2005 Ford F150 Consumer Reviews

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2005 Ford F 150
4.0
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Good truck if maintained.

by from California on December 31, 2011

I have a F150 HD with 153,000 miles on it and manage a fleet of Ford trucks. Have F150's with almost 300,000 miles on them in the fleet. 4.6 good motor 5.4 ok motor Issues, 5.4 3 valve motor must be m...
I have a F150 HD with 153,000 miles on it and manage a fleet of Ford trucks. Have F150's with almost 300,000 miles on them in the fleet. 4.6 good motor 5.4 ok motor Issues, 5.4 3 valve motor must be maintained regularly. Change spark plugs every 50,000 Oil changes with partial synthetic good filter. If the check engine light comes on take it in! Cam phaser is at the end of the oiling system and can get clogged easily. When they gum up it can cause the timing to be off enough to allow the valves to strike the piston. Transmission also must have regular maintenance. Most failures due to clogged oil cooler. Wheel wobbles Due to rotors being pulled off and turned. Ford recommends having them turned on the vehicle or replaced. Bearings cannot be retightened. This is not your grandpas Ford. They are more like a Mercedes. Cost more to maintain, Parts must be replaced per recommended interval. If it breaks it will cost you $$$. Gets better mileage. If you want a bullet proof truck you will have to find a mid-90’s or older Ford or Chevy.
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Purchased a used car

Uses car for Just getting around

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Love my pickup

by from Scottsbluff, NE on June 15, 2010

I got my pickup new with 5 miles on it. I love how it rides and that there is a lot of room in the back seat. My husband has an 08 Dodge 4 door and my teenage kids will only ride in the back seat of m...
I got my pickup new with 5 miles on it. I love how it rides and that there is a lot of room in the back seat. My husband has an 08 Dodge 4 door and my teenage kids will only ride in the back seat of my Ford. I have had some trouble with the brakes vibrating and have had new pads and roters put on. I would buy another F150 again
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2005 F150 is Sweet

by from Detroit, MI on January 9, 2012

Recently purchased a 2005 extended-cab short box (5.5') Lariat 4x4 F150 and couldn't be happier with it. Interior room is awesome - I've been waiting for a vehicle that I don't feel cramped in, and t...
Recently purchased a 2005 extended-cab short box (5.5') Lariat 4x4 F150 and couldn't be happier with it. Interior room is awesome - I've been waiting for a vehicle that I don't feel cramped in, and this is it! Leather bench seat is extremely comfortable. The console shifter in some trucks looks great, but I went with a column shifter and flip-up arm-rest seat so I could get six in it if I need to. My two teenage daughers love riding in the back seat. My wife also loves riding in it because of all the room and how high up you sit. Can't believe how quiet it is inside - it sounds/feels like a luxury sedan. Engine sounds great - although there is a bit of valve-train clatter at startup that seems to be relatively common with the 5.4L 3V. Went with the short-box to keep down the length and am happy I did. It's a big truck and I think it manuvers better without the extra foot of bed. I also like the look of it this way - although I suspect some might not. In general, I was very impressed that the 2004MY+ trucks I looked at had very little underbody rust. I looked at a couple Ram's and they both had solid rust covering everything on the underbody. Fuel economy is probably the only thing that I wish was a bit different. I get 13-14mpg driving around town and 17mph highway (and I baby it a bit). I've got the 3.73 axle ratio and 18" tires which will be good for pulling, but hurts in the FE area. Oh well, that's what you get with a truck, right? Purchased from a private seller - definitely the way to go versus some high priced dealerships. CARS.COM was very helpful in finding sellers. Wouldn't change a thing!
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Uses car for Outdoor sports (hiking, cycling, etc.)

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180,000 miles!

by from AZ on December 22, 2011

I bought my XLT 4.6L super cab in 2004.5 when they changed the body style. To date the only issue I had was a bad pulley that was replaced within warranty as well as a rattle in my AC fan. My truck ha...
I bought my XLT 4.6L super cab in 2004.5 when they changed the body style. To date the only issue I had was a bad pulley that was replaced within warranty as well as a rattle in my AC fan. My truck has towed a camper from AZ to Yellowstone and back and all over Az. While the 4.6 is weaker than the 5.4 it still tows nice (spark plug replacement is much cheaper too). I took it to a dealership for a checkup and I got green lights all around. Only minor things that have broke are auto window motor on two doors, and the 3rd break light seal seems to wear out and let the water in but online tips have fixed that. Overall super satisfied with my purchase. I think ill put on another 100,000 miles before I get another vehicle, most likely another f 150!
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Built Ford Tough

by from Tallahassee, FL on March 23, 2011

I have had this truck since 2004 and it is AMAZING! I have the 4.6 V8 with 172K miles on it without any major issues at all! This truck has performed perfectly on and off road. I wish the 4.6 V8 had a...
I have had this truck since 2004 and it is AMAZING! I have the 4.6 V8 with 172K miles on it without any major issues at all! This truck has performed perfectly on and off road. I wish the 4.6 V8 had a little more horsepower but it doesn't have as many mechanical issues that the 5.4's run into so I am happy about that. It has been a solid work horse, Daily driver, and off road beast. I would def recommend this truck to anyone I know!
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First truck (F150), 3 other fords in the driveway.

