8th Oct 2006, 11:47

I own a 1997 Ford Explorer Sport 4x4, With an Auto Transmission. I have never once had a problem with the transmission which is now proof that Ford CAN make a reliable auto transmission. If you are tow or haul with your F150 and still want to keep it, I suggest you buy a deeper transmission oil pan with fins to dissipate the heat better, and even think about buying a transmission cooler. No you should not be having problems with your transmission, but if it happens you are over working you auto transmission then this is a solution to your problem. I do agree that Ford should have continued to offer a manual for the few that still want one. However look into buying a diesel F250 or F350 and you will never be disappointed, you can beat them bloody and they will still come back for more, and best of all the Manual transmission comes standard.

8th Oct 2006, 22:47

Most of those complaints should have been noticed in a test drive.

I don't even think you own the truck. And if you drive with feet on both pedals, you shouldn't be allowed to drive.

27th Feb 2007, 16:46

This review reeks of a put-on by an import fan who loves to bash domestic trucks. Out of 4 Fords, 1 Dodge, and 1 GMC I've never had a single problem with ANY of them.

16th May 2007, 21:50

Why buy a vehicle and complain about the styling?

9th Jun 2007, 05:46

No, he doesn't stand alone. And yeah, I drive imports... because this is typical of Ford trucks. Not too long ago a friend and I were driving his dad's F-150 (no we're not kids, and yes, we both have our own vehicles) when the accelerator stuck in place approaching an intersection and a red light. Thinking quickly, he just turned the ignition off and STOMPED on the brake. We stopped in the middle of the road. This truck also has had transmission troubles. This truck is a standard and shifting from gear to gear feels like trying to push a stick through a box of gravel. The shift pattern is long and sloppy. The gas mileage is not very good, and God forbid you try to run this truck above 3 grand, it sounds like someone poured a box of screws into the engine. It's a job to get that thing to go down the road; it's like it doesn't like to be driven. With every bump, you can feel the steering wheel rattle. His dad seems to like the truck, I can't figure out why because it's cost him a lot of money, and he seems to be working on it every time I see him. He won't even listen when we suggest he buy a Toyota, even though we wheel in and out of his driveway in trucks that don't ever break, while he lays underneath his every other weekend for some reason. We drove it in the same way we drive our Tacoma's, and I feel bad about it now, I think we almost killed it. Oh, well, to each his own.

9th Jun 2007, 08:40

Trucks don't shift like cars.

Truck engines are tuned for torque; therefore they will not sound as good at high rpms.

Trucks are NOT meant to ride like a luxo barge.

Some people don't maintain their trucks.

You never specified the year or what that truck was used for. That truck could have been used for heavy construction work and it could a be 1979 model year. We don't know. I could bash my friend's Honda cause he's always working on it. But granted it an 86 with 150,000 on it and he drives the crap out of it.

9th Jun 2007, 08:44

I have a 1991 Ford F-150. It the 4.9 straight six. It has 255,000 or so,miles I believe on the original engine and transmission. It used to be a scrap metal hauler. Which means it has had a very rough life. Since I bought this truck it has had a hard life and nothing has broke. If Ford trucks are bad then why are they the best selling trucks for the past 30 years.

9th Jun 2007, 14:38

8:40 A little upset are we?

Yeah, a truck doesn't sound like a car at 3000 rpm, but nor should it sound like it's going to explode.

The truck I'm speaking of is a mid-90's f-150 with about 100,000 on it (a lot for a Ford, I guess) that doesn't do much other than go back and forth to the parking lot where this guy works, and the tranny gave out a while back. This reviewer's headline sums it up pretty well.

And the F-150 has sold a lot of trucks only because there weren't any other choices years back, other than Chevy and Dodge, which were almost as bad.

By the way, the new Silverado is outselling the F-150, which is like getting a 'D' in school instead of an 'F'. I didn't say anything about imports or domestics, I just suggested that this guy dump that piece of crap F-150 and buy something that will actually run for two weeks without breaking.

I'm here to say to anyone considering an F-150 that they would be making a mistake because there are much better trucks out there (Toyota).

10th Jun 2007, 05:32

I went from mini pick ups to full size and would never go back. I doubt the previous reviewer has driven a 2007 Silverado and a 2007 Tundra by the way. I like Ford F-250's and would choose it or my current 2007 Silverado before Toyota. Better Ride, performance, handling, people carrying and true cost to own for 5 years per Edmunds than Tundras and a superior warranty 100,000 miles. Best truck 2007...Silverado. I would go with a Ford F-250 as second choice, a Titan next based on actually getting behind the wheel and test driving them first.

12th Jun 2007, 07:18

I had a 1992 F150 with 150000 miles when I bought my 2004 four door 4X4. Loved the style and the ride, but almost immediately had mechanical issues. within 7000 miles had 2 new rear ends, drive shaft and tranny replaced and shortly after had problems with the parking brake locking and causing big time vibration. Fortunately my service dept is pretty helpful, but it's unlikely that they will be seeing me for any more Ford vehicles.

12th Jun 2007, 17:50

My '85 Dodge Ram with 260,000 miles has to keep pulling my father's piece of crap Toyota 1/2 ton back home because it quits all the time, and won't run. So apparently all Toyota trucks are junk?

23rd Jan 2008, 17:09

Hello gentlemen.

Just thought I would mention that I have a 1985 F150 with 389,000 kms on the original engine and tranny. No leaks and still going strong. The paint peeled off most of the vehicle, but I repainted. Plenty of rust to go around, but hey, I live in Winnipeg where we salt roads on the forecast until it gets to cold and the salt doesn't do anything, like today -40C or F if you prefer.

I cam on this site because I am considering buying a 2004 F150 and wanted to see what kinda problems were out there.

Compared to other models this wasn't bad at all.

Check Tundra problems on the Internet. You'll find some very interesting videos and problems.

Cheers from the frozen on in Winnipeg (that's 2 hours north of Grand Forks, North Dakota for my American brothers)