fairly significant
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
12,404 miles

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2004 Ford F-250 engine problems

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2004 Ford F-250 Owner Comments

problem #11

Jan 252012

F-250 4WD 8-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 86,100 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Ford F-250 diesel. The contact stated that while driving 15 mph, excess smoke emitted from the exhaust pipe. The dealer was notified and stated that the egr cooler might be defective. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and offered no assistance. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileages were 86,100. Updated 02/27/12 updated 02/27/12

- Brighton, TN, USA

problem #10

Jun 062008


  • 27,645 miles
The turbo in my Ford pickup has been replaced twice. I have spoken to other people that have had the same problem. My pickup is a 2004 F250 with a turbo diesel engine.

- Apple Valley,, CA, USA

problem #9

Oct 152005

F-250 4WD 8-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 180 miles
2004 Ford F250 Super Duty, engine shuts off and on driving down the highway, lose power steering and brakes. Very unsafe vehicle when this happens. This has occurred 7 separate times. Once after recall done thus recall did not fix the problem. Leery to drive now. Less than 100 driven since.

- Salida, CO, USA

problem #8

Dec 012003

F-250 4WD 8-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


The contact states while trying to accelerate the turbo on the vehicle will not allow the vehicle to move; it will creep forward but will not accelerate. Also, if you are pulling weight with the vehicle it will actually move backwards. This problem occurs on a daily basis. The dealership has replaced the turbo and this will correct the problem for about a month and then the problem will reoccur. They are unable to come up with a remedy to correct this defect. The service manager explained to him the only repair is to continue to replace the turbo.

- Riverside, CA, USA

problem #7

Apr 062004

F-250 4WD Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50 miles
The vehicle would run for a while and then stall. The dealer has serviced the vehicle numerous times. The sensors have been changed but the problem continued.

- Atkinson, NE, USA

problem #6

Aug 112004

F-250 4WD 8-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 3,000 miles
2004 Ford Excursion: The engine fails during operation of the vehicle at various speeds which eliminates power brakes, steering. This is so dangerous, we were almost hit from behind by a 18 wheeler, the engine failed while exiting a ramp on I-95 at 55 mph. I had to place the truck in nuetral, brake, turn and restart the truck without flipping over the edge of the ramp. The engine idles at different rpms, the vehicle will jerk forward while braking making it very dangerous in parking lots with pedestrians walking in front of the truck.I almost hit an elderly woman walking in front of the truck. It is not safe for children to be around this vehicle. This has happened since 04/2004. The dealer has attempted to repair the truck four times without success.they have replaced diff sensors and re-calibrated fuel computer.

- Miami, FL, USA

problem #5

Jul 122004

F-250 4WD 8-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 9,800 miles


2004 F250 king ranch. I have had the truck since April 8. around the middle of July it started hesitating and stalling. It would hesitate while going at any speed, at any time, whether going down the road or sitting still. While the motor is running, it will completely lose power, as if you had taken your foot completely off of the gas pedal. After a few seconds it will regain power, as if you put your foot back on the gas pedal. Several of these occurrences have been very close calls for crashes and could have been life threatening if not for other alert drivers. After "repairing" the truck the first time, I no more than got it home before it was doing the same thing again. After ordering some more parts and "repairing" the truck the second time, it started shaking violently after first starting and while idling. It also gained a loud scrubbing/thumping sound somewhere in the front half of the vehicle. It is now back in the shop for the third time in less than 1 month. I have had my truck for a total of 4 days out of the last 21 and am very afraid of having an accident if they "repair" the problem again.

- Perry, GA, USA

problem #4

Jun 022004

F-250 Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving 55 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The consumer was unsuccessful at trying to restart the vehicle. The consumer took the vehicle to the mechanic, however the problem could not be duplicated.

- Wilkesboro, NC, USA

problem #3

Jun 282004

F-250 4WD Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 4,919 miles
Bought 2004 F250 crew king ranch diesel in Jan. 04. vehicle idles down and dies while driving at speed limit. With foot on brake at intersections or stop lights vehicle accelerates on it's own. While accelerating vehicle will die, then restart and lunge forward with acceleration. Has happened 5 times since purchase. Dealer has been unable to resolve. Ford motor has been uncooperative to any of my calls to consumer relations. Dealership is doing their best, Ford will not admit problems with this engine and system. Truck has been with dealer 2 weeks without resolve.

- Natalia, TX, USA

problem #2

Jun 292004

F-250 4WD 8-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 4,500 miles
Sudden and complete engine failure (followed by reduced steering and braking).

- Wachapreague, VA, USA

problem #1

Jan 312003


  • Automatic transmission
  • 250 miles
6.diesel engine shut down at highway speed.

- Tehachapi, CA, USA

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