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pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
132,000 miles
Total Complaints:
1 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. new plug coils and new gasmix sensor (1 reports)
1997 Ford E-250 engine problems

engine problem

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1997 Ford E-250 Owner Comments

problem #1

Jan 012011

E-250 V8 Triton

  • Automatic transmission
  • 132,000 miles


1997 E250 ford window van, V8 Triton engine + AT, would not pass two year CA smog checks three times in a row. The first time, we had the plugs and the coils which are bolted over the plugs replaced by the local dealer for over $1000, with no state subsidy. The second time, the smog shop mechanic cleaned the coils which are bolted over the plugs and had carbon deposits, with $600 paid by the state for failed smog check repairs. The third time, we had the gasmix sensor replaced because it was giving the wrong signals, with $600 again paid by the state. I got frustrated and almost junked the van for being in the repair shop too often, but it is now running OK for a backup second car/truck that carries over 4000 pounds.

- , Sonoma, CA, USA

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