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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
41,361 miles

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2006 Ford E-350 engine problems

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2006 Ford E-350 Owner Comments

problem #6

Feb 172011

E-350 8-cyl

  • 61,333 miles


Spark plug blow out on a 2006 Ford E350 5.4 liter engine. Causes fuel to spray out and fire to ignite. Thin aluminum head is not strong enough to hold spark plug in place. There are over 5 million web pages concerning this issue.

- Powhatan, VA, USA

problem #5

Jun 052008

E-350 Diesel

  • 80,000 miles
Ford 6.0 diesel engines have issues in respect to the seals on the oil pumps for the injection system. It is not a question of if the seals will fail, it's when. When the seals fail, the engine will shut down completely leaving the driver without power steering or brakes. I have two (2) vehicles fail in traffic causing the drivers to attempt to exit the roadway without being hit by another vehicle. The issue seems to be related to the "O-ring" seals used through-out the injection system. Unfortunately, I don't have the old parts available, but with approximately ten of these vehicles in our fleet, I'm sure it won't take long before another one fails. This effects all 6.0 Ford diesel motors in all model vehicles from 2004-2008. I don't understand why there has not been a safety recall on all vehicles with this motor. As mentioned, it is not a question of if the engine will fail, but when.

- West Ilsip, NY, USA

problem #4

Dec 172008


  • 50,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford E350. The vehicle was parked at the contact's job for two hours when he was notified that the hood was on fire. The fire marshall investigated and found that a faulty wire under the hood caused the fire. The insurance company declared the vehicle to be destroyed. A fire report was filed. The failure and current mileages were 50,000.

- Farmingville, NY, USA

problem #3

Nov 152005

E-350 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Ford E-350. While driving, the contact depressed the brake pedal and the engine completely shut off. At times, the vehicle would restart immediately, but at other times, it would restart after an hour. The vehicle was taken to the dealer on five different occasions. During three of the visits, the dealer found no failures. On two other occasions, the dealer replaced the wiring harness and the sensor. The purchase date was unknown. The current mileage is 80,000 and failure mileage was 40,000. The consumer stated the dealer placed a computer in the vehicle to determine codes for the defect in the vehicle. The dealer stated the vehicle has a loose rattle noise after driving over bumps. The consumer provided multiple repair invoices. Updated 08/13/07

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #2

Sep 012006

E-350 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
: the contact stated while driving 70 mph, the vehicle's engine power failed, but the radio still worked. Power steering also failed causing the vehicle to side swipe a construction sign as the contact steered to the side of the highway, into a rest stop. No police report was filed. The vehicle restarted after 20 minutes and was returned to the rental Agency. The Agency was informed of the power failure. It was unknown if the service dealer or manufacturer were notified.

- Woodland Hills, CA, USA

problem #1

Jul 212006

E-350 8-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 16,832 miles
The contact stated that while driving there was an acrid smell coming from the air-conditioning vents. The dealer diagnosed the problem to be an air compressor failure in the air-conditioning system. The contact has ten 2005, and 3, 2006 vehicles. All 13 had the alternators replaced by the dealer before the buses were put into service. There have been 3 alternator failures, 2 high pressure pump failures, 1 clutch fan failure and 5 vehicles with check engine light issues. Updated 8/15/2006 -

- Roslyn, NY, USA

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