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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
133,958 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2003 Ford E-350 fuel system problems

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2003 Ford E-350 Owner Comments

problem #6

Aug 142013

E-350 8-cyl Diesel

  • 231,121 miles


The Ford E-350 van began to loose power then stalled on md route 43. There was no possibility to pull of the road way. The vehicle started after waiting 15 minutes then drove another 2 miles until it stalled again. Aaa towed the vehicle and the fuel tank was removed. The fuel tank was found to be delaminating and clogging the fuel lines with silver strands of coating from inside the tank. A new tank is being ordered and installed along with cleaning the fuel system. Very dangerous as there is no warning. This 15 passenger vehicle is used to Transport children. Ford should be required to recall this problem to prevent a disaster. Many of these vehicles are used as school transportation which would multiply the tragedy in the event of an accident.

- Middle River, MD, USA

problem #5

Aug 012012

E-350 8-cyl Diesel

  • 102,375 miles
Lost power. Filter heavily plugged particulate. Dropped tank. Bottom of tank has 1/2" silvery flakes. Fuel pick-up screen plugged. Boiled and reinstalled tank. Fuel pump failure about 2 months later. New pump. At 149000 mile, new tank and may need new pump. Tank was delaminating.

- San Bruno, CA, USA

problem #4

Jan 132010


  • 84,000 miles
Sudden fuel leak from the fuel filter mounting housing on the engine. Resulting in significant down time and expense.

- Erie, PA, USA

problem #3

Feb 232010


  • 106,000 miles


Fuel leaks in 7.3L and 6.0L diesel engines in Ford E-350 ambulances. We have had 4 failures of the fuel filter mounting which have cracked and resulted in fuel leaks. Repairs have been made at our expense with significant down time. Repairs have been averaging about $900 for each ambulance. There are no tsb or recalls according to our local Ford dealer. But parts are on a national back order.

- Erie, PA, USA

problem #2

Sep 292008


  • 124,500 miles
When driving my truck last week it started slowing down and violently shaking. It would not drive faster than 30mph on 95. We found that the fuel system was clogged. We then removed the fuel tank and found what looked to be silver paint chips in the bottom of the tank. It appears as though the lining of the tank is delaminating. This has clogged the entire fuel system. I am in the process of replacing the tank but I don't know if the new tank will have the same problem. I have read many other accounts of this problem online and the repairs to this point will cost me about 1000 dollars.

- Pasadena, MD, USA

problem #1

Aug 282008


  • 155,753 miles
I was in traffic and crossing an intersection when my vehicle lost all power and stalled. After a few minutes of sitting the vehicle ran fine. Later in traffic it did it again and an accident almost occurred. I had the vehicle checked by pro automotive services and found the inside of the fuel tank lining is flaking off blocking the fuel lines and stalling the vehicle out. This is a very dangerous and unheard of problem. The vehicle is 5 years old and the fuel tank inside is flaking badly. You never know when the vehicle is going to stall or fail in traffic. There where no failure codes displayed or check engine light coming on.

- Godfrey, IL, USA

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