Ford named in class action lawsuit over defects in vehicles equipped with the 5.4L engine

Ford Motor

Between 2004 and 2008, the Ford manufactured, assembled and marketed a Class of Vehicles containing latent defects. Since 2005 and up until 2012, Defendant has been on notice of consumer complaints regarding a Class of Vehicles (equipped with the 5.4L engine) identified and described more fully below. These complaints have been made directly to Defendant and/or submitted to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (“NHTSA”), Office of Defect Investigation.

These vehicles suffered from defects in design and/manufacture, which have led to the following performance and safety issues: acceleration hesitation, loss of revolutions per minute (“RPM”), stalling, loss of power (including loss of power at high rates of speed), sudden and intermittent deceleration and other similar and potentially life threatening malfunctions (hereinafter referred to as “Engine Problems”).

These Engine Problems are the result of defects in the following vehicle systems and components: the Powertrain Control Module (PCM), the Transmission Control Module (TCM), the Electronic Throttle Control (ETC) and/or the Throttle Body Assembly (TBA).

Despite having knowledge and notice of these dangerous and costly defects in the referenced engines/vehicles in question, and specifically identified in Ford’s Technical Service Bulletins, referenced below, Defendant failed to inform its dealership network of these problems and defects.

 

The class consists of the following: “All individuals within the United States and its territories, who currently own or lease a model year 2004 through 2008 Ford passenger car and/or light truck vehicle, sold in the United States and equipped with a 5.4 liter engine, and which includes the original Powertrain Control Module (PCM), Transmission Control Module (TCM), Electronic Throttle Control (ETC) and/or the Throttle Body Assembly (TBA). Class members alleging a breach of Express Warranty either own or lease a vehicle that is 8 years old or less, and has 80, 000 miles or less, as of the time of filing this action.”

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Heather A. said
1083 days ago
The same issue is happening with my FordnEdge 2007. - 3.5l engine V6


James c. said
968 days ago
I have a 2008 ford f 150 with 80.000 miles its horrible it jerks it hesitate I call a dealer they in form me that it would cost between $1200 to 2200 hundred to fix it could be the coil pack or spark plugs a range of things that could be causing this problem


Steve K. said
952 days ago
My ford fiesta 2011 has had to have the clutches replaced that took over a month to fix. The car was jerking violently skipping gears. Went from 1st to 3rd to 6th missing gears in between. Would not go above 35 mph up the hill. Didn't think I'd make it to the dealers . Only had 42,000 miles on it. Dealer said was not safe to drive had to be fixed. Door latches also recalled but they don't have the parts to fix it yet. Very unsafe car.


Richard B. said
901 days ago
I own a 2007 Ford F-150 with 89000 miles. When this case was filed my vehicle had less than 80,000 miles and I was experiencing issues with the vehicle struggling for power and issues accelerating prior, but I did not have any money to take it to a dealership to get it fixed. Am I eligible to get my vehicle fixed under this class action suit?


Justin m. said
898 days ago
I have an 06 F150 with a 120,000 miles on it. There is something terribly wrong with my truck. Between 40-55 miles per hour, at about 1100 rpms, I get a horrible shudder/bucking sensation and severe loss of power. Nothing shows up in the scanner/code reader. My truck has been well maintained. There should be no reason for this shudder I'm experiencing other than poor design/manufacturing. Ford should own up to its mistakes and fix these engines.


J M. said
863 days ago
If I read the complaint correctly This law suit only covers vehicles back to 2007, What about the rest of the vehicles? Ford serviced my vehicle and if Ford Co. had put the information out there my truck would have been fixed. As it is myself and others will not be covered in this lawsuit.


tammy m. said
862 days ago
I own a 2007 Ford Edge SEL. In Dec. 2014 I received the recall letter for the gas tank. I brought my car to a Ford dealer. The part was not available yet. They set me up with a rental. Said Ford dealer went out of business in June 2015. I moved my car to another Ford dealership with no help from Ford. The part to fix my car became available in Aug. 2015.The part was replaced and my husband and I went to pick up the car. While driving home my car lost power would nt go over 20mph sounded terrible and the check engine light was flashing. The dealership came the next day and towed my car back to their dealership. They checked the car over and said that I would need to replace coils, plugs and the sending unit. They also stated that the computer should also be replaced. This work was estimated to cost $2000.00. No one is claiming responsibility for this malfuction and I haven't even had my car for the past 8 months.


