really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
31,088 miles

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2004 Ford F-150 accessories - exterior problems

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2004 Ford F-150 Owner Comments

problem #4

Feb 042011


  • miles


2004 Ford F15, unit 1 was eastbound in far right lane of the Ohio turnpike. The ball of trailer hitch became disengaged from power unit. Unit 1 trailer separated from the power unit and traveled onto inside berm, striking barrier wall, causing car a top trailer to slide forward off of trailer. (Ohio traffic crash report # 10-0072-90) updated 04/22/11

- Lake Odessa, MI, USA

problem #3

Apr 032008

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 108,000 miles
2004 Ford F-150 trailer hitch broke. Consumer states that when the trailer hitch broke he lost control and went off the right side of the road. Ohio traffic crash report # 10-0344-91. Updated 05/26/08. Consumer sent in addition voq complaint. 06/25/08.

- Hiram, OH, USA

problem #2

Aug 052005

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,354 miles
I own a 2004 Ford F-150 supercrew (new body style). It came equipped w/factory install trailer tow package. I have since purchased a rockwood travel trailer, which I towed many miles last summer. I kept checking and rechecking my weight distribution/sway control setup because, while towing, the trailer seemed to sway more than it should, especially when being passed by tractor trailers. I worked w/reese customer service by trying their different suggestions, to no avail. I happen to also work for a Ford dealer so I took the opportunity during a lunch break to raise my truck up on a lift to be sure that all the mounting bolts were there and that they were tight. What I found startled me. The 2" receiver tube on the hitch had split about 1 1/2" in the lower right corner, towards the front of the truck. It was about 1/8" at its widest point. I had my trailer's tongue weighed at a certified public scale. It weighed 893 lbs. The hitch is rated for a 9,900 lb. Trailer w/990 lbs. Tongue weight-weight distributing actual weight of the trailer is approximately 7,700 lbs.,fully loaded. Our district Ford engineer authorized additional reinforcing of the new hitch after we had replaced. He acknowledged that there had been similar occurrences that he had witnessed, even though when I called the Ford engineers in Michigan, they claimed to have no knowledge of them. Incidentally, the Ford engineers also told me that they believed that the problem was most likely a faulty hitch, and that they did not believe that excessive tongue was the problem. Because the hitch was already in the truck, and this hitch is an integral part of the rear bumper/frame, the reinforcing was done w/the hitch in place. Only the bottom and the sides were accessible and after only a few more trips, the top of the receiver tube was opening because apparently the reinforcements worked. Right now, my service manager is working to have the Ford hitch replaced w/an aftermarket one, to see if it stands up any better.

- North Brookfield, MA, USA

problem #1

Apr 062005

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,000 miles
While turning into a parking lot the vehicle's Ford hitch broke on both sides. The trailer was taken to a welding shop were they said there wasn't any penetration on the weld, which was welded part way and to take the old receiver to the dealership. The consumer then took the receiver to the dealership, where they claimed the trailer which weight is 2500 lbs was too big, had caused the failure. 2500 lbs, is less then what Ford guarantee there trucks will pull. Jeannette gomes of hartford ins. Is currently in possession of the receiver that failed.

- Meridian, ID, USA

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