definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
28,006 miles

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2005 Ford F-150 transmission problems

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2005 Ford F-150 Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #29

Jul 262011


  • 83,189 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Ford F-150. The contact was driving 60 mph uphill when the engine became hesitant and the transmission would not downshift properly. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for inspection and the manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 83,189.

- Little, CA, USA

problem #28

Jun 042011


  • 57,000 miles
2005 Ford F150 truck 4X4 auto transmission experienced mechanical failure with no warning. Lost forward low gears. Only has 57K miles. Truck was always dealership serviced and maintained as recommended. No harsh weather conditions experienced. No heavy towing done. Replaced with rebuilt transmission. Old part will be made available.

- Torrance, CA, USA

problem #27

Jan 152011


  • 92,000 miles
2005 F150 stalled without warning while driving sometimes at highspeed on the highway. It happened very frequently and the check engine light finally came on so I took it to the dealership for repair. I was told that the throttle body would need replacing at approx $750 and was told that this is a typical repair for this vehicle. I understand many others have had this issue. Prior to repairing I stalled several times in the high speed lane and had to pull over to the left hand of the 4 lane highway which I was fortunate not to be hit. This seems to be a very serious safety issue.

- Exeter, RI, USA

problem #26

Dec 202010

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • 85,000 miles


Original flywheel broken. Told will cost $1K to $1,4K to replace that and starter B/C flywheel 'probably' damaged starter. Truck won't start sometimes, and grinds when I try to start it. Was stranded 2 times and had to be towed.

- Novi, MI, USA

problem #25

Nov 182010

F-150 8-cyl

  • 64,000 miles
I own a 2005 Ford F150 5.4 automatic w/ 63,000. Unexpected failure of transmission caused by, as dealer stated, a degradation of a bearing which came loose and became lodged in side of the transmission. I replied to the Ford service manager does this mean that what caused the failure was a defective part, he answered yes and gave me the quote for a new transmission. I have done some research and have found over 6,000 cases of customers with same issue( no towing, proper maintenance intervals and documentation, etc.) yet investigation is being conducted to find solution to the premature failure. Talked to 3 nationally known transmission repair facilities and they also have stated numerous problems with the 4R75W and 4R70E/w transmission that Ford is installing in its vehicles, primarily with the exact same symptoms.

- Jacksonville, FL, USA

problem #24

Aug 252008


  • 64,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford F150. The contact stated that when accelerating from low speeds of 15-25 mph, the vehicle would vibrate excessively, causing the transmission to shift hard. The dealer was unable to duplicate the failure and the vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer advised the contact to take the vehicle back to the dealer for them to inspect and diagnose the vehicle for repairs. The failure mileage was 64,000.

- Mount Juliet, TN, USA

problem #23

Dec 162009


  • 49,000 miles


Transmission failed while driving. Leaving me stranded on the highway. Front bearing went out, root cause of failure according to aamco mechanic. Truck only has 49,000 miles. Truck has always had a vibration. Lance cunningham Ford always pointed to tires, drive shaft. I believe that the true problem has now came to light. Unfortunately the original warranty was for 3 years or 36,000 miles.

- Luttrell, TN, USA

problem #22

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 #21

Nov 102008


  • 46,475 miles
5.4L, supercrew-- engine was replaced by Ford at 38,000 miles (after complaint to Ford cust svc) due to injector failure and cylinder hydra-lock. Now at 46,000 miles, complete transmission failure. Only used for daily driver, no towing, never off-road. Transmission failed on initial start on 60 degree morning, no pre-failure indicators. Paid $2800 for transmission rebuild. I have noticed a fairly large number of problems reported on sub-standard factory transmission and engine parts on Ford trucks.

- Andrews Afb, MD, USA

problem #20

Feb 172008

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 57,000 miles
Ford F-150 super crew with 57,000 miles will not engage in overdrive. While driving, the transmission completely slipped out of gear. After pulling off the road and testing it in reverse and drive, I was able to resume but as soon as the transmission reached overdrive it disengaged completely. Dealer claims a pin was broken that locks the transmission in overdrive.

