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1996 Ford F150

Headlines: 1996 was known for the introduction of Hotmail, the free email service and the very popular Motorola StarTAC flip cell phone.

1996 Black Ford F-150 Eddie Bauer SuperCab

Garth Brooks won the 23rd American Music Awards, a new $100 bill was released in the USA. And, gas prices were at their highest level in five years. 1996 was also the year that production started on the all-new 1997 F-150 but only in limited numbers at first as an early model.

1996 marked the last year for this generation of F-150. The body style would stick around for the 1997 model year for the F-250 and F-350, but this was it for the F-150 body. Some say 1996 was the last year for a real truck-like F150 as the 97 model is much more car-like. Ford sold nearly 800,000 F-Series trucks in 1996.

1996 Ford F-150 Video

Here's a video tour of a low mileage 1996 F-150 XLT. What a beautiful truck. I encourage you to take a few minutes right now to check this truck out!

What's New For 1996

There are not a ton of changes to mention for 1996 as the all-new 97 was starting production and getting headlines.

The high end Eddie Bauer trim level was an option again, although it was dropped after 1996. A couple decades later, there would be hints of the Eddie Bauer version in other high end F-150 versions such as the Limited, Platinum and King Ranch editions.

1996 Ford F-150 Regular Cab White over Red

The SVT Lightning F-150 model was dropped for 96. Also, the Flareside box was no longer an option. Ford began changing seats to have integrated headrests.

For '96 you could buy a Special, XL, XLT or Eddie Bauer trim level. You could still get regular cab, Super Cab, and Flareside configurations.

1996 Ford F-Series Powertrains

1996 saw the last year for the "bulletproof" inline 6 cylinder 4.9L engine. The 5.0L V8 was only available in the F-150, not the F-250 or above. And, the 7.3L Power Stroke V8 diesel engine that was introduced in 1995 stuck around.

Engine specs for 1996 are as follows:

Engine Availability Power/Torque
4.9 liter/300 cid I-6
F-150 / F-250 2WD only
145-150 / 265-260
5.0 liter/302 cid V-8
195-205 / 275-270
5.8 liter/351 cid V-8
F-150 / F-250
205-210 / 325-330
7.5 liter/460 cid V-8
F-250HD / F-350
245 / 395
6.9 liter/445 cid V-8 Diesel
F-250HD / F-350
210 / 425


The 4.9L I-6 had 145 horsepower and 265 lb-ft torque in 5-speed manual with 2.73 or 3.08 axle ration trucks, or models under 8,500 lbs GVWR with 4-speed automatic trans. Other configurations made 150 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque.

The 5.0L V8 made 205 hp / 275 lb-ft torque with manual transmission, or 195 hp / 270 lb-ft of torque with an automatic transmission.

The 5.8L V8 made 205 hp / 325 lb-ft torque with in 49 states, and 210 hp / 330 lb-ft torque in California.

1996 Ford F-150 Standard Features & Available Options

Standard features and equipment included:

Front 1996 Ford F150

Available options for the 1996 F-150 include:

Interior & Paint Colors for 1996

Interior trim colors depended on the exterior paint color. Interior color choices included:

Available 1996 paint color choices were:

There were two two-tone paint options, one is Deluxe Two-Tone and the other is Lower Accent Two-Tone.

1996 Ford F-Series Resources