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We have the 5.4 V8 and it's had a lot of the classic 5.4 triton V8 issues. It's been a little discouraging but it wasn't anything we couldn't fix. The interior is pretty nice. It has a lot of plastic, but if I wanted all leather dashboards and stuff, I would have gotten a navigator. We have the shaker pro audio system from the factory and, at 8 years old, it still sounds great. Lots of bass and just a great sound system.