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Feb 06, 2004 (7:14 am)
I just thought I would post my problems with my last truck.
At 35K miles my tranny started to slip. By the time I hit 50K I was told by the dealer that tranny number 6 had to be installed.
I had had enough!
I contacted the owner of Sam Pack's Ford in Dallas and got old Sam on the phone.
Now you need to understand I had done business with these guys for 12 years.
I asked Sam to make me deal on a new truck since I was finished with this one.
He was not willing to make any cost concessions on a new truck. He almost gave me the idea he did not want my truck either.
I traded it for new 03 Silverado LT. So far so good!
I will never purchase another Ford as long as I am alive.
#580 of 2180 Tranny problem
Feb 06, 2004 (6:43 pm)
I think that some Ford dealerships have gotten fat and lazy and not respect the customers. Sorry you had to leave the Ford family but good luck with your new truck,
Feb 07, 2004 (1:02 am)
I have a 1999 f150 5.4 with 47000 miles on the engine.The Head gasket blew It was -12 degree and the enging came up limping it pays to buy the extra insurance when you buy a FORD
#582 of 2180 geodanvers
Feb 10, 2004 (2:58 pm)
I believe that engine should be covered under one of Fords secret warranties. This is a very well known problem that comes from a defect in the machining the heads on the 5.4 mostly in 1999.
Here is the TSB: #03-6-2
MAR 03 Engine - Oil Leak From R/H Cylinder Head Gasket
If left long enough, I am sure this would cause a complete failure.
When you say "extra insurance" does that mean that you have an extended warranty? If so thats great, but in most cases that engine would have been replaced for free anyway. Be confident that your new/rebuilt 5.4 will be trouble free, as the defect has been corrected.
#583 of 2180 2004 Super Crew squeaks and rattles
Feb 10, 2004 (4:35 pm)
I have a 2004 Lariat SuperCrew. After just 700 miles, I have a squeak which appears to be coming from the entire rear window surround. It squeaks only over bumps, almost as though the cab is flexing, and the window frame (which appears to be one moulded piece)is rigid. Putting hand pressure on the frame when it squeaks does not stop the problem, so I suspect it is a large flexing over a large area.
Anyone had this problem? What should I do? Does Ford have a contact who would be interested in this or can help?
Given the published rigidity of the new frame, I am suprised, however, this seems to be a flexing of the "cab"... so was the same attention paid to this?
Feb 12, 2004 (1:15 pm)
Could simple be a squeak around the moulding mounting surface of the window. I wouldn't suspect that the cab frame itself is flexing. Only solution is to take it back to the dealer until you're satisfied.
Feb 13, 2004 (11:23 am)
.....I would imagine that the glass is less likely to flex than the cab itself. I don't think there is any way to make the cab more rigid after the fact..that would have to be addressed at the engineering level.
I have since found, on other F150 web sites, that this is a widespread defect. The fix seems to be taking the window frame out and inserting some extra foam stripping. It's a bummer, because the truck is otherwise very stiff.
#586 of 2180 '03 first impressions
Feb 15, 2004 (3:34 pm)
I needed a truck that could pull a 5000lb trailer and since my first (and last) GMC experience left me incapable of ever giving them a dime again I was left between Ford and Toyota. I'd had Toyotas since '76 and Fords before that. The '03 5.4 Flareside Supercab I eventually got came in at about $2k less than the Toy due to incentives, etc. After about 3 months of ownership I am surprised how bad the wind noise is at highway speeds with a crosswind. It sounds like the window is cracked open but it isn't, and switches from side to side depending which side the wind is coming from. Is this common with this body style? The other thing I noticed is that I am spoiled from my "97 Jimmy SLT's dual sun visors with the slide out extensions. The ones on the Ford PU leave a huge open area in the center of the windshield that is more than just a little annoying. Do the Lariat models have something better? I can give up my super dooper 6 way power seat, but driving into the sun is almost impossible. Any thoughts?
#587 of 2180 `03 First Impressions
Feb 16, 2004 (5:04 am)
1. I too had the wind noise issue in my supercab. Turns out the back door was not closed completely. Shut it well and the wind issue should be resolved.
2. I have the Lariat and I too long for extended visors.
Feb 16, 2004 (6:48 am)
These trucks are supposed to be pretty quiet. If you don't care for the noise, take it back to your dealer and have them fix it. The least they could do is replace the door seal:)