really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
91,094 miles

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2006 Ford F-250 engine problems

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2006 Ford F-250 Owner Comments

problem #12

Jan 252015


  • 142,000 miles


The truck was on a major interstate (I-81 near blacksburg exit 118A, B, C) driving uphill. While trying to merge into the right lane from the middle lane, while letting of the accelerator the engine dies. At this point lost all power including brakes and steering control. Since there was no traffic immediately behind the truck then was able to pull over to the first lane and get off the shoulder. The truck died and fortunately due to low traffic able to maneuver to the shoulder. At that point, tried to start the truck and it would not start so had to remain on the side of interstate until help could arrive. Stranded on the side of the interstate. Truck was towed to dealership. Ford blogs indicate there is a known problem that has gone unaddressed.

- Roanoke, VA, USA

problem #11

Feb 082012

F-250 4WD 8-cyl Diesel

  • 127,000 miles
Upon acceleration, from stop at a red light, vehicle hesitated (stalled) to accelerate. Upon acceleration, after several seconds, thick cloud of black smoke appeared from exhaust pipe, and white smoke discharged from engine oil (fill) tube. Vehicle continued with described problem(s) for the rest of the trip, which was approximately ten (10) minutes, and has continued with described performance problems for many days since. This problem arose after spending over $2000 to have similar engine problems fixed, at Ford authorized dealership. Upon contacting Ford Motor Company, directly (for financial assistance on fixing the problem for the second time), I was informed that there would be no such assistance granted. Period.

- Madison, MS, USA

problem #10

Feb 202012

F-250 8-cyl Diesel

  • 98,286 miles
Egr and oil cooler failure...caused engine failure and hydrolock situation. The engine stopped the truck right in the middle of an intersection almost causing an accident. Total cost of repairs to my vehicle $2542.42. Sure would be nice for Ford to have a hand in the repairs due to their faulty engine design. I have read 100's of reports online about this and Ford still will not fix or help pay for their engine. Ford refused to help with repair cost. I only have 98000K miles. Please launch an investigation into these complaints. I believe you will find enough evidence to warrant an investigation. I am sure that the lobbyist at Ford are doing their job to keep this from becoming a recall situation. It is hurting no one but the owners of this 6.0L diesel engine!!! we need your help!

- Springtown, TX, USA

problem #9

Apr 202006


  • 3,000 miles


I was driving casually on US17 North on my way to work. My truck suddenly lost power and service engine light illuminated. I took it in to the dealer they told me nothing was found to be wrong. Then the same event happened about 7 months after that. I brought the vehicle back in for diagnosis and repair. They told me nothing was wrong and to take it back and stop wasting their time. I asked them to keep it and give me a different vehicle in which they would not. I left the truck with the dealer and Ford motor credit repossessed the faulty vehicle.

- Middleburg, FL, USA

problem #8

Jan 062012

F-250 4WD 8-cyl

  • 139,000 miles
I have a 2006 Ford F250 6.0 it has been towed 8 times, I ve had turbo, injector, electrical, wheel, trans problems since day one of purchase. Theres over 16 pages of mechanical problems that has been performed and counting. I know I am not the only one thats having these problems and I can't get much assistance from Ford. It going to take someone like this Agency to help us. This is alot when you pay $51000 plus addition repairs for a vehicle with a extented warr.

- Fayetteville, NC, USA

problem #7

Dec 272011


  • 128,000 miles
The contact owns a owns a 2006 Ford F-250. The contact stated that the vehicle experienced difficulty accelerating at all speeds. The vehicle was taken to an authorized dealer and the contact was informed that all of the spark plugs fractured and needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and offered no assistance. The failure mileage was 128,000.

- Trenton, NC, USA

problem #6

Oct 302011

F-250 8-cyl

  • 140,000 miles


Spark plugs are engineered counter sunk in holes in top of the heads, when the plugs are unscrewed the bottom of the plug more often than not breaks off inside the spark plug hole. This requires very expensive tools and a skilled mechanic to extract. I feel the part was engineered to fail to force the price of repairs up. Leading up to this when the plugs begin to fail the engine will fail without warning and without the engine needs service light ever coming on. When this happens and their is no place to pull over you hope your not ran into by oncoming traffic.

- Loganville, GA, USA

problem #5

May 112011

F-250 10-cyl

  • 59,000 miles
Violent shaking/ vibrations @ highway speeds. I pulled over to complete stop, waited, started up and vibration stopped. This has happened on 3 occasions since.

- Indian Rocks Beach, FL, USA

problem #4

Sep 052011


  • 48,845 miles
While traveling on vacation with a travel trailer in tow, the temperature gauge on our 2006 Ford-F-250 (with a 5.4 liter engine) indicated the engine was overheating. After stopping several times on the berm of an interstate, there was no indication that the engine was hot. Since we were traveling on a holiday, the truck was first taken to a pep boys location where their evaluation showed there was no sign of overheating. We were advised of a service bulletin issued on this vehicle stating that it might exhibit false overheating. So, we continued our trip. Truck continued to display false readings and the engine started to derate. At this time, we had to have the truck towed to a Ford dealership, where they installed an updated coolant crossover tube and thermostat housing to correct the problem of false overheating. This work was done (parts & labor) at a cost to us of $645.67 after aaa discount. The cost to us was a surprise, as the dealership was aware of the problem and knew exactly what was needed to be done to rectify it. We were told that this known problem was a service bulletin not a recall because it is not considered a safety issue. However, it was very much a safety issue for us as we were compelled to stop several times on the side of a busy interstate before having to request that the pickup and travel trailer be towed to a safe location.

- Latrobe, PA, USA

problem #3

Apr 012011


  • 136,000 miles
The contact owns a 2006 Ford F-250. The contact stated that while driving approximately 65 mph the vehicle began to abruptly decelerate until stopping. The vehicle was towed to an authorized dealer where the contact was informed that the egr valve was stuck in an opened position. The egr valve was replaced. The failure had since recurred twice. The vehicle was towed back to the dealer where the contact was informed that the egr cooler and oil cooler needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 136,000.

- Silsbee, TX, USA

problem #2

May 272010


  • 70,000 miles
During replacement of sparkplugs in a 2006 Ford F-250, 5 plugs had to be bored out due the plugs disintegrating upon attempts to remove them. The repair costs are $600-800 to remove the remainder of the plugs and install new plugs. When the Ford service representative was asked what caused this problem and if it would occur again the following answer was provided. During product assembly at the factory, no lubricant was placed on the sparkplug threads in "some models", causing the base to weld itself to the engine. This caused what should be a $300 repair to more than double in cost. Ford should have to bear repair costs to bore out the plugs, not the car owner. This problem is widely known, but the consumer has no course of action except a costly legal remedy. I will no longer purchase Ford products based on my recent problems with their products.

- Lakeland, FL, USA

problem #1

Dec 292005

F-250 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 2,000 miles
F 250 2006 hd 4X4 less than 2000 miles - driving vehicle, while turning and going down a hill, stalled out completely:dash board lights all came on. No brakes or steering. Went off the road, into front yard of home which was for sale, hit for sale sign, nicked a tree in front yard and into handicap van in driveway, pushed van into neighbors yard. Heavy front end damage sustained and sighted by police for "failure to control vehicle"!!! purchasing dealer could find no issues. First time this occurred was 3 weeks after Nov. 2005 purchase. Vehicle has been repaired, but did it again on 2-3-2006. Dealer has been notified of this again. Still no solution. Over $10,000 damage to brand new vehicle. Free loaner vehicle promised when purchased "doesnt apply to body shop" out of work with no vehicle for 2.5 weeks.

- Waltham, MA, USA

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