really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
80,077 miles

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problem #48

Sep 012018


  • 110,000 miles
Same deal as every other memo I read. Major highlighting points: - premature frame corrosion and rust. - mechanic informed me that the frame on the rear half. - rusted and cracked under bed and rear wheel wells - frame would no longer support weight of vehicle - rust thru holes and longitudinal cracks formed on the bottom and side frame surfaces at the stress point before the rear wheel bend. - extremely unusual, truck has been generally been garage kept and maintained in good mechanical condition. - the exterior body does not exhibits spots or surface rust on visible body panels. - no evident signs of rust or degradation of structure. - meticulously maintained vehicle otherwise. (new transmission, drive shaft, engine retimed, spray bed liner, etc.) - catastrophic failure of the frame structure was imminent and that the vehicle was no longer safe to drive. - cannot be repaired and is unsafe. - cannot pass a state safety inspection. - cannot even be put on a lift because it has no structural strength.

- Danbury, CT, USA

problem #47

Sep 282018


  • 57,000 miles
This a.M. as I entered my driveway, a neighbor stopped me to talk. I stopped and rolled down my window. He went on and on. Suddenly, my truck accelerated at full throttle toward my garage 70 feet away. My foot was on the brake to no avail. I turned slightly to the right and hit the corner of the garage. The air bags deployed. My glasses went flying. I was not hurt. A tree had soften the impact. I was severely shaken. My blood pressure was elevated. Ford Motor Company is not helpful. My insurance company, geico, is handling the issue.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #46

Jul 312018


  • 142,000 miles
The truck was taken into mechanic. The mechanic put it up, and saw that entire frame was rusted. It is not fixable. Contacted john lance Ford, where it was purchased. They advised to take truck to nearest Ford dealer. We took it to Ford in port clinton, Ohio. The service manager took pictures and sent it to corporate office. It has been longer than 6 weeks, and have not heard back.

- Lakeside Marblehead, OH, USA

problem #45

May 152018


  • miles
The contact owns a 2004 Ford F-150. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic for repairs. Once the vehicle was placed on a lift, the mechanic noticed that the main rails that support the frame and the frame of the vehicle had extensive rust. The failure could cause the structure to potentially fracture or disintegrate. The independent mechanic diagnosed that the frame needed to be replaced. The dealer was not contacted. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The VIN and failure mileage were not available.

- Coventry, RI, USA

problem #44

Dec 012017


  • 172,070 miles
My trucks frame has rusted out from the cab corners to the rear part of the frame rails. Ford Motor Company wont do anything about this problem. Numerous complaints have been filed, yet they wont do anything about it. Im not selling my truck because its a rare version of the 04 new style F-150. This is a very serious problem that people can die from and Ford wont back them up on the 04-08 trucks.

- Battle Creek, MI, USA

problem #43

Oct 302017


  • 170,210 miles
The frame on my truck has split in half always been taken care of. Ive had it for 6 years and it been good. Until recently the bed has started to shake very violently. My dad and I have figured out that the frame on my truck has split in half! I did some research on this issue of frames failing. Most 11th gen owners like me have or had this kind of problem. Some frames have rotted out completely due to Ford. This truck is very unsafe! and ive asked Ford if they could do anything and they couldnīT do anything. They wont back up their products.

- Battle Creek, MI, USA

problem #42

Oct 122017


  • 190,000 miles
Brought my 2004 F150 XLT to have some service work done, the truck needed a muffler and a new front upper control arm, I was advised by the service manager that I should have my frame looked at before going any further, both right and left sides of the frame in the middle of the truck have severe rust and I believe the structure is doomed to fail, I had planned on driving this truck for several more years as it is my daily driver. I am now left with a truck that cannot be certified for resale and has lost its value and further it is no longer safe. By the way the truck only has 190 thousand kms on it.

