hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
76,976 miles

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2004 Ford F-250 fuel system problems

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2004 Ford F-250 Owner Comments

problem #5

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 #4

Dec 242012

F-250 8-cyl Diesel

  • 124,000 miles
My vehicle has being stalling while driving at 1st start up in the morning for over 3 weeks. The problem is now getting daily. I understand there is a recall 05S34 that has this problem with the Ford diesels. My vehicle in currently broken down about 60 miles from my home. The auto repair shop thinks its a hiring harness to the ficm.

- Waupaca, WI, USA

problem #3

Jul 202011

F-250 4WD 8-cyl Diesel

  • 55,079 miles
The problem began in July 2011. I own and bought new, a 2004 F-250 Super Duty crew cab four-wheel drive truck with a 6.0 liter engine. The problem started with hard cold starts. When it did start after three to four attempts, the engine ran extremely rough. After a few minutes, it would eventually level off. Throughout the day, the engine would start and stop without any problems. But after being parked overnight, the truck would be hard to start. This continued for several weeks. On the evening of August 11, 2011, after the engine was off for only three hours, it was hard to start. The engine would lope, it would not level off for a few minutes and blew black smoke out the exhaust. Eventually, it did level off and drove home. I did not attempt to start it up again until the morning of August fifteen. It would not start. When I turned the key, it cranked, acted like it was going to start, then back to just cranking. I attempted seven times and stopped concerned I would drain the battery, damage the starter, or some other part. I contacted the dealer. It had to be towed to their service center. They ran diagnostics and determined it was the ficm (fuel injector control module) and was going to cost me $1,300 to fix. This is our only source of transportation, so I reluctantly gave them the go ahead to fix it. The day it went in for service it only had 55,079 miles. I don't understand. This truck is only seven years old. I hesitated in switching to diesel, but after researching and listening to friends and relatives about the lower fuel costs, lower maintenence, higher performance, I switched. I am disappointed that in only seven years, I'm having to spend over a thousand dollars to replace a part that cannot be repaired. Poor design or poor quality? american made cars and trucks used to be built to outlast their owners. This event has questioned my trust in the "built Ford tough" statement. Recall should be the word for this situation.

- Gilbert, AZ, USA

problem #2

Feb 282010


  • 170,000 miles
The contact owns a 2004 Ford F-250 equipped with a diesel engine. The contact was driving at approximately 65 mph, when the vehicle suddenly shut off completely with no power steering. He was able to get the vehicle safely to the side of the road and had it towed to a repair shop. The mechanic at the repair shop replaced the wiring harness and one of the fuel injectors. However, the wiring harness shorted out again and a fuel injector in another area blew. The contact then took the vehicle to the dealership where he was informed that the wiring harness and the fuel injection module had failed. He was also advised to replace the wiring harness and the module. The current and failure mileages were approximately 170,000.

- Hawthorne, NJ, USA

problem #1

May 012004

F-250 4WD 8-cyl Diesel

  • Automatic transmission
  • 800 miles
2004 Ford F250 Super Duty king ranch. After reflash to repair an idle problem truck developed three very dangerous conditions. 1. cruise stalled - going down hill at approx 55-58 the truck will stall without warning. No power steering or brakes. Reproducable on demand. 2. downshift lockup - truck will lockup rear tires in excess of 30 feet if tow/haul mode is used. On first occasion it almost caused a major accident on highway, came within inches of a head on with a large dump truck while towing a boat. Reproducable on demand. 3. coast stall. Intermittently stalls usually at off ramps after cruise has been released. Extremly dangerous to take offramps in such a large vehilce with no power.

- Webster, NC, USA

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