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9.9

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
282 miles

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2004 Ford F-550 electrical problems

electrical problem

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2004 Ford F-550 Owner Comments

problem #2

Apr 292010

F-550

  • 38 miles

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

We purchased a Ford F550 6.0L diesel truck new in 2004 and have been the only ones to drive it and have done proper care and maintenance of this vehicle. It has less than 40,000 miles on it. The vehicle would not start for no reason on April 29, 2010 necessitating it being towed to the local Ford dealership. They diagnosed a bad ficm (fuel injection control module) and replaced it. I have found there was a recall on this vehicle for this problem, campaign number 05V270000 on 6/10/05. Due to the low miles and proper care of this vehicle I am wondering if this problem is related to that recall. We use this in our work and had the ficm gone out while we were driving it with a load of chips it could have potentially been extremely hazardous.

- Sandy, OR, USA

problem #1

Jul 012004

F-550 8-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 525 miles
The vehicle surged and accelerated on its own. This happened this has happened a T least 50 times or more. While driving 43 mph vehicle shut down. Had to slam on the emergency brake and pull it to the curb. Also, while driving at 38 mph or 1100 rpms there was vibration coming from the engine. It felt like it was coming right from consumer's feet. It felt like transmission disengaged. Then, after 10-15 seconds it felt like it kicked back in. There was a loud pop when this happened. The vehicle was burning more fuel than it did when first purchased it. Sometimes the water and fuel lights came on. The dealer told him that when this happened he should pull over. But when he does there is no water in the fuel. The fuel gauge will completely go to low then come back up after about 10-15 miles. Also, the air bag light will come on. When he takes vehicle to the dealer they usually go through the whole vehicle, specifically the electrical systems. The dealership tried but failed to fix these problems. Had taken the vehicle to a variety of dealerships multiple times. The turbo, transmission and wiring was replaced. The dealer told the consumer that the vehicle had not been coded when he purchased it.

- Sanleandro, CA, USA

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