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definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
41,200 miles

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2002 Ford F-450 engine problems

engine problem

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2002 Ford F-450 Owner Comments

problem #5

Aug 072005

F-450 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 #4

Dec 012007

F-450 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 #3

May 232005

F-450 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 #2

Nov 122003

F-450 4WD 8-cyl

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

- Nettleton, MS, USA

problem #1

Nov 252002

F-450 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

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