Used 2004 Ford F-150 SVT Lightning


2004 Ford F-150

2004 Highlights

The F-150 is fully redesigned for 2004. It's bigger, more powerful and offers a greater variety of features and body styles than ever before.


Pros

  • Exceptional ride and handling characteristics, attractive and functional interior designs, multiple cab and bed configurations, most payload and towing capacity in the half-ton class.

Cons

  • Feels sluggish even with larger V8, no available side airbags, not much interior storage space.

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Used 2004 Ford F-150 SVT Lightning for Sale

Ford F-150 2004 4dr SuperCrew FX4 4WD Styleside 5.5 ft. SB (5.4L 8cyl 4A) Black Clearcoat Black139,196 miles
Used 2004Ford F-150FX4
List:$11,000
Est.Loan: $225/mo
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Dealer Notes

Just Traded... 2004 F-150... FX4.... Leather... Bucket Seats... 4x4... 5.4L V8 Triton Motor... This Is The One You Want... Local Owner... Clean Carfax... Well Maintained... Low Mileage For The Year!!! For the all new Country Buick-GMC Come check out our Huge Inventory and Super Savings.

Ford F-150 2004 4dr SuperCrew XLT 4WD Styleside 5.5 ft. SB (4.6L 8cyl 4A) Aspen Green Clearcoat Metallic 149,000 miles
Used 2004Ford F-150XLT
List:$9,999
Est.Loan: $204/mo
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Ford F-150 2004 4dr SuperCab XLT 4WD Styleside 8 ft. LB (5.4L 8cyl 4A) Silver Clearcoat Metallic 114,175 miles
Used 2004Ford F-150XLT
List:$8,915
Est.Loan: $182/mo
Black Clearcoat 114,000 miles
Used 2004Ford F-150FX4
List:$9,790
Est.Loan: $200/mo
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152,936 miles
Used 2004Ford F-150XLT
List:$7,495
Est.Loan: $153/mo
Oxford White Metallic/Dark Shadow Grey Clearcoat Metallic Black89,933 miles
Used 2004Ford F-150FX4
List:$11,000
Est.Loan: $225/mo
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Pending Inspection, CARFAX 1-Owner, No Accidents, Cruise Control, Power Windows, Power Door Locks, Power Seats, 5.4L V8 EFI 24V, 4WD, Air Conditioning, AM/FM Stereo/Clock/CD, Speed control. Odometer is 86463 miles below market average! Awards: * NACTOY 2004 North American Truck of the Year

Arizona Beige Clearcoat Metallic Tan153,126 miles
Used 2004Ford F-150Lariat
List:$9,987
Est.Loan: $204/mo
Malloy Hyundai(4)
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Dark Shadow Grey Clearcoat Metallic 153,953 miles
Used 2004Ford F-150XLT
List:$6,495
Est.Loan: $133/mo
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132,720 miles
Used 2004Ford F-150FX4
List:$10,515
Est.Loan: $215/mo
59,726 miles
Used 2004Ford F-150XLT
List:$8,500
Est.Loan: $174/mo
Kia of Waldorf(29)
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58,240 miles
Used 2004Ford F-150XLT
List:$13,000
Est.Loan: $266/mo
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Used 2004Ford F-150
List:$5,979
Est.Loan: $122/mo
True Blue Clearcoat Metallic 111,904 miles
Used 2004Ford F-150FX4
List:$9,998
Est.Loan: $204/mo
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88,802 miles
Used 2004Ford F-150XLT
List:$9,997
Est.Loan: $204/mo
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Dealer Notes

5.4L (330) 3V EFI V8 ENGINE,SOLID PAINT This vehicle includes a Money-Back Guarantee* and passed our precise inspection process. Best of all the price you see is the price you pay. No haggling. No back and forth. No pressure. And this price is so good it is guaranteed. *FORD F-150 EXTENDED CAB*1 OWNER*4X4*V8 POWER*P/WIN*P/LOCKS*TILT*CRUISE* THIS LOW PRICED TRUCK IS MARYLAND INSPECTED AND FULLY RECONDITIONED. *Money-Back Guarantee is valid for 5 days or 250 miles, whichever comes first. Subject to certain terms and conditions. See store for details. Some restrictions apply.

Black Clearcoat Tan135,131 miles
Used 2004Ford F-150Lariat
List:$8,995
Est.Loan: $184/mo
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Black Clearcoat 135,412 miles
Used 2004Ford F-150XLT
List:$6,995
Est.Loan: $143/mo
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2004 Ford F-150 Black 4D Crew Cab 4WD 4-Speed Automatic with Overdrive Clean CARFAX. Odometer is 27673 miles below market average! 14/18mpg ABS brakes, Compass, Illuminated entry, Remote keyless entry. Jones Junction is proud to announce that 2018 marks their 101st consecutive year as a family-run automotive business serving the Harford County and surrounding Maryland, Pennsylvania and Delaware communities. The Jones family believes their success lies in focU dedication to hard work and integrity. Their goal is not simply to sell a car; it is to create a lifelong partnership with their customers. All prices plus Taxes, Tags, and $300 Dealer Processing fee, not required by law, Feel free to visit us at WWW.JONESJUNCTION.COM, or come by today at 1713 Harford Rd Fallston, MD. 21047. Awards: * NACTOY 2004 North American Truck of the Year