tammy m. said
862 days ago
I own a 2007 Ford Edge SEL. In Dec. 2014 I received the recall letter for the gas tank. I brought my car to a Ford dealer. The part was not available yet. They set me up with a rental. Said Ford dealer went out of business in June 2015. I moved my car to another Ford dealership with no help from Ford. The part to fix my car became available in Aug. 2015.The part was replaced and my husband and I went to pick up the car. While driving home my car lost power would nt go over 20mph sounded terrible and the check engine light was flashing. The dealership came the next day and towed my car back to their dealership. They checked the car over and said that I would need to replace coils, plugs and the sending unit. They also stated that the computer should also be replaced. This work was estimated to cost $2000.00. No one is claiming responsibility for this malfuction and I haven't even had my car for the past 8 months.


J M. said
844 days ago
I am the original owner of a 2006 F-150 Harley edition, 5.4 liter V-8 3 valve engine. Ford in Lufkin, Texas has maintained my truck. NHSTA has no recalls on this truck neither does Ford. Ford and NHSTA have 42 TSB listed for this truck. From the complaints I have read at CFPB. There alot of complaints and CFPB wrote NHSTA and asked them to do something about these trucks and engines, NHSTA refused to do anything and Ford has also refused to repair replace or fix any problems. Engine re-builders have taken upon their self's to update the engine. The updated engine will cost $3300.00 not including the $600.00 Core and not including pulling and replacing the engine. My truck has 70,000 miles and originally The plugs were not to be replaced until 100,000 miles now Ford has downgraded that mileage to 60,000 miles. Most people whom work on these trucks break plugs because of the poor design and metal plugs in an aluminum head. The cluster lights were recalled because of a software error, At that time Ford should have updated all of the software. As it is now it is like running widows 10 on one part and 2000 year software on the other parts of the truck, At the time of the software error fix on the cluster panel my truck was still in warranty. I am a 100% DAV and that is why I bought a new truck for dependable transportation, as it is now For tough is not so TUFF. My truck almost got me killed when I pulled out to pass on a two lane highway and pushed the pedal down for passing gear, the truck got me half way around the engine jerked and would not speed the truck up, a vehicle had pulled up behind the other vehicle and I could not get back over, The person in the vehicle I was trying to pass had enough knowledge to see I was having trouble and slowed down and let me back over. I was a professional driver for over 15 years and have never seen anything like this. Ford step up and fix these problems or get out of the business. Solution: Replace all 5.4 liter engines with an updated rebuilt motor from the Pro. re-builders--Not Ford.


Pamela G. said
839 days ago
I purchased a used 2005 Ford Expedition and I am having these same issues and I don't know if I am able to file any complaint since I bought it two years ago and it was over 80,000 miles. It is dangerous, it has shut off while driving at 65 mph on a major highway and it hesitates and decelerates daily while driving. I have had it to the shop a few times and already spent over $2,000 on repairs and I am still having these issues.


Angelo W. said
829 days ago
Yes, I am having the same issue as just about everyone involved with this lawsuit. My F150 Supercrew (King Ranch) was shaking violently and quite embarrassingly loud, when I tried to slow down or came to a stop, and would also continuously cut off. And don't even try to put it in reverse, it shook the entire neighborhood and sounded like a diesel engine on steroids. My vehicle has been in with the dealer since 2 September, 2015. After the warranty company kept trying to find reasons to make me at fault, it was finally fixed (silenoids issue) and returned to me after 1 month (32 days - 2 October 2015). I took it out the next day and it lost power again, and dangerously cut off after I tried to make a left turn. Then the noise started all over again and so did the shaking. I took it back to the dealer on the 5th of October 2015 and they at least gave me a rental. Then I got a call yesterday telling me that it is an engine issue?!!! How does the dealer not know how to properly diagnose my car the first time. AND I know that by now that they know that too many people are having the same issues. Now I have to wait for them "tear down my vehicle for causal" once again, and wait for an inspector to check it...wait isn't that what they already did the first time?!!! Shame on Ford for not taking responsibility for what they built and had the nerve to sell!


