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samgreazy
06-22-2011, 09:59 AM
Hey guys I am looking to down size from my current f350 to an 04-08 150 with 100,000 miles. Does anyone know how thesethings tow an x-1. You guys know of any certain problems with these trucks getting over 100,000 miles? And any general things j should be cautious of or things to look for???

bturner2
06-22-2011, 10:42 AM
I have a 06 extended cab with the 5.4 V8 that I really like. No really big complaints. All the usual problems with high mileage (ball joints, tie rod ends, auto locking 4x4, window switches) is all I've heard about. You make want to look over at F150online.com to see what they're saying.

bobx1
06-22-2011, 11:23 AM
From a towing standpoint, it will do just fine BUT you will notice a difference. I went from a 2008 F250 (diesel, crew, 4x4) to a 150 (2010 4x4 Crew) and you will feel it jerking you around a bit more and also find it will push you a little harder when stopping. The F150 is fine from a power standpoint. Most would say the F250 is overkill for the X1 (which is what I have) but once you tow with the F250/350, you tend to miss it when you step down.

Thrall
06-22-2011, 11:32 AM
I had a 08 F150 5.4L that was a lemon, but I've had about 10 other Triton V8 powered F150's and F250's company trucks that were all reliable. These were all work trucks that got rode hard and put up wet. I have friends with F150's 04 and an 08 actually that have had no issues and the 04 is approaching 100k mi and still runs/drives like new albeit very well cared for.
My only real issue is I think they lack in low end power a bit, but not an issue if not towing near the weight limit or low altitude.

BriEOD
06-22-2011, 11:37 AM
I have a 2005 F-150 5.4L and use it to tow my 2000 PS 205. I haven't had the first issue or complaint.

ski_king
06-22-2011, 11:50 AM
I have a 2008 SuperCrew F150 with 40K miles that I have had no problems with.

In doing my research before buying this truck I learned that there are problems with spark plugs breaking on the 5.4 when they are removed. Depending on the nature of the break, it may require removal of the head. Mid year 2008 they corrected this. Look for a 2008 with tan covers on the coil packs, this is the revised design.

http://www.f150online.com/forums/v8-engines/328090-newtsb-spark-plug-removal.html

Andyg
06-22-2011, 11:56 AM
I have an 06 F150 that is approaching 100,000 miles and I have had only two problems with my truck. Drivers side window switch needed to be replaced. Stopped working with the window open 2 hours from home in December in Wisconsin. The second is that I busted an exhaust manifold bolt towing a 24 ft pontoon from Minnesota to Wisconsin. It is a known issue on higher mileage F150s. Haven't gotten that fixed yet since it may require pulling the engine to repair it. The one thing to be concerned about on a high mileage F150 is the spark plugs. They are next to impossible to remove and can require having to pull the heads to replace them. In order to pull the heads on an F150 you have to raise the body of the truck. They should be replaced around a 100,000 miles. The other thing with the spark plugs is that every once an a while a F150 will blow one out of the head. This is another known problem on these engines. They have a helicoil kit to repair them, but kind of pricey. My dad had to do it to his truck and I think it was like $400.

Andyg

Thrall
06-22-2011, 12:00 PM
Didn't know this was an issue, blowing sparkplugs on the V8's. V10's had the issue and I had one pop on a '99 V10.
2nd on the sparkplug replacement. If you're buying higher miles try to work a tune up into the deal.

ski_king
06-22-2011, 12:14 PM
I heard the sparkplug blow out issue was on the 97 to 03's. The redesign to 3V in 2004 fixed that issue, but created the issue of breaking plugs when removing them.

That being said, I put 131K miles on my 97 with the 5.4 on the orginal plugs. They still looked good, but replaced them anyway.

thatsmrmastercraft
06-22-2011, 01:42 PM
The spark plug problem only existed in 97 and 98. Ford changed the head to have more material to thread the spark plug in to. Some were found to have only enough aluminum to get 2 1/2 turns of the plug.

j.mccreight@hotmail.com
06-22-2011, 02:25 PM
I had a 08 F150 5.4L that was a lemon, but I've had about 10 other Triton V8 powered F150's and F250's company trucks that were all reliable. These were all work trucks that got rode hard and put up wet. I have friends with F150's 04 and an 08 actually that have had no issues and the 04 is approaching 100k mi and still runs/drives like new albeit very well cared for.
My only real issue is I think they lack in low end power a bit, but not an issue if not towing near the weight limit or low altitude.

Most of the time its the mechanics fault the plugs broke, bc they didnt follow the service bulletin, thats being said I have a 06 f150 5.4 4x4 lariat with 60k with zero problems, I changed my plugs myself at 50k to prevent all the carbon build up that causes the plugs to break...

Andyg
06-22-2011, 03:21 PM
The spark plug problem only existed in 97 and 98. Ford changed the head to have more material to thread the spark plug in to. Some were found to have only enough aluminum to get 2 1/2 turns of the plug.

I know for a fact that it extended until at least 2002. My dad's truck is a 2002 with the 5.4L Triton that blew the spark plug. My really good friend is a mechanic for Ford and he is the one that usually has to fix these when they come in there shop. I just asked him when Ford fixed this problem and he said that ski_king was righ. The F150 up until the 2004 year had the problem with spark plugs blowing out of the head.