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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
33,400 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.

2003 Ford F-350 engine problems

engine problem

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2003 Ford F-350 Owner Comments

problem #3

Jun 042010


  • 98,000 miles


The contact owns a 2003 Ford F-350. The contact stated that while driving 45 mph, a spark plug flew out of the engine compartment and hit the hood of the vehicle. The vehicle was taken to a repair shop where a coil and the spark plug were replaced. The failure occurred two additional times after. The VIN was unavailable. The failure mileage was approximately 98,000 and the current mileage was approximately 101,000.

- Cadot, WI, USA

problem #2

Jul 212003

F-350 8-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,500 miles
Consumer stated while driving at 60 mph, the vehicle started smoking and rattling. After pulling over to the shoulder to investigate the problem, the vehicle failed to restart. After taking the vehicle to the dealer, it was found the fuel injector was faulty and the engine failed. There were no indication light on at all. All accounts took place approx. 11:30 P.M. on an extremely busy freeway. As of 08/20/03, Ford had not complied with either replacing the engine or vehicle. Also the consumer stated the coolant was low, and there was steam coming from under the hood.

- Escondido, CA, USA

problem #1

Mar 242003

F-350 8-cyl Diesel

  • 700 miles
While driving approximately 70 mph on highway, the vehicle stalled 4 separate times, which resulted in loss of power steering and brake control. Dealer advised the problem was corrected, but was unable to guarantee the vehicle would not stall again. After the vehicle was picked up it stalled 15 times.

- Lake, MI, USA

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