Only 2 major repairs in the 13 years we have had it. InstalledOptionsFilter selectedInstalledOptionIdList, installedOptionIdToLabelMap, possiblyDroppedOptionsMap ; installedOptionsFilter. With the downsizing of the American passenger car, trailer towing choices are limited to trucks and sport-utility vehicles. Everything from a regular-cab F150 powered by a 4. Although the F150 is the most popular model, there are over 75 possible combinations of payload capacity, driven wheels, wheelbase, cab style, engine, and trim level. My stepdad owned it before I did and he never had to replace anything on it, unless you count routine maintanance such as tires and oil.
I've always been an F-150 fan, but I am amazed at how durable and sturdy these trucks are. Ford began changing seats to have integrated headrests. The body style would stick around for the model year for the F-250 and F-350, but this was it for the F-150 body. Other configurations made 150 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. SinceLastVisitFilter false, 1557296074183 ; listingsSearchManager. I think this ol boy will run at least another 15 years. It might sound silly, but one feature it has that I really like is manual windows.
I've owned it now for 7 years and never had a problem with it. It will easily cruise at 70mph and still pull in over 16mpg in mostly highway driving. These f150's are quite popular with off roaders and most of the ones I still see on the road, including my own, have been modified. Also, the Flareside box was no longer an option. We've never done a thing to the engine or transmission other than routine maintenance. Because there are so many different uses for pickup trucks.
Cargo carrying and trailer or boat towing should present no problems, and 4-wheel drive is almost a necessity for tricky towing situations like boat ramps. The ride is very good, and the truck handles quite well under most conditions. These are strong trucks, the last of the good old Fords. I got almost 200,000 miles on it when I sold and am ready for a newer one, but miss my old one. I was hoping to find an F-150 as our family has always had great success with them. Some say 1996 was the last year for a real truck-like F150 as the 97 model is much more car-like.
I will have to replace the power steering hoses and possibly the pump soon, along with the oil pan gasket if I don't trade it in. Plenty of power , good visibility 360 degrees, drove smoothly and easy to maintain. The running boards are the only parts that show any Ford oval styling. FuelTypeFilter selectedFuelTypeList, null ; fuelTypeFilter. EngineFilter selectedEngineList, null ; engineFilter. I like the fact that it has a good-sized bed. It had 80,000 miles on it when we bought it and that has about doubled.
The 1996 trucks will continue in production for at least the first half of the year, and offer models not yet available in the 1997 line. It's also got the 5 speed Manual. With a basic camper shell installed, cargo-area security is increased. TransmissionFilter selectedTransmissionList, transmissionTemplate ; } listingsSearchManager. I've had to replace one of the catalytic converters and I recently had a major fiasco with the distributor that was more a fault of diagnosis rather than the vehicle.
The high end Eddie Bauer trim level was an option again, although it was dropped after 1996. WheelSystemFilter selectedWheelSystemList, null ; wheelSystemFilter. What's New For 1996 There are not a ton of changes to mention for 1996 as the all-new 97 was starting production and getting headlines. It combines all of the comforts of a car with the toughness, power, and tradition of a truck. The electronically-controlled 4-speed automatic transmission shifts quickly and smoothly. There is no harshness in the suspension, and only a little bounciness with no load.
Other than that, aside from standard maintenance items, it's been like a tank. TruckCabinFilter selectedCabinList, null ; truckCabinFilter. I love driving this truck. At least I think so. One reason for the F-truck's popularity is variety. I encourage you to take a few minutes right now to check this truck out! I wouldn't recommend this truck for heavy towing, but if you need to haul furniture or stuff to the dump and room for 3 or 4 people + a large dog, it's perfect. ColorFilter selectedColorList, 'exteriorColorFilter', 'exteriorColorName', 'Color', 'colors', null ; colorFilter.
The radically- redesigned 1997 models are slowly being phased in during the 1996 calendar year. Contractors, ranchers, utility companies, and many others appreciate the usefulness and versatility of a pickup truck. Those gears also kill any decent gas mileage, I'll get maybe12 or 13 on the highway. It will probably be our last vehicle purchase if the past 14+ years are any indication. To report errors and other problems with this page, please. This is a transitional year for Ford's stalwart pickup.