The redesigned for 2004 Ford F-150 represents a significant improvement over the previous model. It rides more comfortably, handles more nimbly, and has a quieter interior with better fit and finish. Movable overhead storage consoles and an optional power sliding rear window are nice additions. The F-150's powertrain delivers reasonable acceleration and fuel economy for the class.
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Overall Owner Satisfaction

Consumer Reports’ Annual Owner Satisfaction Survey can improve the chances of finding a compatible car match. How? Our survey data reveals whether, all things considered, owners would buy the same car again. The answer to that question is what determines our owner-satisfaction rating, which is a powerful piece of intel because it predicts how well a particular model will satisfy other owners.

Overall Owner Satisfaction

Owner Satisfaction with:

Driving Experience

Includes acceleration and handling

What Owners Say

"Very comfortable ride on par as any quality car."

Anonymous, WI (2004 Ford F-150)

"Nobody wants to hit me."

Anonymous, VA (2004 Ford F-150)

"Rear end too light without load. Nearly impossible to start from dead stop without spinning the tires in first gear on a slight grade and/or wet road."

Anonymous, OH (2004 Ford F-150)

"Excellent acceleration. Good power. Handles well around curves."

Anonymous, CO (2004 Ford F-150)

"I continue to be amazed at how agile and peppy this truck is at its age and mileage. I have plenty of power for any maneuver I need to make, and I frequently am able to get in and out of tight parking spots with it! (NOTE: I wish it had a back-up camera or warning system, as it is hard to see behind me when backing up.)"

Ronald N., WA (2004 Ford F-150)

"Acceleration is good even towing a boat or horse trailer. Handles just fine."

Anonymous, MI (2004 Ford F-150)

"Powerful truck."

Anonymous, OR (2004 Ford F-150)

"The acceleration is poor for an 8 cylinder engine. The handling is fine."

Anonymous, MO (2004 Ford F-150)

"As old as it is, it performs better than new."

James H., UT (2004 Ford F-150)

"The truck has lots of get up and go. It drives well and is comfortable to ride in. There is a bit more body sway than I prefer in cornering, but overall it handles quite well. It is set up with a trailer-pull package, but it has a 355 gear ratio and instead needs a 405 to handle towed loads."

Anonymous, WY (2004 Ford F-150)

"handling and maneuvering is excellent.steering wheel feels firm not tight,feels like it should.acceleration is very good for the 4.6v8,and for a truck the fuel mileage is very good."

William M., GA (2004 Ford F-150)

"On hills I feel it is really struggling to make the hill. Lots of effort."

Cynthia S., CA (2004 Ford F-150)

"Struggles on hills."

Cynthia S., CA (2004 Ford F-150)

"drive just like a car. enjoy diving the truck."

Eleanor D., NJ (2004 Ford F-150)

"On acceleration, vehicle is not as responsive when first taking off."

Anonymous, VA (2004 Ford F-150)

"excellent power and handling."

Anonymous, MA (2004 Ford F-150)

"very stable on the road this makes it a pleasure to drive"

John C., MS (2004 Ford F-150)

"Although the handling is a little rough at times, I am constantly amazed at how nimble such a large vehicle is when I have to get out of a tight parking spot."

Ronald N., WA (2004 Ford F-150)

"The truck has the factory towing package and I occasionally tow an 18 foot enclosed trailer loaded with stuff. You hardly know the trailer is back there it does so well."

Linwood S., AL (2004 Ford F-150)

"Smooth, comfortable ride"

Anonymous, TX (2004 Ford F-150)

"Engine issues. No recall"

Anonymous, IN (2004 Ford F-150)

"I am and have been totally happy with all functions of the Ford f150 super cab."

Anonymous, TX (2004 Ford F-150)

"Large V-8 is a plus especially for towing my pontoon boat. Handles very well even in tight areas. And I have little difficulty keeping it in the driving lane even on narrower highways."

Anonymous, FL (2004 Ford F-150)

"At 76000 miles I had to replace the engine because of a cam sensor problem. I will not buy another Ford product.["

John J., AL (2004 Ford F-150)

Comfort

Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride

What Owners Say

"My 13-year old truck still rides like a car...smooth and quiet. Seats are still in great condition, and the AC is cold. Best value ever."

