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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
104,477 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2001 Ford E-350 engine problems

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2001 Ford E-350 Owner Comments

problem #9

Apr 212012

E-350 8-cyl Diesel

  • 143,000 miles


While driving vehicle started running rough/missing lost engine power. Had to have the vehicle towed home replaced the fuel filter and pump. Still had problems. Towed to the dealer who finally advised fuel tank laminate was flaking. Found 4 other complaints on this site for the same problem. Online found that this is happening in multiple years/diesel types from Ford.

- Snowflake, AZ, USA

problem #8

Dec 082011


  • 148,028 miles
Spark plug blow out of 5.4L engine causing gas fumes in passenger area.

- Beavercreek, OH, USA

problem #7

Jun 252011

E-350 8-cyl Diesel

  • miles
I parked my F 350 diesel in front of my house for the night. Next morning, before 6 a.M., I woke to the noises outside:cracking, popping, and explosions. The front of my truck was on fire. It was coming around all sides of the hood and around the front wheel area, also through the dash and steering area. I called the fire dept. And started putting the fire out using the garden hose. Four more explosions happened, and two front tires exploded as well. I fought the flames until fire trucks set up and took over. They put it out just in time to save $ 4,000 cash and ammo inside the cab.

- Estes Park, CO, USA

problem #6

Nov 012010


  • 167,350 miles


The contact owns a 2001 Ford E-350. The contact stated that while driving 25 mph, there was a loud popping noise from the engine compartment. The contact pulled over and noticed that a spark plug and coil pack had come out of place. The vehicle was repaired by the contact. The failure occurred again two weeks later. The vehicle was towed to his garage. The contact called the dealer who stated that they would file a report and repaired the vehicle with a temporary fix. The failure mileage was 167,350 and the current mileage was 167,422.

- Bartlett, TN, USA

problem #5

Aug 222010


  • 150,411 miles
The contact owned a 2001 Ford E350. The vehicle was parked outside of the contact's residence when he heard an loud explosion. The vehicle had caught fire. The fire department was called. Once the fire was extinguished, the contact discovered that a hole had been burned in the hood of the vehicle, right above the master cylinder. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The vehicle remained outside of the contact's home and was not drivable. The failure and current mileage was 150,411.

- Dallas, GA, USA

problem #4

Mar 122010

E-350 8-cyl

  • 79,500 miles
We have a 2001 Ford E-350 van with less than 80,000 miles. A spark plug has ejected from the engine, stripping the block. Of course, gasoline spews from the open cylinder, and the spark plug is still sending out a spark. A very dangerous defect, one that I read is commonplace, from the website :

- Newark, NJ, USA

problem #3

Dec 242009

E-350 10-cyl

  • 14,000 miles


Spark plug blew out of Triton V10 engine almost causing a fire. Truck only has 14,000 miles on it. Very costly repair and could have caused a fire or injuries.

- Staten Island, NY, USA

problem #2

Nov 052009


  • 149,000 miles
Normal use.Ford E-350 5.4 2001.sudden failure of right no.2 cylinder.sparkplug ejected. Coil-over damaged.;repair by coil insert.

- Dallas, GA, USA

problem #1

Feb 152008

E-350 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 89,000 miles
Twice within the past two years I have been driving down the road, at reasonably low speeds, and a spark plug has blown completely out of my engine, with no advance warning. Twice I have had to bring it back to the dealer. He now tells me, and the extended warranty company confirmed it, that the heads for the 5.4 litre engine were not milled properly (only 4 threads for each spark plug, causing the plug to strip and come out of the engine) and that this is an enormous problem with this engine. The last repair cost over $4,000 but since the problem has been occurring outside of the 36,000 mile warranty that Ford provides, Ford has done nothing about it and in fact, it has generated much business for the dealerships. Both the dealer and the warranty company confirmed this.

- New Fairfield, CT, USA

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