and his truck had a real problem being on a gradient , and since you want to say 60's , its 73-96 that had the same basic frame, 73-79 -80-85 -87-91 and 92-97
Define worked really well.I personally didn't like having to rotate tires every 2-3K miles to keep the from wearing all to hell. That old twin I-Beam suspension has a place,and that's on large industrial trucks that never leave the refineries or oil fields.
And no,my '98 doesn't handlelike a car,but it'salot better than the old dinosaurs that I had before.186K miles now on the original suspension,and nothing but the shocks have been changed.6K mile tirerotation intervals without abnormal wear or cupping,and it weighs alot less than that old crap did.
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and that's on large industrial trucks that never leave the refineries or oil fields.JL
JL, i cant tell your from texas or anything , i just feel a truck should handle and ride like a truck , and the rough ride , gives you a better load carring capacity , btw , did you want those rear speaker grilles? , ill give'em to ya cheap , just want rid of them , justin

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JL, i cant tell your from texas or anything , i just feel a truck should handle and ride like a truck , and the rough ride , gives you a better load carring capacity , btw , did you want those rear speaker grilles? , ill give'em to ya cheap , just want rid of them , justin
You've got a PM on the grilles.
A rough ride doesn't always mean a better load carrying capacity. My truck has no issues at all with a decent load on it,and rides fairly well when unloaded.It's more of a balacing act to get a decent ride quality and load capacity at the same time.
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just look at the new f150, it probably is the best riding truck out there, yet has the best payload capacity thanks to its fully boxed frame, and many improvements on the truck.
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Well, I looked at 2 this afternoon...one was a piece...extremely abused, never even bothered to drive it. The other was a 97 ext cab lariet w/4.6. Had 145K on it, rode nice, but it had a slight clunk on the get go. I'm assuming the ujoints are going bad on that. Interior was so so, leather that's been riden on for that long tends to get the creases and discolorment. I'm still looking though. Oh, they were asking 7,400 for that one. Good/bad?

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Well, I looked at 2 this afternoon...one was a piece...extremely abused, never even bothered to drive it. The other was a 97 ext cab lariet w/4.6. Had 145K on it, rode nice, but it had a slight clunk on the get go. I'm assuming the ujoints are going bad on that. Interior was so so, leather that's been riden on for that long tends to get the creases and discolorment. I'm still looking though. Oh, they were asking 7,400 for that one. Good/bad?

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I paid $8250 for this '98 Lariat Ex-Cab 4.6L with 107K miles on it.
It was in really good shape-except for the typical leather wear like you described.
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