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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
15,827 miles

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2004 Ford F-150 drivetrain problems

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2004 Ford F-150 Owner Comments

problem #13

Apr 242014

F-150

  • 146,000 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 driver was exiting a parking area when a loud noised was heard from underneath the vehicle. The contact inspected the vehicle and found that the drive shaft was fractured in half and caused damage to the fuel tank and muffler. The vehicle was towed to the contact's home. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure and current mileage were 146,000.

- East Fultonham , OH, USA

problem #12

Jun 012005

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,500 miles
I purchased my vehicle new in June of 2004. Since I've had the truck when turning right, especially from a dead stop, I get a severe vibration from the drive train. I've had the truck in many times for this problem. It got so bad Ford replaced the drive shaft and seemed to help for a while. With only 17000 actual miles on the truck you would expect better quality for a sticker price of $ $42,000.

- Indianapolis, IN, USA

problem #11

Jun 012005

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
After several trips to the dealer about serious vibration problems in my vehicle, the dealer replaced the drive shaft. This corrected the problem. Others have had a similar problem. My concern is that vehicles which continue to be driven without replaced drive shafts may be subject drive shaft fatigue and failure in the future.

- Mobile, AL, USA

problem #10

Jun 152005

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,000 miles

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

The vehicle has been to the dealer 3 times. They didn't know what was wrong with it. There was bad vibration, like a tie rod end going bad or the wheel coming off. They replaced all the tires, and put a new rim on the passenger's side, and put in a new driveshaft. This started around June 15, 2005. The vehicle was going back to the dealers for the fourth time. Haven't contacted the manufacturer but got information on the lemon law.

- Riverview , FL, USA

problem #9

Jun 152005

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,000 miles
The vehicle has been to the dealer 3 times. They didn't know what wrong with it. There was bad vibration, felt like a tie rod end or wheel was going to come off. They replaced all the tires, put a new rim on it, and put in a new drive shaft. This started around June 15, 2005. The vehicle was taken back to the dealers today for the fourth time. Haven't contacted the manufacturer but have checked the information for the lemon law.

- Riverview , FL, USA

problem #8

May 292005

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 25,000 miles
Been to dealer 4 times with complaints of vibration. Replaced tires, drive shaft, rotors & cluthes in rear end. Still had vibration & returned to dealer ony to hear "we can not duplicate the problem". the vibration occurs about every 500-1000 miles.

- Mt. Washington, KY, USA

problem #7

Mar 152005

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,800 miles

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

Bought my 2004 F 150 2wd from dealer in ok. 5800mi have a vibration @ 38-42mph and 58-62mph. Have taken to the dealer 4 times in which they have replaced the driveshaft, reclocked the driveshaft on second visit, rebalances and rotated the tires but still have the peroblem in which they mentioned will be acceptable. It isn't normal.

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

problem #6

Dec 282004

F-150 6-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,200 miles
I was driving my new Ford F150,3 weeks old, up the highway 70 mph with cruise control on. Suddenly the air bag depolyed, buring my right ear lobb. I then pulled over to the side of the highway, with out any incedent, when I got out I noticed that the driveshaft fell out of the transmission. The transmission was shattered like an egg shell. The mechanics at the dealership pointed out that one C-clip was either never put in the front U-joint. They did not know why the ait bag should have gone off.they then tried to tell my my insurence should fix it. There is no body damage not even a piece of dirt missing. Then they said they would fix it. Wwhen I went up to sign work release the said they want to send the truck back to the factory. But theynever did this. I then told them I do not want it back they can just keep it. Under the lemon law. It was alrready in the shop for over 30 days. They had there legal dept. Call me and tell that it is not a lemon and I must keep this truck. I did not argue. But then out of the blue they agian saying I could come up there and pick out 1 of 2 2005 F150 that were more expensive and did not have options mine had. I would have to pay the cash difference up front to pick 1 up. I did not have that kind of cash so I stuck to my word that I dont want a nother Ford truck.after this time no one else would discuss the matter with me they just hang up. Now they sent a letter to say they selling my truck to pay for legal fees and repiars. Please help me to deciced what action I shouldi take. Ps I did not go to the hospital so layer do not want to help.

- Pevely , MO, USA

problem #5

Nov 102004

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,000 miles
Had horrible vibration at highway speeds, after 6 or so visits they replaced the driveshaft. Now at idle warm or cold I have a constant shutter, and now a steering wheel nibble has developed. Completely dissappointed in this truck.this was my first new vehicle, a shame it turned out like this!

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #4

Dec 022004

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,000 miles
2004 F-150 vibration issue. This is a real and serious issue. I took my truck in for a daignosis on the vibration. The dealer said they narrowed it down to the driveshaft. I waited 3 weeks for a replacement due to the fact that the driveshaft was on back order. After replacement of the driveshaft, dealer informed me that it had not cured the problem. I was told that Ford was looking for a fix and they would get back to me when they figure it out. After picking up my truck from the dealer I took it on the freeway to test it out, took to about 55 mph and applied the brakes, I felt a serious vibration from the steering wheel. I called the dealer back and notified them of the unsafe handling of the truck. I was told that the truck was safe to drive. But no guarantees!!! I carry my children in this vehicle. Something has to be done about this issue. People's lives are at stake. Remember the Explorer and the deaths due to rollover!!! thnk you for your time.

- Pearl City, HI, USA

problem #3

Nov 012004

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 200 miles

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

Truck has rearend vibration @55-60 mph. Truck also has steering wheel shake at highway speed (above 45 mph). Ford states that they no they have a problem and are working on a fix.

- Harpersville, AL, USA

problem #2

May 282004

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1 miles
Tailgate straps are the same length, but when you put pressure on the tailgate, only the LH tailgate strap supports the tailgate. The truck has vibration and steering wheel nibble problems. They have balanced the tires 4 times, replaced the tires. The fse from Ford took the vehicle for a ride and said it needs a new driveshaft. The brake dust is a big problem. You need to wash the wheels daily. Ford now has updated pads. I hope they replace them under warranty. Two of the rotors are also grooved. The truck has 3000 miles on it. It has been in 5+ times now! the ac unit only had 22 ounces of fliud in it. It is supposed to have 30+. my air was verified to be 8-10 degrees warmer than spec. The gas door (spring) broke. The paint on the hood is flawed. It didn't get fully sprayed on the right front of the hood. Both sides of the rear diff. Are wet. Something is leaking. The seatbelt stitching is coming apart.

- Saginaw, MI, USA

problem #1

Jun 252004

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50 miles
Consumer noticed that after the windshield wipers went off the front windshield became blurry. This caused poor visibility to the driver. Vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection, and mechanic replaced the windshield three times. However, the problem recurred. Consumer also had concern with vibration under the vehicle. Dealer found that the vibration is coming from the drivershaft, which was replaced by the dealer.

- Keithville, LA, USA

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