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.
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Engine Minor Engine Minor Accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, oil leaks.
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Engine Cooling Engine Cooling Radiator, cooling fan, antifreeze leaks, water pump, thermostat, overheating.
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Transmission Major Transmission Major Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.
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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 supercharged (450 hp)
  • 5.4-liter V8 (300 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.

Brakes

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

What Owners Say

Antilock system (ABS)

"Abs lite came on as I was backing out of driveway. Mechanic said that they checked then reset. Lite came on again. Son said sometimes they freeze up when truck sits for periods of time."

Anonymous, FL (2008 Ford F-150 STX 5.4-L V8)

"ABS BRAKE MODULAR"

Anonymous, TX (2008 Ford F-150 XL 4.5-L V8)

"abs system failed"

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

"The light is always on as well as the brake light on dash even tho problem was fixed. And the sensors in the tires to indicate a low tire do not function correctly."

Anonymous, KS (2008 Ford F-150 FX2 4.2-L V6)

"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)
Calipers

"Caliper hung up causing the brake to wear out the rotor"

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

"Brakes were repaired a week earlier. Then we were driving down the highway and the brakes caught on fire. THey said it was bad calipers. One week after getting a break job?? Ended up costing us over 1200 dollars."

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

"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)
Normal routine brake wear

"needed new rear pads and rotors after 160000 miles"

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

"Brakes wore down due to driving on inclines."

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

"The front wheel brake disk seem to go out of round too quickly. .this causes excessive vibrating with the ABS especially when going down steep hills and many times when just slowing down"

Anonymous, AK (2008 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.4-L V8)
Premature brake wear

"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)
Pulsation or vibration

"Vibration increased with normal braking. If there is a weak area in this F150, it is the brakes, should stop better without problems."

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

"Aftermarket rear rotors were installed on my truck to pass safety at the dealer and continually warped and were machined twice. Never buy bargain rotors."

Doug C., ON (2008 Ford F-150 FX2 4.5-L V8)
Rotors

"They should be heavier duty, I have towing package, yet rotors overheated and warped rather easily."

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

"Think due to abnormal brake wear."

Anonymous, KS (2008 Ford F-150 FX2 4.2-L V6)

"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)

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)
Bushings

"Noticed a light thud of a noise when I'd sometimes steer left. I'm told these bushings do commonly age out but the repair at Ford wasn't too salty and it was a fast afternoon fix. While in there they found a few other things to warn me about that I should consider in the future (one being the timing belt which I've never replaced on this truck so I consider it a good thing)."

Anonymous, IN (2008 Ford F-150)
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)

"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

"When in shop repairing oil leak, mechanic noticed both front springs & shocks broken."

Thomas S., NJ (2008 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.4-L V8)

"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)
Springs or torsion bars

"Cracked drivers rear leaf spring ….I believe just from fatigue over the years. The vehicle has never towed anything or had any large loads in the box. Suspension fatigue from potholes maybe over time?"

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

"The front sway bar link was worn after 100,000 miles. The only problem I've had in 10 years!"

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

"Had to replace a broken leaf spring"

Gary C., AB (2008 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.4-L V8)
Steering linkage (includes rack and pinion)

"u joints in steering column rusted out and were binding"

D H., CO (2008 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-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 4.2-L V6)

Paint/Trim

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

What Owners Say

Loose interior trim or moldings

"The front driver side grab handle broke when I was using it to enter the vehicle. I discovered this handle is made of pure PLASTIC. I had assume it was a metal piece encased in plastic. Certainly the grab handle is not nearly as sturdy as I feel it should be."

Gary C., AB (2008 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.4-L V8)
Paint (fading, chalking, cracking, or peeling)

"Paint is rusting through and peeling especially in the rear bumper and tailgate ares. I believe it is faulty painting."

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

"Rust holes beind both doors are aout 4 inch diameter plus rust is staring to show through both rear fenders."

Keith H., IN (2008 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)

"Bumpers are rusting from the inside out. I think is is poor paint from the factory"

Vernon S., AK (2008 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.4-L V8)

"Very minor around rear wheel wells."

Bruce W., ON (2008 Ford F-150 XLT 4.2-L V6)

"Rear bumper started bubbling and than rusting. Rusting from the rubber step."

