really awful
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
146,119 miles
Total Complaints:
3 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

  1. heli coil (2 reports)
  2. not sure (1 reports)
2003 Ford E-150 engine problems

engine problem

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2003 Ford E-150 Owner Comments

problem #3

Mar 192017

E-150 5.4L V8

  • Automatic transmission
  • 131,000 miles


I was driving down the freeway in heavy traffic at 70 miles per hour when a large popping noise from engine area continued,I was able to get off to side of freeway to see what was wrong.I called a tow truck to have my f150 towed to a garage 60 miles away.This happened on a Sunday afternoon.I called the owner of the service shop that I use, and he told me that it was probably a spark plug blow out, and was probably the 2nd plug from the back.He said this was a common problem with these ford engines.He was nice enough to meet me at his shop,and when he looked at the engine,sure enough the 2nd plug from the back came right out of the engine,with its threads intact using no tools.He said he had fixed this same problem twice in the last couple of weeks on similar engines.I checked google online and I have found this to be a major ongoing problem with this engine, but there has been no recalls.I am awaiting the invoice for this repair and I am going to call ford and see what they are willing to do about it.I have always been a ford man,but it pisses me off that there has been no recall on a problem that they know exists.Upon further investigating I have read this can cause an engine fire if the plug blows and gas spews on the engine.This caused a lot of fear and inconvenience on a freeway and put me in a dangerous situation,while I waited alongside a busy freeway for 2 hours for a tow. I am sure this is going to be an expensive fix and ford will deny it's an ongoing problem, even though my mechanic was right on with the what the problem was, just by me describing it on the phone.

- , New Albany, US

problem #2

Jan 282016

E-150 4.6L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 148,562 miles

X2 now it has became a pain in the ass because this is the second time to the same cylinder. Now I have found out that Ford knows of this problem as does lots of mechanics and no one wants to do the job except the dealership. Not only did it happen a second time but my wife was just leaving to take care of some very important business for the farm and did not have another form of transportation at the time, and I was working the graveyard shift at my job and running all over town looking for someone to do the job or find the equipment to do the job again myself. Well I guess I did not do a very good job the second time either, Ford pull your head out of your ass and be responsible and fix the problem, before someone dies or serious injured and you get a lawsuit that won't quit, the price of your vehicles should cover the cost easily.

- , Robstown, TX, USA

problem #1

Apr 082016

E-150 4.6L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 158,796 miles

X3 Bottom line 3 times a charm and I found a mechanic who says he has the fix permentely, HAHA, if it was that easy I think Ford might even step up and take responsibility. Oh hell no they are just out to make money, GOD for bid we have another Ford Pinto incidents I found out that if this happens again that I will probably have the engine pulled and just do the rest of the cylinders for a whopping $2000 . If I had know this when I inherited the vehicle I would of sold it immediately.


- , Robstown, TX, USA

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