Angelo W. said
829 days ago
And for the record, I am sure that the warranty company know this issue is going on. But, instead of them fixing the vehicles, they are trying to find fault with the owners so that they will not have to pay.


Angelo W. said
829 days ago
And for the record, I am sure that the warranty company know this issue is going on. But, instead of them fixing the vehicles, they are trying to find fault with the owners so that they will not have to pay.


LAURA A. said
767 days ago
I own a 2005 Ford F-150. I was part of the class action lawsuit dealing with the spark plugs. I just took my truck (equipped with the 5.4 triton engine) into the shop last week...and much to my dismay, epic internal engine failure. Cam phasers bad. 140,000 miles on it. This is seriously disappointing and quite a finacial burden. I have to either replace the engine or get a whole new vehicle. Hey Ford...I took care of my truck religiously. How can you do people like this? Money? My grandpa worked for Ford back in the 50's. This is what my family buys...and you mess over consumers like this? Most of my vehicles have gone beyond 250,000 miles...not 140,000. What do expect your loyal customers to do with this...or do you just not care? Merry Christmas.


Larry D. said
726 days ago
Yes, I own a 2005 Ford King Ranch and had all the mentioned problems including the spark plug issues that completely destroyed the engine. I had to have the engine replaced, cost over $7,000.00. I replaced it with the same engine and after 40,000 miles I have the same problems and an going to have to replace this engine for another $7.000.00.


Johnny N. said
725 days ago
my 2004 Ford Lariat 4wd has 70,000 miles and $3000.00 estimate to replace the timing system with no guarantee I won't have to replace the engine at a cost to exceed $8000.00


John P. said
681 days ago
Nothing but problems with my 2005 lariat. Now Ford is trying to make me pay for a new engine.


Fay R. said
625 days ago
We are having the same issue with our 2008 Ford F250 5.4 liter engine. The phase keeps going out and now it will not start at all.


connie p. said
619 days ago
2008 ford escape engine blew up







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619 days ago
ford escape engine blew up


Matt S. said
585 days ago
I have a 2010 f150 fx4 5.4l with 90,000miles I have experienced. several of these problems been in for service many times.still problems persist . plus the warranty from what was said and what they will cover is night and day difference.


Chris G. said
542 days ago
I have a 2007 F150 and having the same issues. I have been told that I need a new engine, I tried to ask if they could just rebuild it and they said that if they did that the problems would probably start all over again. From the time that we bought our vehicle to the time that it no longer ran we didn't even get to put 1,000 miles on it. But of course nobody will cover it. With this many complaints there is no way that Ford shouldn't be held responsible and get us all new engines!


Mario P. said
541 days ago
I'm having the same problems on my 2006 with less than 80k miles has anyone found or progressed on this issue? I lost brakes, power, and cylinders. The ford company said it would be 12000 to replace my engine. I am so outraged.


Gary C. said
521 days ago
In early 2009, we bought a new ford f250 with the 5.4 liter engine. At about 55,000 miles, my wife said she could hear a ticking sound coming from the right front of the vehicle. My hearing is not 100% and I couldn't hear the ticking sound. Now with nearly 68,000 miles, I can hear the ticking. I have been told that it is the exhaust manifold gasket and that there is a chance that the manifold itself will need to be replaced. Of course, it is now out of warrantee. Even so, I would think that we should be able to expect a new truck to last longer than that.