by from St. Louis, MO on December 13, 2015

I like fords. Not because they are easy or great but because I have other fords and I am familiar with the little stuff that needs attention. I bought a 2005 F150 stx with high mileage, 2 valve sohc 4...
I like fords. Not because they are easy or great but because I have other fords and I am familiar with the little stuff that needs attention. I bought a 2005 F150 stx with high mileage, 2 valve sohc 4.6 liter V8 with 4wd. I had the 3 valve in my 09 mustang. You truck guys want low end torque and this motor doesn't have much. Give it some revs to get it moving. Mileage is horrible with the 4wd option but this thing's a tank. It drives great, accelerates poorly and stops slowly. my 2012 mustang has none of those issues but it won't work in the rain or haul more than a bag of groceries and a handful of prophylactics. Anyway, the truck will hold lots of sheet metal and I-beams. The 355 rear end is ok but I'd opt for the 373 or 411 if I had a choice. The 5.4 is suppose to be better but the 4.6 is time tested and rock solid. I change the oil regularly, grease every nipple, flush the radiator and transmission, change differential oil and have a 4 wheel alignment every 2-3 oil changes (on my second). Looks like the prior owner had the same plan. If you're smiling, you're probably driving it too hard off road and should know the grins are worth the price you'll pay so don't buy a used 4wd from someone that looks like they enjoy a weekend in the mud. I baby it because I don't trust the weight of the vehicle with the entry level auto tranny and don't want to replace U joints on drive shaft. Get a good transmission oil cooler and use some sense with a big load or off road and always service it. It will last. All my fords have way more than 100k. This is the first used one I've bought and only felt good about it because of the service records. A few thousand miles later and life is still good but mostly because gas is cheap. I plan on getting tires that are geared toward road use and adding forward and backward cameras so the kid and wife don't ding it up. Bottom line, there's a reason people sell their vehicle so if you buy one used make sure they weren't running from a problem but running to something they wanted more. Have fun and keep an eye on the maintenance schedule. So far, I love this thing. I'm starting to tear up here so I guess I'm done.
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Uses car for Work

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90k and still going...

by from Granite Bay, CA on December 18, 2011

I have an 04 f150 fx4 that I bought new and now have 90k on it....other than tires and brakes...i have had only a few minor problems. I've had a window motor go out. I had a leak in the third brake li...
I have an 04 f150 fx4 that I bought new and now have 90k on it....other than tires and brakes...i have had only a few minor problems. I've had a window motor go out. I had a leak in the third brake light...but ordered a replacement on amazon....two minute fix. I would recommend replacing the brake light every 4-6 years to avoid leaks. I also had a plugged air conditioner drain...also a cheap fix. Will keep this truck forever. My son is now driving it.
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Dead Transmission

by from Laconia NH on March 7, 2007

Luckily it happened right at 35,800. Yup, that's right, at 35,800 there was a transmission malfunction light in the little display screen of my 2005 F-150 Super Crew Lariat. All totaled the car is g...
Luckily it happened right at 35,800. Yup, that's right, at 35,800 there was a transmission malfunction light in the little display screen of my 2005 F-150 Super Crew Lariat. All totaled the car is going to spend 4 days in the shop. Luckily it was still under waranty, but that's a little early to need transmission work. Based upon that I'd be leary of this trucks long term reliability.
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Great Truck

by from Seminole, FL on March 31, 2011

I used to have this truck and I miss it very much! I love the hard leather that cover the seats! It is a great deal for me because I work in construction business and I don't have to be worry about th...
I used to have this truck and I miss it very much! I love the hard leather that cover the seats! It is a great deal for me because I work in construction business and I don't have to be worry about the seat if get dirty or not! It is very comfy as well!
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Better than I than expected.

by from CA on December 16, 2007

After thinking about buying a friends 03 f150 I settled on a 05 4x2 lariat. Best thing I ever did. I have been very happy with the appearence as well as the realiablity. It is very stylish and my wife...
After thinking about buying a friends 03 f150 I settled on a 05 4x2 lariat. Best thing I ever did. I have been very happy with the appearence as well as the realiablity. It is very stylish and my wife enjoys driving it as well. Plan on upgrading it with the 08 navigation radio to keep it looking stock. A great buy.
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