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

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2004 Ford F-150 Owner Comments (Page 2 of 4)

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problem #46

Oct 232008


  • 75,000 miles


I have a 2004 Ford F-150 crew cab pickup truck. The transmission failed today with no warning or hint there was a potential problem. The vehicle has 75,000 miles on it. The repair guy says the truck is too young for this kind of problem.

- Sagamore Beach, MA, USA

problem #45

Sep 082008


  • 143,244 miles
Transmission overdrive failure resulting in a total rebuild caused by an $18.40 snap ring breaking on the overdrive servo.

- Wellsburg, WV, USA

problem #44

Jul 022007


  • 54,000 miles
Since I bought this truck it start it having transmission problems, I would get in the dashboard transmission fault and took it to the dealer (7 times for transmission) and they would said there nothing wrong. Now there is no warranty they want to charge me 3000 dollars.

- Los Angeles , CA, USA

problem #43

Aug 182008


  • 82,000 miles


2004 Ford F150 with numerous problems. Now at 82000 miles the transmission is slipping badly. The transmission slips when accelerating and the engine revs until the transmission kicks in. I am afraid when it decides to jump in gear it is going to cause an accident. From what I have read on the internet many other F150 owners are experiencing the same problem with the transmission. Our truck was purchased new but has been in the shop repeatedly for brake problems (7 times), tire problems (2 times), rear end (2 times), broken drive shaft (2 times), electrical (1 time), electrical is starting to have problems now too. We replaced a 98 Mazda truck with this 04 F150 because we thought the F150 would be safe and reliable. The 98 Mazda, sold to my brother-in-law, is still running great. What a mistake!!!!

- Hanahan, SC, USA

problem #42

Aug 062008


  • 35,000 miles
The transmission went out at 35,000 miles. The truck has never been driven hard. Metal chips all over. I have to pay for a new transmission for an obviously lemon of a transmission, however I have read on message boards that alot have complained about the same thing happening. I hope that Ford recalls the transmissions for these trucks and reimburses me for the 3,800 dollars I have had to pay koons Ford to get a new one. Does not seem right.

- Washington, DC, USA

problem #41

Aug 122008


  • 59,000 miles
2004 F-150 5.4 engine 4X4 crew cab. While driving between 15-20 mph metallic grinding is coming from under the truck. Last for about 5 second until something fall to place like gears in a transmission. It has happen two time and I have schedule the truck for maintenance at sno country Ford in monroe wa. I only have 1000 miles left on my extended service plan. I hope they fix the problem the first time before it expires.

- Snohomish , WA, USA

problem #40

Jul 142008


  • 30,500 miles


This has been ongoing for about 10 months. On an infrequent basis, the transmission, when decelerating, starts to growl loudly and will not stop until I come to a complete stop. I have spoken to other F-150 owners and they have informed me of similar complaints. To date, no crashes or injuries are known by me, but I feel Ford is responsible for this obvious defect.

- Ocean, NJ, USA

problem #39

Jul 102008


  • 114,000 miles
Transmissons began shifting up and down too often.. next a hum and then jerks in between shifts. Took it to aamco and ran diagnostics.. results were internal damage. Drove truck home and back the next day for replacement cost $2,200 nomal use with occassional 4X drive. 114K miles

- Versailles, KY, USA

problem #38

Dec 012007


  • 30,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Ford F-150. The contact attempted to place the vehicle into reverse and heard a loud noise. Afterwards, the vehicle would only move forward. She took the vehicle to the dealer and they stated that the transmission gears failed. The dealer replaced the gear position indicator; however, the vehicle would not start after the repair was made. The contact had to recharge the battery in order to start the vehicle. The vehicle was returned to the dealer and they stated that the alternator failed. The alternator was replaced; however, on June 16, 2008, the vehicle would not start again. The vehicle was towed to the dealer and they stated that the transmission needed to be replaced. The failure mileage was 30,000 and current was mileage 46,000.

- Los Angeles, CA, USA

problem #37

Jun 012008


  • 45,000 miles
My overdrive gear got wiped out. While driving the truck I got up to 30 mph and the engine started to rev up real bad and would not move.

- Aston, PA, USA

problem #36

Dec 172004


  • 22 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Ford F-150. While driving at any speed, the transmission will automatically switch from 2 wheel drive to 4 wheel drive. The contact had to make 3-5 attempts before the vehicle would shift back into 2 wheel drive. Also, when the vehicle is in 4 wheel drive, the steering wheel is very difficult to turn. The vehicle has not been diagnosed by the dealer. The current mileage was 22,229 and failure mileage was 22.

- Lexington Park, MD, USA

problem #35

Jun 302007

F-150 8-cyl

  • 28,500 miles
My '04 Ford F150 experienced a complete transmission failure at 28,000 miles. The truck was 6 days past the manufacturers factory warranty. The truck had been regularly serviced, well maintained - I am the original owner. Cost to replace was $2,200.

- Saratoga, CA, USA

problem #34

Jan 102008

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 35,500 miles
Bought a used vehicle 2004 Ford F150 has a shudder/vibration in the rear axle. Took it to a Ford dealer for service. It is a known problem and they will fix it to "lessen the concern, " not completely get rid of it. My aftermarket warranty will cover it after deductible and taxes. But I don't like the sound of lessen the concern. And it seems to be a recurring problem with this vehicle.

