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Crashes / Fires:
0 / 2
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
79,084 miles

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2006 Ford F-250 engine problems

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2006 Ford F-250 Owner Comments (Page 1 of 2)

problem #21

Jun 182024


  • miles


While driving on the freeway the vehicle started to shake violently. I had to pump the breaks slowly and pull to the side of the road. After checking everything we took it to the shop and they did 2k in repairs and said it was fixed. It did it again. They said they don't know what it is.

- Orem, UT, USA

problem #20

Jul 062024


  • miles
Our truck has been doing the "death wobble" several times over the last 2 years. The truck will suddenly shake violently at high speeds and go into limp mode. We have to pull over pumping the brakes slowly. It is EXTREMELY TERRIFYING to have happen and we have spent THOUSANDS trying to get it repaired but it continues.

- Orem, UT, USA

problem #19

May 082023


  • miles
My son was driving on the freeway, traveling approximately 83 mph, when the vehicle lost power, the engine stalled and he lost the ability to steer the vehicle properly. The vehicle was parked at nearest gas station until i could get to it. After inspecting engine, I noticed some wires that had the insulation coming off. I replaced wiring harness, and when doing so, found the main harness to be severely chafed from rubbing the under side of air filter ducts. When looking around engine bay I noticed other wires with insulation coming off too.

- Yuma, AZ, USA

problem #18

Jun 152018


  • 52,500 miles


The contact owns a 2006 Ford F-250. While driving various speeds, the vehicle stalled without warning. The contact mentioned that the vehicle was able to restart on some occasions. The failure recurred numerous times. In addition, the vehicle was accelerating independently. When the brake pedal was depressed, the vehicle hesitated to accelerate. The vehicle was taken to West hills Ford (1100 oyster bay ave S, bremerton, wa 98312) where it was diagnosed that the throttle body needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 52,500.

- Seabeck, WA, USA

problem #17

Jul 162018


  • 95,000 miles
Exhaust manifold is separating from the heads (both sides); cab corners and rear outside fenders rusted through necessitating replacement; back of muffler blew out requiring replacement.

- Hadley, NY, USA

problem #16

Jan 012014


  • miles
Check engine light that Ford dealership couldn't fix, couldn't find the problem even after full inspection. Codes appeared: P0299, P0401, P0404, P1335.

- Denham Springs, LA, USA

problem #15

Feb 112017


  • 113,046 miles


Stalling 2006 Ford F-250 6.0 diesel, I was driving on the freeway with my 2 boys doing problay 60 mph in a 65mph zone when I noticed that the truck started first seemed to loose power then spurted, then 20seconds later the rpms dropped finding my self without no control of the truck what so ever, meaning it had no power brakes no steering and the engine completly shut off !, coasting to the side of the freeway barely making it without getting rear ended ! I couldnt believe this. I got to the side of the freeway and tried for a good 5 to 7 minutes before calling triple a for a tow, then while waiting for them to arrive I tried it once again to start the truck and give it gas while doing so it fired up but for about 15 seconds it sounded like it was firing on 4 cylinders or misfiring then it went back to normal and made it home. I then took the vehile to the local Ford dealership, I don't know as of yet whats wrong with it but I can tell you I was scared over this happening!

- Oakdale, CA, USA

problem #14

Apr 012016


  • 277,000 miles
Fikm, injectors, glo plugs, ipr, harmonic balancer, prv low oil pump, high oil pump, fuel filters all replaced between 277,000 and 290,000 miles ( 1st time on injectors and glo plugs at 277,000 miles on a 6.0L 2006 Super Duty diesel)due to lack of power during acceleration between 65 and 75 mph more than once! spent more than $3,000 to date to correct this issue and nothing has worked! Ford has some explaining to do, and it has baffled even one or more of their best mechanics, as well as the tow truck person that had to tow it at 10:00 pm this past week! now who is responsible"???" we have owned this truck from new status to present and yes 290,000 miles on a 6.0L diesel 2006..surprise! the vehicle was in motion when this issue happened.... on both city streets and interstates, and in the driveway with emer. Brake on and acceleration up to 2000 RPM's and it chugs and spits and sputters and then dies and won't restart until the next day! I can provide you several receipts, but I am not putting them online for all to view VIN numbers, etc. Any information will be greatly appreciated! all this trouble has gone on since April of 2016 to present. My truck is a work vehicle and has been a good one until now and has travelled well for 10 years old and 290,000 miles. I am currently stuck in Georgia trying to fix this issue.

- Albuquerque, NM, USA

problem #13

Nov 152015


  • miles
I replaced the radiator 3 times and change the thermostat to, the radiator keeps popping, it's getting old, I also changed the heater core and it popped. Man what is going happens when I'm stationery sitting over night at home.

- Midland, TX, USA

problem #12

Sep 102013


  • 160,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford F-250. The contact stated that while driving at 3 mph, the accelerator pedal was depressed but it failed to respond. In addition, the contact noticed smoke coming from the exhaust pipe. The vehicle was taken to a dealer. The technician stated that the oil cooler, the exhaust back pressure sensor, the turbo and the egr valve needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired however, the failure recurred. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 160,000.

- Poquoson, VA, USA

problem #11

Sep 192014

F-250 4WD 8-cyl

  • miles


Towed on Sept/19/2014 kn mileage dealer said no problem found;. 2nd tow 11/02/2014 mileage 187190 egr valve failed will need engine replaced. Dealer where bought did not disclose. The truck had the motor rebuild in 2008. And many class action suits have been filed. On 6.0L engines.

