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10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
104,165 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.

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2002 Ford F-350 engine problems

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2002 Ford F-350 Owner Comments

problem #10

Sep 062011

F-350

  • 147,230 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

While driving approximately 35 mph the water pump started to leak. This caused the serpentine belt to become wet and slipped off the pulleys which caused the vehicles brakes and power steering to fail. I questioned the service advisor at the Ford dealer(henry day Ford) in West valley Utah and they advised they had not heard of the problem. To me this is a very important safety hazard for occupants and could be a liability for Ford Motor Company.

- Herriman, UT, USA

problem #9

Dec 262011

F-350

  • 163,000 miles
Blew spark plug out of head while accelerating to get on highway. Had gas spill on motor. It has the 5.4 Triton motor.

- Blackstone, MA, USA

problem #8

Dec 182011

F-350

  • 122,580 miles
My truck threw a spark plug while driving down the road. This is the second time it has done this and the same exact one as before.

- Clarksville, TN, USA

problem #7

Nov 172011

F-350 8-cyl

  • 107,590 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Spark plug blew out of plug hole, stripping threads of intake cylinder head. Plug was found laying between valve cover and intake manifold.

- Kelso, WA, USA

problem #6

Dec 232010

F-350 4WD 8-cyl

  • 175,000 miles
Spark plug blew out of engine while driving.

- Wind Gap, PA, USA

problem #5

Jan 202009

F-350

  • 154,000 miles
My husband was driving his Ford F350 truck down the road when he smelled smoke at first he wasn't sure where it was coming from then he looked down and saw fire coming out of the fire wall and up his leg, he immediately stopped the vehicle and got out. He could not extinguish it and the fire department was called to put it out. He had no warning and heard no noise just smelled the smoke.

- Cambridge, MN, USA

problem #4

May 252007

F-350 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 75,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

I woke up last week to the sound of a car alarm. I looked outside and the front of my Ford F 150 was engulfed in flames. It was so hot the tires melted into the driveway. We had not driven the truck in several days. It appears the fire started in the engine as the entire front of the vehicle is incinerated.

- Lake Tapps, WA, USA

problem #3

Sep 302004

F-350 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 20,000 miles
Consumer took vehicle to a dealership due to loss of power and unknown ticking noise from the engine. This had been a problem twice since the 3,000 mile checkup. Dealership cleaned the engine, and returned the vehicle. Dealership states noise was normal, and should not affect the engine's performance. Took vehicle back to dealer, and was told that the engine blew out. Another mechanic looked at the engine, and found the spark plugs were improperly installed. Consumer was aware of other complaints on NHTSA's website. The conumer stated that the exhaust sounded like it had a leak.

- Fresno, CA, USA

problem #2

Jul 122004

(reported on)

F-350 8-cyl

  • miles
Ltr fm andrij andreitchux(NJ) owner of a Ford F350 truck unable to connect with 33 foot rv trailer hook system causes truck to lock-up defect reply to the elizabeth, NJ district ofc. The vehicle was involved in an accident in which the consumer sustained injuries. Consumer also experienced problems with stalling of engine, transmission, power steering, acceleration, and fuel system on vehicle.

- Elizabeth, NJ, USA

problem #1

Nov 152003

F-350

  • Manual transmission
  • 77,249 miles
Excessive exhaust smoke. Poor performance.

- Mesa, AZ, USA

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