Purchased a stripped-down 2008 F-150 XL Supercrew (no cruise, no remote for the power locks, etc) with only 14k mi in June, 2009, for a bit under Bluebook value. Very reliable, very comfortable, and d...
Purchased a stripped-down 2008 F-150 XL Supercrew (no cruise, no remote for the power locks, etc) with only 14k mi in June, 2009, for a bit under Bluebook value. Very reliable, very comfortable, and drove like a car, so that even my very petite Asian wife was comfortable taking the reins. However, the truck was sturdy enough to handle my occasional hauling (mowers, tree sections, decorative stones, sheetrock, cement backerboard, etc) with no discernable differences.
Very basic styling, inside and out (hence the 3/5 for exterior design)... but this was my work truck. It had 100 scratches in the paint before the Spring was over, and was caked with mud on the inside almost weekly. Interior had only a few of the usual conveniences (power port in the back, MP3 port, cup holders, etc), but was more than adequately comfortable for the few times I had to pick up regional managers, etc., from the airport. Wife enjoyed the front bench seat for sleeping on my shoulder during long drives.
Very roomy in back (Supercrew cab), but still long enough bed for my full-size motorcycles (1100 cc and 1500 cc). Gas mileage was around 19 mpg at most fill-ups. (I drive mostly highway miles.) I put 50,000 miles on the vehicle in 12 months, and never had any mechanical issues. It was my first truck, and F-150s may likely be all I own for the foreseeable future (although, since I was stuck in the mud twice out on a few farms, I'll probably go for 4WD instead of RWD).
As it happened, in June 2010, I was struck head-on on a rural highway by a young driver (texting?). With approximately 130-mph closing speed, I actually walked (well, staggered) out of the truck, and left the hospital the next day with only a broken wrist and ribs, and assorted hip and shoulder bruises from the seat belts. I am a living testament to the F-150 safety features, air bags (zero head, neck, or spine injuries at all), impact distribution, and whatever else the Ford safety engineers have dreamt up over the years.