Anonymous, TX (2004 Ford F-150)

"Very solid ride."

Jerry J., OR (2004 Ford F-150)

"A smooth ride for a pick-up"

Robert L., CO (2004 Ford F-150)

"Spacious cabin, front seat like a couch, good ride"

Anonymous, CA (2004 Ford F-150)

"as I age the getting seated requires some effort"

Martin G., VA (2004 Ford F-150)

"Leather seats are slippery. Seat position for driver never perfect."

Anonymous, AK (2004 Ford F-150)

"The truck rides like a car, and is very quiet. Handles very good in wet or dry weather"

Scott M., SC (2004 Ford F-150)

"I was fortunate to get leather seats with this truck (we bought it used), and I can't get over how comfortable and supportive they are. I don't think we own another chair anywhere that's as comfortable. When my wife and I take a trip, she almost always drifts off to sleep in the passenger seat."

Ronald N., WA (2004 Ford F-150)

"Some mech with Windows rear end and spark plugs"

Edward R., GA (2004 Ford F-150)

"very nice ride,very quite inside"

John C., MS (2004 Ford F-150)

"Large comfortable seats, softer suspension and padded interior for sound control. It is easy to drive and handles very well given as large (extended cab) as it is."

Anonymous, FL (2004 Ford F-150)

"Great seats for long trips. Dynaflux dual exhaust can get loud on heavy acceleration; but you barely notice it cruising down the highway."

Anonymous, OR (2004 Ford F-150)

"I have owned this truck for 14 years and it has been the best truck I have ever owned. The interior is great and held up through the years. The seats are very comfortable and have held up great. Even for it's age it still has very little noise in the cab. I will probably be buying a new Ford truck in the next few months."

Anonymous, OK (2004 Ford F-150)

"The covering on the seats is a synthetic material and has worn very poorly. It picks up stains, including water stains almost instantly and doesn't clean up very well. I will not buy another Ford with this material in it."

Gary P., TX (2004 Ford F-150)

"Not much padding on the seats. Would like them alot more comfortable. The noise is like an air leak coming from the windshield. The ride comfort wise (suspension) is nice."

Cynthia S., CA (2004 Ford F-150)

"I need to buy a pickup with more room in the cab. The drive is somewhat noisy and the ride isn't as smooth as I'd like it to be."

Anonymous, VA (2004 Ford F-150)

"Seats are very comfortable. Driver's side has adjustable lumbar support.The ride is controlled, comfortable and quiet."

Anonymous, TX (2004 Ford F-150)

"Driver's power forward/backward movement of seat not working"

Anonymous, SC (2004 Ford F-150)

"This was first year Ford used what it called 'quiet steel'. Vehicle is very quiet. It is an XLT trim level and I find the seat and layout (ergonomics) very comfortable."

Anonymous, AZ (2004 Ford F-150)

"I've always enjoyed the comfort of this truck with the Lariat package, even after I added an after market lift package."

Anonymous, VA (2004 Ford F-150)

"Again, in spite of all the years and miles on this vehicle, my passengers especially tell me the seat comfort and quiet ride is amazing!"

Ronald N., WA (2004 Ford F-150)

"Seats are very comfortable"

Anonymous, MD (2004 Ford F-150)

"It's a 4 wheel drive. The ride is stiff as expected, but not unpleasant."

Anonymous, OK (2004 Ford F-150)

"None of the seats remain comfortable on a long trip."

Michael W., AL (2004 Ford F-150)

"I have a Lariat and the leather seats are extremely comfortable. The truck as expected still has a significant amount of road noise."

Philip P., TX (2004 Ford F-150)

Value

Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?

What Owners Say

"very nice truck, roomy, easy to drive."

Wanda A., NE (2004 Ford F-150)

"The truck, loaded to the hilt, has been from coast to coast on the freeways without any problems. It has hauled loads to dumps and yard material from nurseries. It takes us into the Utah mountains on difficult terrain and rough roads day after day, without not so mush as a seconds worth of trouble."

James H., UT (2004 Ford F-150)

"Man's vehicle."

