I have owned my '96 f150 supercab for close to 7 years and the biggest problem I have faced is failing the smog test every other year. I've always been an F-150 fan, but I am amazed at how durable and sturdy these trucks are. Those gears also kill any decent gas mileage, I'll get maybe12 or 13 on the highway. The truck was available with a reprogrammed four-speed automatic transmission with an auxiliary cooler. Ford also offered a 75th-anniversary package on its 1992 F-series, which consisted of a stripe package, a silvery-colored step bumper, and special 75th-anniversary logos.
I got almost 200,000 miles on it when I sold and am ready for a newer one, but miss my old one. This has been our only vehicle for more than 7 years. Other than that, it had over 280,000 miles on it when I sold it and the last time I spoke with the guy that bought it from me it's still running strong. Get it repaired and within two years el flunko! The previous four-speed automatic transmission was replaced with a new four-speed automatic overdrive for trucks equipped with the 5. I love driving this truck. I had to replae the brake pads around 250,000 miles and the power steering pump shortly after.
It will easily cruise at 70mph and still pull in over 16mpg in mostly highway driving. Other than that, aside from standard maintenance items, it's been like a tank. The horsepower in my 302 5. The dark midnight blue metallic paint and the argent sport stripe graphics along the sides and tailgate still invite inquiries as to if I would like to sell it. The seat frame wasn't engineered strong enough for a big guy like me.
In fact, from 1987 to 1996, Ford implemented a series of upgrades and improvements to each model year that sets this entire generation of F-series trucks apart from any other years of production. Around town it doesn't get gas mileage, nothing I'd care to print anyways. We are extremely pleased with this wonderful model. Still, it's been a very reliable vehicle for over 12 years. An automatic transmission became standard equipment as well, and were fitted with a shift lock that prevented drivers from shifting out of park unless the brake pedal was depressed.
This truck's overall reliability exceeded our expectations. It had 80,000 miles on it when we bought it and that has about doubled. It still starts up in the dead of winter with no difficulty and 0 warm-up required. I've replaced the heater core and the clutch master cylinder twice each. Inside were six-way adjustable sport seats with lumbar controls and a console between them. Truck still runs strong in 2011.
I live in Tennessee, so we go hill climbing in it. Plenty of power , good visibility 360 degrees, drove smoothly and easy to maintain. It's been parked outdoors in our rainy Northwest climate. 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. This is not always a good thing, as some of these trucks have been really thrashed.
Heating and air-conditioning controls were tweaked and the glove compartment was enlarged. 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. 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. I was glad because we plan to drive it until the wheels fall off. This was the first model year to also experience problems with cruise control, resulting in a that could combust regardless of whether the vehicle was running or not. The four-speed electronically controlled automatic overdrive transmission, which replaced the C6 three-speed automatic transmission starting in late 1989, was now the standard for all 1990 trucks. Only 2 major repairs in the 13 years we have had it.
Exterior modifications included a body color-matched front bumper and a lower front air dam with integrated fog lamps. It might sound silly, but one feature it has that I really like is manual windows. Inside, a new dash and instrument panel were installed. 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 like the fact that it has a good-sized bed. These are strong trucks, the last of the good old Fords.