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  • I wish I had your mechanic. My window regulator, which has been slow from day one finally gave out at 60,000 miles ('04 F150). I dropped the truck off at my local Ford shop in Sunnyvale to have warraty work and the window fixed. They quoted me $500 to replace one window regulator. I was already $140 into it for just having them "diagnose" the problem. These guys could of easily told me what it would cost up front, but they had me over a barrel when they said it would cost $500. After telling them what an independant shop would charge (half as much) they knocked off 10%. I feel sorry for anyone who has to use a Ford dealer and their price structure for repair work.
  • r15r15 Posts: 1
    My husband has this truck for 4 years it is more when a problem. This year we spend $11,000.00 in repairs already. Engine, transmission and all other problems, yes it has 157000 miles, but it seems what after 150000 miles you have to rebuild a new Ford or put it in a dumpster. From a lot of reviews I feel what this car is defected , so I tried to contact Ford factory complaint center, but the only think they can do is register complain.
    I will try to post complain at Better business bureau and if they will get enough complains will start to investigate. I feel it is not safe to drive this car and it is so unfair what you buying a car only to drive up to 150000 miles and when it is over ƒ¼((( I hope if someone has similar issues will complain at the better business bureau too.
  • temj12temj12 Posts: 450
    I own two F 150's. One is a 2007 and one is a 2011. The 2007 has a tough suspension and you feel the road. The 2011 is much more refined. I have been happy with both. Consumer Reports refers to the Silverado as more refined in its handling. Why is that?
  • rlmxrlmx Posts: 1
    edited December 2011
    At 53-55 MPH the bed of my F-150 (60K miles, short bed, 6 cyl., manual transmission) shakes so bad, emanating from the rear driver side, that it makes me sick to my stomach. So far the spend/repairs have included working on the e-brake, balancing the tires, rotating the tires and purchasing two new rear tires.

    The mechanic is now suggesting that the tires on the front of the vehicle are causing the rear to shake. I am not a rocket scientist, but something about that logic does not wash. I respectfully disagree.

    I was very disappointed that Ford had nothing on their records for a problem that is less than uncommon. A call to Ford did not give me any confidence that the issue will be resolved without randomly throwing money at the dealer so he can continue to either keep guessing or skillfully playing me like a fiddle, I cannot tell which path he is on. I hope the former.

    This is very frustrating. I have been in IT for 15 years, Microsoft plays the same game. They release products with bugs which leads to hundreds of complaints that somehow, if not magically, Microsoft is not aware of.

    I spoke with another mechanic that I trust. He owns a shop that focuses primarily on the high-end vehicles (e.g. A Ferrari was perched on his lift when I stopped in at his garage). He immediately shared a story of a friend that had the same vehicle with the same problem. After the tire rotation/balancing route, he changed the U-joints and had the drive shaft professionally balanced. All to no avail, the owner rid himself of the vehicle.

    A pointer to a sure solution would be much appreciated. This dollars are coming out of my pocket to fix this. The game of randomly throwing money is not an acceptable solution.
  • steverstever Viva Las CrucesPosts: 41,296
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  • newfynewfy Posts: 12
    Thanks for the website. Finally found my owner manual. Tom :)
  • erikaideerikaide Posts: 1

    Looking at a 99 F150 with 132k. Dealer says transmission was rebuilt. We test drove it and found that the needle doesn't line up with the letters (R,D,1, 2, etc). When we got back he said that was just from sitting cold, that the rubber band gets stiff (we're up here in Massachusetts). Same with slight vibration we felt- he said that was from the tires sitting cold but that after 5 miles the tires warm up and vibration goes away. It's a beautiful truck, but the price seems low....originally asking $2500. Too good to be true?

  • KCRamKCRam Mt. Arlington NJPosts: 3,516

    @erikaide said: Looking at a 99 F150 with 132k. Dealer says transmission was rebuilt. We test drove it and found that the needle doesn't line up with the letters (R,D,1, 2, etc). When we got back he said that was just from sitting cold, that the rubber band gets stiff (we're up here in Massachusetts). Same with slight vibration we felt- he said that was from the tires sitting cold but that after 5 miles the tires warm up and vibration goes away. It's a beautiful truck, but the price seems low....originally asking $2500. Too good to be true?

    The indicator being off the letters was a result of thew transmission reinstallation and the mechanic not double-checking the shifter linkage with the indicator... it can be readjusted. Has nothing to do with sitting. The tires could cause such a vibration, but if the rest of the truck seems ok, get fresh shoes on it as soon as you can, along with an alignment.

  • jimsouthjimsouth Posts: 8

    I posted this under it's own thread ( F 150 Frame Failing ) for input from other F 150 owners who may have experienced the same problem. Jim I purchased a Ford F 150 - 4wd - std transmission - manual hubs, new, in 1995. I ordered the 4.9 ( 300 cu in ) in line 6 cylinder engine. I was well aware of the engines track record; and the availability of the 4.9 liter in line 6 was the very reason I made the purchase. A brutally powerful engine - reasonable gas mileage - incredibly dependable ( does not know the meaning of the word "quit" ). One major tune up in 15 years, Every previous diagnostic showed all codes in order. ( PLATINUM PLUGS ). Problem is, now, at just over 100,000 miles ( little more than a break in period for that engine ) , the frame & undercarriage is failing. What good is owning a truck with a drive train that can hit up to 500,000 miles when it's sitting on a frame that is ready to break in half at 100,000 miles. I can only make an educated guess, that Ford contracted different rolling mills to manufacture the F 150 frames, and some used different alloys that were more inclined to rust & decay. I have seen ( in my area of PA ) F 150s ( identical design ) 8 & 10 years older than mine with frames still in very good condition. I have been in contact with Ford, and hopefully, the problem will be resolved. Footnote: Why the 4.9 engine was discontinued is beyond me - all I can come up with is, they don't wear out - and if they don't wear our - the truck will not be traded in. Just me. Jim

  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright CaliforniaPosts: 45,279

    @rlmx said: At 53-55 MPH the bed of my F-150 (60K miles, short bed, 6 cyl., manual transmission) shakes so bad, emanating from the rear driver side, that it makes me sick to my stomach. So far the spend/repairs have included working on the e-brake, balancing the tires, rotating the tires and purchasing two new rear tires.

    Has anyone ever checked the rear wheel alignment on this truck?

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