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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
24,855 miles

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2005 Ford F-150 suspension problems

suspension problem

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2005 Ford F-150 Owner Comments

problem #6

Jun 042009


  • 62,130 miles


1. as I was leaving the wal-mart parking lot the right front upper ball joint on my 1995 Ford F-150 4X4 broke apart and disabled the vehicle. The ball joint manufacturer apparently did not put grease in the joint when it was manufactured. 2. I do not know how often this part fails on the Ford F-150. It failed on my vehicle at 62K miles due to a manufacturing deficiency. Fortunately the failure was at parking lot speed. Had it occurred at highway speeds I could have easily been killed and possibly killed others as the vehicle was uncontrollable when the part failed. 3. I had the vehicle hauled to the local Ford dealer and they replaced it at a cost of over $500. Fearing that the left front might also fail I had it replaced for a total cost $1,071.94. I requested that all parts be saved and provided to me and have all that were provided. I discovered upon examination that they did not include the rust pitted ball joint in the parts they provided me but the torn open joint assembly and rest of the parts are included. The Ford dealer who made the repairs and the president of Ford Motor Company through his representative have refused to provide any warranty on this defective part as there is currently no recall in place on this vehicle for this part. I do not know if this occurs often but they had the parts in stock for the right front repair. When I asked for the left front to be repaired they had to order those parts in. I have documentation of this matter and my attempts to get the repairs covered under warranty. I have driven many Ford vehicles over the past 45 years in excess of 100K miles (one over 200K miles) and have never had up upper ball joint fail. This is clearly a manufacturing defect and constitutes a danger to any driver of the F-150.

- Raytown, MO, USA

problem #5

Jun 032008


  • 50,000 miles
I bought this truck with 48,000 miles on it. It had a bad shake in the rear area. Also a bad brake shimmy. Took to Ford dealership I bought it. Couldn't find anything wrong. Told normal! I worked in the service dept of a Ford dealership I know normal. 53,000 or so miles bad clunking from transfer area wouldn't go into 4 wheel drive 1/2 the time took to Ford, told nothing wrong again. 72,000 miles transmission goes out. Told nothing could be done, out by 2000 miles. I was a service manager for a Ford dealership they could do a supplement on the warranty. I asked for 1/2 of cost told no. Even after documentation of all the services and complaints told to bad so sad. This truck has had transmission troubles, 4 wheel drive trouble, the power window switch fell apart in the door and a bad brake shimmy even after I had a 4 wheel brake job done, its still there. No help from Ford at all!

- West, TX, USA

problem #4

Jan 102008


  • 35,000 miles
Purchased a 2005 Ford F150 supercab truck on July 22, 2007 and have had to replace the tires 4 times within the last year due to rapid wear of the front tires. I have taken it to repair shops and had the front end and suspension check by 3 different tech's and they have all said that everything is to specs. What can I do to have this problem fixed.

- Goodlettsville, TN, USA

problem #3

Jan 252006

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,000 miles


: the contact stated the front end vibrated at 45mph and above. The vehicle was taken to the local dealership for inspection numerous times. The dealer replaced the driveshaft, transmission mounts, cut the rotors and tightened the pinion in the rear end. Although these repairs were made, this did not remedy the problem.

- Ishpeming, MI, USA

problem #2

Oct 012005

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
My paint job was defective and thin, my windshield was not sealed properly, there are ticking noises from under the dashboard, the front end is too heavy for the added weight to the truck, the transmission stalls the truck when it rolls backwards in drive, the truck shakes at high speeds and has excessive tire wear, which is the only thing that Ford has all but admitted to by extending the excessive tire wear/ride harshness warranty from 1yr/12,000 miles to 3yrs/36,000 miles. Have you ever heard of a car company giving away something unless there was a serious problem with this vehicle.

- Westlake Village, CA, USA

problem #1

Nov 222005

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Excessive tire wear on all four tires in a 9 month time span. Had dealership look at the truck and was told that the alignment was off and it wasn't up to them to take care of the alignment but was told to contact tire manufacturer. While talking to the manufacturer rep on the phone she advised that she had read memos from Ford about problems with the alignment specs on the vehicle. Ford continues to refuse any kind of warranty work.

- New Kensington, PW, USA

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