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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
13,999 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2003 Ford F-250 engine problems

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2003 Ford F-250 Owner Comments

problem #10

Sep 092011


  • 75,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Ford F-250. While driving 55 mph, the contact heard a loud thump and began to smell gasoline fumes entering the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic who diagnosed the vehicle with a blown spark plug. The dealer was unaware of the failure and advised him to bring the vehicle in for diagnostic testing. The manufacturer was aware of the failure. No repairs were performed. The current and failure mileages were 75,000.

- Cherryhill, NJ, USA

problem #9

Jul 062004


  • 24,289 miles
I just entered a safety complaint regarding brake rotors rusting (( 10328142 ) on my 2003 Ford F250 7.3 L diesel. This complaint regards rusting out radiator hose brackets. On July 6 th 2007 a radiator hose clamp rusted out, and I rapidly lost cooling, while on interstate 68 in md traveling at 65 mph towing a travel trailer. I managed to stop the vehicle and trailer safely but had to be towed to a dealer for repairs. This was on a 4 year old truck.( just recently in conjunction with the rotor problem a wiring clamp rusted out under the body leaving loose dangling wires. At the time I thought it was a single rusting issue. Now that I am experiencing multiple failures I know the problems are more extensive.

- Somerset, PA, USA

problem #8

May 112007

F-250 8-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Cam shaft position sensor ( cps ) failure, truck engine stops running. Ford dealership replaced it at cost of $388.

- Victoria, TX, USA

problem #7

May 022003

F-250 4WD 8-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 5,810 miles


[xxx] 5/3/03 recall 03B06 6/4/03 air conditioner failure 6/17/04 air conditioner failure, ac blend door binding, plenum defective, had to remove dashboard to repair 6/18/03 4X4 failed to engage, faulty GEM module 6/18/03 oil leaking at rear of motor, rear main seal failure, still leaking to date 11/6/03 water seperator failure, perform recall 03E04, perform recall 03L12 1/14/04 rear heater leaking, rear heater core failure, replace fuel manifold, because fuel seperator light still warning 2/27/04 rear main seal leaking/ no repair offered 3/11/04 rear main leaking / no repair offered 5/17/04 air conditioner failure, faulty line conection/rear main still leaking 6/10/04 rear main still leaking /no repair offered 8/5/04 recall 04S15 peformed/ turbo failure, unrelated to recall 8/13/04 rear main still leaking/ no repair offered 9/15/04 rear main still leaking / no repair offered/power loss since turbo replacement information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6)

- Center Moriches, NY, USA

problem #6

Aug 172004

F-250 4WD 8-cyl Diesel

  • Manual transmission
  • 289 miles
When taking off from either a stop sign or light vehicle failed to accelerate forward properly. This caused the vehicle to stall at an inopportune time. Its was an ongoing problem. Consumer took vehicle to dealership 6 times in 1 1/2 years, and was informed by dealer that problem was low RPM power, which was poor torque, and an improper gear ratio in transmission. The consumers foot contacts the accelerator pedal hanger when attemptingto depress the pedal to the floor. The engine runs rough at idle 750 RPM causing the vehicle to vivrate. At speeds between 750 and 1000 RPM the engine will not maintain a constant speed. Speed fluctuates up and down rapidly. The engine produces very little power at low RPM's below 1500. Other problems with the vehicle are as follows: Defective fuel injectors, leaking rear main seal, leaking brake line junction block, leaking gaskets on rear transmission housing, and broken fasterner on the metal line.

- East Lansing, MI, USA

problem #5

Jun 012004


  • miles
While driving at 60 mph vehicle shut down. Vehicle will not start right up again. One hour into driving the problem started. Engine made a whistling sound. Other then that there were no warnings. Consumer has taken the vehicle in for the same problem a total of four times. Power steering and brakes shut down as a result of loss of engine power.

- Bladenboro, NC, USA

problem #4

Jun 252004


  • 19,000 miles


While driving 50 mph engine stalled. As a result, consumer was able to move the vehicle off the road. Dealer stated that the oil sensor system malfunctioned, causing oil to leak.

- Old Forge, PA, USA

problem #3

Mar 252004


  • 15,600 miles
When the vehicle was idling, it vibrated heavily.

- Oakley, CA, USA

problem #2

Jul 052003


  • miles
Consumer states that while driving and no warning the vehicle will stall and it will be hard for the consumer to control the vehicle. Dealer notified.

- Clancy, MT, USA

problem #1

Jan 282003


  • miles
Consumer states while driving the vehicle with no warning the vehicle shut off. Dealer notified.

- Dalton, PA, USA

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