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The F-150's handling is sound and the cabin is roomy, but the ride isn't that good and the noisy engine strains under acceleration. Uncomfortable seats further detract from the driving experience. Electronic stability control (ESC), full-time four-wheel drive and curtain airbags are all lacking. (Only the Harley-Davidson version has AWD.) 
Alerts
There is 1 recall on this vehicle. Learn More.

Road Test Results

Performance
Acceleration Acceleration Acceleration tests are conducted on a smooth, flat pavement straightaway at the track. Time, speed, and distance measurements are taken with a precise GPS-based device that’s hooked to a data-logging computer.
0 to 60 mph 0 to 60 mph (sec.) The time in seconds that a vehicle takes to reach 60 mph from a standstill with the engine idling.
Transmission Transmission Transmission performance is determined by shifting smoothness, response, shifter action, and clutch actuation for manual transmissions.
Fuel Economy Fuel Economy We perform our own fuel-economy tests, independent of the government's often-quoted EPA figures and the manufacturers' claims. Using a precise fuel-flow measuring device spliced into the fuel line, we run two separate circuits to represent city and highway consumption.
CR's Overall Mileage CR's Overall Mileage CR's overall mileage is a composite of measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course and highway cruising; and CR's 150-mile test trip of mixed driving, if tested. In recent road tests, we've discontinued the 150-mile trip test.
CR's City Mileage CR's City Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed city course.
CR's Highway Mileage CR's Highway Mileage Measured fuel usage on a prescribed highway cruising.
Annual Fuel Cost Annual Fuel Cost The cost and amount of fuel used in 12,000 miles and is calculated from CR's overall mileage.
Braking Braking The braking rating is a composite of wet and dry stopping distances and pedal feel. Braking distance is from 60 mph, with no wheels locked.
Emergency Handling Emergency Handling Several factors go into the rating, including the avoidance maneuver speed and confidence, as well as how the vehicle behaves when pushed to its limit,
Comfort / Convenience
Ride Ride Our expert judgment of how well the suspension isolates and absorbs road imperfections and how steady it keeps the body on various road surfaces.
Noise Noise Our expert judgment of the vehicle's interior noise level in everyday driving.
Front Seat Comfort Front Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the front seat is for drivers of various heights.
Rear Seat Comfort Rear Seat Comfort Our judgment of how comfortable the rear seat is for two passengers to sit across.
Interior Fit and Finish Interior Fit and Finish An expert evaluation of the interior quality and craftsmanship.
Trunk/Cargo Area Trunk/Cargo Area Our rating is based on the amount of luggage or cargo space that a vehicle has in the trunk or cargo area.

Owner Reports

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Reliability History Reliability History The reliability charts are based on responses on hundreds of thousands of vehicles from our latest Annual Auto Survey. Consumer Reports subscribers reported on any serious problems they had with their vehicles during the past 12 months that they considered serious because of cost, failure, safety, or downtime, in any of the trouble spots included in the table below. The results are presented relative to the average model that year. Extra weight is given to the more serious areas such as major engine or transmission problems. Based on this data and further analysis, we predict reliability for the latest year. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Engine Major Engine Major Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.
Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
Owner Satisfaction Owner Satisfaction To learn about satisfaction, CR has collected survey data from our annual survey on more than half a million vehicles. Our subscribers provide great insights into their satisfaction by answering one simple question: If they had it to do all over again, would they definitely buy or lease the same model? In addition, respondents also rate their cars in six categories: driving experience, comfort, value, styling, audio, and climate systems. N/A indicates that we did not receive a large enough sample size to provide data for a specific year. An X indicates that the vehicle was not manufactured for a specific year.
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Driving Experience Driving Experience Includes acceleration and handling
Comfort Comfort Includes seats, climate control, noise, and ride
Value Value Did you get what you wanted relative to the price you paid?
Styling Styling How it looks inside and out
Safety Equipment
ABS available, standard from 2001. ESC standard from 2009.
Road Test

The F-150's handling is sound and the cabin is roomy, but the ride isn't that good and the noisy engine strains under acceleration. Uncomfortable seats further detract from the driving experience. Electronic stability control (ESC), full-time four-wheel drive and curtain airbags are all lacking. (Only the Harley-Davidson version has AWD.) 

