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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
92,724 miles

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2004 Ford F-250 engine problems

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2004 Ford F-250 Owner Comments

problem #9

Jul 272016


  • 82,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Ford F-250. While driving various speeds, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was able to restart. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where the failure was undetermined. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 82,000.

- Cortland, OH, USA

problem #8

May 222016


  • 155,000 miles
The third from the front on the passenger side spark plug blew out and a heli coil was replaced and after under 500 miles it blew out again now they are replacing a second heli coil and I am worried on if it will hold and how dependable it will be. Second I am wondering if there is any compensation from Ford Motor Co. For the expenses of this procedure and if any head work/replacement is needed and whom wolud be responsable for the cost.

- Fort Dodge, IA, USA

problem #7

Jun 202015


  • 184,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Ford F-250. While driving at any speed, the vehicle would stall without warning. The failure recurred numerous times. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign number: 05V270000 (electrical system). The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 184,000.

- Ft Mohave, AZ, USA

problem #6

Feb 102015

F-250 4WD 8-cyl

  • 155,256 miles


Driving the vehicle 20mph lost all power to engine, left without power steering, brakes or control of vehicle. Pulled over and tried to start vehicle, it did not start, but after a few minutes it restarted. This has happened three times in February 2015. I contacted Ford Motor Company, was assigned a case number. She checked on NHTSA recall 05V270000. She stated that the repairs to this vehicle have already been completed and that I was now on my own in regards to repairs. While doing research, I have found out that people are still having some problems regarding this issue. Ford seems to have washed their hands of this issue of responsibility regarding their vehicles. This is why I am filing a case.

- West Terre Haute, IN, USA

problem #5

May 042014

F-250 8-cyl

  • 118,000 miles
Spark plug number 3 blew out of the aluminum cylinder head.

- Aston, PA, USA

problem #4

Aug 132013

F-250 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,961 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Ford F-250 tdi. The contact stated that while driving 55 mph, white smoke started to emit out of the exhaust pipe. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician diagnosed that the vehicle had blown a head gasket. As a result, the cooler, egr, and head gasket needed to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was repaired. The failure mileage was 75,961 and the current mileage was 76,000. Updated 11/19/13 updated 12/2/2013

- Troy, MO, 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

Nov 102004

F-250 8-cyl Diesel

  • 1,500 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Ford F-20. The contact stated that there was a recurring failure with the egr valve cooler. The turbo engine also failed and as a result, caused damage to the engine heads which resulted in a stalling failure. In addition, the fuel level gauge would not provide accurate fuel level readings. The failure was reported to the manufacturer. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 1,500 and the current mileage was 43,322.

- York, PA, USA

problem #1

May 132004


  • 800 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Ford F-250. The contact stated that hile driving 50 mph, the vehicle began to lose power. The vehicle was towed to a dealer for diagnosis and the turbo was replaced. The failure was a recurring issue and was replaced a total of four times. The manufacturer was notified of the issue but offered no assistance. The failure mileage was 800 and the current mileage was 56,000.

- Oakdale, CA, USA

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