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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
86,500 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.

So how do you find out what problems are occurring? For this NHTSA complaint data, the only way is to read through the comments below. Any duplicates or errors? It's not us.

2004 Ford F-250 drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2004 Ford F-250 Owner Comments

problem #4

Sep 052015

F-250 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 180,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Ford F-250. The contact stated that the fuel lines were severely corroded and were leaking. As a result, the transmission failed while driving at 40 mph, causing the contact to use excessive force in order to drive the vehicle. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The contact replaced the power steering fuel line, one brake line, and one transmission fuel line. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 180,000. Update 01/13/16

- Yellow Springs, OH, USA

problem #3

Jan 012012


  • 62,000 miles
Ford F series and Super Duty pickups with 5.4 engines. My 2004 Ford F-250 has an issue with leaking exhaust manifolds. When looking into this further while getting pricing, I found out that this was not an isolated issue and that it was a common occurrence due to a mistake in material used for the exhaust manifold bolts. So common that aftermarket suppliers are making replacement kits for the problem. The exhaust manifold attaching studs were made out of a metal that quickly rusts out causing the failure. After the failure, I began to notice exhaust gases entering the cab of the vehicle through the climate control, which its fresh air intake is in the general direction of the exhaust manifold. I also question the emissions standards because of the exhaust leak not to mention the potential fire risk from heated gases and flames entering the engine compartment.

- North Haven, CT, USA

problem #2

Jul 122012

F-250 8-cyl

  • 104,000 miles
Started having problems last year with transmission. Overdrive would go out and sometimes transmission would not engage at highway speeds. July of this year was at a stoplight truck would no move, after racing engine truck moved, fault code showed on dash. When got truck home reverse would not engage, I finally got it to engage instead of going backwards it went forward.

- Meridian, MS, USA

problem #1

Jul 012011


  • miles
2004 Ford F250. Consumer states faulty icp sensor or faulty egr valve the reverse planet gear in the transmission was replaced. The egr valve replaced three times, the egr cooler, oil cooler were all replaced. The R&R turbo intake was replaced twice, the turbo inner cooler, wiring harness on the engine, transfer case, ficm module were replaced. The alternator and battery were replaced three times, the valve assembly, high pressure and regular oil pumps were replaced and a new egr shield was installed. The vehicle also stalled while driving down the interstate.

- Watkinsville, GA, USA

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