- Burkville, TX, USA

problem #10

Oct 292014

F-250 4WD 8-cyl

  • 31,800 miles
Smelled something as traveling down the road at 55 mph. Stop the vehicle along side the road. Checked the trailer. Came back to the truck and smoke was rolling out of the dash vents, right rear passenger side of the hood was burning the paint, then flames came out from uner the hood.

- Columbia City, IN, USA

problem #9

Jun 102008


  • 100,000 miles
Going 55mph the truck starts shaking and shimming. All lights go in and out and blows whenever anything is hooked up.

- Oxford, FL, USA

problem #8

Mar 202014


  • 128,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford F250 diesel. The contact stated that while traveling 65 mph, the check engine warning light illuminated as the vehicle lost power. The vehicle was towed to a private mechanic where it was found that the heat sensor needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The failure recurred on several occasions. The failure mileage was 128,000 and the current mileage 128,691.

- Twain Hart, CA, USA

problem #7

Nov 132013

F-250 8-cyl Diesel

  • 196,000 miles
My Ford F250 Super Duty 2006 model truck started up just fine on way to job site and then about 1:00 P.M. that day my truck over-heated even though no indication on the electrical panel. I saw white smoke coming out of tail pipe, started over-heating, and I was losing power in motor. I put water in coolant over-fill because all of my antifreeze drained out and I just had put in prior to this date above about two weeks. I regularly change the oil and maintain all the fluids and do required maintenance on truck per the mileage. I was able to make it to my house where I waited 30 minutes for truck to cool and then drove immediately to diesel mechanic named [xxx] who knew immediately what had happened because (6) other trucks came in the same week with the same issue which was to replace the egr's and also the oil cooler. My bill for this was over $3,000. I was very lucky that I had work and was able to pay for this huge expense otherwise I would be out-of-pocket in a bad way because the truck is my livelihood in my making money as I am a general contractor and need a heavy duty truck. I think that there should be a re-call on this part because of the six other trucks that came into his diesel shop the same week. This was a very expensive experience and I feel like Ford should know about this and correct the error because this part should not go out on a Super Duty truck like this. Information redacted pursuant to the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA), 5 U.S.C. 552(B)(6).

- Fort Worth, TX, USA

problem #6

Apr 012005


  • 52,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford F-250. The contact stated that the gauges on the instrument panel failed. The vehicle was taken to a dealer for diagnosis and the contact was informed that the instrument cluster would need to be replaced. The failure recurred twice over the course of seven years and with each failure, the instrument cluster was replaced. After the last replacement, the failure recurred and the vehicle began to emit white smoke. The vehicle was taken to a dealer for diagnosis and the contact was informed that the egr cooler would need to be replaced. The contact stated that if the gauges had been working properly, she would have been alerted to the egr cooler failure. The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 52,000.

- Farmingville, NY, USA

problem #5

Jul 142013

F-250 8-cyl Diesel

  • 107,000 miles
I was driving on a two lane blacktop road at 35 mph, when the vehicle unexpectly died losing all power, including steering and brakes. This occurred after I had just exited a U.S. highway where the speed limit was 65 mph. Due to the fact that I am a former police defensive driving instructor I was able to steer the vehicle to a side street. I bought this vehicle to tow a 14,000 lb. Fifth wheel trailer and I am glad it was not attached.. it turned out that the problem was the stc fitting. Ford told me that this part has a common failure problem and it has been replaced with the revised stc fitting. My concerm is that failure of this part with an inexperienced driver on an interstate could be fatal. The stc fitting is apparently attached to the high pressure oil pump, and when it fails you lose all power and the vehicle will not restart.

- Wentzville, MO, USA

problem #4

Mar 312013


  • 130,000 miles
While pulling a travel trailer, engine began to overheat. Pulled over and notice coolant reservoir is empty. Took vehicle into a repair shop, motor coolant and both egr cooler failed. Service shop reported that Ford informed them that this is a common issue. They keep extra egr parts on hand from the massive amount of failures reported.

- Salida, CA, USA

problem #3

Dec 162012

F-250 8-cyl Diesel

  • 108,013 miles
I was pulling a 3 horse trailer home from an event located in jackson, Ms. When we reached mccomb, ms the truck died. We were running about 50 mph when that happened, power steering was gone and truck had to roll to a stop. I put the emergency flashers on, waited a minute and attempted to restart the truck. It cranked and I was able to limp home. There were no warning indicators. The truck is still in the shop and the mechanics are changing parts but cannot seem to correct the problem. In frustration, I did a lot of research on the internet and it appears that this not an uncommon problem for 03-07 powerstroke diesels. I feel this is a safety hazard, a defect in the engineering and that Ford should correct the problem. The public needs to be informed. Please investigate this issue.

- Bogalusa, LA, USA

problem #2

Dec 052006

F-250 8-cyl Diesel

  • 400 miles
I have over 118 pages of repairs dealing from electrical, suspension, engine failure, turbo, fluid leakage, oil cooler failure. Ejectors, glow plugs and counting. They continue to reoccur time after time and dealer will not cover. I met alot of consumers that has the same vehicle and they all are having the same problem. I know that Ford has sued the designer of the 6.0 engine and won billions but will not attempt to assist the consumer. The right thing to do is, if you know that if there's a problem with a problem why not assist the consumer in correcting instead of doing a patch job. They will not attempt to do the right thing unless someone force them to do so. Thanks

- Fayetteville, NC, USA

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