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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 3
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
85,908 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

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2006 Ford F-250 electrical problems

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2006 Ford F-250 Owner Comments

problem #13

Jul 302015


  • 100,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Ford F-250. While the vehicle was being inspected, the tail lights failed. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that the rear lights needed to be replaced and that there was an electrical failure. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 100,000.

- North Hampton, MA, USA

problem #12

Oct 292014

F-250 4WD 8-cyl

  • 31,800 miles
Smelled something as traveling down the road at 55 mph. Stop the vehicle along side the road. Checked the trailer. Came back to the truck and smoke was rolling out of the dash vents, right rear passenger side of the hood was burning the paint, then flames came out from uner the hood.

- Columbia City, IN, USA

problem #11

Jun 022014

F-250 4WD 8-cyl

  • 190,050 miles
Dashboard instrument panel gauges and lights stop functioning also low fuel light comes on with full tank of fuel.

- Citra, FL, USA

problem #10

Nov 132013

F-250 8-cyl Diesel

  • 196,000 miles


My Ford F250 Super Duty 2006 model truck started up just fine on way to job site and then about 1:00 P.M. that day my truck over-heated even though no indication on the electrical panel. I saw white smoke coming out of tail pipe, started over-heating, and I was losing power in motor. I put water in coolant over-fill because all of my antifreeze drained out and I just had put in prior to this date above about two weeks. I regularly change the oil and maintain all the fluids and do required maintenance on truck per the mileage. I was able to make it to my house where I waited 30 minutes for truck to cool and then drove immediately to diesel mechanic named [xxx] who knew immediately what had happened because (6) other trucks came in the same week with the same issue which was to replace the egr's and also the oil cooler. My bill for this was over $3,000. I was very lucky that I had work and was able to pay for this huge expense otherwise I would be out-of-pocket in a bad way because the truck is my livelihood in my making money as I am a general contractor and need a heavy duty truck. I think that there should be a re-call on this part because of the six other trucks that came into his diesel shop the same week. This was a very expensive experience and I feel like Ford should know about this and correct the error because this part should not go out on a Super Duty truck like this. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

problem #9

Apr 012005


  • 52,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford F-250. The contact stated that the gauges on the instrument panel failed. The vehicle was taken to a dealer for diagnosis and the contact was informed that the instrument cluster would need to be replaced. The failure recurred twice over the course of seven years and with each failure, the instrument cluster was replaced. After the last replacement, the failure recurred and the vehicle began to emit white smoke. The vehicle was taken to a dealer for diagnosis and the contact was informed that the egr cooler would need to be replaced. The contact stated that if the gauges had been working properly, she would have been alerted to the egr cooler failure. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 52,000.

- Farmingville, NY, USA

problem #8

Jun 072013


  • 1,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford F-250. The contact stated that while driving 70 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning causing the driver's side rear to crash into a guard rail. The contact sustained neck injuries. No police report was filed. The vehicle was taken to dealer for diagnosis where it was advised that the alternator needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired but the problem persisted. The manufacturer was not notified. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 1,000.

- Parpan Springs, FL, USA

problem #7

Jan 222013

F-250 8-cyl Diesel

  • 106,000 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Ford F-250. The contact stated that while driving approximately 65 mph, the vehicle stalled. The vehicle was towed to the dealer where the contact was advised that the fuel pump, circuit and the fuel injectors would have to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired but to no avail. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The approximate failure mileage was 106,000.

- Durango, CO, USA

problem #6

Dec 052006

F-250 8-cyl Diesel

  • 400 miles
I have over 118 pages of repairs dealing from electrical, suspension, engine failure, turbo, fluid leakage, oil cooler failure. Ejectors, glow plugs and counting. They continue to reoccur time after time and dealer will not cover. I met alot of consumers that has the same vehicle and they all are having the same problem. I know that Ford has sued the designer of the 6.0 engine and won billions but will not attempt to assist the consumer. The right thing to do is, if you know that if there's a problem with a problem why not assist the consumer in correcting instead of doing a patch job. They will not attempt to do the right thing unless someone force them to do so. Thanks

- Fayetteville, NC, USA

problem #5

Nov 012011

F-250 8-cyl Diesel

  • 112,000 miles
The ficm (fuel injector control module) on the 6.0L powerstrokes are a known item to fail. They lose voltage and make injectors not work, which shuts off the vehicle. This can happen at any time while at an idle or going down the highway. Once this happens, the truck shuts off and you lose power steering and braking ability. Mine shut off while going down the road several times now, but Ford does not want to warranty it. My small town Ford dealership replaces several of these parts a week. Does someone have to die for them to issue a recall on these?

- Oberlin, OH, USA

problem #4

Oct 302011

F-250 8-cyl

  • 140,000 miles
Spark plugs are engineered counter sunk in holes in top of the heads, when the plugs are unscrewed the bottom of the plug more often than not breaks off inside the spark plug hole. This requires very expensive tools and a skilled mechanic to extract. I feel the part was engineered to fail to force the price of repairs up. Leading up to this when the plugs begin to fail the engine will fail without warning and without the engine needs service light ever coming on. When this happens and their is no place to pull over you hope your not ran into by oncoming traffic.

- Loganville, GA, USA

problem #3

Jun 192010


  • 75,550 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Ford F250. The vehicle was sitting idle when the contact went to start the engine. The gear shifter opening erupted into flames and smoke. The contact removed the key from the ignition and was able to extinguish the small fire. A tow truck company arrived to tow the vehicle and the failure recurred. The fire was extinguished a second time and the vehicle was towed to the dealer. The dealer advised the failure was an electrical failure. The vehicle was left with the dealer where the contact was awaiting unknown repairs. The failure and current mileages were 75,550.

- Waldorf, MD, USA

problem #2

Jan 022009


  • 93,000 miles
Speedometer and tachometer would not indicate the correct speed or RPM. Driving on the highway the speedometer will drop to lower speed or will get stuck on certain speed. The tachometer will also drop to zero while you still have power.

- Kirkland, WA, USA

problem #1

Jul 192006

F-250 4WD 8-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 19,000 miles
: the contact stated while driving at various speeds the gauges malfunctioned and the vehicle stalled. The vehicle was towed to the dealer. In an attempt to correct the problem the battery was replaced with no success, the instrument panel cluster was replaced which corrected the problem.

- Vicksburg, MS, USA

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