1988 Ford F-150 Overview

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Xlt Lariat With All The Bells And Whistles by Brian_1979
 — Standard cab, blue and white, all the factory bells and whistles plus bed-liner, trailer brake controller and air ride. 2WD, 302 EFI engine, 4 speed AOD auto trans. Bad on gas, ok on power but trans s... Read More
I Can't Buy A Truck Like This New Anymore, So I'm Going To Keep It For A Long Time To Come. by WFC13
 — I have an '88 F-150 4X4 shortbed with a 302 engine and an added NP-435 to replace the mazda 5-speed. When I put 31" tires on the truck, my mileage went down to 13-15 MPG with the 5-speed still in the ... Read More
Old But Good 1988 Ford F-150 by Kevin
 — After being owned for nearly 21 yrs the build quality and durability has been very good and parts are still readily available from most parts outlets and the aftermarket. I've driven all of the newer... Read More

1988 Ford F-150 Overview

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1988 Ford F-150

Fuel-injection mania swept the F-Series in 1988; as of this year, carburetors were discontinued for this line entirely.  The 1988 Ford F-150 came off the line with fuel-injected 5.0 liter Windsor V-8 engines, 4.9 liter straight-six with fuel injection, and the whopping International Harvester 7.3 liter diesel V8.

The 88 Ford F150 was the first to ship with a five-speed manual transmission, which improved the pickup's off-road versatility.  Automatic transmission also came as a standard choice.

Trim lines for the 1988 Ford F150 were the XL, XLT, and XLT Lariat.  Extended-cab supercab and 2-door cab setups, as well as short-bed and long-bed models, added to the variety offered to buyers of the 88 Ford F-150.  The solid durability and reliability of this workhouse truck made it a great choice for farm and ranch; its rugged 4-wheel drive lent it popularity with off-roaders.  Tuners especially love the solidity of this classic muscle truck.

You'll have to trade off fuel efficiency for size and power with the 1988 F-150, though; best-case scenario for mileage would be 18 highway, 14 city.

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Michelle Quigley
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1988 Ford F 150 300 Straight 6 Where Are The Oil Drain Holes

looking for return drain holes

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Doyle Guilliams
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Why Won't It Stay Running

I have a 1988 f150 with a 302 in it. It will not stay running. I have a 1988 f150 with a 302 in it. It will not stay running. I can go outside and start it up and it will idle just fine for about ...

28 views with 2 answers (last answer 3 weeks ago)
Maggie Wolff-McDaniel
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What Is The True Value To Puchase A 1988 Ford F-150 Xlt?

102,000 MILES, WITH POWER DOORS & WINDOWS, TOW PACKAGE, CAMPER SHELL. NEEDS CARBURATOR, CLEAR COAT IS VANISHING. THIS PURCHASE IS FROM A PRIVATE SELLER, IN 43725

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Doyle Guilliams
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I Have A 1988 F150 With A 302 In It. It Will Not Stay Running.

I have a 1988 f150 with a 302 in it. It will not stay running. I can go outside and start it up and it will idle just fine for about 15 minutes then it just dies off like its starving for gas. I'v...

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bobo45
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88 F150 4.9 Straight 6 Stalling When Engine Warm

I start the truck runs okay then when it gets warmed up the rpms start bouncing around give it gas to try to save it and it ends up sputtering out. fuel pumps are engaging already drained tank complet...

30 views with 3 answers (last answer about a month ago)