pretty bad
Typical Repair Cost:
Average Mileage:
132,635 miles
Total Complaints:
5 complaints

Most Common Solutions:

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2002 Ford E-250 engine problems

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2002 Ford E-250 Owner Comments

problem #5

May 252013

E-250 VAN 5.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 68,877 miles


I had to spent 7,500 for the Ford dealership to replace my engine that spit spark plug and they tried to helio-coil to put another plug in but the cylinder was dead. It had no compression. Instead of having them try pull the heads off and recondition and see if that was the problem or did part of the spark plug get down the cylinder and ruin the piston and rings.

My decision was don't go down the road of try this, try that, fix this, fix that. My decision was "F***K it!! Buy me a factory crate motor and replace it." and at the time, nobody at Ford told me this was an inherent problem with the Triton Motors. I just thought a spark plug got loose burnt the threads and spit the plug, but it seems that their engineering cause a situation where there aluminum heads and aluminum spark plugs and Ford, never said anything to anybody.

According to things that I have read, they had motors spitting spark plugs. I liked my van and it will be worthless with no motor. My only choices were let the mechanic to start trying this, try that or get a factory motors. My van only has 68k miles, even though it is eleven years old. I have been a Ford van driver since 1972. The ride of the Ford van is very positive as opposed to a Chevrolet, Dodges they like to float on the road because of their suspension.

Ford knew they had problems with their engines spitting spark plugs and they say nothing. they try to say the spark plugs were incorrectly torque. The truth is they had an engineering problems with their spark plugs with aluminum threads and the aluminum heads. My van runs great can I expect it will spit another plugs in 68k miles? I guess I'll see. I love the ride of my Ford van, but I hate thinking it will spit another plug soon to come!



- , Oxnard, CA, USA

problem #4

Sep 122015

E-250 5.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 105,000 miles

A loyal Ford owner all my life now 62 I will never own a Ford again.

When I purchased my new 2002 E-250 I told the salesperson I wanted the 351 V8 as I have had on my previous trucks. They never even mentioned that engine had been replaced with the 5.4L V8. The 351 has been around forever and is tried and tested. The first coil failure occurred at around 81,000miles which I was told caused the catalytic converters (three on my vehicle) to fail because the fuel injector continued to pump fuel into the cylinder. I spent over $3,000 to fix. I have had to replace six coils so far at between $160 and $200 a pop. Last week with only 105,000 miles the #2 cylinder blew out its spark plug and coil pack. I am not waiting around for the next one to go it could be anytime now. Hope I can get something for a trade in at my local Chevy dealership.

Thanks Ford for all your support. You have made it very clear to us that we are on our own.

- , Salem, NH, USA

problem #3

Sep 242014

E-250 Ecovan 5.4L Triton

  • Automatic transmission
  • 150,000 miles

3 spark plug and coil pack blew out, on the highway coming home from camping trip. Pow! There goes another plug.......This is the second one to go, another Found On Road Dead......FORD PROBLEM!! This SUCKS.....Why did these knuckle heads at Ford design this P.O.S.

- , spokane valley, WA, USA

problem #2

Oct 012014

E-250 Ecovan 5.4L Triton

  • Automatic transmission
  • 154,000 miles

So FORD Corporation .......What the hell were you smoking when you designed this Triton nightmare???

This is the third plug on the same side to blow out!!!! #4, #3 and now. #2 this time, plug and coil pack of course. Had it fixed for the same $250 as the other two that had blown out before this one. This time the repair lasted about a week and #2 popped out again. Went back to my mechanic and he said the insert had stripped out and would have to take the head off to get it fixed right. I had them clean up the threads and just put the plug back in without the new coil pack. Have been running on 7 cylinder ever since. Next step will be a different engine or make a boat anchor out of this one. If it were a cow I would have shot it and stuck it in the freezer a year ago.....

- , spokane valley, WA, USA

problem #1

Aug 172011

E-250 Cargo Van 5.4L

  • Automatic transmission
  • 185,300 miles

My dad owns a 2002 Ford E250 Cargo Van and he has a problem with his spark plugs disconncting from the engine. It has happened twice. We dont know why this is happening, it could be because of the high mileage....... but we dont know that. The person we bought it from said we was a great van and we bought it we thought the same thing... and then we heard the ticking sound but didnt know what it was..... then one day my dad was driving it and the spark plug blew..... luckly it was right by our mechanic and he repaired it..... and after it was fixxed the van ran as smooth as butter. Then one day me and my dad went to my grandfathers house to help him with things and we had about 30 minutes to get down the mountain so I could get to work and my dad was drving fast and accelerating rough and brought me to work and on his way back home the same spark plug blew.... brought it to our mechanic and he repaired again we dont know what causes the spark plug to blow.... and even our mechanic said he worked on this van for two years and never had a problem like this with this van.

- , Effort, PA, USA

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