definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 6
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
37,681 miles

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2004 Ford F-150 Owner Comments

problem #10

Jun 082015

F-150 8-cyl

  • 67,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Ford F-150. The contact stated that the cruise control failed to engage and disengage. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the activation switch needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 67,000. MA 08/11/15 the consumer stated the local dealer could not determine the cause of the failure. The dealer refunded the diagnostic fee. Updated 1127/2015

- Mechanicsville, VA, USA

problem #9

Oct 012009


  • 56,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Ford F150. The contact was driving approximately 65 mph. The cruise control failed to engage at a set speed. There were occurrences when the cruise control engaged without assistance after the vehicle was in operation for a few minutes. The vehicle has not been repaired for the malfunctions. The failure mileage was 56,000. The current mileage was 84,688.

- Balko, OK, USA

problem #8

Oct 232009

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 47,807 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Ford F-150. While using the cruise control at 68 mph he attempted to apply the brakes, but the vehicle would not stop. He had to use the emergency brake to decelerate. The vehicle has not been diagnosed by the dealer. The current and failure mileages were 47807. Updated 11/12/09 the consumer stated he was able to use the emergency brake. Updated 11/16/09

- Fenton, MO, USA

problem #7

Apr 192007

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 137,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Ford F150. The vehicle was parked for 1-2 hours and he noticed the fire under the hood. The fire was extinguished. The dealer towed the vehicle to have an investigator diagnose the failure. The investigator concluded that the cause of the fire was the cruise control. The cruise control has not operated normally in over 1 year. Also, the dealer stated that there was a recall on the vehicle. Therefore, they werenot liable for damages. The contact stated that hewas the second owner, and never received a recall notice. The current and failure mileage were 137,000. The contact has pictures of the vehicle. It has not been determined if the vehicle could be repaired. There was no mention of a police or fire report.

- Starkville, MS, USA

problem #6

Nov 132005

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
The contact stated while vehicle was idling for 30-45 minutes, it caught on fire. The fire department responded to extinguish the fire and a report was made. The insurance company provided a fire inspector. However, he could not determine exactly where the fire started due to the extensive damage. The fire inspector believed the fire started on the left side of the engine under the hood. The vehicle was totaled.

- Monroe City, IN, USA

problem #5

Sep 282005

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 21,000 miles
On 9/28/05 our 2004 F150 Ford pick up caught fire as the operator was driving at approximately 10 M.P.H on a dirt road. The fire appeared to start in a location in the engine compartment. The vehicle was totally destroyed by the fire.

- San Angelo, TX, USA

problem #4

Jun 012005


  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,000 miles


The control buttons on the steering wheel do not perform intended function, or fail entirely. Occasionally when the dash lights are lit, the buttons do not light. They may or may not come on later in the drive. The volume + button makes the cd track or radio station skip to the next one, the volume - button makes the volume increase. The mem button does nothing. The cruise control started slipping, as if it "forgot" that it was on. And the truck accellerates, or slows. When the cruise was on yesterday, the "resume" button didn't work, and the "set" button caused the truck to accellerate. Frequently, the cruise control simply will not turn on and set at all.

- Bryan, TX, USA

problem #3

Nov 012004

F-150 8-cyl

  • miles
Consumer stated vehicle burned while being parked. Recall for cruise control fire was the same thing that caused the fire.

- Thompson, ND, USA

problem #2

Nov 062004

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 4,000 miles
Vehicle was going about 30 mph when all of a sudden the engine caught on fire. Owner was informed that there was grass in the engine by the manufacturer, but it seemed to be a similar problem to short with the vehicle speed control:cruice control.

- Thompson, ND, USA

problem #1

Feb 122005

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 9,000 miles
The vehicle was on the road at 10 mph when all of a sudden the driver noticed black smoke coming out of the engine, blocking his view from the road. The owner got out of the vehicle, and witnessed it burning up. The manufacturer was contacted by consumer.

- Centereach, NY, USA

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