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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 1
Average Mileage:
61,730 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.

2004 Ford F-350 drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2004 Ford F-350 Owner Comments

problem #3

Sep 102012

F-350 8-cyl Diesel

  • 81,191 miles


The front end auto hub did not disconnect from 4 wheel drive. The position switch was at 2 wheel drive. The dash light showing 4 wheel drive was off. Nothing indicated the vacuum system had failed to correctly position the auto hub. The front hub gearing was destroyed. Noise and funny steering. An internet search indicated this is a common Ford problem and has been for years. It seems this problem could be avoided if the 4 wheel drive indication showed when the 4 wheel drive was engaged so the operator could take action rather than drive to auto hub failure.

- Mountain Home, AR, USA

problem #2

Jul 122012

F-350 8-cyl

  • 104,000 miles
Started having problems last year with transmission. Overdrive would go out and sometimes transmission would not engage at highway speeds. July of this year was at a stoplight truck would no move, after racing engine truck moved, fault code showed on dash. When got truck home reverse would not engage, I finally got it to engage instead of going backwards it went forward.

- Meridian, MS, USA

problem #1

Jan 022006


  • miles
I recently attended a funeral for my nephew in omaha, ne. He had died on Monday, January 2, 2006 in bellevue, ne he was in a car wash and (according to some witnesses), the Ford F350 Super Duty diesel truck (I believe it was a 2004) suddenly went into reverse at a high speed and backed out of the car wash, across a street, across a lawn and onto a driveway with a wall. The truck was against the wall and the tires were still turning and the tires finally blew and caused a fire that consumed my nephew. I have heard that the autopsy report said that he died of smoke inhalation. He was badly burned. I don't know the cause of the accident. I 'm trying to get a copy of the police report from the bellevue police dept, but haven't heard from them yet. I don't know if this vehicle has any history of a similar problem, but I wanted to investigate the issue.

- Tempe, AZ, USA

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