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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
74,497 miles

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2004 Ford F-150 drivetrain problems

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2004 Ford F-150 Owner Comments (Page 4 of 4)

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problem #12

Jan 102008

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,500 miles


Bought a used vehicle 2004 Ford F150 has a shudder/vibration in the rear axle. Took it to a Ford dealer for service. It is a known problem and they will fix it to "lessen the concern, " not completely get rid of it. My aftermarket warranty will cover it after deductible and taxes. But I don't like the sound of lessen the concern. And it seems to be a recurring problem with this vehicle.

- Plymouth, PA, USA

problem #11

Oct 142006

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 12,000 miles
: the contact stated while in the idle position for 30 or more seconds, the vehicle drifted into reverse when the consumer began to accelerate from idle position. There were no warnings prior to the incident. The vehicle was taken to a service dealer who determined that the vehicle was performing normally. However, the central computer needed to be reset. The manufacturer was notified. Updated 12/12/2006 -

- Normalville, PA, USA

problem #10

May 132004

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 500 miles
While traveling a smooth stretch of highway the truck started to vibrate. This vibration intensified until the whole truck was shaking. After stopping at a traffic light the shuddering continued until I pulled off the highway and turned around in a parking lot to go back to a nearby Ford dealer. At this point it did not shake again. The Ford dealer service department checked the whole truck over the next day and could not find anything loose or damaged. The shuddering felt like a universal joint gone bad. There has been no repeat of this since the truck was new. There has been an ongoing shudder while making turns from a standstill. My local mechanic put an additive in the differential and this seems to have corrected the problem. I don't know if this may be related to the original vibration.

- Edinboro, PA, USA

problem #9

Feb 172006

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


2004 Ford F150 supercab 4X. Intermittent violent vibration in driveline. Dealership has replaced rear end, driveshaft, checked front end, tires, etc. Usually small vibration becomes violent at times. Can not duplicate at will. Dealership now says nothing wrong. When violent shake occurs must stop vehicle to stop shake. I feel that it is a safety issue. Has shaken violently 6 times in about 6000 miles.

- Algonac, MI, USA

problem #8

Jun 222005


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Vehicle has drive train vibration & rear end howl sense I test drove it Aug 2004. I pointed out the drive train vibration to my salesman and he said it " probably lost a wheel balance weight". a friend went into the same dealership ( lindquist Ford) and was told the same thing after they have acknowledged there are tsbs on this problem and after my truck was in & out of their shop numerous times. So far the tires and wheels have been forced balance, drive shaft replaced, cab mounts replaced, transmission tail shaft end play checked & rear end replaced. None have resolved the issues. The service manager told me Ford has identified the automatic transmission as the problem. We preceeded to arrange replacement and I insisted on a new not a rebuilt one. He got back with me and said the new Ford rep he was dealing with doesnt replace transmissions ! mine suddenly.......... you guessed it.. its within specifications !! the dealership management wont return my calls. Ford wont be shamed into fixing these problems unless/ until the media gets involved.

- Blue Grass, IA, USA

problem #7

Oct 132004

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100 miles
When using passing gear at 45-65 mph you get a very strong vibration until you go into overdrive. When you use the od shut off button at 65 - 50 mph you get the same vibration. (1) Ford sent letter in janurary from 1st complaint in Oct 04 saying it was the tires and would only warranty them for 3 year not replace them now. (2) may both front steel rims. Now at this point vibration is only between 50 - 65. (3) truck was in shop from 31 may to 10 Jun 05. Replaced (a insulator asy - engine support), (drive shat assemby -rear) removed and installed. (insulator - powertrain rear support) replaced. I do not have old parts, dealer kept them. Vibration is still there. The mechanic told me that this problem is only in 373 rear ends. My brother in tx (san angelo, was helping me, his best friend is the service mgr at the Ford dealer there and they have the same problem). A friend told me her father in al has the same problem and Ford can not fix it. My service mgr bryan and I drove a 2005 identicile to my truck and the vibration was worse then mine. My concern is what in the lon term will it have on us who will be towing campers and going up and down mountaing and using the lower gear for power and braking. What will that vibration do to the drive train? who lives will be put in at risk because of this. Thank you for your help.

- Springfield, VT, USA

problem #6

Apr 012005


  • 12,700 miles


2004 Ford F150 problems with upper ball joint assembly as well as tire wear. The upper joint was the cause of the tire wear on one tire. The consumer stated since he purchased the vehicle it exhibited a rattle noise, the side view mirror had to be replaced because it was vibrating so badly, the hood had to be reinforced so it would not flutter at highway speeds. The vehicle needed a new transmission.

- Ridgecrest, CA, USA

problem #5

Oct 212004

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
There is a vibration from rear can be felt through out truck seat, /steering wheel /bed shakes when driven at highway speeds40-65

- Vermilion, OH, USA

problem #4

Oct 292004


  • 1,593 miles
The vehicle was parked when it began to roll across a parking lot. The driver managed to unlock the door, jump into the vehicle and put the brake on before it rolled onto a main street. Vehicle was only 20 days old and would not restart. The consumer had the vehicle towed to the dealership only to find from the service manager that the clip to bracket from the factory was missing. When the consumer called in to complain she was told by a sales representative that it's not their fault they did not build the truck. No loaner cars available. The consumers name was not put into the system for roadside assistance.

- Enfield, CT, USA

problem #3

Oct 162004

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50 miles
Vehicle has a shimmy (vibration) at or above 45 mph, increases when loaded and feels unsafe to drive.

- Mckinleyville, CA, USA

problem #2

Sep 202004

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100 miles
Have a 2004 FX4 supercrew 4X4. Have two problems. First, the speedo reads 4 to 5 mph fast, have had in shop twice still no fix, was told that was the best they could do. Second, when taking off from dead stop rear end makes 2 slipping clunks, was told from dealer it is the leaf springs so they greased them. Problem went away for a day maybe and is back louder then ever. Only 5000 miles on truck. Wish Ford would step up to the plate and take care of some of these "known" problems.

- Iron Mountain, MI, USA

problem #1

Sep 302004

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 850 miles
I purchased the truck less than 30 days ago. Vibration in the drive train started within the first 1000 miles. Dealer says that the vibration is "normal" operation for the vehicle. Vibration could represent a safety issue if not corrected.

- Virginia Beach, VA, USA

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