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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
25,218 miles

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2002 Ford F-350 engine problems

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2002 Ford F-350 Owner Comments

problem #11

Aug 072005

F-350 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 65,000 miles


I bought my truck under the assumption that I wouldn't need to do a major tuneup until 100,000 miles. Prior to that, I had to get one at 60,000 miles, 3-5 months after that one of my spark plugs shot out of the motor, leading to having to have the head replace. I received no reasonable explanation on what would have caused that or why would it happened. The dealership and Ford wanted to charge me 3,600 dollars to fix it. I was wondering if anyone else had this problem with a Ford F150 or had there been some kind of recall? if so, is there some kind of legal action I can take against Ford for this.

- Lewisville, TX, USA

problem #10

Dec 012007

F-350 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 98,000 miles
2002 Ford F150 5.4 liter engine 2 months ago I had a spark plug thread failure on my F150. It cost $400 to repr the vehicle so that it could be driven. 1500 miles later I have another thread failure causing another plug to be spit out of MY6 cylinder head. I have been told by dealerships and mechanics that this is a common problem and that I can replace the heads with new ones but that they can not guarantee that it would not happen again. Or I can have both heads removed and have inserts machined into the heads to prevent anything from failing again. The cost of this process is $2200. I have now spent $2600 on the engine in 2 months time due to a improper manufacturing of the heads that were made for this engine. I would like to see a defect recall made on the heads and possibly be reimbursed for some of the expense.

- Wichita, KS, USA

problem #9

Jul 152006

F-350 4WD 10-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
2002 Ford 350 crew cab 4X4 - 52,000 miles - blown spark plug at 42,000 and now again at 52,000 miles.

- Plato, MN, USA

problem #8

Apr 122006

F-350 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,400 miles


: the contact stated while traveling 30 mph, a bang was heard from the engine. The vehicle was idling rough and pulled over. Upon inspection, the contact found a spark plug on top of the engine. The dealership was alerted, but the contact is repairing the vehicle.

- Bath, ME, USA

problem #7

May 212004

F-350 4WD 8-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 11,000 miles
The consumer stated that 2002 Ford F350 stalled and accelerated when the brakes were on. The truck stalled intermittently. This happened a couple of times a week. Acceleration was happening all the time when the consumer was at a stop light. This was happening for a year. The consumer has not had the truck checked nor inspected in the year that he was having these problems. The consumer contacted the dealer and the consumer said that he would take the truck sometime next week for checkup. The consumer has not contacted Ford. The vehicle was stalling at low speeds 0-20 mph.

- Lanoka Habor, NJ, USA

problem #6

May 232005

F-350 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 28,000 miles
Driving on highway.. hear a large noise fromn the engine bay. Truck breaks down and I have it towed. 2002 Ford F-150 ligthning. 3rd time its been to the dealership for the same problem.. blowing a spark plug in the engine bay.. this time... worse then ever... read it was a very bad problem with other truck made this year etc.. online so I'am putting a complaint in..

- Methuen, MA, USA

problem #5

Aug 012003

F-350 Diesel

  • miles


Consumer was told that injectors were faulty and needed to be replaced. When replacing the dealer found keeper pin was missing. The service dealer replaced the missing one with a used one from another vehicle. The vehicle continue to smoke and the vehicle was taken back to the dealer. The dealer determined that the engine needed to be replaced.

- Auburn, WA, USA

problem #4

Nov 122003

F-350 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 0 miles
Truck experiences a "rough idle" at all conditions where engine is idling.

- Nettleton, MS, USA

problem #3

Apr 212003

(reported on)


  • miles
When the gas pedal was depressed all the way to the floor for full throttle the vehicle's engine dies.

- Reno, NV, USA

problem #2

Nov 252002

F-350 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,000 miles
I made a trip to California and right before I left I had the oils changed on my truck. My truck had about 15,000 miles on it. The trip was 1,000 miles round trip and it used 2 1/2 quarts of oil. I took it to the dealer and was told that it was normal to use that much oil. And they changed the oil to a different weight to do a test on oil consumption. It still uses oil and now the motor smokes when you first start it up. And if it sits for a couple of days it will know loud when you start it. The for D dealer said this is normal.

- Marysville, WA, USA

problem #1

Feb 202003


  • miles
The vehicle stalled, which caused consumer to abruptly pull over.

- Elizabeth, NJ, USA

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