I have a 1998 E150 with just under 103K on it. The thing runs great and always starts right up. I am in an area now where it has been snowing a ton. On Wednesday, we got probably 2ft of snow while I was at work. After work I started it up, and started brushing the snow off it. As I did, I noticed a very faint ticking noise, but it went away when the engine revs. If I turn the music off, as well as the heater when I am stopped, I can barely hear it from the inside while my van is idling. The other noise is a whirring sound on initial start up, then it goes right away. Both these noises have only been noticeable since it started snowing, before that my van ran and sounded like new. I really would prefer to not put any money into this thing right now, one of the reasons I bought it (besides bike hauling) was the reliability. It's the 4.6L Triton V8 by the way too. Thanks guys.