2006 Ford F250 Super Duty LT 5.4 Triton from North America


They just don't build them as tough as they used to


Spark plugs are a costly affair at the mechanics.

Cam phaser went out, along with the VCT solenoid.

Maintenance MUST be done religiously, and before the specified times.

The 5.4 gas engine does not like towing up the Rocky Mountains at all.

General Comments:

If you are on the market for a medium duty truck, you are limited to the big American 3.

All I can say is you HAVE to keep right on top of the scheduled maintenance of this truck, and get it done sooner rather than later, as going over the oil change by even just 1000 kms, will wreak havoc on the various sensors on the engine, and cause it to go into limp mode.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 28th May, 2012

27th Oct 2012, 08:49

I've had my 2006 Superduty since 12-12-06. I mudded it, pulled a 3 horse horse trailer with living quarters, and used it as a drag car. Sometimes I miss my oil changes by as much as 1000 miles. I just had the tranny serviced at 60000 miles, and other than a turn signal, I've yet to have trouble.

I have a K&N air system. I cut the factory muffler off and put a 12" Cherrybomb glass pack on it, and a throttle body spacer. I ran a Superchip programmer for a while, and it got better mileage and I could smoke both back tires as long as I wanted.

Mine loved pulling my trailer loaded almost to 10000 pounds, but when I ran upwards of 70 mph for long periods, I got 7.5 MPG. That's my only gripe; it could be easier on gas. I don't know what you got, but I'd get another in a heartbeat!!!

2006 Ford F250 Super Duty 5.4 from North America


Very disappointed


Exhaust manifolds replaced at 30,000 miles, and again at 60,000 miles.

Brakes needed to be done at 30,000 miles.

4 wheel drive u-joints needed to replaced at 30,000 miles, and again at 60,000 miles.

4 wheel drive hubs needed to be replaced at 30,000 miles, and again at 60,000 miles.

I had the u-joints replaced at the dealer, and they didn't replace the u-joints in the front drive shaft. Those were the ones that needed replaced. I went back to the dealer, and they wouldn't replace them because it was 1,000 miles out of warranty. Apparently they don't test drive after the work is complete.

The door ajar sensor came on; the dealer fixed it, and 2 miles down the road it came on again. It kept happening, so now I just live with it. I have the same problem with the ABS light. Guess I have to live with that too.

Shocks needed replaced at 40,000 miles.

Tires wore out at 22,000 miles.

The 5.4 engine is way under powered.

General Comments:

I have been buying new Ford trucks since 1996, and they just get worse and worse every year. I have been buying Chevy trucks as well, and I love them. I always bought Fords because I always thought they were good trucks, and I want to be loyal to Ford, but never again. I have one more Ford left in my fleet, and I can't wait to trade it in on a Chevy.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 5th July, 2010

2006 Ford F250 Super Duty XL 5.4L from North America




Odd tire wear on left rear, replaced at 40,000 miles.

MAF sensor (IAT shorted) 50,000 miles.

Alternator only producing 13.2 volts, replaced about 60,000 miles.

Battery failed after only 2 1/2 years, out of mileage warranty.

Have had 3 diagnostic routines with no real answer of problems. Dealer suggested that engine be replaced at only 62,000 miles. Cost of $6,500.

Performed a engine tear down/diagnostic myself, found piston 7 has large porosity opening into piston ring grooves. Ring grooves have failed and was causing a high compression issue, NOT low compression that ford techs claimed.

In attempt to locate a replacement piston, ford says it is in back order and has no idea when it will be available.

General Comments:

The first 37,000 - 38,000 was good, some rattles and squeaks that still have not been resolved. Some of that front end shake that so many of these trucks have experienced.

Above that mileage (out of warranty), I have had several issues with odd tire wear (left rear), failed MAF sensor, and some drivability issues.

Started to have some cold start spark knock at about 40,000 miles. Took it to the dealer, was diagnosed as a vacuum or false air issue. Checked ALL vacuum lines, fittings, and intake gaskets with no change. Purchased my own PC based diagnostic software and interface. Was getting codes 171 (system lean bank 0ne), 300, 305, 306, and sometimes 307 (random/specific misfires).

Began checking coils, sensors, plugs (learned about the issues with them and was forced to purchase $300 removal tool and 8 new plugs) but made no difference.

Took it back to dealer for additional service, was told it had low compression on cylinder 7 and that I most likely had a burnt valve.

Brought back to dealer for head removal and valve inspection, but was told I had a bent connecting rod and that I should replace engine at a cost of $6,500.

Began engine tear down/diagnostic myself, found that the rod is NOT bent. Called dealer and spoke with service advisor and engine mechanic that did last diagnostic was told that the compression was ABOVE specs. Started me thinking about how to achieve higher compression when building an engine. That is achieved with tighter fitting pistons and rings that are taller then stock. Pulled piston 7, found the ring grooves had failed exposing a rather large porosity pocket that intersections the ring grooves.

Have tried several ford dealers for a replacement piston but it is in back order with no expected date of shipment. I have been forced to purchase a complete set of new aftermarket pistons at a cost of almost $500 and still have to re-assemble the engine.

Lets hope this fixes the problem, for now at least. (I feel a fix and ditch coming on)

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 24th April, 2008

4th May 2008, 18:11

I owned a 1999 Ford F-250 Super Duty 4x4 with the 5.4L Triton V8. What a nightmare! I had spark plugs blow out three different times all within about one year. The third time I was told that I burnt the valves and had to get a new cylinder head. It cost me $3618.63 to fix it just so I could trade it in on a new 2007 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 4x4. If Ford would have stood by their worthless 5.4L Triton maybe I would have bought another Ford. The Chevy has been great! absolutely ZERO problems. Smaller V8, more power than the 5.4, 20 MPG, and a 100,000 mile warranty! I guess it was a blessing in disguise.