The Lightning has an enthusiastic audience, and it's possible that most of the trucks on the market will have been owned by like-minded power junkies. That's both good and bad. On the good side of the ledger, these dedicated owners are likely to have taken very good care of their Lightnings; a perusal of Lightning-specific Web sites shows a level of adoration and fanatical maintenance that would do a Ferrari proud. But there are also those for whom the standard power isn't enough, and modifications abound. Your mission is to find a Lightning as close to stock as possible. But even then, a thorough review of the vehicle's service record is in order. Remember that this generation of F-150 had its share of problems overall--chassis (ball joints and ABS modules), electrical and engine (coils, idle control valves, EGR sensors). Be sure any Lightning you consider is fully up to date in service bulletins and recalls.


1999-2004 FORD F-150 SVT Lightning
Body type 2-door pickup
Drivetrain Front engine, RWD
Airbags Front
Engine 5.4L/360-hp SOHC V-8; 5.4L/380-hp SOHC V-8 (2001-on)
Brakes, f/r Disc/disc, ABS
Price range, whlsl/ret (IntelliChoice) $7594/$12,216 (2000); $10,629/$15,981 (2003)
Recalls Too many to list; see www.intellichoice.com
NHTSA frontal impact rating, driver/pass Four stars/four stars