Consider having a Ford dealer run an OASIS report on any Ford you're looking at. They generally won't hand you a printed copy, but they should tell you if scary things show up in the report. They should not charge you for this. The report tells of outstanding recall and service campaign issues as well as dealer-performed repairs.
Steve H. - KE0KNH
Colo Springs, CO
'78 FJ40, '89 FJ62, '98 4Runner