Anonymous, VA (2004 Ford F-150)

"tHIS VEHICLE IS A NICE LOOKING VEHICLE, HAS BEEN DRIVEN FOR 13 YEARS WITHOUT ANY PROBLEMS AND WAS WELL WORTH THE MONEY. STILL LOOKS GOOD EXCEPT RUST SPOTS ON THE BOTTOM."

Anonymous, IA (2004 Ford F-150)

"Fuel filter rusted through (less than 25k miles) allowing puddle of fuel to accumulate on the garage floor. Rust on roof top at less than 30k miles."

Anonymous, OH (2004 Ford F-150)

"Used for several years with our fifth wheel. Handled great and was comfortable to ride in. Now is used as a utility vehicle and remains reliable and drives like a charm."

Anonymous, CA (2004 Ford F-150)

"This has bee an excellent ranch vehicle"

Anonymous, TX (2004 Ford F-150)

"I dread the day I have to get rid of it."

Jerry J., OR (2004 Ford F-150)

"Had many mechanical problems, some fixed under warranty. Had to replace transmission at 50,000 miles, mechanic says due to design flaw. Very poor mileage. Not worth high purchase price."

Douglas A., WA (2004 Ford F-150)

"excellent value for the dollar"

Bruce H., AZ (2004 Ford F-150)

"We have more than 200000 km of relatively trouble-free driving."

David C., BC (2004 Ford F-150)

"There has never been any significant problem with this vehicle. It still looks and rides great"

Shirley G., RI (2004 Ford F-150)

"Overall the 25K i spent on this truck has been well worth it. My A/C compressor recently went out but the vehicle does have 210,000 miles on it and along with replacement of the suspension components it's just wear and tear."

Gary P., TX (2004 Ford F-150)

"You get your money's worth and more"

Anonymous, TX (2004 Ford F-150)

"when I purchased this vehicle,i got a excellent vehicle at a very good price at the time compared to what they cost now."

William M., GA (2004 Ford F-150)

"pleasure to drive this truck. love it."

Eleanor D., NJ (2004 Ford F-150)

"This truck is a piece of CRAP! Severe rust issue with frame. Has been garage keep for at least 5 years. Always washed it including under carriage after snow and or ice. Need to replace frame. Ford doesn't care. We will never, ever own another Ford. We always owned Fords. No more. Do not buy Ford, big mistake. They will not help you when you have a problem."

Joanne B., VA (2004 Ford F-150)

"great truck"

Anonymous, NE (2004 Ford F-150)

"This was an end of year purchase with all the end of year discounts and other discounts for company affiliations.. We had choice of color and amenities at this dealership. Has been a great buy."

Howard P., TX (2004 Ford F-150)

"I have gotten great value for my 2004 Ford F-150. I now have over 303,000 miles on it, and, knock wood, have had no major repairs. I have had all the maintenance done on time and vehicle has never let me down."

Craig C., FL (2004 Ford F-150)

"Absolute Relyability"

David P., CA (2004 Ford F-150)

"I bought this truck new. During the 14 years I have owned it, I have had to replace one master brake cylinder (when it was still under warranty) and the starter when the truck was 12 years old. It has been a terrific truck, a pleasure to drive, a super maintenance record and still looks good. The paint, headlamps etc. still look almost new. An absolutely terrific value."

Linwood S., AL (2004 Ford F-150)

"Paid (via Costco member purchasing) $23K out the door. No major maintenance expenses. Other than lousy gas mileage, its been a VERY economical purchase. Does need a sign in the back window which says I am screwing my grand kids out of every drop of oil I can (which is why its only driven when its 'truck' functions are needed (originally purchased for work - to tow construction equipment)."

Anonymous, AZ (2004 Ford F-150)

Would you buy this car again?

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Percentage of owners who would definitely purchase that same vehicle again. Owner-satisfaction Ratings are determined by the percentage of those who answered "definitely yes" to the question asked by the Consumer Reports Annual Auto Survey "Considering all factors (price, performance, reliability, comfort, enjoyment, etc.), would you get this car if you had to do it all over again?". If we don’t have sufficient data, a similar model might be used to form the owner-satisfaction score.
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