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1997 Ford F-150 User Reviews

1997 Ford F-150 Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 45 reviews

  • Performance:3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars3.7 out of 5 stars 3.7 / 5
  • Appearance:4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars 4.1 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars 4.1 / 5
  • Overall: 4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars 4.2 / 5

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PROS
"power" 17 reviews
"ride" 13 reviews
"fuel economy" 5 reviews
"big car" 4 reviews
"handling" 4 reviews
CONS
"fuel economy" 15 reviews
"power" 6 reviews
"brakes" 2 reviews
"style" 2 reviews

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Ron writes:
1997 Ford F-150 3 Dr XLT 4WD Extended Cab Stepside SB Review
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good looking plenty of power

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I dont still have it

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Pleasure Ride — Best vehicle I have ever had. went 2 tracking in canada for a week came back after a week it was clean enough to put in a parade was my favorite ride to the dunes avg. 18 mpg low maintenance.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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kwolf1234 writes:
1997 Ford F-150 3 Dr XLT Extended Cab SB Review
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my woman likes it

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styling, 4.6 v-8

kwolf1234
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Dont Really Know What Ford Was Thinking With This Style — The preformance is great for towing with the small 4.6L v-8 Ford stuck in it. Acceleration and braking have some lacking. Its a ford so repairs are few and far between. I DO NOT like the contour styling of this generation. Thats why this is my womans truck. I drive a monte carlo (at least until I find a good mustang or f-150 with a 5.0 v-8), if that says anything about this style and motor. Gas mileage is pretty good we are getting 22-26mpg. I hate driving this thing but for some reason my woman loves it.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Rob Cassatt writes:
1997 Ford F-150 3 Dr Lariat 4WD Extended Cab Stepside SB Review
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Sharp Looking

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Rust is starting to show

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All Over Its A Great Truck And Ill Keep Rebuilding It Till It Cost To Much. — Love my V-8 engine with a 4.6L. Good pick up, great top speed. Overall apperence is awesome, only downside is that all three of my doors are rotting at the bottom and need to be replaced and my step bars into the truck have rust holes in them. I have 17" super swappers on them, with an upgraded suspension and towing package. Looking to put a lift kit on it this summer for an increse of 6".

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Bernie writes:
1997 Ford F-150 Review
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Sturdy, takes a licking and keeps on ticking, comfortable interior, not
too long for maneuvering through parking lots and narrow places,
handling is good.

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Front heavy, skids easily, no 4-wheel Drive, braking faulty because of
front heaviness, acceleration nonexistent.

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Sturdy, Homey, And Lovable. — I've had my F-150 for a long time now and I have really enjoyed it. No, it doesn't stop on a dime and no it doesn't go zero to sixty in four seconds but it's still a really reliable car. I personally can't handle a car that twitches when you touch the steering wheel, comes to a screeching halt when you tap the brakes, and goes zero to a hundred in two seconds when you press the gas. For people who are used to cars like that, I do not recommend the 1997 Ford F-150.

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Mholly writes:
1997 Ford F-150 3 Dr XLT 4WD Extended Cab SB Review
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4

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Dependable, useful and lots a power.

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Burns through front breaks every 18mo

Mholly
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Great Dependable Truck — Durability and use are great. It has been a very dependable truck. It does however burn through front breaks about every 18 months. It has amazing towing capacity. I have towed over 6 tons with no problem. I have driven it over 150K and love it but it is time to replace it.

Primary Use: Utility (towing boats, transporting cargo, etc.)

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Austin writes:
1997 Ford F-150 3 Dr Lariat 4WD Extended Cab LB Review
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4

Pros

Good appearance inside and out makes the owner like it. Good gas mileage for a 4x4 which is unexpected. Easy and cheap to repair.

Cons

Rocker panel issue on all F-150 of the style. Back seats are uncomfortable after long periods of time.

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Good Relaible Vehicle For Work Or Play — This truck is overall a good relaible work horse. The 4.6L 3V engine that it has offers enough power to get the jobs done that need to be done. As normal for trucks it does not have perfect acceleration/braking but from experience it does have power to go when needed. Appearance is a sharp look in this truck which a much needed improvement from the boxier style the year before. Interior on this is nice then most as it has the lariat option which gives this leather interior. The 4x4 feature is a good investment to make if going to off road as it comes in handy.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Kyle writes:
1997 Ford F-150 2 Dr XLT 4WD Standard Cab LB Review
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3

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For a four weel drive vehicle, it has power.

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Cracking chassis seems to be an issue.

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You Get What You Pay For I Guess. — As for performance, it's a good ride. The appearance is nice, however gas mileage is much to be determined. It's not the most fun vehicle on the planet. As for the build quality, the chassis has rusted out on the rear-end of the vehicle, along with the pan and radio (yes, it happened). The chassis ended up cracking and needed to be replaced. Other than that, it's a half decent vehicle.

Primary Use: Utility (towing boats, transporting cargo, etc.)

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William writes:
1997 Ford F-150 3 Dr Lariat 4WD Extended Cab SB Review
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5

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Its a 4x4! It looks dang good! Its a sexy mans truck

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The brakes have been replaced more than three times

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1997 Ford F150 — Its a truck! the only bad thing is the Brakes suck! I get great gas mileage it is around 15 MPG around the city and about 17 when I go on long trips!

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Bryce writes:
1997 Ford F-150 3 Dr Lariat 4WD Extended Cab SB Review
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4

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Nice body style, strong engine, comfortable and very capable. No wonder its the best selling truck.

Cons

Its getting outdated

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Real Good Bang For Buck As Far As Trucks Go — As far as performance goes for a stock vehicle with no performance parts and being as old as it is, accelerates real strong, brakes and handles like a 4x4. Now needs some body work to repair some surface rust. Has needed a tuneup and new tires, so far very reliable. 2 tone black and silver exterior and grey leather interior, about as nice as it gets in 1997. It does not have to work very hard to pull the vehicle around with the 5.4 liter and with proper regular maintenance, achieves incredible mileage for a half tonne when you keep your foot out of it. Fun? about as much fun as you can have with a stock 4x4 half tonne.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Ttweakdave writes:
1997 Ford F-150 2 Dr STD 4WD Standard Cab SB Review
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Simple, no frills, utilitarian design. Extremely reliable. Low maintenance costs. Easy to drive and handle

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Not luxurious. A bit noisy on highway due to lack of insulation.

Ttweakdave
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A Pragmatist's Dream — This model was chosen for its simple ergonomic design. The bench seat allows ease of entry and exit. This truck is no frills and thus extremely reliable and low maintenance. Maintenance costs are low as the model has been around forever and it seems mechanics feel confident around them. Driving is comfortable and spacious. Visibility is great. Open and airy feeling. Six cylinder gets around 17 mpg in town. Not a particularly high performing vehicle but not underpowered either. Braking smooth and confident. Would recommend this truck highly for a new driver for its ease of handling and virtually no electronic distraction from driving experience.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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