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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
104,722 miles

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2002 Ford F-250 engine problems

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2002 Ford F-250 Owner Comments

problem #4

May 122008

F-250

  • 90,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The contact owns a 2002 Ford F250. The contact received a recall notice for NHTSA campaign id number 06V286000 (vehicle speed control). He took the vehicle to the dealer for repair and was informed that other repairs needed to be performed first. The cruise control failure damaged the fuse block and cable harness. He was informed that the repair costs would total approximately $1,500 - $2,000. The manufacturer stated that they sent the contact other notices and would provide assistance. The contact stated that he never received any notice prior to the one dated may of 2008. The vehicle's cruise control also stopped working around the time he received the recall notice. The current and failure mileages were approximately 90,000.

- Neptune, NJ, USA

problem #3

May 132007

F-250 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 149,000 miles
1st cruise control quit working. 3 weeks later a new problem began. To start vehicle I had to turn key to accessory, move gear shift from park to neutral, then turned key the rest of the way to start. After arriving anywhere could not leave vehicle in park and could not move gear shift back to drive. I had to turn vehicle off and restart it with the above procedure. Within a week after the shifting problem began I could not shut overdrive off. Then, 2 days later while leaving home, the smell of an electrical fire and bellowing white smoke eminated from steering column. This fire occurred on May 13, 2007. Vehicle was towed at my expense to the dealer from which it was purchased, laird-noller Ford in lawrence, ks at a cost of $110. It was currently still in the repair shop at above dealership, who informed me that the fuse panel short-circuited and melted and had to be replaced at a cost of approximately $670, bringing my cost to over $780. The dealership then called me on May 17, 2007 and informed me that the cruise control still did not work after fixing the fuse panel. They traced down the problem with the cruise control, and it needed a new module at a cost of over $350 which they believed it to be the primary source of all of the aforementioned problems. They denied the cruise control recall was part of the problem, and refused to pay any of the cost on this part and the ensuing damage caused by this defective part.

- Lawrence, KS, USA

problem #2

Mar 152006

F-250 4WD

  • Manual transmission
  • 160,000 miles
: the contact stated the rear brake light remained illuminated when the engine was turned off and there was a smell of smoke. The dealer replaced the wiring harness and the fuse box cruise control deactivation switch. There is a NHTSA recall, # 05V388000, regarding the vehicle speed control. The VIN was not included in the recall.

- Amherst, VA, USA

problem #1

Apr 202003

F-250 4WD 8-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 19,889 miles
Cruise control was on as we proceeded up a hill. When driver tried to disengage the cruise control it would not disengage. Engine continued to excel, going faster. It reached speeds of almost 80 mph. Hitting brakes would not stop cruise control, nor slow the vehicle.

- Frankfort, IN, USA

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