really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
22,445 miles

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2008 Ford F-150 transmission problems

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2008 Ford F-150 Owner Comments

problem #11

Jul 162011

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • 126,000 miles


Stop at gas station and turned truck off and entered store. Returned to truck and cranked. Put in drive drove around station to entrance of main highway. About 20 yards to stop sign to highway I was going about 5 mph and I lifted right foot off of gas pedal to apply brake. The truck slowly started to speed up. I applied the brake with one foot and the truck started to apply more gas until I had both feet on the brake and pushing as hard as possible and it was pushing me toward the highway in front of a oncoming car. The back tires started to spin. I put the truck in neutral the engine revved to around 6-1/2 RPM before I could turn the switch off. I sit there for about 30 seconds with engine off then restarted the truck and it was ok.. I have an appointment on 7/18/2011 with a Ford dealership to have the truck looked at. I have looked over your web site and there has been many other F 150 trucks with the same problem it seems as mine. I think you need to think about talking to Ford Motor Company about a possible recall. I have a 17 year old daughter that sometimes drives my truck and that was the first thing that I thought of. What if she had been driving when this happened, would she have reacted as fast as I did before being pushed out in front of the oncoming car.. just something to think about..

- Kernersville, NC, USA

problem #10

Mar 032011


  • 47,000 miles
I was traveling less than 10 mph while driving in the parking deck at work when my 2008 F150 Ford truck suddenly accelerated !! I put my foot on the brakes and the truck would not stop!! just as I was in the process of putting the truck out of gear - it ran into the vehicle in front of me. Luckily it did not damage the other vehicle ( which was a big SUV ) but it did $2,000 worth of damage to my truck!! I took the truck into the Ford dealership for diagnosis and repair. They said they could not get it to duplicate the problem. I contacted Ford's complaint and customer service departments.they denied my request for assistance in this matter as they claim their analysis does not indicate any evidence of a manufacturing or design defect. I went to the Ford dealership where I purchased my truck to try to trade in my truck for another vehicle. Despite the fact that I have bought 7 Ford trucks in the past - 6 of them at this particular dealership, they were not willing to work with me on a deal for trading in my truck. They told me that I had gotten 47,000 miles out of my truck before this problem occurred, and that I could probably get another 47,000 miles out of it before it does it again!!! then 28 days after the first occurrence - my truck did it again!!!! this time I was in traffic in the process of stopping my truck for a traffic light. I had just taken my foot off of the brakes ( my foot was still resting on top of the brakes ) and I was coasting to a stop. Suddenly the truck just speeded up out of control !!! I applied the brakes, and again the truck would not stop!!!! I quickly threw the gear in neutral and turned off the key. As soon as I did this, the brakes skidded on and my truck just barely stopped before hitting the car in front of me!! I am in constant fear of this occurring again!!! both times I have been driving at a very slow speed ( less than 10 mph ) but what if it happens when I'm on the freeway traveling at high speeds. This is life threatening.

- Wake Forest, NC, USA

problem #9

Oct 312010


  • 37,000 miles
The transmission slips in the 2008 Ford F150 crew cab. Yesterday I put it in reverse and it did not engage. So then I had to put it into park and then engage it again to reverse then it let me go.

- Sharon, WI, USA

problem #8

Dec 182009


  • 120 miles


Brakes failed on 2 separate occasions for no apparent reason. Ran thru 2 different intersections...no wet roads...no weather conditions...just failed to stop vehicle.

- Mount Vernon, OH, USA

problem #7

Nov 282009


  • 28,000 miles
2008 Ford F-150 accelerated on its own and crashed into a wall. The vehicle traveled over 200 feet at full acceleration and skid marks prove brakes were engaged. Accident injured driver and employee of the business it crashed into.

- Metairie, LA, USA

problem #6

Jan 042009


  • 2,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Ford F-150. While driving between 55-60 mph on normal road conditions, the vehicle vibrated excessively. The failure occurred whenever the vehicle was in operation and without warning. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer for inspection, but they could not duplicate the failure. However, the dealer replaced the driveshaft and universal joints. The vehicle was taken back to the dealer on two separate occasions for identical failures. In addition, the transmission was replaced and four new tires were mounted on the vehicle. The vehicle was at the dealer for nine weeks, but the failures persist. The contact is in the process of taking the vehicle to an independent mechanic for repair. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was 2,000 and current mileage was 6,500.

