That is a shame about your truck. Is the dealer ship atleast nice about it. Some times you get a lemon no mater what you buy. So don't let them jerk you around. I just bought a f150 myself and am hoping to have good luck.
The dealership was not any help at all; offered to let me trade it in for another 08 F150. I opted for ext cab and V8, even knowing what I was going through with on the truck I have now, they gave me 9700.00 for trade in!!! Even though the truck is not even 6 months old yet!!
I keep it clean too, added tonneau cover, towing hitch (like I could use it, the truck has no power due to whatever is wrong with it) CD player and bug guard, it looks NICE for a base model. I get lots of compliments.
I am pursuing the lemon law right now. Ford has me doing a 1000 mile oil consumption test, goes in tomorrow for that.
I think I'd pursue the lemon law too, and try to recover some of the money you lost on your trade-in. I traded an '06 Ranger regular cab with crank-up windows, and the dealership gave me $10,500 for it last August. That was actual bid, not the amount off list of the new one.
That's extremely shocking. According to Consumer Reports, the 2004-2008 Ford F-150 with the 4.2L V6 engine was awarded as the most reliable domestic brand vehicle ever made in 100 years of history. It has been rated excellent (solid red As) for five straight consecutive years.
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Well now the throttle body went out 3-4 months ago, went in the shop today has 15,000 miles on it and the rear pinion seal for the rear axle is leaking!!!
Congrats on getting a settlement from Ford. If you do get a lemon (rare with Ford, but possible) it pays to pursue it through the proper channels. Lots of luck with the search for a new truck. The new Chevy Silverado is a very good truck, as is the Dodge Ram. My brother-in-law just bought a Dodge Ram 4X4 and loves it. My family has also owned F-150's and Silverados. None of them ever had any problems. Sorry you got a Monday vehicle. It does happen.
I'm in Canada, considering to purchase a full sized truck, the F-150 being one truck I'm considering. How did you find out it was a Monday morning truck? I'm in Canada, but I'm guessing the process is similar.
You can ask the mfr. for the production date of the truck.
I drove a '09 Silverado a few days ago, a much nicer ride than my F-150. I still like my truck but am eye balling the Silverado and the incentives are real good from GM. Wouldn't end up costing that much more than my F-150 did. Need to take it back in AGAIN the armrest they replaces 6 mos. ago is loose. Sick of it.
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47K miles, lower intake leaking, both valve covers leaking and front crank seal too!! Dropping it at dealer tomorrow, they are fixing it all under the 5 year/60,000 mile warranty.
2008 F150 with 17 inch wheels... not Ford's best idea. The 15 inch wheels and smaller tires on my 1998 F150 were much easier for the truck's suspension to handle. The 17s seem to bounce twice on every bump. Ford should buck the trend of ever increasing wheel size and DROP the stance of some of its trucks. Better mileage, easier access and much easier loading. Some truck buyers are older, and need a kinder, gentler work horse.
Black smoke is usually an overly rich mixture. Your rig must have a bad sensor. A skilled person behind a scan tool should remedy the problem.