pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
88,400 miles
Total Complaints:
16 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. replace both cam phasers (8 reports)
  2. replaced engine (5 reports)
  3. not sure (3 reports)
2008 Ford F-150 engine problems

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2008 Ford F-150 Owner Comments

problem #16

Jul 042018

F-150 XL 5.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 101,000 miles


All I have to say also is yes, to the worst built Ford engine I have ever owned! Replaced all 8 spark plugs and they were right on my reading of how the plugs break in half removing them! Two broke in my motor! More money to buy a special tool to remove the broken pieces! Also had to replace all 8 coil packs and still check engine light would come on.

I did my reading up on the truck and wished I would of done it before I bought the hunk of junk! It started to run real bad as if it was running on 6 cylinders instead of 8! Needless to say I had it towed to a dealer, and surprise! They tell me I may as well drop another motor in it !>>> WTF!

It's pretty bad when your trying to go to work with a decent ride and it wont even get you there! What really sucks is I still owe the bank $9,800 and they want $5,000 to put a new motor in! Shame, shame, shame on Ford for not doing what's right! Another dissatisfied Ford owner!!!!!!!!!

- John B., Easthampton, MA, US

problem #15

Jul 052018


  • Automatic transmission
  • 133,000 miles

I've had two Dodge trucks that went into the 250k miles range before I sold them. Never major problems. Buying this Ford truck with a known problem and having no help from Ford is like me selling bad lemons to a kid that wants to make lemonade and then telling the kid.. That's life kid! I'll never buy another Ford unfortunately. Like someone said.. A very expensive good looking driveway ornament

- Michael Miguel F., LAKE HAVASU CITY, AZ, Portugal

problem #14

Apr 112017

F-150 XLT 5.4L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 114,000 miles

Just bought this truck used with approx 114,000 mi -ran excellent -truck in excellent shape in and out. Paid top dollar because of it's condition-- 11 days later sounded like it was a real loud diesel- now I have a truck that needs thousands in repairs- apparently Ford had a problem with this engine---wish I would have known---got rid of a perfectly excellent running chevy truck with close to 150000 miles on it -thinking it would give us trouble soon because of the high mileage-now we don't have a truck to drive--it sure is pretty though! Like others have stated they make nice looking lawn ornaments----very expensive lesson---probably would have been better off keeping the chevy---Never expected this to happen--called Ford no help there.

Update from May 9, 2017: Took truck to Ford dealer - not only is it the cam phaser shot but engine is shot too! - less than 114,000 mi on it!!!! 8000 to put a new engine in it!!!!! Called Ford Co again-no recalls for it so nothing they can do- please do your homework before you even consider one of these money pit gems-I am dumping my shares of Ford stock- if I were you I would dump your shares too if you own any- a company who does not stand in back of their product is not a worthy company to invest in

- Beth B., Conway, NH, US

problem #13

Oct 022014

F-150 Supercab 5.4L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 105,000 miles


08 F150 triton began to run very poorly and check engine light came on. I took my truck to Grand Prairie Ford in TX, and they wanted to replace the cam phasers, timing chain and guides for $3,400. I had just purchased the truck 2 years prior and was still making payments. I did not have the repairs done and the truck has been sitting in my driveway as expensive yard art ever since! Until this I had been a faithful ford owner but now I can’t say that I would buy a Ford ever again. While researching I see tons of people with the same issue, and this should have already been recalled.

- Rene L., Arlington, TX, US

problem #12

Jul 112014

F-150 FX4 V8 5.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 42,253 miles

- Brett K., Lafitte, LA, US

problem #11

Jan 192016

F-150 Supercrew 5.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 86,308 miles

I was driving home from work, in Sask. -15 c and the truck start vibrating than the engine light come on. I live 2.5 kms from work. I pulled into my yard in country and stopped vehicle. I called the local ford dealership and said to bring it in early a.m. They put on scanner and said the camphaser is shot and should replace motor. They quoted over $8000 Canadian dollars to fix. They indicated that 2008 and previous was bad camphasers and lots of issues.

I looked up the situation and see that many have complained about problems with them. I need a truck as I live in the country. The body and interior is in excellent condition.

There should be a recall or somekind of compensation from the Ford company. I spoke to a manager of another dealership who used to work at Ford and he also felt that Ford should fix the problem. He can't believe they are not doing anything.

$8000 is a lot of money and doesn't pay to get another motor from salvage of the same year because they will probably have the same issue.

Please help out FORD company.

- Cecilia H., Melville, SK, Canada

problem #10

May 132015

F-150 Lariat 5.4L Triton

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles


So this all started when my 2008 F150 with 60k miles began making a rattling noise on startup. I thought it might be the timing chain tensioners, so I had those along with the vct valves replaced. The problem continued when I started the truck it sounded like a diesel with straight pipes and shopkeeper like crazy. Then it escalated to the point when the truck was at idle it made that sound the entire time and began piping timing codes.

I did a little research and I mean a little. When you Google F150 problems the first thing that comes up is can phaser issues. I learned that nearly everyone with a similar year 5.4 triton had the exact same issue. So I called Ford and asked them if they had a recall I figured if 9/10 tritons have this issue there must be a recall. Well there isn't. Ford is completely aware they produced a defective product but they done care. #1 truck in America my A%#. I will never buy a Ford product again in my entire life and I will do my best to keep my friends and family from making the same mistake.

I sincerely hope the general public becomes aware of this company's lack of pride in their product and absolute lack of compassion for their formally loyal customers that spent tens of thousands of dollars in their worthless product.

