Video: My 1998 Ford F-150 Lariat was a Luxury Truck Before They Were Mainstream!

This is Kyle’s 1998 Ford F-150 Lariat 4×4 – and it’s pretty sweet. (Image: TFLtruck)

According to the owner, his 1998 Ford F-150 Lariat was a luxury truck before it became mainstream.

In this episode of “Dude, I love (or hate) my ride – at home edition,” we have a clean 1998 Ford F-150 Lariat. The owner’s name is Kyle, and he bought this cherry truck for $6,500 in October 2020. It had just 114,000 miles on it. A 23-year old truck would typically have well over 200,000 miles on the odometer by now.

It is clean, with very little rust and Kyle says it runs like a champ.

Kyle’s F-150 has the big 5.4-liter Triton V8 that makes 235 horsepower, and 330 lbs-feet of torque. This is a 4×4 model, and it is connected to a four-speed automatic transmission. Many swear that, at the time, the 5.4-liter V8 was the best gas powerplant available for the F-150.

Keep in mind, 1998 was a huge year for Ford trucks because it marked the 50th anniversary of F-Series trucks.

Image: Ford

Many Ford fans call this generation of F-150, the “rounded body” or “soft” design. It certainly was a departure from the previous generation, which was rather boxy. Some love it, but others found it a bit polarizing. This generation was also Ford’s big step into much more modern/luxurious interior designs. Being a Lariat, this model is covered in nice leather and higher-end audio equipment. Oh, and the original head unit is still there with a fully functioning tape player!

If there’s one thing Kyle dislikes, it’s the leather seats. They look good but, according to him, he slides all over the place sitting on them. Hard corners mean his lower regions will move over several inches. It may be time for seat-covers, or a replacement. He’s not a fan of the running boards either.

In this video, Kyle takes us on a comprehensive tour of his 1998 Ford F-150 Lariat. He’s very proud, and has every right to be – it’s a sweetheart of a good deal. Watch and enjoy!

Easily amused by anything with four wheels, Nathan Adlen reviews vehicles from the cheapest to the most prestigious. Wrecking yards, dealer lots, garages, racetracks, professional automotive testing and automotive journalism - Nathan has experienced a wide range of the automotive spectrum. Brought up in the California car culture and educated in theater, childhood education, film, journalism and history, Nathan now lives with his family in Denver, CO. His words, good humor and video are enjoyed worldwide.