- Alvin, TN, USA

problem #5

Mar 012008


  • miles


My vehicle is a 2008 Ford F-150 supercrew. This has an automatic transmission. After about 1000 miles I noticed that the engine appeared to stall when accelerating uphiill (changing gears) and that the RPM's would rev during city driving. The problem is intermittent and I had to go to the service department several times to attempt to prove the issue exist. After it was discovered the service department tore down the transmission and replaced parts and this did not resolve it. A month later Ford acknowledged the issue existed and as dealers to hold off on repair attempts until engineering did mre research. I have a copy of this from the oasis on my vehicle. A month later the attempted a download of information to unit. This improved the performance of the vehicle. After about 5 months the issues slowly started to show themselves again. I have been in contact with several people to get this resolved. Each time I have gone to the service department they are looking for codes and the problem is not producing any codes. I am once again at this time taking my vehicle in repeatedly and hoping that on that day someone will experience the same things which I am speaking of, just like they did in the beginning of this problem.

- Streetsboro, OH, USA

problem #4

Sep 262008


  • 5,000 miles
Ford F-150 has accelerated with foot on brake pedal 4 times, twice while in reverse, twice when stopping, always at low speed. It was hard to stop truck, even with foot full on pedal. The engine was racing with high RPM's. restarting engine resolved issue or putting it in neutral. There is also an issue with A/C ventilation. Temperature varies from cool to hot when dial is set to mostly cool air flow, requiring constant adjusting. Truck has been to dealer 3 times and am told they can't fix it unless they experience it themselves.

- West Chester, PA, USA

problem #3

Jul 182008


  • 1,700 miles
Purchased new Ford 150 supercrew 4X4. On 07/2008. After arriving at stop sign, stopped when restarted, the engine accelerated brakes would not stop the vehicle. Had to quickly put transmission into neutral to avoid hitting other vehicles. This recurred twice when stopping at stop light and stop sign.

- Torrance, CA, USA

problem #2

Aug 062008


  • Automatic transmission
  • 70 miles
Purchased new Ford 150 supercab 2X4. On 8/6/08. Automatic transmission. Drove about 60 miles on freeway. After arriving at destination, stopped at store. When restarted, when preparing to enter road, the engine accelerated to about 4,000 rpms when it should have been at idle. Brakes would not stop the vehicle. Had to quickly put transmission into neutral to avoid truck moving into the road and hitting other vehicles. This recurred 4 or five times when stopping at stop light, stop sign and stopping at motel. The next morning this recurred when stopping at motel office. Did not reoccur. Took truck into dealer and they are inspecting for problems.

- Eugene, OR, USA

problem #1

Apr 012008

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
I have a 2008 Ford F-150 supercrew with an automatic transmission that I bought brand new and it has about 4,000 miles on it now. The transmission does not shift properly all the time. On about 12 to 15 occasions the transmission has shifted into neutral when I am traveling between 15 to 30 miles an hour. The transmission shifts into neutral when I let off the gas pedal and I am coasting around a curve, down a hill, or around an on or off ramp, while coasting at a speed between 15 to 30 miles per hour. After coasting for a few seconds and I attempt to accelerate is when I realize the truck is in neutral because the rpms go up and the truck does not accelerate. After I let off the gas pedal the truck will then slam into gear. I have taken my Ford back to the dealer two times to have it fixed and they say they can not fix it because it does not happen all the time. They told me to drive it until it gets worse and then bring it back. I did not realize just how much danger they were putting me in until April 1, 2008 because the truck had not ever shifted into neutral while I was coasting around an off ramp and attempting to merge into traffic. On April 1st I was traveling around an off ramp from a major highway to merge into traffic on a major interstate and when I attempted to accelerate and merge into traffic and to my surprise the truck was in neutral. A car almost ran into the back of my truck before my truck slammed into gear and I was able to accelerate. I was almost involved in an accident because this brand new truck does not shift properly and Ford does not think it is important enough to investigate more and to fix the problem. I have reported it to Ford customer relations center and they say they can not fix it until it happens more frequently and then they can duplicate the occurrence. The truck is unsafe to drive and could cause me or my wife and children to be involved in an accident.

- Hattiesburg, MS, USA

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