We bought our 2000 Ford F150 XLT Triton 5.4 V8 (affectionately known as Tonka Boy) to tow our motorcycle trailer to a rally halfway across the country because our '97 Ford Explorer had 300k miles on i...
We bought our 2000 Ford F150 XLT Triton 5.4 V8 (affectionately known as Tonka Boy) to tow our motorcycle trailer to a rally halfway across the country because our '97 Ford Explorer had 300k miles on it and we didn't want to push our luck.
The F150 is a standard cab and had 106k miles on it when we bought it in June of 2010. It currently, October of 2015, it has 171k miles on it. In the past five years, we've replaced a water pump and alternator. That's it! It runs STRONG!! Sounds AWESOME ... the previous owner put Flowmaster exhaust with chrome 3" tips! Yeah baby!! It still feels tight and is very comfortable. I love it!!
My only issue with it is the limited space in the cab... especially on long trips, can't recline. Since our other vehicle is a 2-seater as well, we are in the process of looking at 2001-2003 F150 Super Crew Lariats. We love the body style of that model year and are very pleased with the reliability and power. Oh, and the gas mileage for a V8 is WONDERFUL!!! The F150 actually gets better gas mileage than the Explorer which is a V6!! That was a pleasant surprise! [Just as a side note, the Explorer still has the original engine and tranny and we've had no major issues .. well, except the door locks. They've been a pain in the butt for the past year, but heck, the truck is 18 years old! I am the original owner!] Gotta LOVE a FORD!!!
Back to the F150, it's such a strong truck, we've decided to keep it in the family even after we purchase the Super Crew.