Black Clearcoat 198,186 miles
Used 2004Ford F-150XLT
List:$7,995
Est.Loan: $164/mo
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129,501 miles
Used 2004Ford F-150XL
List:$6,899
Est.Loan: $141/mo
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Features & Specs

2dr Regular Cab SVT Lightning Rwd Flareside SB (5.4L 8cyl S/C 4A)
MPG13
Seating3
Transmission4-speed automatic
Fuelgas
Horsepower380 hp @ 4750 rpm

Safety

NHTSA Overall Rating

The National Highway Transportation Safety Administration offers independent analysis.
  • Frontal Barrier Crash Rating

    OverallNot Rated
    Driver5/5
    Passenger5/5
  • Side Crash Rating

    OverallNot Rated
  • Side Barrier Rating

    OverallNot Rated
    DriverNot Rated
    PassengerNot Rated
  • Combined Side Barrier & Pole Ratings

    Front SeatNot Rated
    Back SeatNot Rated
  • Rollover

    Rollover4/5
    Dynamic Test ResultNo Tip
    Risk Of RolloverNot Rated

IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Not Tested
  • Roof Strength Test
    Not Tested
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Not Tested
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test
    G
    Good

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Beauty and the Beast...All in one
Bought this '04 SVT used. No regrets! This truck is a beast! You want a rush? Mash the pedal and if you can, hold on! You had better be ready! I get tons of looks and complements every time that I drive this beauty. Respectable MPG for such power (13/18.) Had it for 7 months now and no problems. The only complaint I have is that I don't have enough time to drive it more. I have only put 1000 miles on it.
Lightning strikes twice
Although I have only had this Lightning a few days, I know I will love it. This is the 8th new Ford since 1989 and I am obviously a Ford fan. The power it has and the potential for more power is almost unlimited, but I will probally leave mine stock.....maybe. The interior is VERY comfortable for 2.
AWSOME
THIS TRUCK IS AMAZING I CAN WAIT TO BUY THE NEW 05 LIGHTING SO I CAN BEAT THE DODGE SRT10.
More About This Model

Over the last several decades, Ford's F-Series truck has gone from farm implement to fashionably hip, bringing home numerous sales records and big profits in the process. With total sales last year approaching one million units, it's hardly a stretch to call Ford's big pickup the single most important model it makes, and when it comes time for a redesign there's little room for error.

In years past, maintaining the F-150's top sales spot was largely a matter of fending off the Chevrolet/GMC twins from General Motors, but a revitalized Dodge and full-size entries from Nissan and Toyota have turned up the heat considerably. To keep these competitors at bay, Ford gathered its best engineers, cranked up the focus groups and set out to design the most advanced F-Series ever built.

The result is a 2004 F-150 with a cleaner burning and more powerful V8, increased passenger and cargo room and broad-shouldered bodywork that looks the part of an all-American pickup. But is it good enough to maintain Ford's long-standing dominance in the category?

After our introduction to the new F-150 in the steamy hill country of Central Texas, there's little doubt that this truck sets new standards for full-size pickups when it comes to cabin design, ride and handling and load-carrying capacity. But we also noted a few significant weak spots, and in a segment that thrives on continual one-upmanship and bragging rights, such shortcomings could hamper its ability to fend off the competition in the years ahead.

Since full-size trucks are notoriously complex when it comes to all the various configurations and options packages, we'll try to lay out Ford's new game plan as simply as possible.

The F-150 has been broken down into five distinct models — XL, STX, XLT, FX4 and Lariat — each catering to a different customer who's looking for varying levels of features and options. The base XL is your standard work truck with a vinyl or cloth interior and minimal amenities. The STX is similarly equipped but adds body-colored bumpers, sportier wheels and a few additional options such as a stepside bed and an upgraded sound system. The volume leader in the lineup is expected to be the midgrade XLT, as it offers the widest array of available options as well as an upgraded interior.

The top two trim levels are even more specialized. Outdoor enthusiasts are the primary target of the FX4 model as it fortifies the F-150 with underbody skid plates, heavy-duty shocks and retuned springs. Two-tone paint, larger 18-inch wheels and a body-color grille add visual distinction to the outside while metallic accents glitter up the interior.

Top-of-the-line Lariats cater to buyers looking for an upscale look and feel. The interior features brushed aluminum and wood highlights along with optional leather heated seats, satellite steering wheel controls, white-faced gauges and automatic climate control. Exterior details include two-tone paint, chrome bumpers and 18-inch aluminum wheels.

Both the FX4 and Lariat offer the segment's first console-mounted floor shifter when you order the optional captain's chairs, along with distinctive gauge clusters to further distance those models from their lower-brow counterparts.

