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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
35,367 miles

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2004 Ford F-150 transmission problems

transmission problem

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

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problem #6

Feb 072004

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles


Purchased new FX4 02/04. Noticed terrible vibration, occasional hesitation, and transmission slipage. Took to dealer 7 times, various parts replaced. Problems not fixed. They finally said they knew about the problem but it couldn't be fixed.

- Humble, TX, USA

problem #5

Aug 172004

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving and coming to complete stop automatic transmission didn't shift properly from the first to the second gear, finally the stick shift didn't move from park to a drive gear. Also brakes vibrated while driving at any speed.

- San Diego, CA, USA

problem #4

Jul 012004

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,060 miles
Transmission slipped while driving across an intersection. Consumer was stuck in the middle to the road. When accelerating it shifted out of gear. Metal was found in the transmission. Ford said send it back to manufacturer.

- Chandler, TX, USA

problem #3

Apr 272004

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 300 miles


I have an 2004 Ford F-150 supercab 4X4. A few days after I bought it, it developed a slipping / shuddering problem in the rear end when you started from a stop and while turning. Sunstate Ford said that the slip yoke had no lubrication. So they lubed it. Within 2 days the problem re-occurred. The shuddering happens hot or cold but becomes worse the more the truck is driven. When I brought it back to sunstate Ford to let them try to fix it again, they say the problem is normal. I owned alot of trucks in my life and not 1 of them did this. From talking to one of the service employees I learned that there have been many complaints about this problem. Additional info: Truck has 4.6L engine, automatic transmission, and a 3.73 limited slip rear axle.

- Ocoee, FL, USA

problem #2

Jan 122004

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 500 miles
"new 2004" F-150 with 4X4 automatic transmission. Vehicle in drive position pointed uphill on grades greater than 20 degree will roll backwards ( as if in neutral). Transmission will not hold vehicle in place! same results in D2, D1, and reverse. Seen by dealer and confirmed to be "normal" condition. But no where in the owners manual is this condition stated. Tested 4 other vehicles, same condition resulted. If this is in fact "normal" it needs to be in the owners manual to warn consumers!

- Silverdaale, WA, USA

problem #1

Oct 222003

(reported on)


  • 800 miles
When pulling into traffic sometimes transmission slips. This causes vehicle to loose power, and could result in a rear end or frontal collision.

- Atlanta, GA, USA

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