hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
89,302 miles

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2005 Ford E-350 engine problems

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2005 Ford E-350 Owner Comments

problem #5

Oct 172014


  • 141,008 miles


While drive on highway, vehicle began to lose power when I encountered a hill. It bogged down and struggled to make it to top of hill and lost speed down to 30 mph or less and then died. It would not start right away, but after letting it sit for 15 minutes, it started and had regained power and I drove it till I got to the nest hill and did the same thing several times till I made it home 3 hours later for a 10 mile trip. I checked online on the vehicle for Ford owners forum and saw that several people encountered this problem before and described it as bogging down and losing power. Some one suggested changing the egr valve which I had done, and the fuel filters as well as air filter. When I removed the bottom fuel filter under the van, I captured the fuel in the filter and line and it had what looked like silver paint. I kept the sample and it is soft and pliable. I assumed it was a protective coating lining the fuel tank. I don't believe this should be happening, because it could do damage to the injectors and other things.

- Olathe, KS, USA

problem #4

Oct 092013


  • 45,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford E-350. While driving 40 mph, the engine stalled without warning. The contact was able to restart the vehicle after repeated attempts. The failure occurred multiple times. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 45,000.

- Glen Gardner , NJ, USA

problem #3

Nov 112013

E-350 8-cyl Diesel

  • 30,000 miles
This bus is owned by first baptist church of grant, al. About one year ago we started having times when the bus would crank but not start. Our mechanic has checked it four different tlimes, however, every time except this time (5th time) it started when he went to check it. This time we were taking our seniors on a trip, but when we went to crank it, it cranked but would not start. We had it towed to woody anderson Ford in huntsville, al. I spoke with the truck service manager today and he told me the engine wiring harness was bad. This bus only has 30,000 miles on it. It has been at woody anderson Ford 4 days. I know recalls are based on the VIN number primarily. This is a like new bus and already had to replace the fuel injectors, turbo charger, and a couple of different sensors. Anyone with any common sense knows that it is not normal for an engine wiring harness to go bad. Ford Motor Company needs to be held accountable and responsible for replacing an engine component that should last as long as you own the vehicle. There is a recall on some vehicles with a 6.0L diesel engine with problems like ours, it is recall # 05S34. The Ford dealership said it would cost $3000 to replace the wiring harness. This should be a Ford Motor Company problem. Thanks for reading and considering my complaint. Any help would be greatly appreciated. My name is steve stanfield. I am the pastor. My email is [xxx] [xxx] information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Grant, AL, USA

problem #2

Oct 012013

E-350 8-cyl Diesel

  • 72,500 miles
Driving uphill on I-70 eastbound by silverthorne, co the engine simply quit. Limped to side of highway and tried to restart - nothing. Batteries are new, etc just no turning over of the engine. Thoughts are a bad ficm, which there is supposedly a recall but Ford denied that when I called this morning. Had the vehicle towed to a shop in arvada, co for diagnosis and repairs. Sounds like the egr system is about to go, the ficm is shot and wiring harness for computer is gone - all things Ford is aware of but adamantly refuses to do anything about. This leaves the consumer in the position to have to spend thousands of $'s to repair their design flaws.

- Edwards, CO, USA

problem #1

Mar 062013


  • 158,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Ford E-350. The contact was driving 40 mph when the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was towed to the contact's residence where it was inspected by an authorized mechanic. The mechanic advised the contact that the filter at the bottom of the engine had become clogged and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The failure mileage was 158,000.

- Rochester, NY, USA

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