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really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
199,667 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. not sure (2 reports)
  2. replaced the whole engine (1 reports)
1997 Ford F-150 engine problems

engine problem

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1997 Ford F-150 Owner Comments

problem #3

May 242011

F-150 4.2L V6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 127,000 miles


its unbelievable that ford will put put a product that self destructs the more that u drive it i paid top dollar for that truck and i expected my investment to last longer than this especially since i babied it . its really something that i never got a gd recall notice on this problem since they were more concerned with the faulty cruise control burning up but didn't care about about their engines , i just cannot understand why there is no class action suit . yours truly k schwartz

- , Chuluota, FL, USA

problem #2

Mar 142010

F-150 EXT. CAB Short Box 4.6 triton

  • Automatic transmission
  • 180,000 miles

just out of no where, my motor had a very loud consistent knock, so i stopped driving the truck immediately. Had it checked out and it was cylinder 8 connecting rod the broke. now 1800 dollars later my truck runs like a champ.

- , Fargo, ND, USA

problem #1

Apr 302010

F-150 XLT 4.6L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 292,000 miles

Took to shop, mechanic said knock sensor, next day rattle came back, week 2 used seafoam noise went away. But Mechanic #2 said might be timing chain I do have a cam sensor code maybe chain is slapping on it? Who knows help ?

- , El Paso, TX, USA

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