Gary C. said
521 days ago
In early 2009, we bought a new ford f250 with the 5.4 liter engine. At about 55,000 miles, my wife said she could hear a ticking sound coming from the right front of the vehicle. My hearing is not 100% and I couldn't hear the ticking sound. Now with nearly 68,000 miles, I can hear the ticking. I have been told that it is the exhaust manifold gasket and that there is a chance that the manifold itself will need to be replaced. Of course, it is now out of warrantee. Even so, I would think that we should be able to expect a new truck to last longer than that.


Nathan T. said
510 days ago
Same issue 8500 for a new engine


Matt W. said
487 days ago
Same issue died in terrible traffic while pulling a trailer. Was told to replace engine.


Matt W. said
487 days ago
Same issue died in terrible traffic while pulling a trailer. Was told to replace engine.


Andrew W. said
454 days ago
2007 F-150. Same issue although, from the 2nd year I owned the vehicle there have been intermitent occurances of these isses. At the 30,000 mile service I discussed these with Ford Dealership servive manager. Same at the 50,000 and again at the 90,000. All scheduled mainatinence and recommended service have been performed and everytime I have brought these issues up I was told "The mechanic was unable to identify a problem".


Chris P. said
450 days ago


Gerald Q. said
434 days ago
my 2004 ford f-150 had load tapping noises at around 4800 miles .Itook it to the dealer and he said it was out of warretny it now shakes runs so rough I cant drive .the dealer said I need anew motor For over 7000. dollars


Gerald Q. said
434 days ago
I meant 48000 miles.


Brian P. said
412 days ago
Changed the ECT solenoids ($1000.00) Not fixed told to get a new engine.


Brian P. said
412 days ago
Changed the ECT solenoids ($1000.00) Not fixed told to get a new engine.


JOHN G. said
407 days ago
My 2004 F150 Lariat made loud ticking noises at 120,000 miles. The cam phazer on the left side of engine failed and wrecked the engine. New engine replacement cost $10,000 with labor and a new radiator. (for warranty you must replace radiator) 3 year unlimited mile warranty. Ford modular motors are trash!!


Jeff M. said
363 days ago
I bought a new 2004 F150 with the 5.4 engine. It started ticking around 30,000 miles and then started the rough idle and stalling at low rpm around 46,000 miles. Took it to dealer and they told me I needed a new engine for $8,000. I only have 59,000 miles on it but the stalling is so bad that I won't let my wife drive it for safety reasons.


Alyson O. said
357 days ago
Bought 06 lariat brand new, 104,000 miles paid $700 for spark plugs, had injectors cleaned out, 170,000 no power when accelerating $1200 for new cats about every 1,000 miles had to replace random coil packs. 200,000 miles driving on hwy 65mph and truck shuts off no warning nothing. Replaced cam sensors vct silonoids crank sensor oil pressure switch alternator and battery , 218,000 miles motor is locked up


Pat K. said
339 days ago
I have a 2007 Lariat, 5.4 I bought new. My truck started the losing power while accelerating, bucking, losing power, and making a real racket in the motor. I took it to my mechanic. It has 95K miles on it. The mechanic said it was the timing chain. Could cost from $1200-$1700 . I got 2 other opinions and both said it is not the timing chain. Catalytic converter was pretty much shot. Now I am thinking about getting a new set of plugs put in it. Now I hear that due to a design flaw, removing them usually ends up breaking the old plugs and will cost a small fortune to get the broken plugs out. I was so terrified when the truck started shaking so violently that I was looking in my mirrors expecting to see parts of the truck laying in the road. After I slowly made it home, I parked my truck in my barn and never drove it again! Can anyone please tell me if this class action suit has all ready gone to court? Am I to late to get into this class action law suit. Ford knew about this problem but kept it quiet. I have never received a recall on anything for my truck.