- Apex, NC, USA

problem #19

Aug 162005

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 8 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Ford F150. Since the vehicle was purchased, the transmission experienced irregularities while shifting. The vehicle would shift in and out of gear. The contact heard a noise when the vehicle shifted into overdrive. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer at 23,400 miles and they stated that nothing was wrong with the vehicle. Rocks were removed from the exhaust shield. The technician test drove the vehicle and stated that the noise was normal. While driving at 55 mph, the vehicle began jerking and the transmission failed without warning. The dealer stated that something became loose within the transmission and it needed to be replaced. Ford stated that the contact would have to pay out of pocket because the vehicle was not under warranty. The purchase date was unknown. The current mileage was 67,000 and failure mileage was 8.

- Brandywine, MD, USA

problem #18

May 132007

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 9,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford F-150. While driving 40 mph he stated that the gear shift indicator disengaged when he came to a stop, which caused the vehicle to jerk hard. There was also an increase in the RPM, which caused the vehicle gear shift indictor to engage without warning. The contact stated the transmissions slipped out of gear would not accelerate. The failure mileage was 9,000 and the current mileage was 19,000.

- Murphy, NC, USA

problem #17

Apr 152007

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 17,000 miles
Upon acceleration our F150 excab makes a grinding noise. Also, would not disengage from 4hi, had to stop and start a few times to get it to disengage. Talked to Ford dealer here and he said if the grinding noise happens again bring it in while it is happening so a mechanic can go for a ride. The problem is it is very sporadic and probably won't happen when there is a mechanic in the truck.

- Montrose, 00, USA

problem #16

Feb 012007

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Clunking/or jearking when slowing or acceleration.

- Lacey, WA, USA

problem #15

Feb 222007

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 48,163 miles
2005 F150 supercrew 4X4, transmission at 48000 miles began to mis-shift into overdrive. Within a few days the transmission missed all shift points and went into neutral. Transmission was replaced by extended warranty at dealership. No cause to failure was found.

- Bethlehem, GA, USA

problem #14

Nov 162006

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 9,000 miles
Vehicle rolled away with transmission placed in park and key removed. Incident has happened 8 times and dealer attempted repair 4 times, last repair is 17 Nov 2005. Unknown if it will work.

- Hudson, WI, USA

problem #13

May 152006

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 38,925 miles
Vehicle's transmission failed after only 18 months, 38,925 miles. Dealer unable to determine why transmission failed. No lack of fluid, vehicle is not used to tow. Could only state that excessive heat build up in transmission and resulted in failure. Vehicle and been driven home prior evening with no issues, next morning failed at start up. Manufacturer will not warranty due to mileage, replaced with a rebuilt unit at a cost of $2,800.

- Lascassas, TN, USA

problem #12

Jan 212006

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 300 miles
Please help a consumer! I question the safety and long term value of the new Ford F150 trucks my name is jim and I am writing you as a last ditch effort to inform the public about a production issue with the Ford F150 trucks that vibrate under normal driving conditions. About three months ago I purchased a new F150 and from that point I have had a vibration and transmission issue. Ford has not been able to correct it and in the process I found that the dealership I bought the truck from forged some invoice documents. I was shocked to find this problem all over the country when I started to look into it. You can see for yourself if you search google for topics like "2005 F150 vibration". if you would like, I could send you a list of websites to help. In all fairness to Ford they deserve a chance to inform the public about this and I am in the process of working with a lawyer to get my money back. I have attached a copy of my nightmare to this email and just wanted to let you know I have followed every protocol set by Ford. I have also noticed that Ford just likes to have problems delayed and expect people to run out of money when trying to recover their original purchase. You will also find emails attached from people across the country with the same problem. This story is not a waste of your time. Please feel free to search the internet, you will find all the supporting information you need. Can you please find the time to help get the word out and make things right? I just want my money back and do not want anyone else to fall into this trap. Help from the press would not allow Ford Motor Company to stonewall people. Lets give Ford a chance to help the consumer. Call anytime 248-431-5857 - I am willing to provide all supporting info including service records, research, and contacts from across the usa. Thanks jim smith.

- Goodrich, MI, USA

problem #11

Dec 182005

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • miles
The automatic transmission in the consumer's 2005 Ford F150 failed.

- San Juan, PR, USA

problem #10

Dec 012005

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Jerking and bumping noise in drive line at light acceleration just before or just after transmission shifts to the next gear. Dealer added a gear fluid additive that they said was left out at factory. This did not fix the problem.

- Clover, SC, USA

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