- Plymouth, PA, USA

problem #33

Feb 222006

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 61,000 miles
I bought the 2004 FX4 F-150 super cab in late 2005 with 25000 miles on it. I purchased a $1400 extended warranty from an independent company through the Ford dealership. After the first few months I noticed a grinding sound under the truck that sounded like a few ball bearings rolling around quickly in a metal bowl. It would last about 5-10 seconds and then I would not hear again for a few months. After about the 5th time this happened I took vehicle to the Ford dealership, and they could not duplicate the problem, so nothing was done. The next time this noise was heard I quickly turned on the 4X4 high via the switch on the dashboard and the noise went away immediately. I could do this every time after. This was telling me it was somewhere in the transfer case. So, last week around 60000 miles the transmission started grinding in traffic, slipping, and giving me a transmission fail indication where the odometer was located, and a flashing overdrive off. This happened for about 10 minutes until I could get off the expressway, and exit into a gas station parking lot. I thought for sure the transmission was going to blow out at any moment. I turned off the truck, which reset the transmission fail alarm, put the truck in reverse, which made a loud slamming noise. I then put it in drive and was able to drive home with only grinding noise in first gear. I waited 2 days, and then drove the truck to the dealership 40 minutes away without any problems. After a day in the S repair shop they pulled the pan and it had metal shavings everywhere. They called and told me they couldn't figure out how I was able to drive to the repair shop. They found some bad seals and a vacuum pump/solenoid in the transfer case, the transmission was gone and was completely replaced. All the software has been updated, which I have heard can cause the majority of the problems. It would have cost me around $6000 if I didn't purchase the complete warranty.

- Muskego, WI, USA

problem #32

Apr 042007

F-150 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,000 miles
2004 F-150 supercrew 2wd automatic. Transmission requires rebuild at 54000. Bought new all seals replaced within 2-3 months due to fluid leaks. Slipping began less than 40,000. Fluid flush alleviated the issue, but slipping returned. At 60 mph trasmission slipped into neutral momentarily at random times. Power rear sliding window does not work; failed within first 2-3 months; no computer code to detail the issue so Ford will not fix regardless of confirmed failure and warranty coverage. Rotors had to be replaced on first break maintenance.

- Katy, TX, USA

problem #31

Jan 282007

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,700 miles
My F-150 supercrew has developed a problem with the drivetrain, primarily a loud grinding noise can be heard underneath the truck. The first time it occurred I thought my vehicle had run over some type of metallic object on the roadway. The noise went away after I merged onto a highway. Four days later I was operating on a city street when the same type noise occurred. The vehicle will not accelerate when the gas is depressed and the noise does not decrease when the gas is let off. Only after decreasing speed under 15 mph does the noise go away and the transmission feels like it slams out of gear just prior to that. An associate of mine who owns a 2005 F-150 with the exact same transmission experienced the same problem and recently had the transmission replaced under warranty. I contacted this dealer who informed me that they had replaced approximately 30 transmissions on 2004-2005 model years and the issue was a "known one". I would like to see Ford mandated to warranty the drivetrains in these trucks beyond the normal period.

- Lynn, MA, USA

problem #30

Apr 072006

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 16,326 miles
My 2004 Ford 150 with 4 wheel drive, will not always shift from first to second gear, without a great grinding of the transmission. The vehicle will not shift without bringing the truck to a complete stop and then restarting. I have had the truck in to the dealer twice now but since it will not fail on command the dealer says they can do nothing till it totally fails.

- Henrietta, NY, USA

problem #29

May 202006

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 27,563 miles
Experience consistent significant jerk/clunk/slam after coasting in 3rd gear and accelerate down shifting into 2nd gear. Service bulletin says normal and to not repair, yet my issue is not intermittent and is a significantly noticeable and uncomfortable jerk in the driveline that is definitely not normal performance from any transmission aware of without a very aggressive shift kit installed and a plethora of horsepower. Took to dealer and service tech handed me service bulletins and didn't even log into computer that vehicle was taken in for the issue. Made notes and sent to shop foreman as communication of my concern about the lack of paperwork and record, and the lack of service. Technician drove truck and said this was normal...would never buy a vehicle knowing that it would end up shifting like this as normal wear and tear while under warranty.

- San Antonio, TX, USA

problem #28

Aug 262005

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 281 miles
Drive train issues with the 2004 and 2005 Ford F-150 model trucks.

- Oklahoma City , OK, USA

problem #27

Mar 242006

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 14,100 miles
I have owned a 2004 Ford F-150 FX4 with only 14,000 miles on it for 3 weeks and it has been in the repair shop at Ford for 4 days now and they can't fix the problem. Truck makes a rattling noise from under front end when pulling a hill or when you reach 50 mph. It also seems to lose power or "bog down" momentarily when it shifts from 1st to 2nd gear. Mechanic says it is a "nightmare" because they can hear the noise and feel the gear shifting problem, but can't find what's wrong and don't know how to fix it. We have also discovered that this truck was a Ford buy back and we are the 3rd, possibly 4th, owners of this vehicle, (still investigating). We are wondering why this truck has changed hands so many times with such low mileage. We will be returning the truck to the dealer tomorrow and getting our 2003 Expedition back, which has had several problems fixed under warranty, and were having problems with it again, causing us to trade it in...we'll be back to square one!!! thanks Ford! by the way, these are not the only 2 instances where I have had a bad experience with Ford products and/or service. I wrote a detailed letter to Ford Motor Company concerning another vehicle I had purchased from them several years ago. I stated the nature of the problem with the vehicle and also about the poor service I received from their company...of course I never got a response. I could go on forever. Six years and 7 Ford products later, I may have finally learned my lesson. Seriously considering switching to the "other guys" for a vehicle.

- Churchville, MD, USA

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