Seating
3 front, 3 rear
Drive Wheels
4WD , AWD , Rear
Warranty

In most cases, automotive warranties are based on the vehicle identification number (VIN), and the warranty will be valid regardless of ownership. The dealership can tell you exactly how much warranty is left.

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Body Styles
extended cab
regular cab
crew cab
Transmissions Available
  • 5-speed Manual
  • 4-speed Automatic
Engines Available
  • 4.2-liter V6 (202 hp)
  • 4.6-liter V8 (248 hp)
  • 5.4-liter V8 (300 hp)
  • 5.4-liter V8 supercharged (450 hp)

Owner Reported Trouble Spots

The Reliability score is based on our latest subscriber survey of 2008 Ford F-150 owners. The owner comments describe problems respondents experienced with this vehicle.

Suspension

Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (includes rack and pinion), power steering (pumps and hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic or air suspension.

What Owners Say

Ball joints

“We have had this truck eight years and this is the third set of Ball Joints to be replaced”

Anonymous, MA (2008 Ford F-150 FX4 5.4-L V8)
Power steering leaks

“Power steering leaks”

Linda D., ON (2008 Ford F-150 FX4 5.4-L V8)

“Failure of pressure hose”

Anonymous, CT (2008 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)

“Corroded power steering lines”

Kevin D., PA (2008 Ford F-150)
Power steering pumps and hoses

“Hose failed”

Anonymous, IN (2008 Ford F-150 Lariat Unsure)

“The power steering lines on this vehicle have rotted out three times since I bought it. Finally my mechanic painted the lines before installing them which seems to have fixed the problem”

Anonymous, MA (2008 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)

“power steering carriage weeping along seam”

Anonymous, MI (2008 Ford F-150 FX4 5.4-L V8)
Shocks or struts

“The shocks/struts on this truck have been replaced at least twice in the eight years we have owned this truck. We drive around 6,000 miles per year. It would appear the front end/V8 engine are too heavy for these suspension parts”

Anonymous, MA (2008 Ford F-150 FX4 5.4-L V8)

“shocks struts need replacing on the front end. They are rattling when going over bumps”

Anonymous, LA (2008 Ford F-150 STX 4.5-L V8)
Wheel bearings

“Hub bearing went out on a front wheel. Difficult to detect but more road noise caused me to look further for a problem”

Anonymous, TX (2008 Ford F-150 Unsure 4.2-L V6)

Brakes

Antilock system (ABS), parking brake, master cylinder, calipers, rotors, pulsation or vibration, squeaking, brake failure or wear.

What Owners Say

“had corrison problem with wiring to wheel sensors tech said if the abs light goes back on which it did id have replace leads and sensor”

Anonymous, MI (2008 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)

“The ABS warning light stays on all the time. According to the OBD, the ABS pump has problems, but my mechanic says it's OK & not worth spending $600 to replace. But the light is annoying!”

F E D., FL (2008 Ford F-150 XL 4.2-L V6)

“Seized brake caliper caused premature wear on right front brake”

Anonymous, ON (2008 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)

“Calipers seized”

Linda D., ON (2008 Ford F-150 FX4 5.4-L V8)
Master cylinder

“Replaced master cylinder”

Anonymous, ON (2008 Ford F-150 XLT 4.2-L V6)

“Seized brake caliper”

Anonymous, ON (2008 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)

“We had our truck checked before vacation, and the brakes were found to have wear”

Anonymous, AR (2008 Ford F-150 King Ranch Unsure)

“Brakes were squeaking and needed to be replaced which then brought to light that the pulsation was actually from the wheel bearings that need to be replaced”

Anonymous, IN (2008 Ford F-150 XL 5.4-L V8)

Paint/Trim

Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling), loose interior and exterior trim or moldings, rust.

What Owners Say

Rust

“wheel fender well rust from age”

Anonymous, MI (2008 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)

“There is an ongoing issue with rust where water pools between the doors and trunk/bed”

Anonymous, KS (2008 Ford F-150 FX4 5.4-L V8)

“Both cab corners rusted through. I had a body shop cut the corners out and replace them”

James K., IN (2008 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.4-L V8)

“cab corner rust thru”

Anonymous, MA (2008 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)

“Rear quarter panels are rusting in identical areas. Should not be happening”

Julie B., MA (2008 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)

Exhaust

Muffler, pipes, catalytic converter, exhaust manifold, leaks.

