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fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
18,000 miles

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2003 Ford F-250 transmission problems

transmission problem

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2003 Ford F-250 Owner Comments

problem #5

Oct 112007

(reported on)


  • Automatic transmission
  • 33,000 miles


2003 Ford F-250 with transmission problems. Customer states the dealer stated that the truck was out of warranty and needed to be replaced. Transmission temperature gauge says hot, and it stays in the tow mode. The dealer stated the superchips tuner caused the problem. The dealer then flashed the computer and T he vehicle then began to shift softer and not as crisp under acceleration.

- Silver Spring, MD, USA

problem #4

Aug 032005


  • Automatic transmission
  • 32,000 miles
2003 Ford F250 pick up truck frequently will not go into reverse. It has been taken to the dealer several times and the computer cannot find a problem, however on the road the problem persists. Jerry duncan Ford in harriman, tn cannot/will not agree to come to the site when the failure occurs and therefore the problem still exists.

- Harriman, TN, USA

problem #3

May 202003

F-250 6-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 25,000 miles
While applying the brake pedal vehicle vibrated uncontrollably. Vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection, and mechanic replaced the brake drums. However, the problem recurred. While driving 60 mph vehicle stalled without warning. The driver tried to restart the vehicle and was not able to do so. Vehicle was towed to a dealer for inspection, and mechanic determined that transmission needed to be replaced.

- Coalinga, CA, USA

problem #2

Jul 082004


  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving 50 mph, the vehicle stalled. The driver tried to restart the vehicle and was able to do so. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for inspection numerous times. The mechanic can not duplicate the problem. This information was provide by roger declarcq father of donna declarcq.

- Commerce Township, MI, USA

problem #1

Jan 152004

F-250 8-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When the owner parked the vehicle and shuts the engine off, the vehicle rolled. The consumer has taken the vehicle to the dealership on three separate occasions but the problem still exist. Vehicle was in park when it rolled back.

- Marion, NC, USA

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