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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
13,182 miles

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This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2004 Ford F-150 drivetrain problems

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2004 Ford F-150 Owner Comments

problem #19

May 022011

F-150

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

2004 Ford F150. Consumer states problem with rear differential the consumer stated in 2006 the transmission had to be replaced.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #18

Apr 152011

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • 64,000 miles
My truck has been vibrating horribly when around 30 - 60 mph like I was on a washboard road. It is intermittent. I have not repaired my truck yet, but found out it is my rear differential clutch and possibly my E-brake.

- West Haven, UT, USA

problem #17

Dec 182007

F-150

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Rear differential was chattering/shuddering on slow take off turns. Problem is well known and documented by customer complaints. Issue faulty clutch pack in the positraction rear. Vehicle had 39,000 miles so out of warranty. Both dealer and Ford gave some on repair. About $400 toward $900 repair. Helps some but still can't get past why a mechanical failure on a part that should last 100,000 miles.

- Katy, TX, USA

problem #16

Jun 062007

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 86,226 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2004 Ford F-150. The contact stated that the differential pressure sensor (dps) has melted and burned up on her engine. While driving 50 mph uphill, the vehicle began losing speed, making a hissing noise, and the check engine light illuminated. The vehicle restarted and she was able to drive home. She stated that the vehicle was driving normally when driving straight, but the engine failed when attempting to drive uphill. The current and failure mileages were 86,226.

- Ridge Spring, SC, USA

problem #15

Jan 272006

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 32,040 miles
The brakes began to shimmy and shutter and there was vibration from the rear when driving. The problem started three months after the vehicle was purchased and recurred every three, four or five months. Four repairs did not eliminate the problem so a fifth repair was required on Jan 25, 2006 with 32040 miles. During the five repair the rotors were resurfaced twice and replaced three times. The brake pads were replaced three times and the front brake calipers were replaced once.

- Woodsboro, MD, USA

problem #14

Jul 062004

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,700 miles
The brakes began to shimmy and shutter and there was vibration from the rear when driving.

- Woodsboro, MD, USA

problem #13

Aug 152005

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 34,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

A chatter/ vibration in the rear- clutches in the rear were replaced. Check engine light came on- replaced the fuel vapor management system. Brake light on roof leaking- light was replaced. Roof of truck rusting- nothing done.

- Myersville, MD, USA

problem #12

Jun 282005

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,000 miles
Rear axle whine at highway speed when accelerator is applied. Unrepaired two times by dealership. Third repair refused by me because dealership and Ford refused to replace the rear axle and wanted to keep my truck for an indefinate period of time to discover what the problem was without providing me a loaner/rental. A manditory recall should be required for all vehicles with this problem where the rear axle assembly is replaced, not just the ring and pinion. Under the current tsb's for this problem their is too much room for error! vehicle only has 5000 miles.

- Johnson City, TN, USA

problem #11

Mar 152004

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 11,000 miles
Rear end differentials make a loud noise when driving at 50+ mph.

- Engleside, TX, USA

problem #10

Apr 262005

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
My 2004 Ford F150 vibrates. The dealer has mad E four attempts at repairs with no success. Currently, the vehicle will suddenly start to vibrate severely at freeway speeds, and the only way to stop the vibrations is to slow down to 20 to 25 mph. Slowing down this much on the freeway is unsafe it could cause an accident. When this severe vibration starts, it's as if something is about to fail in the driveline. As it is now, I have no confidence in this vehicle, and am reluctant to drive it. Vehicle was purchased new on 7-10-04, and now has 6770 miles.

- Westerville, OH, USA

problem #9

Nov 252004

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,700 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Continuing problem with the truck, there is a vibration from the driveline. It has been in and out of service since 11/25/04 until present for the same issues. Ford orginally did not know the problem, and went down the tsb list replacing different parts such as transmission mounts and differential bearings until the last service on 1/27/05 finally fixed the problem by replacing the ring and pinion in the rear differential. However, on 4/15/05 I noticed a vibration and grinding noise from the rear end when turning from a stopped position. Vehicle wikk be back in service on 4/25/05.

- Belleville, MI, USA

problem #8

Mar 242005

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Rear end shudders or slips when accelerating from stop and turning...there is also a whining sound coming from the rear end...from reading nhsta complaints this seems to be quite a large problem with this truck...seems like Ford would step up and fix whatever it is....worst truck I ever bought

- Beesleys Point, NJ, USA

problem #7

Jan 012005

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1 miles
I purchased a new 2004 Ford F-150 supercrew. The rear differential made a "whining" sound between 45-50 miles per hour from the day I purchased the truck. My truck now has 7000 miles on it and the whine has become extremely noisy and now makes the whine from 45 mph to 70mph and above. My Ford dealer will not make any repairs on the truck becasue they are told that Ford Motor Company is "investigating the problem". Ford Motor Company has been investigating this "problem" since 07-04. It is not 01-05 with no progress to this problem and it has become so severe that I get headaches just from commuting every day listening to the constant "whine" sound. There needs to be a recall or something to make Ford fix his problem as I can't even sell my truck as no one would even consider owning it.

- Cameron Park, CA, USA

problem #6

Oct 012004

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,500 miles
Noise in rear end abount 60 to 70 miles a hour.whinning noise.

- Dallas, TX, USA

problem #5

Jul 012004

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,400 miles
Ford F150 ex cab 2 wheel drive at 1400 miles loud noise from rear end during turns or acceleration. Dealer replaced parts in differential. Since dealer fix, loud "humming" noise from rear end over 35 mph. Vibration from rear end while going 40 mph+.

- Charlotte, OK, USA

problem #4

Oct 182004

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,500 miles
Reported to dealer service dept. That my new 2004 Ford F150 FX4 truck had whine and clunking noise coming from rear axel/differential assembly at take off from stop and speeds between 45 and 55 mph. Dealer was instructed by Ford Motor Company engineering dept. Not to attempt repair. 1000 miles later the problem has got worse.

- Falls Church, VA, USA

problem #3

Sep 282004

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 400 miles
2004 F150 with the 4.6 liter V8 engine and limited slip differential. When the truck is running @ 2100 RPM at highway speeds something in the rear end makes a strange "warbling" type of high pitched noise. It only does it @ 2100 RPM. Local dealer tried to tell me it was exzhaust resonance. They replaced my exhaust system and the problem persists. They are investigating to determine true cause.

- Lexington, SC, USA

problem #2

Nov 082003

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,000 miles
Tires replaced at less than1,000 miles. Rear end replaced at less than 5,000 miles steering whille vibration at high speeds reported from day one. Tires rebalanced and front end checked more than 3 times and still have vibration at high speeds. Rear electric slideing glass motor bad at 6,000 miles

- Searcy, AR, USA

problem #1

Jan 052004

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
At speeds of 52, 54 mph the rear end makes a "wining noise" like the pinion gear is bad. Took truck in for serivce to dealership and they said Ford says the noise is normal engnieering. I don't agree and am very annoid with the dealer and Ford.

- Lawrenceville, GA, USA

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