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

"rust around wheel well drivers side &rust below back drivers side door"

Jerry H., KY (2008 Ford F-150 XLT 4.5-L V8)

"cab corners and rocker panels"

Mike C., NE (2008 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)

"Excessive rust in the rear quarterpanel of the truck bed. Also have perforation rust and peeling paint in the front hood. The problem is getting progressively worse and I will need to have body work repaired this summer."

Sean W., PA (2008 Ford F-150 XLT 4.5-L V8)

"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)

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

Alternator

"Failure at 101,000 miles"

Louis B., MD (2008 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.4-L V8)
Coil

"Each plug has its own coil which intermittently go out from time to time happened on my last f150 also....expensive fix"

John S., IL (2008 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.4-L V8)
Electronic ignition

"The coil pack failed on cylinder # 5 but F150 was still driveable"

Frank R., MI (2008 Ford F-150 XL 4.2-L V6)

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

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

"Needed replacing."

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

"Engine miss #3 cylinder has not been repaired yet."

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

"I had misfires while driving slowly as well as major vibration when downshifting from overdrive to 3rd gear."

Louis B., MD (2008 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.4-L V8)

"The coating or chemical make-up of the wire covering attracts mice and they chewed EVERY WIRE leading to the plugs ."

Joe M., (2008 Ford F-150)

"Spark plug failures caused truck to stall and die multiple times. Over 10 visits to three different MAJOR automotive places were unable to correct since the plugs break and even replacements were faulty. These faults caused larger issues including cat converter failure and poor gas mileage. The check engine light came on so many times that the gauges and warning lights never turn off. Now I have permanent warnings for cat converter and brakes, which I've been told is a known fault in the instrument panel. Fortunately I don't notice too much since the truck has so many rattles when the wind blows that I'm constantly driving with my arm out the window hitting things trying to determine where the rattle comes from."

Matthew B., NM (2008 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)

"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)

Transmission Minor

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

What Owners Say

Clutch adjustment

"Had to replace the clutch interlock starter switch"

Joe B., TN (2008 Ford F-150 XL 4.2-L V6)
Gear selector or linkage

"Automatic transmission shifter brake interlock (to shift out of park) failed. Dealer only part, abt $125 relatively easy do it yourself fix."

Peter B., OH (2008 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.4-L V8)

"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)
Hydraulics (clutch master or slave cylinder)

"clutch cylinder leaked on clutch plate requiring clutch replacement. clutch was fine otherwise."

Stephen B., FL (2008 Ford F-150 XL 4.2-L V6)
Rough shifting

"Shifts down so hard from 3rd to 2nd when accelerating fast it clunks hard"

Anonymous, ID (2008 Ford F-150 XL 5.4-L V8)
Slipping transmission

"This transmission should not have failed with 87K"

William C., ME (2008 Ford F-150 FX4 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)
Transmission leaks

"Tail shaft Aluminum Housing where drive connects at transmission cracked. Years of corrosion by salt and tail shaft clamp assembly made of steel. Dissimilar metals connected together. Expand and brake"

F R., MI (2008 Ford F-150 XL 4.2-L V6)

"Cracked rear housing with no external trauma"

Kevin D., PA (2008 Ford F-150)
Transmission sensor or solenoid

"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)

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 leaks

"Bolt broken in exhaust manifold"

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

"exhaust manifold leak."

Anonymous, TN (2008 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.4-L V8)
Exhaust manifold

"an exhaust manifold bolt came out, causing excessive noise and fuel consumption, as well as potential passenger cabin air quality concerns"

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

"bolts rust out"

Richard J., MA (2008 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)

"Makes the truck shudder when accelerating and odor. Unfortunately the repair will cost more than the truck is worth."

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

"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)

Climate System

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

What Owners Say

A/C compressor

"On hot days, the AC blows hot air when stopped at (at lights, etc) for any length of time (minutes). Cold air resumes when vehicle is in motion."

Paul T., CA (2008 Ford F-150 STX 4.5-L V8)

"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

"HVAC blower failed. About $75 on Amazon for aftermarket replacement. Simple do it yourself fix but contorted long reach."

Peter B., OH (2008 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.4-L V8)

"Fan does not operate on the 2 lowest settings. I can only run the Air conditioning using the 3rd. and 4th (highest) speeds."