There are still three cab configurations — regular, extended and crew — but all regular cabs now offer reverse-opening access doors for getting to the storage area behind the front seat. Available bed lengths consist of the standard 6 1/2- and 8-foot sizes along with a new 5 1/2-foot size for extended cab models that makes fitting into a warm garage a more viable option. All boxes are two inches deeper than before giving the F-150 the most cargo capacity in its class, and all feature a new assist mechanism for the tailgate that makes it easier to raise and lower.

Regardless of trim, all F-150s sport a new interior design that looks sharp and works well. There's minimal button clutter, the radio is placed high for easy tuning and all gauges are easily readable. Build quality on our early build test trucks was impressive. Door panels didn't budge an inch when pressed upon and dashboard gaps were straight and of close tolerance. Materials quality is also better than before, with none of the glaringly cheap plastics that detracted from the previous model's interior.

Ford's attempt to differentiate its high-line models paid off as the FX4 and Lariat trim level have a distinct look and feel to their interiors. When it comes to providing an upscale experience, the Lariat has the current competition beat hands down. Between its metallic accents, faux wood trim and clean design, there are few trucks that offer an interior so elegantly trimmed. The industrial style of the FX4 isn't quite so dramatic, but it does manage to provide a unique look without trying too hard.

As much as we liked the interior's overall design, there are a few areas that could use some improvement. Although we logged a relatively modest number of miles, the seats became tiresome regardless of trim level, and we found it strange that even the upgraded leather captain's chairs still use manual adjusters for the seat back angle and lumbar support. The climate control dials look good but feel cheap, same goes for the door handles — both being items that we think should have a good, solid feel considering how often you touch them. We also found the turn signal stalk hard to reach, the grab handles too far away and relatively few storage compartments.

The most glaring omission to the F-150's interior, however, is the lack of side-impact airbag protection. Ford claims that the F-150's taller height makes it less vulnerable to such impacts, yet it found them perfectly appropriate for the equally sized Expedition sport-utility. Add in the fact that the Dodge Ram already provides such protection, with the upcoming Nissan Titan set to do the same come December, and it becomes an even more inexcusable omission.

But enough about the interior already, the true test of a truck is how it handles itself on the road. To that end, the F-150 has been upgraded with a fully boxed frame that's nine times stiffer than before, a new rack-and-pinion steering system, larger brakes and a revised suspension design among other things.

The result is exceptional ride quality and sharp handling for a vehicle of its size. There's still the telltale vagueness from the solid rear axle, but as trucks go, you're not going to find a smoother-riding full-size anywhere. The steering is no longer the guessing game that it once was and the brakes have a firm, progressive feel that's reassuring in such a big vehicle.

For power, the F-150 now offers just two options: a carry-over 4.6-liter V8 rated at 231 horsepower and 293 pound-feet of torque and a heavily modified version of the last year's 5.4-liter V8 (the V6 has been dropped but will return in '05). Both engines are mated to four-speed automatic transmissions with the larger 5.4-liter getting a heavier-duty version to handle its extra power.

Now rated at 300 hp and 365 lb-ft of torque, the 5.4-liter engine uses three-valve cylinder heads and variable camshafts to provide more power at lower engine speeds. The extra juice allows the F-150 to claim a maximum tow rating of 9,500 pounds, the highest rating in the half-ton class.

During a towing demonstration in which the F-150 was pitted against its current rivals while pulling a 7,000-pound trailer, the newly invigorated Triton proved to be a smooth and refined hauler. The broad power band enabled the truck to maintain a steady pull on moderate hill climbs, and it did so with less interior noise than a Hemi-equipped Dodge Ram.

Unfortunately, the Triton's impressive towing ability doesn't translate into usable power during normal stop-and-go driving. Acceleration off the line feels soft and even full-throttle downshifts fail to elicit much snap. The apparent sluggishness could be chalked up to increased levels of refinement that mask the actual performance, but we've got a feeling it's something else entirely — namely weight. Compared to its predecessor, an '04 extended cab F-150 comes saddled with nearly 800 pounds of additional weight — enough extra baggage to cause even its more powerful engine to feel sluggish.

Whether a truck's 0-to-60 performance is something to be concerned about is debatable. After all, the idea of a truck is to buy it for what it can do, not what it can beat at a stoplight. In this regard, the F-150 stacks up well as its capabilities, both in towing and hauling, are now class-leading. Factor in its larger, more appealing interior, top-notch build quality and brawny looks and the F-150 has undeniable appeal.

But even with so much going for it, we can't help but feel that this new F-150 lacks the kind of innovative features that will make it stand out from the crowd. Bigger, faster, stronger may have been enough to impress a decade ago, but these days such improvements are expected. Whether this shortfall will make a serious dent in the F-150's status as the best-selling vehicle in the world is hard to tell, but there's no doubt that it leaves the door wide open for the competition to come storming in.

Used 2004 Ford F-150 SVT Lightning Overview

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