really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
19,794 miles

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problem #12

Aug 122014


  • 76,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Ford F-150. The contact noticed rust on the rear axle housing. The dealer diagnosed that the axle was nearly rusted all the way through and that the vehicle was unsafe to drive. The VIN was excluded from NHTSA campaign number: 15V608000 (suspension). The manufacturer was notified. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 76,000.

- Perkiomenville, PA, USA

problem #11

Feb 142006

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 8,500 miles
: the contact stated a roaring noise was heard from the rear end of the vehicle. The entire rear end has been replaced once and rebuilt on three separate occasions. The dealership has been alerted.

- Sonora, TX, USA

problem #10

Jan 252006

F-150 8-cyl

  • 32,040 miles
2004 F150 brakes began to shimmy and shutter 3 months after purchase. Rotors and brakes were resurfaced and replaced. ** answer required*** about three months after the vehicle was purchased the consumer began have problem with the brakes. The dealer has replaced the rotors 3 time, resurfaced them twice, replaced the brake pads three times and replaced the front calipers once. The rear end was replaced on Dec 2, 2004 because of vibration and bad bearings.

- Woodsboro, MD, USA

problem #9

Aug 272005


  • miles
Rear of consumers 2004 Ford F150 pulled him off the road. The consumer managed to get the truck back on the road, but immediately went off the road again. When the consumer managed to get the truck on the road a second time, he lost control of the truck and went across four lanes of the street. The consumer traveled up an embankment on the opposite side of the street and hit a tree. The consumer was told by the insurance company of which he was not aware of, that hit another vehicle twice and caused that car to cross all four lanes of the road.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

problem #8

Oct 032005

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 24,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Ford F150. The rear end failed seven times. The contact took the truck to service dealer on 9-28-05, and the service dealer acknowledged that there was a problem, but stated that the contact could drive the vehicle, and advised him to call customer care because there was going to be a disagreement between customer care and the dealership as to who was going to fix the vehicle. The vehicle was still under warranty. On 10-03-05 the contact drove the vehicle at 45-50 mph and while pulling a work trailer he heard a loud noise. The brakes locked and then the rear end locked up..

- Fuquay, NC, USA

problem #7

Jan 132005

(reported on)


  • miles
2004 Ford F150 rear end has been repaired a total of 4 times.** answer required***. the vehicle's engine also made a knocking noise. The dealer replaced the filter and cam but that did not fix the problem.

- Unknown, DC, USA

problem #6

Dec 012004


  • 5,900 miles
Upon investigation, finding verified my suspicions that there was a problem in the rear-end. The speedometer also failed.

- Pinellas Park, FL, USA

problem #5

Jul 062004

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 90,000 miles
Accelerating from a stop, the consumer would hear a loud clicking noise coming form the rear end. The dealership was notified, but did not resolve the problem. The cause was not determined.

- Lakeland, FL, USA

problem #4

Oct 242004

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 72 miles
Ford F150 supercrew 2004- vehicle vibration at all speeds.

- Glens Falls, NY, USA

problem #3

Sep 012004


  • miles
Defect in rear-end assemblies of 2004 F-150. Rebuilt the rear-end replacing 9 different components. The consumer stated while driving, he heard a loud noise emanating front the rear of the vehicle. The consumer took the vehicle to the dealer to have it inspected and it was determined that there was a problem with the rear end of the vehicle.

- Pinellas Park, FL, USA

problem #2

Oct 042004

F-150 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,000 miles
Truck vibration at 55 mph, Ford dealer unable to find or repair. Third time in repair. Rear end roar beginning at 62 M ph. Again, dealer cannot locate. Says live with it.

- Acworth, GA, USA

problem #1

May 112004

F-150 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15 miles
Test drove new F-150 super-crew-cab 4X2, at 60 mph experienced a terrilbe shimmy in steering wheel and bad vibration from left rear of truck. Returned truck to lot and test drove new F-150 super-crew-cab 4X4, experienced the same problem at 30 mph and 60 mph. Bought 4X4, salesman said the truck most likely needed wheel ballancing, or it was out of round. We made an appointment for two days later to address the shimmy/vibration problem.the mechanic had the truck on lift for twenty minutes. Result, dealer has to order a part for a service bulletin that requires a vibration dampening device to be installed. This is interesting, ther is a whole lot of new F-150 trucks at this dealership. I drove two and both had same problem. They (Ford), have a known service bulletin for this problem and yet as plentiful as this problem is on the lot they have to order the part, again for a know problem documentd by their bulletin that this part is required and they don't have it in stock to fix my truck or the other one I test drove on their lot or the next one and so-on and so-on.....after reading all of these complaints there had better be a fix for this or I will surely deliver my $40,000 worth of inquiries and advertisements. Motor trend truck of the year...or not!!!

- Silverdale, WA, USA