Sean W., PA (2008 Ford F-150 XLT 4.5-L V8)

"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)
Evaporator

"Had a hole in it causing the refridgerant to bleed off"

Anonymous, SD (2008 Ford F-150 Lariat 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)

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

"Piston malfunction causing spark plug contact. Total engine was a loss requiring rebuild."

Jim G., BC (2008 Ford F-150 XLT 4.5-L V8)

"Oil gaugeinstalled on dash is insufficient to show inadequate oil pressure"

William C., ME (2008 Ford F-150 FX4 5.4-L V8)

"Cam shaft broke with spark plug mistiming"

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

"Cracked manifold"

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

"Replaced within the last year. I was told this normally occurs at about 80,000. Mine lasted much longer."

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

"Ran really rough and wouldn’t get above 30mph"

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

"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)

Transmission Major

Transmission rebuild or replacement, torque converter, clutch replacement.

What Owners Say

Torque converter

"The issue was with the transmission ring gear failure causing the transmission and engine to shake violently when under load in drive or reverse"

Anonymous, AB (2008 Ford F-150 Lariat 5.4-L V8)
Transmission rebuild or replacement

"Failure of a compression washer resulted in the transmission having to be rebuilt."

Edward W., CA (2008 Ford F-150 XL 5.4-L V8)

"Transmission stopped shifting to high gear. Internal problem, required a new transmission."

Chris L., UT (2008 Ford F-150 FX4 5.4-L V8)

"This is apparently on the TSB list for these trucks, transmission whines as you increase speed. I have not fixed it yet but it will need a full transmission rebuild or replacement which is going to equal down time for me and a significant cost."

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

"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)

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

Exterior lights (other than headlights)

"The backup and break light module above the rear window leaked during rain storms and water ran into the back seat."

Paul T., CA (2008 Ford F-150 STX 4.5-L V8)

"Left rear brake light and turn signal inoperative, it was not a bulb or fuse problem, a connector had to be replaced."

Joseph R., MT (2008 Ford F-150 FX4 5.4-L V8)
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)
Warning lights

"Brake warning light came on due to a bad connection on the dash circuit board."

Clifford W., SC (2008 Ford F-150 XLT 4.5-L V8)

"There is a known fault with the warning lights due to bad solder joints in the instrument cluster. The only fix is to replace at high expense or remove and resolder for cheap (several hundred dollars if outsourced but cheaper than a new panel). Of course difficult to drive the vehicle without an instrument cluster while it is shipped out."

Matthew B., NM (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)
Display screen goes blank

"Goes blank if I hit the display it comes back briefly"

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

"It quit working and sapped the battery. We unplugged it instead of paying for repairs."

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

"Radio put my new batterie down"

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

"Electric coil went out, caused engine light."

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

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

4WD/AWD components

"My sister got the truck stuck in the mud and when I engaged the 4wd the actuator failed making a clunk then clicking sound . The actuator should not have failed."

Art L., NY (2008 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)
Differential

"Started leaking"

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

"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)

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)
Fuel injection system

"Have had occasional problems with fuel injection system over the years. The fuel rail had to be cleaned the last time."

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)
Fuel pump

"The problem was actually the fuel pump module. Check engine light came on, indicated lean fuel mixture and missing in one cylinder. It took two days for the mechanic to diagnose a failure in the fuel pump module, which is located between the body of the truck and the spare tire. Easy to replace after diagnosis."

Chris L., UT (2008 Ford F-150 FX4 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)

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)
Squeaks or rattles

"When driving the truck ,it makes a lot of noise and not from tires."

Anonymous, CT (2008 Ford F-150 XL 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

"Heavy pinging on acceleration. I am saving up to have the cam phasers, timing belt and oil pump replaced."

Art L., NY (2008 Ford F-150 XLT 5.4-L V8)

"New camshaft and rollers installed on driver side of motor. In the winter time it drives great. But in the summer when it is hot out engine idols very rough. When put in reverse when running rough almost stalls out."

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

"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)

Engine Cooling

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

What Owners Say

Antifreeze leaks

"Design problem with the intake manifold. Coolant through the manifold causes leak in the manifold due to coolant eroding the manifold plastic. Required entire manifold replacement."

Jim G., BC (2008 Ford F-150 XLT 4.5-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.

What Owners Say

Doors or sliding doors

"A deer ran into me, crushing passenger door not to open"

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