1997 Ford F-150 User Reviews

1997 Ford F-150 Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 47 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" 14 reviews
"handling" 6 reviews
"fuel economy" 5 reviews
"big car" 4 reviews
CONS
"fuel economy" 15 reviews
"power" 6 reviews
"style" 2 reviews
"brakes" 2 reviews

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saf001 writes:
1997 Ford F-150 XLT 4WD Extended Cab SB Review
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4

Pros

4WD, ride, comfort, handling.

Cons

4.6L V8 is a little weak for this truck.

saf001
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A Working Truck. — No rattles or squeaks (and this is Michigan where 1 winter usually does in most vehicles). The ride is comfortable and quiet. This is my 4th F150. and I've found them all to be hard working and reliable. I had another 1997 with the 5.4L V8 and the power difference between the 5.4 and the 4.6L is substantial. If you have a choice, get the 5.4L (but also know that it costs more to maintain).

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

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kwolf1234 writes:
1997 Ford F-150 XLT Extended Cab SB Review
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4

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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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aaronlemmon writes:
1997 Ford F-150 Lariat Extended Cab SB Review
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4

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Great daily driver. It handles all of the work I need out of it and has never left me stranded.

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Interior has degraded rapidly after about 15 years.

aaronlemmon
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Fantastic Daily Driver — I am happy to report that this truck will probably never fully die. I have been saying it is on its last leg for many years and it continues to deliver me everywhere I need. I am not thrilled to have to drive it on freeways over 75 MPH but it handles it with surprising ease for such a weathered vehicle. I will miss her when shes gone.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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

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Dependable, useful and lots a power.

Cons

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

Cons

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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Bryce writes:
1997 Ford F-150 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.

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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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William writes:
1997 Ford F-150 Lariat 4WD Extended Cab SB Review
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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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Austin writes:
1997 Ford F-150 Lariat 4WD Extended Cab LB Review
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Good appearance inside and out makes the owner like it. Good gas mileage for a 4x4 which is unexpected. Easy and cheap to repair.

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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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Ron writes:
1997 Ford F-150 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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Bernie writes:
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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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