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pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
122,236 miles
Total Complaints:
6 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. rebuild transmission (2 reports)
  2. i had to replace the transmission with a ford rebuilt 3yr30k (1 reports)
  3. not sure (1 reports)
  4. repaired transmission (1 reports)
  5. transmission replacement (1 reports)
1997 Ford F-150 transmission problems

transmission problem

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1997 Ford F-150 Owner Comments

problem #6

Dec 012012

F-150 XLT 4.6L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 99,419 miles


Unable to pass motor vehicle inspection as transmission replacement would be worth more than vehicle. Vehicle is now set for the mud hills.

Update from Oct 12, 2016: I have seen multiple Fords of this and similar years with automatic transmissions which have failed. Replacement would cost more than the value of the vehicle.

- , Harvey, New Brunswick, Canada

problem #5

Aug 032009

F-150 4.6L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100,000 miles

I had multiple problems with the transmission and I wouldn't recommend this vehicle to my worst enemy!!

- , Middleton, WI, USA

problem #4

Jul 042008

F-150 Lariet 4.6L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 160,000 miles

Ford: Fix Or Repair Daily or at least Often I have rebuilt this truck except for the engine and it has less than 200K miles!!! The transmission would not shift out of 2 gear and failed.

- , Santa Barbara, CA, USA

problem #3

May 162007

(reported on)

F-150 XLT 4.2L V-6

  • Automatic transmission
  • 124,000 miles


As an automotive technican i take immaculate care of my vehicle. I noticed a trans leak from a strange place. took truck to independent shop for 2nd opinion. Upon further inspection it was found that a defect in the tailshaft area wore a groove in the transmission case itself causing substantial leakage. The fix for this is an entire new transmission case b/c the other one is rendered useless. I chose to have the trans rebuilt since it was already pulled out (due to the mileage.) This is a costly repair . Beware. I was advised by a Ford tech. that this problem was rectified on later models.

- , Naples, FL, USA

problem #2

Feb 032007

(reported on)

F-150 4.6L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 162,000 miles

My ford whines when it goes through the gears whine in 2wd.

When in 4wd high it pulls fine but when you slow down it wants to grab. i need to know what the problem is.

- , Lake City, SC, USA

problem #1

Jun 182003

(reported on)


  • 88,000 miles

I have owned this vehicle for three years and I have taken excellent care of it. Apparently that did not make a difference, because the transmission went out of it anyway. My nephew owns the very same truck and his transmission has gone out twice in his. Is this a common problem with Ford F150's?

- , Centerville, IA, USA

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