Michelle C. said
338 days ago
I just bought a 2007 Expedition on 1/27/17 with 97K miles -- drove GREAT for about a week. Started having a rough idle at stop lights/signs, acceleration hesitation, stalled completely in the middle of oncoming traffic, and the loss of power while driving with 0 response when attempting to accelerate! Thankfully - under 30 day/1500 mile warranty and I bought the 5 yyear/50K extended warranty - took to the shop and diagnosed the issues as the Electronic Throttle Control and the Throttle BodyAssembly. Replaced both and still having the deceleration issues. Upon further inspection and diagnostics I was informed today that it is a total engine failure requiring a replacement of the entire engine. The repair shop is a contracted ship for my extended warranty plan (thank god!) and they are submitting the repair claim to them tomorrow for approval. The repair shop also informed me of this Class Action Suit and upon researching it I found this forum. I am crossing my fingers that since the extended warranty expressly covers the entire engine, drive trains, and transmission (and had already approved the replacement of the ETC and TBA) that they will approve this as well. Please cross your fingers for me that they do! I would appreciate any additional information regarding this and what my legal recourses are.


Shannon H. said
301 days ago
I also have the 04 f150 with the 5.4.. I have already had to replace the motor and now the 5.4 I installed is giving trouble and making horrible noise. I can't even take off hard without the truck stumbling and spitting. I read where thousands of people have the same issue I'm having. I have had this truck for 7 years and it has been a complete nightmare. I will never buy another Ford as long as I live. It is a total disgrace for a company as big as Ford to scam the American people by selling junk. No wonder so many people are buying foreign cars now.


Kyle C. said
291 days ago
2004 ford f150 with same thing going on with the motor


Brian R. said
289 days ago
I have a 2005 F-250 Super Duty with 5.4 motor .Same problem .Truck only has 72000 miles.


Terry C. said
272 days ago
Having same issues with 06f150 5.4 so out of necessity boughy 07 f150 and low an behold same problems


Terry C. said
272 days ago
Having same issues with 06f150 5.4 so out of necessity boughy 07 f150 and low an behold same problems


Terry C. said
272 days ago
Having same issues with 06f150 5.4 so out of necessity boughy 07 f150 and low an behold same problems


Terry C. said
272 days ago
Having same issues with 06f150 5.4 so out of necessity boughy 07 f150 and low an behold same problems


neil b. said
265 days ago
I have a 5.4l engine which just failed after 68,000 miles. Same isse.


neil b. said
265 days ago
I have a 5.4l engine which just failed after 68,000 miles. Same isse.


neil b. said
265 days ago
I have a 5.4l engine which just failed after 68,000 miles. Same isse.


Arno F. said
229 days ago
Bought new 2004 F150 Super Crew Lariat 4x4, loaded. Currently 62K miles original. Complained to dealer about ticking noise, they said don't worry. Truck then logged a lean code on passenger side and started to experience shaking around 45mph. Go to dealer after always babying this vehicle, they tell me new enigne $8500. WTF?


Arno F. said
229 days ago
Bought new 2004 F150 Super Crew Lariat 4x4, loaded. Currently 62K miles original. Complained to dealer about ticking noise, they said don't worry. Truck then logged a lean code on passenger side and started to experience shaking around 45mph. Go to dealer after always babying this vehicle, they tell me new enigne $8500. WTF?


Tammy A. said
223 days ago
I bought a 2005 F150 Lariet new in 2005. The catalytic converter went out,had it towed in for repair about 2012. When I was told it was repaired, it died before I could get out of the shop. The whole electrical system was shorting out. About 2years ago my power windows quit working. About the last 9 months,145,000 miles, it has become very dangerous to drive.. Acceleration is is damaged,will barely move when crossing an intersection,will choke sputter backfire and act like it isn't in gear at any time. Runs very rough, shakes and uses a lot of gas. Cannot drive it out of town because the passing traffic does not realize how slow you are going when it cuts out. I have many close calls and can't even go see my mom after her stroke unless I borrow a vehicle.


Jennifer E. said
214 days ago
I Have a 04 F150...I have had problems from the first month I got this truck. Vct solenoid, cam phasors , cam shaft sensor, coil... etc ... How the hell is ford motor company not able to fix their faulty shit? So I'm just supposed to be stuck with a shitty truck?


