definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 1
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
33,853 miles

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2004 Ford F-250 engine problems

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2004 Ford F-250 Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #24

Mar 062013


  • 35,000 miles


Engine accelerates sporadically on its own. Engine occasionally dies at stop lights. Must keep brake pedal firmly pushed at stop as engine will suddenly accelerate. I have already replaced the turbo. The dealer says it could be many different things wrong. The 2003-2007 diesels are notorious for bad turbo, fuel injectors and a head bolt problem that requires removing the cab. I purchased this truck new and it now has 39000 miles on it. This is a serious safety concern.

- Oregon City, OR, USA

problem #23

Apr 102012

F-250 4WD 8-cyl

  • 159,000 miles
Had miss fires in engine this truck has never shown check engine light while driving down road at 70 mph the engine started missing check engine light never came on"?? took truck to shop.the engine melted the tip off a spark plug in side the cylinder, it destroyed the cylinder wall have to replace engine.asked the tech what caused this he said engine was running to lean this truck has never showed check engine light and there was no trouble codes for tech to read??" something is not right with the computer system in this truck.

- Tullahoma , TN, USA

problem #22

Jul 012011


  • miles
2004 Ford F250. Consumer states faulty icp sensor or faulty egr valve the reverse planet gear in the transmission was replaced. The egr valve replaced three times, the egr cooler, oil cooler were all replaced. The R&R turbo intake was replaced twice, the turbo inner cooler, wiring harness on the engine, transfer case, ficm module were replaced. The alternator and battery were replaced three times, the valve assembly, high pressure and regular oil pumps were replaced and a new egr shield was installed. The vehicle also stalled while driving down the interstate.

- Watkinsville, GA, USA

problem #21

Oct 162010

F-250 4WD 8-cyl

  • 110,000 miles


While driving my 2004 F150 and approaching a red light or turn my truck will intermittently shut off and need to be restarted. On several occasions I have had to put both hands on the wheel and crank (no power steering) or both feet on the brakes (no power brakes) because the truck turned off and I lost all power functions. It wouldn't have been as big of a deal if the dealer in my area hadn't told me this was "normal" for F150S and sent me on my way. Since that dealer I have dealt with 2 others in my area who say its normal and to just drive my truck until it fixes itself. I wasn't aware that Ford made self diagnosing/fixing vehicles. In either case I am extremely upset that this problem is for some reason not considered a problem and that there is no current fix for this issue. I no longer feel safe in my truck and have resorted to driving my parents vehicles until I can rid myself of this death trap. On another note I have also had the vehicle flash dash board lights at me after going over small bumps and then shutting off 1/4 of a mile later. When this problem was brought up the dealer said it was impossible (it's happened twice) and that I had to be imagining it.

- Chandler, AZ, USA

problem #20

Dec 292008


  • 104,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Ford F-250. The contact stated that while driving approximately 40 mph approaching an intersection the vehicle suddenly stalled. He had to coast the vehicle onto the side of the road in order to restart it. The failure occurred intermittently for two years. The vehicle was inspected by a dealer who informed the contact that he needed to replace the turbo in the G-valve inside of the engine. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was approximately 104,000.

- East Taunton, MA, USA

problem #19

Nov 292009


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford F-250. The contact stated that the egr cooler and turbo failed which caused smoke to be emitted. The dealer stated that the egr cooler needed to be replaced. The manufacturer had not been notified. The vehicle was being repaired. The VIN was unavailable. The current mileage was approximately 150,000. The failure mileage was approximately 100,000.

- Spring Branch, TX, USA

problem #18

Oct 012010


  • 86,000 miles


The contact owns a 2004 Ford F-250. The contact stated that two of the bolts that hold the pulley on the engine broke off and the two other bolts were loose. The failure caused the front engine cover to break and when the engine became warm it shut down. The dealer stated that this had been a problem and that they would have to rebuild it piece by piece because the part was on national back order. The failure mileage and current mileages were 86000.

- Copwell, AL, USA

problem #17

Dec 032008


  • 100,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Ford F250. While driving at any speed, the vehicle lost power and the engine completely shut off in the middle of the road. The road conditions and weather were not a factor. The vehicle would occasional take ten minutes or longer before it would restart. The vehicle became very difficult to steer and lost all power steering and braking ability. The failures always occur without warning. The dealer stated that the injector control pressure (icp) sensor was the cause of the failure. The vehicle was not included in the recall. The failure mileage was 100,000.

- St Louis, MO, USA

problem #16

Jul 312006

F-250 8-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,529 miles
: the contact stated while driving 35mph or less, the engine revs followed by a sudden decrease. The vehicle was inspected by a dealer who performed a diagnostic test which produced no failure codes. The service department was unable to duplicate the problem.

- Loudonville, OH, USA

problem #15

Apr 172005

F-250 8-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,084 miles
The truck keeps shutting down for no reason. It shuts down without warning on the highway. On other occasions the stalling would occur on upgrades while pulling the fifth wheel. The accelerator pedal would not respond when going above 70 mph. The (icp sensor) was found to have a faulty connector.

- Bakersfield, CA, USA

problem #14

Oct 132004

F-250 4WD 8-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,000 miles


The vehicle stalls unexpectedly at various speeds. Taken to the dealer for the fifth time, but the cause is still undetermined. The consumer stated that the vehicle was taken to the dealer 8 times because of the shutting off and the surging.

- Wapwallopen, PA, USA

problem #13

Jan 062005

F-250 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 18,000 miles
While driving vehicle stalled. Consumer restarted the vehicle, and drove it home. Consumer will contact the dealer for an appointment.

- Mountain Center, CA, USA

problem #12

Sep 262004

F-250 4WD 8-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,800 miles
The engine stalled unexpectedly at different speeds. The consumer took the vehicle to the dealer 3 times, but results showed the cause was undetermined.....

- Orange, TX, USA

problem #11

Sep 202004

F-250 4WD Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
While driving at any speed vehicle stalled. This caused loss of steering and brakes. Dealer inspected vehicle several times.

- Downey, CA, USA

problem #10

Sep 082004

F-250 6-cyl

  • miles
Vehicle was driving poorly while accelerating and hesitated. Consumer noticed the check engine light flashed on, then flashed off. Consumer drove vehicle to the dealer for inspection. The problem could not be duplicated.

- West Covina, CA, USA

problem #9

Aug 022004

F-250 4WD Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 12,890 miles
While driving with the cruise control on, the engine and power steering failed. The dealer states it was a computer defect.

- Beaverton, OR, USA

problem #8

Jul 282004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 10,000 miles
While driving 60 mph vehicle shut down. As a result, power steering and brakes failed.

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #7

Jul 282004


  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,900 miles
When driving at an undetermined speed vehicle stalled. This caused the driver to drift to the side of the road. Consumer was able to restart the vehicle, and drove it to the dealership for inspection. The consumer stated that vehicle had been to the dealer on four occasions, but problem recurred.

- Round O, SC, USA

problem #6

Jul 062004

F-250 Diesel

  • miles
While driving vehicle stalled. Consumer restarted vehicle and drove it to the dealer for inspection. Mechanic told consumer that the problem could not be duplicated. Consumer informed the mechanic that this problem occurred more than once, and had not been resolved.

- Auburn, AL, USA

problem #5

May 022004


  • miles
The vehicle's engine has shut down without warning four times. The fuses and parking lights were replaced. The theft alarm was disabled.

- El Dorado, AR, USA

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