What Owners Say

Catalytic converter

“Converter went bad”

Anonymous, NC (2008 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)
Exhaust manifold

“Both sides needed the exhaust manifold replaced due to leaks”

Kevin K., UT (2008 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)

“Exhaust manifold gasket leaking”

Ronald B., MI (2008 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)

“The exhaust manifold had a crack which caused exhaust fumes to come into the cab. This is the second time this has happened since I've owned this truck”

Anonymous, MI (2008 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)

“Leaks”

Anonymous, MI (2008 Ford F-150 XL 5.4-L V8)

Transmission Minor

Gear selector or linkage, leaks, transmission computer, transmission sensor or solenoid, clutch adjustment, rough shifting, slipping transmission.

What Owners Say

Gear selector or linkage

“Had gear selector replaced for the second time since purchase. First time was covered by warranty. Second time convinced dealer to cover part of the cost. This design flaw is known to Ford but they have chosen to offer no remedy. Expect to have to replace it again in the next year or two”

William B., GA (2008 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.4-L V8)

“Transmission is starting to slip”

James L., CO (2008 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)

“Experienced slipping transmission when hauling heavy loads, whether in the box or trailering”

Jan H., MI (2008 Ford F-150 FX4 5.4-L V8)

“Cracked rear housing with no external trauma”

Kevin D., PA (2008 Ford F-150)

“Not sure, but believe the solenoid is related to the gear shifter replacement problem”

William B., GA (2008 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.4-L V8)

Climate System

Blower (fan) motor, A/C compressor, condenser, evaporator, heater system, automatic climate control, refrigerant leakage, electrical failure.

What Owners Say

“At the beginning of summer I noticed that the air conditioning system wasn't cooling as well as it should. The next time I drove the vehicle, 3 days later, the air conditioning system was not cooling at all. About 48000 miles”

James R., NM (2008 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)
Blower (fan) motor

“I took it in for repair because speeds 1 & 2 were not working on the blower and it was not putting out cold air. Turns out even though there was nothing wrong with the compressor it had to be replaced because the part that was malfunctioning was not sold separately from the compressor. This was over $1000, repair”

Anonymous, MA (2008 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)
Heater system

“B Heater exchanger cracked dumping Preston all over the cabin floors”

Anonymous, CO (2008 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)

“Heater system doors in dash failed to open/close properly. Found that the factory installed insulation had fallen down onto the door system and required complete removal of the dash to repair”

James L., CO (2008 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)
Refrigerant leaks

“I think these were related to the compressor failure”

James R., NM (2008 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)

Power Equipment

Cruise control, clock, warning lights, body control module, keyless entry, wiper motor or washer, tire pressure monitor, interior or exterior lights, horn, gauges, 12V power plug, remote engine start, alarm or security system

What Owners Say

Electronic ignition

“engine misfire and stalling during acceleration Ignitions sticks sometimes during start-up”

Anonymous, TX (2008 Ford F-150 XLT Unsure)
Spark plugs or wires failure

“replaced ignition block and plug wires”

Anonymous, BC (2008 Ford F-150 XL 4.2-L V6)

“On going problem after changing sparkplugs. Gas mileage went to heck and hasn't gotten any better. Actually, at times, worse. Shop is working on this”

Anonymous, SD (2008 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.4-L V8)

“Spark plugs break off in cylinder head”

Anonymous, NY (2008 Ford F-150 FX4 5.4-L V8)

Drive System

Driveshaft or axle, CV joint, differential, transfer case, 4WD/AWD components, driveline vibration, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC), electrical failure.

What Owners Say

Driveline vibration

“Problem since I acquired vehicle in 2010. Thought it was unbalanced wheels/tires but had same problem with a different set of wheels be and tires. Had driveshaft professionally balanced and u-joints replaced. It helped but problem still exists. I have learned to live with it”

Micheal C., AK (2008 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)

“Motherboard needed to be replaced. Engine never failed - was warned by check engine light and computer detected problem”

Anonymous, SD (2008 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)

“Temp Control ---”

Roland M., TX (2008 Ford F-150 XL 4.5-L V8)
Differential

“Started leaking”

Kenneth H., CO (2008 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.4-L V8)

Engine Major

Engine rebuild or replacement, cylinder head, head gasket, turbo or supercharger, timing chain or timing belt.

