1988 Ford F-150 User Reviews

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    1988 Ford F-150 XL Extended Cab 4WD LB Review
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    45

    I Love This Pickup — I got this pickup from my grandpa for my first pickup. It runs good when it is cool. When you turn it off after it gets hot it wont start again. I am not sure why but it is annoying. The tranny is starting to go out as well.

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: Love this pick up. I got it from my grandfather for my first vehicle and it runs good when it runs.

    Cons: when it gets hot it doesnt start

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    1988 Ford F-150 XLT Standard Cab LB Review
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    85

    Work Truck — great power off the block but acceleration starts to slow heavily around 80km/hr. Swiss cheese frame makes me a little nervous. i did put a chip into the truck to improve power and fuel economy and i cant complain with how it is now. all around a 4.5 out of 5

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

    Pros: huge regular cab and a very nice designed dash for an old truck

    Cons: i find it has a lot of blind spots but it is a truck so its not bad

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful.
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    1988 Ford F-150 Review
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    Love It — love this truck will definatley be keeping this one has great performance quick accerlation and great stopping power no squeals even from the power steering pump this truck is awesome to drive even puting in through the worst mud it has the balls to make it through

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

    Pros: it will go anywhere

    Cons: its an automatic

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful.
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    Its An Awesome Truck — its an xlt lariat with 351w c6 trans fresh rebuilt 351 the power of it is amazing interior is clean exterior has a fresh paint job has 31x10.50s on it manual 4x4/ manual locking hubs the gas milage sucks i get around 12.5 MPG

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

    Pros: 4x4 and long bed

    Cons: 12 MPG!!!

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    95

    1988 Ford F150. Good Design. Great Truck. — Has a real good corner handling, especially at higher speeds. Although it is classified as a half ton truck, the drive-train has a 3/4 ton potential. Being an older vehicle, the weight is a large factor in fuel economy. Even with downside of age, beauty, and par performance, the overall cost of ownership is very low. Repair is usually on the lower end of cost and time making this truck a favorite of my vehicles so far.

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: Suprising fuel economy on the highway and mine is loud.

    Cons: Due to age, things tend to rattle.

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    I Can't Buy A Truck Like This New Anymore, So I'm Going To Keep It For A Long Time To Come. — 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 truck. When I replaced the 5-speed with the NP-435 4-speed, which has no overdrive, my mileage surprisingly went back up to the 18 MPG range. I even got asmuch as 19 once without using the cruise control. I can certainly live with that because I don't use the truck every day. The tourque of the creeper gear and reverse is great to have as well. Additionally, I made this clutch adjustable with this transmission, meaning when you let your foot off of the clutch pedal, the throw out bearing stops turning because the release arm does not touch the clutch fingers. I could not do that with the 5-speed. This transmission is what I feel belongs in a pickup. A true truck unit which has seen service in much larger trucks,like an F-600. I'll never regret putting this into my truck!

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

    Pros: Good balance of power and economy/looks

    Cons: N/A

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    Every House Hold Needs A Pick Up — the truck has great tq, it can out pull any v8 deisel on the road today. Best motor ford ever biult the I6 300 4.9lt. Its a tough truck if you want to go off road and looks great lifted and decked out witch is my plans for this one

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: Great pick up reliable

    Cons: gas sucks

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    Xlt Lariat With All The Bells And Whistles — 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 slips if I try towing anything. Rides good, handles like new. 54,000 miles, belonged to a long-haul truck driver so it spent the majority of it's time in the garage. Early AOD model automatic overdrive transmissions were built too flimsy for a truck but there's 3 different upgrade kits for it but they all cost money. I like the truck but to be honest I wish it had the 300-6 engine and a 5 speed manual trans. Everything else works except the gas gauge needle goes crazy regardless which tank is selected, HVAC is stuck on "floor" because the cable broke and there's too much junk under the dash to get under there and fix it with my short temper and lack of contortionist flexibility. Cruise can't hold the throttle steady so I don't use it. Strong throttle return spring requires constant pressure with foot, so it's always slowing down on me.

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

    Pros: Rides nice

    Cons: trans slips

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    With Some Time And Mods It Can Be A Nice Truck — This truck was ok It never let me down but it never really impressed me either. It did drive nice down the road pulled alot of wood with it so thta wasnt to bad i might own another one maybe

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

    Pros: an ok light duty truck

    Cons: cv front axle

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    1988 Ford F-150 Review
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    Reliable Ride That Doesn't Cost Much Up Front — A Tank and just as reliable. Performance: As good as a naturally aspirated inline 6, 4.9L, is gonna get with 4 tons of truck to pull. Build Quality:PERFECT. 21 years later she hasn't needed a thing. Appearance: It's 21 years old man, plus its got that standard ford fade. Cost of ownership: Gas Mileage, 10 mpg... Insurance, dirt cheap. Fun Factor: You can go anywhere in it, I love owning the road with my beast. She's light enough to maneuver reasonably well and with 31" worth of offroad tire no parking space is inaccessible.

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: Reliability

    Cons: Gas Mileage

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    Reviews From Other Years

    2015 Ford F-150 Reviews

    Amazing By mbays82

    This is an amazing truck, I honestly am so glad I got a 2015! The new design and features are so great. This is the best purchase I have ever made. The F series has been totally redesigned and I can't... Read More

    2014 Ford F-150 Reviews

    Great Reliable Truck! By minic00

    Reliable truck that meets the needs of any truck buyer. With strong lines, this truck is dependable, has great stability, power, spacious design, with great handling. I have zero negative feelings o... Read More

    Overall The Best Truck I Have Owned And Driven. By SJ6863

    If you are looking for a truck that feels like a truck and not an SUV I would choose the F-150. I have driven the Ram 1500 and Nissan Titan, and both feel like an SUV. What I mean by having an SUV fee... Read More

    2013 Ford F-150 Reviews

    Excellent So Far After 14,000 Miles. By Tomc130

    Excellent riding vehicle-Cadillac smooth and quiet. Excellent leg room for back seats. No transmission hump in back floorboard. Can fold up backseats and comfortably sleep on floor-lots of room. M... Read More

    Great Truck By kthrash

    I like the looks, room, power, towing capabilities and it fits in my garage where a F250 will not. Truck gets horrible gas mileage, enough so that I purchased a Subaru to drive on a daily basis, this... Read More

    2012 Ford F-150 Reviews

    Awesome By XEODGuy

    The ecoboost engine is fantastic, lots of low end grunt, very smooth and effortless but, they should have come with a manual mode selection (different mapping) for better fuel economy. The 3.73 rear e... Read More

    Good Allround Pickup By golfnut_bill

    Good looking vechicle with plenty power and torgue. It has the 3.5l eco-boost and outshines my old 5.4L in both power and economy. The only thing I don't like is how low it is in the front end. I plan... Read More

    2011 Ford F-150 Reviews

    Love It By coreyyoung08

    Love how roomy it is and comfortable. Good gas mileage also for a 5.0L getting 16mpg! Also has a feature to run on Compressed Natural Gas. Love the sync feature allowing me to play music through my ph... Read More

    Love The Sound Of The Truck Exhaust Note On Acceleration. By castle55

    2011 FORD F150 5.0L V8 32V F/I SMPI The 5.0 V-8 has a Six-Speed automatic power-train. The 6-speed 6R80 transmission SelectShift Automatic progressive range select and manual electric shift mode i... Read More

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