- Fred S., Colorado Springs, CO, US

problem #9

Jan 162014

F-150 5.4L Efi

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles

I have found out that the cam phasers are failing because the timing chain tensioner is hydraulic so it will fail. When it does it leaks down and upon start there is no tension, until it pumps oil back into it this causes the chain to be loose at start and for a few seconds. After which puts strain on the cam phasers. If the tensioner problem goes unsolved for long enough is when the phasers actually fail. Early warning signs are a rattly chain sound at start. Then as the phasers go bad, they make a clicking/ticking sound kinda sounds like an exhaust leak.

My tensioner was bad upon buying the truck so I replaced it and damage was already done to the phasers. They have yet to fail but they do make that annoying clicking ticking sound. This truck has never pulled a trailer or hauled a heavy load I know the original owner never been abused its whole life. Has been used commute to and from work mostly freeway miles and the occasional normal outings like to the store for groceries, the bank or a friends house. Now it has 115k and everything started happening early but took long to fail because of nature of use.

- Steve S., Fresno, CA, US

problem #8

Nov 282013

F-150 5.4L Triton

  • Automatic transmission
  • 64,000 miles

Should be happy to be stuck down here on the beach....on vacation my 2008 Ford F150 5.4 L Triton, started acting up. Took it to the local mechanic.......long story short...

VCT Soleniod, timing cover gasket, tensioner, cam phaser all replaced,,,problem still exists. They say engine is only running on the passenger side.......no power, and still ticking. Bought the truck used in Feb. 2013, it has 64000 miles on it currently.

The mechanic place basically gave up, did not know what else to do with the truck. They helped me take it to the dealership. I will post another complaint in a few days I'm sure with possible news of having to get a new engine....

First time with Ford, and will be my last.......

- lesliekentucky, Paris, KY, US

problem #7

Jun 012013

F-150 FX4 5.4L Ffv V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 122,500 miles

It has had a tick since we bought it. The check engine light cam on a few months ago while my son was driving it and it was dying on him. We though we were giving him a reliable $40,000 vehicle but it turns out we need a new engine. The cam phasers have broken along with the plastic, yes plastic, timing guides and metal have ended up in the engine and oil pan. We cannot afford a new engine so we have a piece of scrap metal sitting in our driveway right now. Of course when I called the Ford dealership they said they have not heard of this problem but when you research it online it's all over. I have called and emailed Ford but I am sure they will say there is nothing they can do. Also, there is no recall on it from what I can see. I have also put a complaint in to the national recall place. I am really at a loss of what else to do. My son just got a job for the summer and now we only have my car, Chevy, for us to get around.

- Barbara M., Mansfield, TX, US

problem #6

Apr 172013

F-150 XLT 5.4L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 102,000 miles


Sounds like a couple others I have heard here, when I slow down my F150 rattles pretty hard and cuts out sometimes.

Had plugs and wires replaced, fuel filter replaced and problem got no better so dealer tells me that Ford has this problem with oil not getting to the top end of the motor and damaging the cam shafts and that I would need to replace the engine at a cost of approx. $5,000 because would eventually fail.

The whole story changed when I told them I have an extended warranty then It was they would have to prove the engine was bad and that I would have to drive in with the problem to start a case.

So not sure if Ford or extended warranties are bullsh**.

- Joel K., Blair, NE, US

problem #5

Sep 032012

F-150 XLT 5.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 141,000 miles

Bought a 2007 F150 in June .I loved driving this truck. In early Sept. I drove it to St. Louis and the the truck preformed great. When I got home it started ticking badly. My local mechanic told me that the Cam Phasers were going bad and that Ford had had this issue since 2004. i took the Truck to my local Ford dealer and the first words that I heard from the Service Rep. were ( Oh you have one of those Sh*tty Motor) and we will have to replace it. Ford will not own up to a badly designed motor.

- jreddick, Hallsville, MO, US

problem #4

Dec 232011

F-150 King Ranch 5.4L Triton

  • Automatic transmission
  • 87,000 miles

thats just half of the problem. but as they say one issue per.

- sportsman0822, Hixson, TN, US

problem #3

Aug 092011

F-150 XL 5.4L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 91,000 miles

This problem started probably about 2 years ago. The truck would rattle and idle rough but when you accelerated, it would stop. Replaced the Cam positioning sensors and it started running fine again. A couple of months ago it came back with a vengeance. Took it to a mechanic (will never go to him again) who said it was the timing chain. Spent $1300.00 in parts (timing chains, tensioners,variable timing control solenoids) and labor. Got it back and it still runs like crap. I go to slow down at a red light and the engine starts rattling and shaking until you gun it and sometimes stalls out. After doing some research on the internet, we determine that it's the cam phasers. Dealership wants around $1500 to fix it. We are going to do it ourselves for about $600. The dealer acknowledged that this was a common problem.

- Janet P., Markham, TX, US

problem #2

Nov 222010

F-150 XLT 5.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 62,000 miles

I was told this needed fixed so I did. In less than 30 days it started "rattling" again.

- Mark G., Sioux Falls, SD, US

problem #1

Apr 152010

F-150 F150 5.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 28,000 miles

If ford wants to be on top they need to step up in the quality dept. buying cheap sh*t and putting them in $38000 vehicle is f*cking crazy. Im a hardcore ford guy this is disappointing. Having something in your engine go bad under 30000 miles is damn joke

- Chris S., Bono, AR, US

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