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2WD Sherman Tank by TexasDriver in DFW on 07/18/2002. Trim: 1990 Ford F-350 Crew Cab DRW 2WD, Owned 6 years.
Pros: Plenty of power, space, and comforts. Definitely a truck. Very tough and safe. XLT Lariat trim gives you all the options. Good height to see the road in standard configuration. Rear ABS keeps back end in control during those 'panic stops'. Fairly reliable, only a few problems that are annoying. Super-Cool pkg keeps the engine running great. Heavy-duty manual transmission is perfect for hauling. A/C is ice cold and still factory-sealed.
Cons: 11 MPG gets expensive. Rough idle that has never been solved, maybe a fauly cam. Valve cover gaskets leak no matter what. Minor electrical and fuel problems. Bad factory paint oxidized and flaked off, let the roof rust way before prime time.
Overall review: If you want a real truck, this is one. Tough as a tank and just as safe. I have never felt as confident on the road as when I am in this vehicle. The ride is on the firm side, but not too stiff. Great viewing and profile for highway traffic. Std trans and a heavy clutch are tiring in stop and go traffic, but I never have a problem merging! The 351 isn't the largest, but it drinks like it is. Lots of power to pass anything on the road except a gas station. Even with dual tanks, 450 miles between fill-ups is pushing it. Electrical items are weak, along with a fairly well-know rough idle problem. Invest in Fel-Pro stock because the valve cover gaskets leak like a collander and need changing constantly. But after 175K, I know all can't be perfect and live with it. Only problem I have now is it is a minimum of $100 everytime it goes to the shop, no matter WHAT the problem is. Luckily that is only 2-4 times a year.
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