If you want cheap parts the 92-96 models are nice. Ford sold 800,000 F-Series trucks in 1996 alone. I can vouch for durability and safety! Though I haven't had the 5.0, but the two (a '92 F-150 with the 4.9 six cylinder and a '96 F-250 with the 460) were both extremely reliable. That being said, I don't trust electronic-locking hubs of that era. The F-250's were broke when my parents bought it (parents found out on the test drive, dealer fixed it, and switched them to Warn manual hubs for no extra charge), and the Suburban they had didn't have working 4x4 when they got it either. Dealer fixed it, five years later it engaged on its own at 80MPH. Bye bye 4X4!
Look for one with manual locking hubs, for either series.
Also, if you're looking to swap the stereo, the slot for the radio in the ninth-gen trucks is perfect-you don't need a ridiculous adapter.
: 2003 Taurus SES Deluxe, Duratec, spoiler, moonroof, OEM Centennials, JBL Audio system, other enhancements. April '14 COTM winner.
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