Jason I. said
188 days ago
Same problems with 2006 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer edition. Engine would have in fixable engine misfired, go into safe mode at highway speeds in traffic causing danger trying to get of highway. I bought this vehicle to be a safe form of transportation for my family and it was far from that. After numerous costly repairs, I finally had to let the vehicle go, but by that time the resale value had plummited and was so upside down on the Expedition that it will take years to recover. I just thank God my family is safe. I will never own another Ford product as long as I live.


dave p. said
184 days ago
issue with transmission at take off to low speeds transmission does not always want to shift out of first into the correct gear.


Jeana E. said
164 days ago
We have a 2010 Ford Expedition EL 5.4L 3-valve engine exhibiting a ticking sound as well as a lack of acceleration. Vehicle maintenance has been performed as per Ford instruction. There are 76,000 miles on this engine.
We brought the vehicle to a Ford service center where Ford service advisor performed EEC test and found no codes present within PCM.
A base engine inspection was conducted and found VCT failure with engine stuck at base timing and will not advance under acceleration caused by lack of oil pressure to VCT's due galley restriction and excess bearing.
According to Ford service provider, this problem could not have been prevented, foreseen or anticipated; he has opened a case number with Ford.
The engine needs replacement at the cost of $8,500.00.

Apparently, and as stated by service provider this problem is born of the defect in this engine and that this defect is well known to Ford.
We believe Ford should pay for this replacement. A well-maintained car with so few miles and little wear and tear should not have this issue.

This reflects poorly on the brand Ford. We will not shrink up and go away. We paid $63,000 for this SUV and finally had it paid off in January 2017.

We will petition for replacement of the engine with all costs to be paid by Ford.The general consumer needs to be aware of this common defect.

Thank you,
Jeana Enochson


Sandy K. said
159 days ago
I am having the same issue. Bought 2006 F150 new. It has been well taken care of and only has 80k miles. Got the cam lifter replaced and was good to go. Suddenly it started acting up at 45 mph. Add me to the class action.


Jimmie M. said
144 days ago
We purchased a 2006 F150 4×4 with the 5.4 3 valve motor we have had it for 3 years and have replaced the plugs and also had the coil pack. With 125,000 miles on it it blew up. Our mechanic told us that he had never seen one come apart on the inside like this one did and still be full of oil. We still owe 1 1/2 years on this truck but it is parked in the yard!!! So unfair especially since Ford new that this motor was junk. My husband is a die hard Ford man and would buy another one but not with the 5.4 3 valve motor!


elizabeth c. said
135 days ago
I bought my truck with only 63000 miles 2005 model, I have had nothing but a headache. now I am stuck with a truck that I am scared to drive.


Brittney T. said
123 days ago
Im having the same issue with my 05 expedition and was also told I need a new engine that would cost about 8500. It has a loud ticking noise like it needs oil, also a different ticking that has gotten worse and also misfires at about 45 MPH and above.


L H. said
110 days ago
I have same issue on my 2008 Lincoln MKX, 3.5L V6. I was given a copy of the Ford technical service report and found that the instructions to splice wires had already been done (before the dealer sold the car to me used). Now the dealer is telling me to find replacement parts at a junkyard has the cheapest option. My car is 9 yrs old and Ford has already made the replacement parts obsolete. Between that and the technical service report I think it's safe to say they know of the issue and they don't want to deal with it. This is not fair and I want restitution.


Warren H. said
97 days ago
Engine problems. Excessive enginware causing lack of oil pressure and that destroys the timing components. Can't get a strait answer on the exact cause. Possible main or connecting rod ware due to aluminum bearings and aluminum journals


Robert M. said
86 days ago
I was bringing my 150 from ga to il i noticed eng oil pressure feel to 0 and thend it came backe up . Nthe i heard a ticking noise and the truck shut down then i had to have it towed to il. after i removed the valve cover i noticed that the came had broken 3 of the cam caps were broken of and 8 lifters were laying in the head so i oreded a head to replack it with at this tim i have been thru 6 heads and they were all wrong When i was takeing it apart i noticed other things were wronge. I thing ford hould have a recll on the engine. as of now they have not recall 2008 5.4 triton to replac the engine but i guss they do not know what is not to have a truck.

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