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#1924 of 2180 My 2004 F-150 is a hunk of $%&#!
Apr 01, 2006 (6:12 pm)
I have owned my 2004 F-150 FX4 truck for 18 days. It has 14,000 miles on it. It has been in the shop for 5 days already. It has a loud rattling noise from underneath at 50 mph or when pulling a hill, and between 1st and 2nd gear-it "bogs down". We took it to a Ford service center, (not the one we bought it at-that's a whole separate issue for another time!!!). In 1 week, they replaced the radiator for a leak, serpentine belt, bolts in the fan shroud (wrong ones were in there), air cleaner bracket, intake tube bracket, both catalytic converters, drive belt, and tightened the transmission oil cooler (which was falling off), and the problems are still not resolved. Dealer says they don't know how to fix the problem. They can hear the rattling noise when driving vehicle and can feel shifting problem, but unable to resolve issue. Truck is going back to original dealership on Monday and we are getting our trade-in back (per dealer suggestion!). This vehicle is a previous Ford buyback, and we are already the 4th owners, (of which we were not aware of either of these issues at time of sale). What is wrong with this picture? Has anyone been through similar situation or know what the problem is with the truck?
#1925 of 2180 Re: My 2004 F-150 is a hunk of $%&#! [04e350]
Apr 02, 2006 (4:30 pm)
I've always wondered what happened to factory buy backs. Does a complete Car Fax (beware, there are different levels of a Car Fax you can run; the free one the dealer offers you is very cursory) tip one off to a buy back??
#1926 of 2180 starters burn up
Apr 03, 2006 (4:49 am)
i keep going through starters and cant figure out why they keep going bad on me please help.
#1927 of 2180 Re: My 2004 F-150 is a hunk of $%&#! [blckislandguy]
Apr 03, 2006 (2:07 pm)
Not if it was NOT reported by a DMV as a Manufacturer Buyback or LEMON. The CARFAX report we ran was a single report over the internet that we paid $19.99 for. It really was not much help in our situation as far as the "buyback" issue was concerned. We only found out after the sale because the dealer called 5 days later to tell us we had to sign a paper stating we are aware the vehicle is a buyback. You can imagine what my answer was!!!
#1928 of 2180 Re: F-250 Front end prblem [tcandsue]
Apr 03, 2006 (3:52 pm)
I have an 2005 F250 with 23k miles and just experienced the problem you are describing. I was traveling about 55 and ran over a pot hole. The truck started shaking uncontrollably it felt as if my front wheel was falling off. I will try the dealer tonight.
#1929 of 2180 Re: F150 Spark Plugs [richard007]
Apr 04, 2006 (3:33 pm)
the problem you are haveing is similar to mine but i have no moisture your moisture is hrom the hose going to the heater core it has a small leak getting into the bore for the spark plug and shorting it out
Apr 04, 2006 (4:09 pm)
I have a 2002 F150 with 80K miles. The tie rod on the driver's side snapped off while I was driving. It actually punctured the aluminum wheel! Before this happened there was no sign of wear or play in the steering.
I have seen a TSB for this condition from Ford. Has there been any recall activity or warranty extension for this? The repair for the tie rods and an alignment was $300 and I still have to find a new wheel!
#1931 of 2180 Re: Broken tie rod [balew1952]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Apr 05, 2006 (6:52 am)
80K is plenty of life for a tie rod, so I think it's normal wear and tear. It's not something you necessarily might "feel" when the tie rod is worn out. Right around 80K is when most cars' suspensions and steering start to get tired. We don't notice the deterioration because it is so gradual.
Still, having the tie rod snap off is a scary situation. I had it happen to me, and it was not nice. Glad to hear you're okay.
Next thing---check the other side and, in fact, just replace it right now.
#1932 of 2180 Problems F350 super duity Ford
Apr 05, 2006 (9:17 am)
I fell in love with my 6.0 Super Duty but was soon disillusioned when the inner cooler blew on a cross country trip, leaving me and my wife stranded. I had good luck getting it repaired and was on my way again in 24 hours. On our next cross country trip the inner cooler blew again, leaving us stranded a second time. This time we didn't have good luck in getting it fixed. We had to send for someone to tow our fifth wheel home and we incurred additional expense. It was poorly repaired and I had to do some minor repairs on the way home when the inner cooler hose came apart because of poor workmanship. I took it back to Ford where they assured me the proper repairs were made. I was disillusioned and it was then more like a love-hate relationship with my truck. I couldn't trust it. We then took it on another trip pulling our RV when again the inner cooler blew. I took it back to the dealer for repairs. They replaced inner cooler and turbo charger and claim that it is fixed properly now. How would you bet? Last, but the most serious was my dealings with a gentleman at Ford Corporate Headquarters named Michael. I had a conversation with him and he promised a resolution and made a phone appointment to let me know what Ford would do for me. He did not keep the appointment and when I called later in the day he spoke to me long enough to put me on hold for 30 minutes after which I hung up and called again.
I have tried to reach him several times since but he will not return my calls.
Maybe in time I could live with this truck if it doesn't give me any more trouble, but the experience with the highest level of Ford has changed my mind about dealing with Ford in the future. Does anyone have any suggestions for what other options I may have in this case?
#1933 of 2180 F150 Fast Idle Problem
Apr 05, 2006 (5:23 pm)
My 87 F150 which has the 300 straight six.When I cold start the truck,the idle swings back and forth from 400 RPM to 1200 RPM.This begins to improve after several minutes and idles around 700 steady when warm.Does any one have any ideas?