06 F150 w/ 5.4

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  1. smashdn

    smashdn 12 pointer

    Nov 24, 2003
    Palmyra, Kentucky
    Looking at one of these with 72k on it. Other than the plugs being a mammer jammer what else do I need to be wary of?
  2. willy09

    willy09 Banned

    Oct 15, 2009
    The whole front end
  3. JonDunn

    JonDunn 10 pointer

    Dec 26, 2005
    Up the holler
    Women flocking to your truck.
  4. willy09

    willy09 Banned

    Oct 15, 2009
    That comes with being a ford!!
  5. GrouseAssasin

    GrouseAssasin 12 pointer

    Aug 1, 2009
    Jackson, ky
    To help you push it......:devilish:
  6. KY Swamp Beagler

    KY Swamp Beagler 12 pointer

    Feb 20, 2011
    the swamps of western KY
    Beware of the knocking cam phaser. Many of them knock apparently. Mine does and has forever. Apparently that's quite common. I've read around the various forums where some guys were able to get it fixed and others weren't. My truck is old enough now I'm just going to ride it out and hope for the best as it has 169k on it now.

    My transmission went out at 138k and then I rebuilt the rearend at 145k all to the tune of $3800. With that being said I like my truck. It's a 2004 with the 5.4.
    Last edited: Aug 28, 2015
  7. timer

    timer 10 pointer

    Feb 20, 2013
    La Grange
    I have an '04 with the 5.4. I bought it used about 5 years ago. So far I haven't had any major issues.
  8. High Rack

    High Rack 12 pointer

    Dec 21, 2009
    in the hills
    Gettin passed by a Prius would be a major issue.
  9. kymailman98

    kymailman98 10 pointer

    Dec 20, 2009
    Christian County
    I have a 2005 F-150, Supercab 4X4, with the 5.4, that I bought new. It only has 75,000 miles on it, as I don't really drive it all that much. I was going to trade it, but it has the ball for a gooseneck, so I can pull my stock trailer, and I've held onto it for that reason. I have had zero problems, and it's never been in the shop. It's a Ford, what can you say.
  10. willy09

    willy09 Banned

    Oct 15, 2009
    I had a 05 super cab f350 5.4 in it, little over 100 the whole front end busted going about 75 down i64, don't know what happened. Was like it tried to go into 4x4. At 185 it started burning oil pretty noticbly by 198 it was burning a gallon of oil a week. But I pulled a trailer every day. I traded it in at 198k
  11. stevenvalleyagain

    stevenvalleyagain 10 pointer

    Aug 15, 2005
    Valley station
    I have an 06 4x4 super crew with the 5.4 3 valve. Had to replace the rear end 2 weeks after buying the truck and made the dealer pay for part of it. Plugs and cam phasers have been my only other problems. The cam phaser issue MIGHT be resolved by running a quart of diesel in your oil for a few minutes right before an oil change. Cam phasers have tiny little oil holes that get clogged up. A couple ford dealership mechanics recommended running some Trans fluid in it for a few but considering my truck has 150K, I didn't want to swell up seals and such and am afraid to try it.
    I've had no other issues.
  12. KYote-Krusher

    KYote-Krusher 12 pointer

    Jan 12, 2006
    South Central Kentucky
    '07 F150 SuperCrew 4x4, 5.4 Triton, Automatic - Bought it used in 2009 but still under factory warranty (30,000 miles +/-).

    Before I got it home I knew I had a problem with the rear end because of the growling that got worse the longer I drove it. Dealer replaced the pinion gears and that took care of it, said it was a common problem but mine happened earlier than most, which was fine with me.

    The front end steering components were all replaced around 100,000 miles, tie rod ends, ball joints, yokes and one of the wheel bearings.

    One other big problem and a very common complaint, is the automatic transmission; apparently they're made to shift into overdrive at every possible opportunity to give the appearance of better gas milage but the overdrive band is not strong enough to take it and will burn out with heavy usage. If you're lucky it burns out before the warranty runs out and if not you get to pay for it. If a dealer does the rebuild, it can run up to $2,500.00. A transmission repair place is more likely to charge around $1,750.00. I've been driving mine with the OD locked out for about 6 months now ... praying for a hail storm. I read somewhere that they beefed up the transmission after the 2007 model ... naturally. :(

    It's got 145,000 miles on it now, all I've really done is change oil on a regular basis; don't have any other major complaints.
  13. KY Swamp Beagler

    KY Swamp Beagler 12 pointer

    Feb 20, 2011
    the swamps of western KY
    I also forgot to add that mine has a noticeable front end shake when the RPMs go up, most often on the highway. It isn't dependent on vehicle speed but engine speed. It's done it since I bought it. The guy I bought it from had the same issue. The dealer couldn't figure it out or didn't want to. It almost feels like you have a tire going flat sometimes. I got on a few different forums. Apparently that is common, too.

    I've been driving my truck since December 2008 and to my knowledge the spark plugs have yet to be changed out. I was considering changing them but I kept running into people that said don't mess with them. More than a few said that when they changed theirs the plugs cracked had to be taken out with the special tool and haven't run right since.
  14. stevenvalleyagain

    stevenvalleyagain 10 pointer

    Aug 15, 2005
    Valley station
    Once you change the plugs on these engines, it's a good idea to pull the plugs and reinstall about every 25k to keep them from carbon fouling the tiny electrode hole in the head.
  15. riverboss

    riverboss 12 pointer

    Jan 26, 2009
    northern ky
    Are you guys really happy with your trucks? It seems like a awful lot to deal with read ends going out trans problems replacing entire front ends at 100,000 miles plus the plug issues. My Chevy are close to 200,000 and other than general brake jobs water pumps and one set of plugs they have been great.

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