- North Bay, ME, USA

problem #41

Jun 072017


  • 140,000 miles
I have a 2004 Ford F-150 XL extended cab pick up with 140,000 miles. I recently purchased new tires and an exhaust. Dropped of the truck at the mechanic to have items installed. Received a call the next morning that there was a problem, so went in to see what the issue was. Turns out the frame of the truck has rotted on both the passenger and drivers side, where the bed meets the cab. When they tried to lift the truck to install the tires the truck didn't move, the lift just started crushing through the frame rail. Quite devastating news to receive since the truck runs and drives great, but is now a big hunk of scrap. Worrisome also as I had just taken my family on a 7 hour trip in the truck a month earlier and hate to consider what could have happened if we had been involved in an accident. I feel that in this day and age a 13 year old truck should not experience this issue and the manufacturer should step up and take some responsibility for their product. Built Ford tough. Yeah, right.

- Athens, WV, USA

problem #40

Dec 012016

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 124,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Ford F-150. The contact stated that the rear driver side frame of the vehicle was rusted out near the fuel tank. The contact took the vehicle to the langley Ford dealer who stated that the vehicle was not included in any recall regarding the frame. The vehicle was not officially diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and confirmed the dealer's information. The approximate failure mileage was 124,000. Updated 08/09/17

- Summer Lake, WI, USA

problem #39

Apr 282017


  • 75,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Ford F-150. While performing routine maintenance on the vehicle, the contact became aware of extreme corrosion to the subframe of the vehicle. The contact was concerned that the vehicle could fracture and separate at the center between the bed and the cabin. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 75,000.

- Dallas, PA, USA

problem #38

Apr 042016


  • 89,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Ford F-150. The contact stated that the frame was fractured. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 89,000.

- Little Egg Harbor Township, NJ, USA

problem #37

Nov 072016


  • miles
My truck has 106, xxx miles on it. I have only owned it for 9 months. I took it to the shop for a repair and was told the frame was so rotten out they couldn't put it on the lift.

- Hamilton, OH, USA

problem #36

Nov 102006


  • 15,000 miles
Within a couple years of manufacture noticed oxidation appearing on underside of hood, and some paint blistering on front edge of upper side of hood. These issues have worsened over time

- Elkton, FL, USA

problem #35

Oct 032016


  • 92,000 miles
My truck has always been well taken care of has 92, 000 miles on it which is very low on a 2004. It was always serviced at the dealer where we purchased the truck. I had 2 extended service warranties through this dealer. There is no rust on the body at all. I took it to another garage to have some work done on it and when they put it on the lift the box on the truck started to pull away from the cab. When it was lowered, and inspected the frame on both sides of the truck was completely rotted thru. I had no idea that it was this bad. The frame must be completely reconstructed and of course Ford and the dealer donŋT want to take any responsibility for it. Someone could have been killed not knowing the severity of the frame. I depended on Ford to construct a safe vehicle and for the dealer to service my truck in good faith. People should be reimbursed by Ford to get the problem fixed and for their lack of a quality product and service. Something needs to be done before someone loses their life.

- Weatherly, PA, USA

problem #34

Oct 012016


  • 90,000 miles
Frame rusted in half,

- Clarksville, OH, USA

problem #33

Jan 012007


  • 40,000 miles
Hood paint and roof paint peeling up for the last 7 years. It started with small blistering and what appeared to be just a few knicks on the hood. However it quickly spread and the entire hood as well as roof are in need of a paint job due to rust. I am the original owner and have apps 129000 miles on it.

- Sharpsburg, GA, USA

problem #32

Aug 012016


  • 81,000 miles
The frame under my F150 is rusted through. I only have 81K miles on it and I don't understand why the frame is rusting so badly. It has already cost me 2,400 to have a certified welder replace some of the sections that were rusted out. I know just found another part of the frame that is rusted under the leaf spring. That is now going to cost me another $500.

- Essex Junction, VT, USA

problem #31

Mar 172016


  • 62,000 miles
Frame rusting out prematurely causing a safety hazard.

- South Barre, VT, USA

problem #30

Nov 032015


  • 95,000 miles
Both rear suicide doors will not open, the latch mechanism is broken and apparently cost over $700 to fix both. In addition I have replaced the wheel bearing on all wheels twice and now another one is going bad. It seems like I never have a period when all the bearings are good.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #29

Mar 122015


  • 150,000 miles
The frame of my 2004 F150 is almost completely rotten from the front of the leaf spring all the way up to the drivers door. The bed supports are also rotted completely off making the bed unsafe and unable to use.

- Ware, MA, USA

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