What Owners Say

Engine rebuild or replacement

“Cracked manifold”

Anonymous, TX (2008 Ford F-150 STX 4.5-L V8)
Timing belt or chain

“Tensioner pulley went bad so I had all pullies and belt replaced at same time”

Anonymous, MI (2008 Ford F-150 FX4 5.4-L V8)

“Timing chain repair in conjunction with cam sensors requiring replacement at only 210,000 km on an 8 cylinders engine. Seems ridiculous”

Scott J., ON (2008 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)

Electric System

Alternator, starter, hybrid battery and related systems, regular battery, battery cables, engine harness, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, distributor or rotor failure, spark plugs and wires failure.

What Owners Say

Gauges

“All the gauges stop working while driving”

Anonymous, NY (2008 Ford F-150 FX4 5.4-L V8)
Interior lights

“There's a short apparently in the dimmer switch and the lights keep coming on. We have to hit the dashboard for them to go off. This happened within a few days after purchasing the truck. Due to lack of funds we have not been able to have it checked”

Anonymous, PA (2008 Ford F-150 FX4 5.4-L V8)
Keyless entry

“Does no work at 5 below zero”

Anonymous, CO (2008 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

“Transmission failed and had to be replaced at 199,000 miles”

Anonymous, CA (2008 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)

“2nd transmission for this truck. Don't think it's built to handle any kind of weight through the years”

Landmark C., CA (2008 Ford F-150 STX 4.5-L V8)

“Transmission had to be replaced after 75k miles. Had to fight with warranty company to get them to pay. They paid for a rebuilt transmission”

Anonymous, KS (2008 Ford F-150 FX4 5.4-L V8)

Fuel System

Check engine light, sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor), emission control devices (includes EGR), engine computer, engine computer, fuel cap, fuel gauge/sender, fuel injection system, fuel pump, fuel leaks, stalling or hesitation.

What Owners Say

Emission control devices (includes EGR)

“check engine light is on. Checked the message and it says the egr valve needs replacing. engine currently runs normal and will replace the egr next week”

Anonymous, LA (2008 Ford F-150 STX 4.5-L V8)

“Related to the spark plug problem”

Anonymous, SD (2008 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.4-L V8)
Sensors (includes O2 or oxygen sensor)

“Evidently on this model year there is a fuel sensor mounted underneath near the gas tank that was not properly covered which allows moisture and debris to accumulate causing it to wear out thus it fails and no fuel. A simple rubber boot to cover would seem to solve the problem. $500 repair to replace sensor board”

Anonymous, MI (2008 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)

In-car Electronics

CD or DVD players, radio, speakers, GPS, communication system (e.g., OnStar), display screen freezes or goes blank, phone pairing (e.g. Bluetooth), voice control commands, steering wheel controls, portable music device interface (e.g., iPod/MP3 player), backup or other camera/sensors.

What Owners Say

CD player

“Supposed to be 6 disc player, have same unit in my 01 Ranger which also doesn't work properly”

Anonymous, MI (2008 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)

“Radio put my new batterie down”

Yvon G., QC (2008 Ford F-150 XL 5.4-L V8)

Body Integrity

Squeaks, rattles, wind noises, loose or cracked seals and/or weather-stripping, air and water leaks.

What Owners Say

Air or water leaks

“Water leaking in from firewall area. Silicon-ed up where wiring harnesses come through and used a body seam sealer on a firewall body seam just below right lower corner of windshield. Seems to have stopped most of leak, however still had some water in right rocker channel after rain storm”

Larry T., CA (2008 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)

“Unknown source and unknown location”

Anonymous, WA (2008 Ford F-150 Lariat 4.5-L V8)

Engine Minor

Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.

What Owners Say

Engine knock or ping

“Ticking noise, which more and more people are tellling me, is common to the 5.4 litre engine. Ford dealership quoted $3,500 in repairs. Cam sensors require replacing they tell me. However, other owners have said this issue goes on for years without any major issues. Symptoms I experience include less power and increased fuel consumption”

Scott J., ON (2008 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)

Body Hardware

Power or manual windows, locks and latches, tailgate, hatch or trunk, doors or sliding doors, mirrors, seat controls, safety belts, sunroof, convertible top.

Engine Cooling

Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.

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