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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
22,185 miles

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2004 Ford F-550 transmission problems

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2004 Ford F-550 Owner Comments

problem #5

Aug 172009


  • 68,000 miles


04 Ford F550 sd dump truck was bought new on 12/04.. in April 2005 transmission leaked fluid while in park and truck was towed to dealer. The dealer claimed cause of problem was due to loose bolts on trans case. Transmission continued to slip but dealer could not find problem. February 2006, approximately 16,000 miles on truck, transmission completely fails. Truck towed to dealership and new transmission installed. On June 2008 (approximately 56,000 miles) while driving on major highway, truck begins to lose power and black smoke pours out of muffler. The truck was driven to local dealership and diagnosed with a blown turbo. Ford did not cover cost of repair. I paid $4,500 out of pocket to replace turbo. August 2009 (approximately 68,000 miles) again while driving on major highway, truck loses power and stalls. Truck was towed to Ford dealership and diagnosed with clogged injectors due to deteriorating gas tank. Dealer advised me that all 8 injectors would have to be replaced and new fuel pump installed. The total cost of repairs would be $4,300 and it would not be covered by Ford. I was incensed to say the least...after getting a second opinion, I paid an additional $475 and had the truck towed to another Ford dealership which made the repairs without any cost to me. The fuel tank was not replaced even though it was the cause of the problem. I replaced the tank and paid $750 out of pocket...December 27, 2010 (96,000 miles) without warning, transmission begins to slip. I contacted the Ford dealership that made the last repairs. I was told the transmission was out of warranty and would not be covered by Ford. It would cost $4,200 to replace. I took truck to a local transmission repair shop and paid $3,000 to rebuild transmission. Its obvious that Ford does not back up their product. I will never buy another Ford again!!!!

- New Brunswick, NJ, USA

problem #4

Jan 022007

F-550 8-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 41,000 miles
- the contact owns a 2004 Ford F550. The contact stated that approximately 1 year the vehicle had an electrical short., took the vehicle to be repaired and that very same day had problems with the transmission slipping. The contact stated that approximately one year later in January 2007 the transmission would not engage, and one could drive down the road and the transmission would just stop working. The truck was currently in the repair shop, and it has taken Ford over a week to diagnose the problem. The current diagnosis showed that all 4 solenoids in the transmission needed to be replaced. The contact stated that the transmission needs to be totally replaced. The contact stated that neither speed nor the weather were factors. The dealer stated performed the recall pertaining to fuel injector control module wiring and charged air cooler duct.

- Blacksburg, VA, USA

problem #3

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

problem #2

Jun 222005

F-550 8-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 1,400 miles
Purchased new Ford 2004 F550 truck in July 2004 and vehicle had to be services for transmission problems on September 2004, november2004, December 2004, May 2005 and June 2005. All instances, transmission was not shifting gears and turbo blew out. The transmission problems occurred under 1400 miles and the speed when all incidents happened was 40-45 mph. Truck was serviced by Ford dealer in all incidents. Truck would work for two or three weeks then started having problems such as vibration and a load noise while driving.

- Marbory, MD, USA

problem #1

Oct 052004

F-550 4WD Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While shifting, the transmission down shifted on its own. The transmission surged, and the vehicle blew out blue smoke. The consumer drove vehicle to the dealer, and the mechanic determined that ebp sensor needed to be replaced. The engine loaded up with fuel, smoke, surging when down shifted when the brake was applied, and severe missing when gears went down to first, all occurred as the vehicle was in the tow haul position. When the problem occurred on ice or snow covered roads.

- Stryker, MT, USA

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