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really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 0
Average Mileage:
53,210 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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2004 Ford F-350 steering problems

steering problem

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2004 Ford F-350 Owner Comments

problem #6

Apr 202015


  • 100,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Ford F-350. The contact stated that while driving at approximately 40 mph, the power steering failed. The failure recurred several times. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 100,000.

- Carson City , NV, USA

problem #5

Dec 132013


  • 47,000 miles
While traveling through tn, towing a trailer, the front driver's side tire delaminated and blew. This caused the vehicle to veer across the meridian and almost into on-coming traffic. The damages include the rim, fender, wheel well, front bumper and fairing. This is a estimate, the vehicle goes into the shop tomorrow to be evaluated by a mechanic and receive repairs. This is a similar incident that occurred in may of 2011, while hauling a 5th wheel camper to ar, the passenger front tire delaminated within 3 hours of stating the trip. The tire did not blow and I was able to maintain control of the vehicle. It goes without saying that I will research replacement tires and remove the other 5 tires (dually + spare). As a safety specialist/investigator, I originally thought that I had received "retread" tires on my vehicle when I purchased it. After reading this section I see/feel that this is more a case of poor design/workmanship.

- Jewett City, CT, USA

problem #4

Jan 092012

F-350 8-cyl Diesel

  • 73,251 miles
Engine began bucking, sudden power loss and power steering and power brake loss. Mechanic conclusion was that the lining of the fuel tank had dislodged and caused the engine to foul, causing a sudden power loss. Dealer said they had never heard of the problem but we later learned they were very familiar with it, had done dozens of repairs (replacement of tank with poly tank) and that a "secret" repair bulletin had been issued ty Ford to all dealers. This issue is now the subject of a class action lawsuit in New Jersey. Google "Ford fuel tank lining" for more info on the suit, but by not issuing a recall this issue is a potential safety concern. Had we been in heavier traffic and unable to get the vehicle to the side of the road there may have been a serious accident.

- Lexington, KY, USA

problem #3

Mar 092007

F-350 Diesel

  • 35,570 miles


On March 5 2007 I was having problems steering my truck. I took it to an alignment shop. They told me to take it to the Ford dealership. Ford said they repaired the problem. 4 days later I lost control of the truck in a curve and hit a dump truck. The alignment shop later told me that the truck had a defective steering gearbox and that Ford should have fixed it.

- Garner, NC, USA

problem #2

Dec 212004

F-350 8-cyl Diesel

  • 60,942 miles
2004 Ford F350 developed problems with the engine.** answer required***. the vehicle would run rough. The starter burned out causing the vehicle not to start. The vehicle had multiple fuel system problems. The rear window latch assembly broke. The steering dampner chafed. The long drag link was replaced because it was weak. Steering stabilizer was installed because it wasn't installed at factory.

- Fontana, CA, USA

problem #1

Aug 172004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,500 miles
While driving up a hill there was erratic behavior in the transmission that caused inconsistency in the shifting. As a result, vehicle stalled in the middle of an intersection, and steering failed.

- Redway, CA, USA

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